April 9, 2000

NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma men's golf team concluded the final round of the Bill Hitchcock Intercollegiate at Saugahatchee Country Club in Opelika, Ala. on Sunday. The Sooners shot a final round of 302 to fall to a fourth place finish after starting the day just four shots off the lead. Tournament host Auburn captured the team title, while Mississippi State's Alex Rocha captured medalist honors.

Individually, freshman Matt Cohn was OU's highest finisher, tying for 12th place. Cohn shot even-par 72 on Sunday to record his highest career finish. The Bill Hitchcock was only the second career start for the true freshman from LaJolla, Calif.

"We played a rather disappointing round of golf," said head coach Gregg Grost. "We had opportunities early in the round to make a move, but we gave them away. There was really no excuse for the way we played."

Rocha dominated the field individually, beginning with a course-record and tournament-record setting 62 on the first day. He finished 14-under-par, with the next closest finisher ten shots off the lead.

The Sooners will be back in action at the Arizona State Thunderbird Classic April 15-16 in Tempe, Ariz.

Team Standings

1.Auburn281-297-281 -- 859-5
2.Mississippi St.282-299-292 -- 873+9
3.Georgia St.294-295-289 -- 878+14
4.Oklahoma284-298-302 -- 884+20
5.SE Louisiana294-304-299 -- 887+23
6.Vanderbilt291-307-291 -- 889+25
7.Louisiana St.291-305-298 -- 894+30
Mississippi295-298-301 -- 894+30
9.South Alabama295-301-302 -- 898+34
10.Memphis297-311-304 -- 912+48
11.Alabama304-312-309 -- 925+61
12.Florida St.302-320-305 -- 927+63

Individual Standings

1.Alex Rocha, Miss. St.62-71-69 -- 202(-14)
2.Roland Thatcher, Auburn69-75-68 -- 212(-4)
Jason Dufner, Auburn69-74-69 -- 212(-4)
4.Ben Smith, Miss. St.72-72-71 -- 215(-1)
5.Alan Morgan, LSU71-71-74 -- 216(E)

Sooner Finishers

T12.Matt Cohn73-76-72 -- 221(+5)
T17.John Kidwell68-77-77 -- 222(+6)
28.Chris Cureton75-73-77 -- 225(+9)
T29.Kelsey Cline73-72-81 -- 226(+10)
T32.Rodrigo Breton70-81-76 -- 227 (+11)