Feb. 17, 2001

Norman, Okla. - The 21st-ranked Oklahoma men's golf team shot a final-round score of 285 to finish in fifth place at the Taylor Made Waikoloa Intercollegiate in Waikoloa, Hawaii. The Sooners carded an overall score of 913 (+57) and finished well ahead of several nationally ranked teams in the 24-team field including No. 2 Georgia Tech (+67), No. 10 USC (+58), No. 12 San Diego State (+84) and No. 15 BYU (+60). The fourth-ranked Texas Longhorns took home the team championship with a final score of 893 (+37).

"I was proud of the way our team performed today," said OU Coach Jim Ragan. "We learned a lot and hung in there and had a respectable finish."

Junior Cody Freeman fired a final-round score of 68 to place sixth with a total of 222 (+8). It was the second time this season Freeman led the Sooners and his second top-10 finish of the year. Sophomore Matt Cohn continued his streak of top-20 finishes to six this season by tying for 19th after carding a final round of 70 and an overall score of 227 (+13).

"I thought Cody Freeman played outstanding," said Ragan. "He got under par quickly today and stayed that way for the rest of the tournament. Matt Cohn played exceptionally well. He fought back and was able to get his score under par. I was also pleased with our other players performances, so overall it was a good start for us."

Junior J.D. Robertson and freshman Martin Flores each tied for 43rd with final scores of 233 (+19). Flores saved his best round for last shooting a final-round 73 while Robertson also improved on his previous performances with a 74. Sophomore John Kidwell rounded out the scores for OU with a 76 to tie for 85th.

The Sooners continue their season at the Puerto Rico Classic on February 25-27 at the Rio Mar Country Club in Rio Mar, Puerto Rico.

Team Scores
1. Texas 302-310-281=893 (+37)
2. Arizona State 313-304-282=899 (+43)
3. TCU 307-308-285=900 (+44)
4. Oregon 308-305-291=904 (+48)
5. Oklahoma 325-303-285=913 (+57)
6. USC 320-307-287=914 (+58)
7. BYU 317-311-288=916 (+60)
T8. Georgia Tech 321-320-282=923 (+67)
T8. Washington 336-307-280=923 (+67)
10. Nevada 329-308-289=926 (+70)
11. UCLA 320-319-289=928 (+72)
12. CSU-Bakersfield 315-327-289=931 (+75)
13. Texas A&M 332-304-296=932 (+76)
T14. Hawaii 334-317-286=937 (+81)
T14. Rhode Island 321-324-292=937 (+81)
16. Oregon State 334-307-297=938 (+82)
17. UC-Santa Barbara 331-313-295=939 (+83)
18. San Diego State 336-309-295=940 (+84)
T19. Pepperdine 328-314-300=942 (+86)
T19. Arkansas 333-310-299=942 (+86)
T21. SMU 349-314-291=954 (+98)
T21. San Francisco 343-318-293=954 (+98)
23. Nagoya 334-321-303=958 (+102)
24. Hawaii-Hilo 358-318-302=978 (+122)

Top Five Individuals
1. Sprague Kolp, Nevada 76-72-69=217 (+3)
2. Matt Jones, Arizona St. 74-75-69=218 (+4)
T3. Scott Miller, BYU 75-72-73=220 (+6)
T3. Matt Dobyns, Texas 70-83-67=220 (+7)
5. Adam Rubinson, TCU 79-74-68=221 (+8)

Oklahoma Individual Scores
6. Cody Freman 81-73-68=222 (+9)
T19. Matt Cohn 82-75-70=227 (+13)
T43. Martin Flores 81-79-73=233 (+19)
T43. J.D. Robertson 83-76-74=233 (+19)
T85. John Kidwell 81-83-76=240 (+26)