April 23, 2003

NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma men's golf team placed five student-athletes on the 2003 Academic All-Big 12 Team. OU seniors Matt Cohn (La Jolla Calif.) and Parker Foster (Tulsa, Okla.) and juniors Doug Manor (Garland, Texas) and Blake Martin (Stigler, Okla.) were placed on the first team while junior Martin Flores (Mansfield, Texas) earned second-team honors.

Manor has maintained a perfect 4.0 throughout his academic career. Cohn, Foster and Martin earned better than a 3.2 GPA and were among 23 other golfers who received first-team honors. Flores earned second-team honors for the Sooners. This marks the second time that Flores and Cohn have been named Academic All-Big 12 selections.

"I'm very proud of the players who received this honor," OU men's golf head coach Jim Ragan said. It's very difficult to balance academics and sports. Our practice and tournament schedule is very demanding. Time constraints for the student-athletes are very high and for them to achieve this is outstanding."

To qualify, student-athletes must maintain a 3.0 grade point average or higher either cumulatively or the previous two semesters and must have participated in 60 percent of his team's scheduled matches. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible and seniors who have competed for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are eligible.

The Sooners head to Tulsa, Okla., this weekend to begin preparing for the 2003 Big 12 Championships which are set for April 28-29 (Mon.-Tue.) at Southern Hills Country Club.