April 9, 2003

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The University of Oklahoma men's golf team will compete in the 2003 ASU Thunderbird Invitational this Friday and Saturday (April 11-12 ) in Tempe, Ariz. The tournament will be played on the ASU Karsten Golf Course (par 72, 7,037). Hosted by Arizona State, the 54-hole tournament will consist of 36 holes on Friday and 18 holes on Saturday.

The Sooners, who will be seeing their first action in nearly a month, are looking to rebound from a 16th place finish at the Morris Williams Intercollegiate March 17-18 in Austin, Texas. The event marked just the second of the 2002-03 season that OU did not finish in the top 10. Junior Blake Martin's 14th-place finish was the team's best at the Morris Williams and his second best of the season. Freshman Jim Renner had finished in the top 12 in five straight tournaments prior to OU's visit to Austin (he finished 82nd).

Coached by Jim Ragan, Oklahoma is ranked 22nd in the most recent Precept Coaches Poll.

ASU Thunderbird Field

Arizona                 Pepperdine
Arizona State           San Diego State
BYU                     Stanford
Colorado                Texas
Houston                 TCU
New Mexico              UCLA
Oklahoma                UNLV
Oregon                  USC
Oregon State            Washington State

The Oklahoma Lineup

John Kidwell (Sr., Dallas, Texas) - Making his 37th start as a Sooner ... Shot a course-record 65 at the Sooner Invitational en route to winning the individual championship last fall... Named Golf World Player of the Week Sept. 27 and Big 12 Golfer of the Month for September... Led OU in a team-best six tournaments last spring...2002 third-team All-American... 2002 First-team All-Big 12.

Martin Flores (Jr., Mansfield, Texas) - Making his 32nd consecutive start for OU ... Finished in the top-20 in three of the four tournaments last fall... Fired a career-low 66 at the Sooner Invitational... Finished the 2002 Big 12 Championship tied for 26th with a score of 222.

Doug Manor (Sr., Garland, Texas) - Making his 13th career start for Oklahoma ... Shot a career-low 68 in the last round of the Carpet Capital Classic last fall finishing tied for 10th, also a career low... Finished tied for 23rd at the Sooner Invitational... Fired a then-career-low round of 69 in the second round of the 2002 NCAA regional.

Blake Martin (Jr., Stigler, Okla.) - Starting his 11th tournament for OU ... Fired a career-low 67 in the first round of the Morris Williams Intercollegiate. Shot a then-career-low 68 in the last round of the Carpet Capital Collegiate last fall ... Shot a 69 in the second round of the Sooner Invitational.

Jim Renner (Fr., Plainville, Mass.) - Starting his seventh tournament for OU ...Shot a three-round total of 212 (-1) at the Cleveland Golf Classic, finishing tied for eighth, a career low... Fired a career-low 66 in the final round of the Waikoloa Intercollegiate, finishing tied for 11th ... Shot a then-career-low 70 at the Pepperdine Club Glove Intercollegiate while finishing tied for ninth, a team low.