Feb. 24, 2002

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - The University of Oklahoma men's golf team is tied for ninth place with East Tennessee State after first round action Sunday at the Puerto Rico Classic in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Sooners, who are ranked 10th in the latest Precept/GCAA Poll, shot a combined team score of 295 (+7) on the River course at the Rio Mar Country Club. No. 1 Georgia Tech, coming off a victory at the Taylor Made Waikoloa Intercollegiate, took the early lead with a first-round score of 275 (-13).

Junior John Kidwell (Dallas, Texas) continued his stellar play by firing an opening-round 71 (-1). He is currently tied for 14th and only four strokes out of lead held by Georgia Tech's Kriss Mikkelsen. Kidwell is coming off a fourth-place showing in Hawaii at the Taylor Made Waikoloa Intercollegiate.

Sophomore Martin Flores (Mansfield, Texas) recovered after shooting a 39 on the front nine to post a 33 on the back nine and finished at even-par (72). Flores is tied for 19th with five other golfers while senior Cody Freeman (Arnett, Okla.) is tied for 31st. Freeman shot identical scores of 37 on the front and back nines for a first-round 74.

Rounding out the scores for Oklahoma were sophomores Blake Martin (Stigler, Okla.) and Doug Manor (Garland, Texas) who shot scores of 78 and 80, respectively. Martin is tied for 61st while Manor is tied for 69th.

OU begins second-round action Monday morning at 9 a.m. CST.

Team Scores
1.  Georgia Tech        275 (-13)
2.  Clemson        279 (-9)
3.  Texas        289 (-1)
    Colorado        289 (+1)
5.  Florida        293 (+5)
    Purdue        293 (+5)
    Georgia        293 (+5)
8.  Minnesota        294 (+6)
9.  Oklahoma295 (+7)
    East Tenn. St.      295 (+7)
11. Duke        296 (+10)
12. Northwestern299 (+13)
    Virginia        299 (+13)
14. North Carolina St.303 (+15)
15. Kent State        308 (+20)

Top Five Individuals 1. Kris Mikkelsen, Ga. Tech67 (-5) 2. Ben Duncan, Clemson68 (-4) 3. Troy Matteson, Ga. Tech69 (-3) Gregg Jones, Clemson69 (-3) Matt Weibring, Ga. Tech69 (-3) Joe Liley, Colorado69 (-3) John Klauk, Texas69 (-3)

Oklahoma Individual Scores T14. John Kidwell 71 (-1) T19. Martin Flores72 (E) T31. Cody Freeman 74 (+2) T61. Blake Martin 78 (+6) T69. Doug Manor 80 (+8)