Feb. 15, 2001

Norman, Okla. - With winds blowing in the 20-30 miles-per-hour range and gusts up to 40 mph at the 6,566-yard par-70 Waikoloa Beach Golf Course, the University of Oklahoma men's golf team shot a first-round score of 325 (+45) and stand in 11th place in the 24-team field at the Taylor Made Waikoloa Intercollegiate in Waikoloa, Hawaii.

"We faced very extreme wind conditions today which made things difficult for the entire field," said Oklahoma Head Coach Jim Ragan. "We're playing two different golf courses during this tournament and the course we played today was relatively tight with a lot of out of bounds. That made things a little bit harder."

Individually for the Sooners, freshman Martin Flores, junior Cody Freeman and sophomore John Kidwell each posted scores of 81 (+11) and are tied for 37th. Sophomore Matt Cohn is tied for 51st with a first-round score of 82 while junior J.D. Robertson rounded out the scores for OU with an 83 for 67th.

"Our players hung in there and probably learned a few things from today's round and hopefully we'll be able to put something together in the second and third rounds," said Ragan. "Obviously I was not pleased with the scores overall, but I was not disappointed with our players because on a day like this, a golfer can either give up or just hang in there and keep on trying. I didn't see any one of our guys give up, so from that standpoint, I think it was a victory for us."

OU will begin second-round play at the Taylor Made Waikoloa Intercollegiate when the Sooners tee off at 6:45 a.m. (HST) Friday morning at the 7,074-yard par 72 Waikoloa Kings' Golf Course.

Team Scores
1. Texas 303 (+22)
2. TCU 307 (+27)
3. Oregon 308 (+28)
4. Arizona State 313 (+33)
5. CSU-Bakersfield 315 (+35)
6. BYU 317 (+37)
T7. UCLA 320 (+40)
T7. USC 320 (+32)
T9. Georgia Tech 321 (+41)
T9. Rhode Island 321 (+41)
11. Oklahoma 325 (+45)
12. Pepperdine 328 (+48)
13. Nevada 329 (+49)
14. UC-Santa Barbara 331 (+43)
15. Texas A&M 332 (+44)
16. Arkansas 333 (+45)
T17. Hawaii 334 (+46)
T17. Nagoya 334 (+54)
T17. Oregon State 334 (+46)
T20. San Diego State 336 (+48)
T20. Washington 336 (+48)
22. San Francisco 343 (+55)
23. SMU 349 (+61)
24. Hawaii-Hilo 358 (+78)

Top Five Individuals
1. Matt Dobyns, Texas 70 (E)
T2. Scott Bolpitto, TCU 74 (+4)
T2. Matt Jones, Arizona State 74 (+4)
T2. Mike Plate, UCSB 74 (+2)
T2. Stephen Polanski, TCU 75 (+4)

Oklahoma Individual Scores
T37. Martin Flores 81 (+11)
T37. Cody Freeman 81 (+11)
T37. John Kidwell 81 (+11)
T51. Matt Cohn 82 (+12)
T67. J.D. Robertson 83 (+13)