Feb. 26, 2002

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - The University of Oklahoma men's golf team shot a final-round score of 297 on the River Course at the Rio Mar Country Club (par-72, 6,945 yards) in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to finish in 10th place Tuesday at the Puerto Rico Classic. The Sooners, who are ranked 10th in the latest Precept/GCAA Poll, concluded the tournament with a combined team score of 890 (+26) finishing three strokes ahead of No. 11 Georgia and four strokes in front of Big 12 rival and No. 6 Texas. Top-ranked and defending tournament champion Georgia Tech won the team championship finishing with a third-round 279 for a total of 829 (-35). The Yellow Jackets finished with a 15-shot advantage over their closest competitor, No. 3 Clemson.

Junior John Kidwell (Dallas, Texas) continued his stellar play leading the Sooners for the fifth-straight round this spring and the third-straight tournament this season. Kidwell fired a final-round 71 to tie for 11th overall with a total of 214 (-2). It was the fifth top-15 finish of his career at OU.

Sophomore Doug Manor (Garland, Texas) tied his lowest round of this season with a third-round 73 to tie for 61st overall. Sophomore Martin Flores (Mansfield, Texas) posted a final-round 76 for a total of 221 (+5). Flores finished tied with six other golfers for 28th.

Senior Cody Freeman (Arnett, Okla.) shot a 77 to tie for 46th while sophomore Blake Martin (Stigler, Okla.) posted a final-round 78 placing him tied for 64th.

The Sooners have a month to prepare for their next tournament at the Cleveland Golf/Morris Williams on March 25-26 in Austin, Texas, at the Austin County Club.

Team Scores
1.  Georgia Tech        275-275-279=829 (-35)
2.  Clemson             279-289-286=854 (-10)
3.  Purdue              293-278-286=857 (-7)
4.  Florida             293-288-288=869 (+5)
5.  Colorado            289-295-288=872 (+8)
6.  Minnesota           294-287-300=881 (+17)
7.  East Tenn. St.      295-288-300=883 (+19)
8.  North Carolina St.  303-282-302=887 (+23)
9.  Duke                296-292-301=889 (+25)
10. Oklahoma            295-298-297=890 (+26)
11. Georgia             293-300-300=893 (+29)
12. Texas               289-302-303=894 (+30)
13. Virginia            299-303-311=913 (+49)
    Northwestern        289-294-320=913 (+49)
    Kent State        308-295-310=913 (+49)

Top Five Individuals 1. Troy Matteson, Ga. Tech 69-65-71=205 (-11) 2. Lee Williamson, Purdue 74-66-67=207 (-9) 3. Nicholas Thompson, Ga. Tech 70-70-70=210 (-6) 4. D.J. Trahan, Clemson 71-71-69=211 (-5) Gregg Jones, Clemson 69-69-73=211 (-5) Matt Weibring, Ga. Tech 69-77-65=211 (-5)

Oklahoma Individual Scores T11. John Kidwell 71-72-71=214 (-2) T28. Martin Flores 72-73-76=221 (+5) T46. Cody Freeman 74-75-77=226 (+10) T61. Doug Manor 80-79-73=232 (+16) T64. Blake Martin 78-78-78=234 (+18)