Sept. 28, 2001

NORMAN, Okla. - OU senior Cody Freeman (Arnett, Okla.) shot a season-low round of 69 (-2) Friday and currently stands tied for first place after one round of the Ping/Golfweek Preview Invitational in Columbus, Ohio, at The Ohio State University Scarlet Course (7,239 yards, par 71).

Freeman and the rest of the University of Oklahoma men's golf team shot a combined first-round score of 290 (+6). The Sooners are tied for third place overall with Georgia and Oklahoma State and are a mere three strokes off the lead held by Clemson. Twelve of the 15 teams participating in this tournament finished among the Top 15 teams in the country last year at the NCAA Championships in Durham, N.C.

Freeman was steady throughout the afternoon staying around even par before firing birdies on 15 and 16 to finish at two-under par. Only two shots behind Freeman is junior Parker Foster (Tulsa, Okla.), who is tied for seventh after a posting a first-round score of 71 (E). Foster made two birdies on the back nine at holes 12 and 16 to get back to even-par.

Junior John Kidwell (Dallas, Texas) is tied for 21st having shot a first-round 73. This is Kidwell's first start of the season for the Sooners.

Senior J.D. Robertson (Little Rock, Ark.) and Martin Flores (Mansfield, Texas) are currently tied for 55th having shot first-round scores of 77. Flores made up for a shaky front nine to shoot a one-under 34 on the back nine.

Second-round action begins at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Team Scores

1. Clemson288 (+4)

2. Wake Forest        289 (+5)

3. Oklahoma        290 (+6)

   Oklahoma State290 (+6)

   Georgia290 (+6)

6. East Tenn. St.292 (+8)

   Virginia Tech292 (+8)

   Texas292 (+8)

9. Georgia Tech        294 (+10)

10. Florida296 (+12)

    Arizona296 (+12)

12. Ohio State        300 (+16)

13. Augusta State302 (+18)

14. Arizona State306 (+22)

    Pacific306 (+22)

Top Five Individuals 1. Cody Freeman, Oklahoma69 (-2) Brent Wanner, Wake Forest69 (-2) Jason Hartwick, Texas69 (-2) 4. Jack Ferguson, Clemson70 (-1) Bill Haas, Wake Forest70 (-1) Brendon De Jonge, Va. Tech70 (-1)

Oklahoma Individual Scores T1. Cody Freeman 69 (-2) T7. Parker Foster 71 (E) T21. John Kidwell 73 (+2) T55. Martin Flores 77 (+6) T55. J.D. Robertson 77 (+6)