April 24, 2001
NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma men's golf team, ranked 16th by Mastercard, shot the low-round of the tournament (288) to finish tied for second with No. 5 Texas at the 2001 Big 12 Men's Golf Tournament at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan. The Sooners finished with an overall score of 904 (+64) and 10 strokes behind first-time tournament champion Baylor (894).
It was the best finish for an Oklahoma team at the Big 12 Championship and the best finish for OU at a conference tournament since the final Big Eight Tounament in 1995 when the Sooners were edged by Oklahoma State in a playoff. This year, OU finished eight strokes ahead of the 11th-ranked Cowboys who were the defending Big 12 Champions.
"I'm proud of our team today," said OU Head Coach Jim Ragan. "They played with a lot of heart and showed a lot of character out there."
Senior Kelsey Cline led the Sooners with a second-place tie and career-best finish after firing the lowest round of the day (70). Cline ended the two-day tournament with an overall score of 223 (+13)
"Kelsey really played well today," said Ragan. "He really came through for us and had a tremendous finish."
Sophomore John Kidwell and freshman Martin Flores finished tied for seventh with final scores of 227 (+17). Kidwell shot a final-round score of 74 while Flores carded a 73. Flores was five-over-par after the first five holes of the third round and shot two-under-par for the rest of the day. It was the highest finish for both golfers. Kidwell cracked the top-10 of a tournament for the first time in his OU career while Flores did it for the second time in his first season as a Sooner.
OU junior Cody Freeman shot a final-round 74 to tie for 16th with a final score of 230 (+20), while sophomore Matt Cohn rebounded from two tough rounds to fire a 71 in the third round to tie for 39th overall.
"Martin, Cody and John all hung tough today," said Ragan. They had a lot of opportunities to let up but they just kept on fighting and helped us move up in the tournament. I was extremely pleased to see Matt come back the way he did and shoot such a good score. Obviously, I would have liked to see us shoot 10 strokes lower, but all in all, this was a good tournament for Oklahoma and I think that we will be a better team overall because of it."
The Sooners have a few weeks to prepare for their annual trip to Ardmore, Okla., to compete in The Maxwell on May 12-13 (Sat.-Sun.) at Dornick Hills Country Club.
Team Scores 1. Baylor310-296-288 = 894 (+54) T2. Oklahoma311-305-288 = 904 (+64) T2. Texas314-295-295 = 904 (+64) 4. Colorado316-298-291 = 905 (+65) 5. Oklahoma State311-309-292 = 912 (+72) 6. Texas A&M311-314-302 = 927 (+87) 7. Kansas307-321-305 = 933 (+93) 8. Kansas State328-307-306 = 941 (+101) 9. Missouri320-324-308 = 952 (+112) 10. Texas Tech338-313-303 = 954 (+114) 11. Iowa State323-325-307 = 955 (+115) 12. Nebraska327-322-307 = 956 (+116)
Top Five Individuals 1. Worth Williams, Baylor72-72-71 = 215 (+5) T2. Kelsey Cline, Oklahoma77-76-70 = 223 (+13) T2. Par Nilsson, Oklahoma State75-74-74 = 223 (+13) 4. Jimmy Walker, Baylor80-71-73 = 224 (+14) T5. Brandon Sanders, Baylor78-77-71 = 226 (+16) T5. Stephen Reed, Texas A&M75-79-72 = 226 (+16)
Oklahoma Individual Scores T2. Kelsey Cline, Oklahoma77-76-70 = 223 (+13) T7. John Kidwell, Oklahoma76-77-74 = 227 (+17) T7. Martin Flores, Oklahoma80-74-73 = 227 (+17) T16. Cody Freeman, Oklahoma78-78-74 = 230 (+20) T39. Matt Cohn, Oklahoma81-87-71 = 239 (+29)