Sept. 9, 2001
Norman, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma men's golf team closed out its first tournament of the 2001-02 season in fine fashion finishing in third place at the Bank of Tennessee/The Ridges Intercollegiate in Johnson City, Tenn. on Sunday. OU shot a final-round of 290, which was the second-lowest round of the day, and finished the tournament with a total score of 857 (-7). The Sooners, who are currently ranked 16th by Golfweek, finished ahead of several higher-ranked opponents including third-ranked Clemson, eighth-ranked Wake Forest, ninth-ranked and host school East Tennessee State and 14th-ranked South Carolina. Fifteenth-ranked TCU was the team champion finishing with a total of 841.
"Overall, I was happy with our team's performance this weekend," said Oklahoma Head Coach Jim Ragan. "There are some things that we need to work on to continue to get better and hopefully play up to our potential but certainly there were a lot of positives that came out of this tournament. We made quite a few birdies but we let a few strokes slip away and that hurt us."
Sophomore Martin Flores (Mansfield, Texas) led the Sooners tying for third place. Flores shot a final-round 69 (-3) to finish at nine under. His three-round score of 207 was a career-low and his third-place finish marked the second time Flores finished in the top five for OU. His first-round score of 67 was also a career-low.
Senior J.D. Robertson (Little Rock, Ark.) followed up identical rounds of 70 with a final-round 75 to tie for 13th. It was Robertson's highest finish since the spring of 2000 at The Maxwell where he finished 11th.
Fellow senior Cody Freeman (Arnett, Okla.) tied for 22nd finishing with a final score of 217 (+1). One shot behind Freeman was junior Parker Foster (Tulsa, Okla.), who was steady for the Sooners carding a final-round 72 and tied for 27th. Junior Bridger Cox (Ardmore, Okla.) gained a lot of valuable experience in his first start as a Sooner tying for 57th.
"Obviously, I was very pleased with Martin Flores' performance," said Ragan. "J.D. Robertson and Cody Freeman stepped in and also played well. I saw a lot of positives from all of our players and I know that each of them will continually strive to get better as the season progresses."
The Sooners continue their fall schedule next Monday and Tuesday (Sept. 17-18) at the Inverness Intercollegiate in Toledo, Ohio. The Sooners will be facing a tough field that includes the fourth-ranked and defending national champion Florida Gators.
1. TCU 274-280-287=841 (-23) 2. USC 284-274-293=851 (-13) 3. Oklahoma 281-286-290=857 (-7) 4. South Carolina289-279-290=858 (-6) 5. Auburn 289-285-286=860 (-4) 6. Tennessee 288-288-289=865 (+1) 7. East Tenn. St.284-289-293=866 (+2) 8. Wake Forest 286-278-303=867 (+3) 9. Clemson 297-284-290=871 (+7) 10. Kansas 285-304-292=881 (+17) 11. North Florida289-296-298=883 (+19) 12. Pepperdine 299-291-295=885 (+21) 13. North Carolina300-291-297=888 (+24 14. Houston 296-302-292=890 (+26) 15. Arkansas 299-295-304=898 (+34)
Top Five Individuals
1.Steve Shuert, TCU69-67-68=204 (-12) 2.Adam Rubinson, TCU64-69-73=206 (-10) 3.Martin Flores, Oklahoma67-71-69=207 (-9) Bill Haas, Wake Forest69-66-72=207 (-9) 5.David Oh, USC 71-65-72=208 (-8)
Oklahoma Individual Scores
3. Martin Flores67-71-69=207 (-9) T13. J.D. Robertson70-70-75=215 (-1) T22. Cody Freeman72-71-74=217 (+1) T27. Parker Foster72-74-72=218 (+2) T57. Bridger Cox 75-75-77=227 (+11)