June 3, 2002
NORMAN, Okla. - The Golf Coaches Association of America named a pair of Oklahoma men's golfers to the 2001-02 All-America team on Sunday after the conclusion of the NCAA Championships in Columbus, Ohio. Junior John Kidwell (Dallas, Texas) was one of ten golfers to make the third team while senior Cody Freeman (Arnett, Okla.) was named to the team as an honorable mention. Both were first-time recipients and it was also the first time a Sooner earned All-America honors since Hunter Haas in 1999.
Kidwell posted career-best numbers in a break-out season for the Sooners this season. He was named to the All-Big 12 Men's Golf Team for the first time in his career and led OU in a team-best six tournaments while shooting a team-low 71.48 during the spring season and 72.00 overall. He tied for second in back-to-back tournaments at the Big 12 Championship and The Maxwell. At the Big 12 Championship, Kidwell made six birdies and zero bogies to finish with a career-best 64 and the lowest one-round score in Big 12 Championship history surpassing the old record by two strokes.
Freeman continued his successes from a year ago while leading the Sooners with an overall stroke average of 71.84. He was named to the All-Big 12 Team for the second year in a row and was also placed on the Academic All-Big 12 Second Team. He was one of only two Sooners to start in every tournament for OU this season and led the team in five tournaments. Freeman posted two top-five finishes and placed in the top-10 in four other tournaments including the Ping/Golfweek Preview in September where he tied for ninth at the then-future site of the NCAA Championships. His consistency was key in a successful spring campaign that saw him tie for ninth at the Morris Williams Intercollegiate, tie for 10th at the ASU Thunderbird/Savane Invitational, tie for fourth at the Big 12 Championship, tie for second at the Maxwell and tie for ninth at the NCAA Central Regional.