May 17, 2001

NORMAN, Okla. - The 16th-ranked University of Oklahoma men s golf team shot a first-round score of 293 (+5) to stand tied for eighth place at the NCAA Central Regional in Stillwater, Okla. The Sooners are currently in a three-way tie with No. 11 Augusta State and 19th-ranked Houston. OU is only four strokes off the lead held by Kent State, who shot a total of 289 (+1).

Sooner freshman Martin Flores (Mansfield, Texas) took advantage of ideal weather conditions at Karsten Creek Golf Course firing a first-round score of 70 (-2) and is currently tied for seventh. Flores tied his lowest-round of the season which he also posted at The Red River Classic in October and last weekend at The Maxwell.

OU junior Cody Freeman (Arnett, Okla.) and sophomore John Kidwell (Dallas, Texas) shot rounds of 74 (+2) and stand tied for 37th with 23 other golfers including defending NCAA individual champion Luke Donald. One shot behind Freeman and Kidwell is senior Kelsey Cline (Yukon, Okla.), who sits tied for 62nd. Sophomore Matt Cohn (La Jolla, Calif.) rounded out the scores for OU with an 80.

The Sooners resume play at the 2001 NCAA Central Regional tomorrow morning at 7:30 a.m.

Team Scores

1. Kent State 289 (+1)

2. Texas A&M 291 (+3)

Charleston 291 (+3)

4. Minnesota 292 (+4)

Ohio State 292 (+4)

Oklahoma State 292(+4)

Baylor 292 (+4)

8. Oklahoma 293 (+5)

Augusta St. 293 (+5)

Houston 293 (+5)

11. Texas 294 (+6)

12. Tulsa 297 (+9)

Purdue 297 (+9)

14. North Florida 298 (+10)

Colorado 298 (+10)

16. SMU 299 (+11)

North Carolina 299 (+11)

18. Louisiana-Lafayette 300 (+12)

19. Lamar 301 (+13)

Toledo 301 (+13)

Top Five Individuals

1. Andy Stewart, Kansas 66 (-6)

2. Jon Mills, Kent State 67 (-5)

3. Mike Austin, Ohio State 68 (-4)

John Klauk, Texas 68 (-4)

5. Wilhelm Schauman, Minnesota 69 (-3)

Jimmy Walker, Baylor 69 (-3)

Oklahoma Individual Scores

T7. Martin Flores 70 (-2)

T37. Cody Freeman 74 (+2)

T37. John Kidwell 74 (+2)

T62. Kelsey Cline 75 (+3)

T120. Matt Cohn 80 (+8)