May 16, 2002

NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma men's golf team shot a first-round score of 289 (+1) and stands in a three-way tie for second place at the NCAA Central Regional at Pleasant Valley Country Club in Little Rock, Ark. The Sooners are only two strokes out of first place held by Oklahoma State with two rounds remaining.

OU was led by junior John Kidwell (Dallas, Texas) who fired a four-under 68 to stand atop the leaderboard with TCU's Bret Guetz. Kidwell was one-under after the first nine holes and went three-under on the front nine to finish out the round.

Senior Cody Freeman (Arnett, Okla.) is tied for fifth after shooting a two-under 70. Freeman got off to a quick start shooting a four-under after nine holes and was two-over on the back nine.

Sophomore Martin Flores (Mansfield, Texas) is tied for 43rd after posting a two-over 74 while senior J.D. Robertson (Little Rock, Ark.) shot a 77 and is currently tied for 84th. Sophomore Doug Manor (Garland, Texas) rounded out the scores for Oklahoma with an 80.

Second round action begins Friday morning as the Sooners will tee off from the No. 1 tee at 7:30.

Top Individuals
T1. John Kidwell, Oklahoma   68 (-4)
T1. Bret Guetz, TCU             68 (-4)
T3. Jan Are Larsen, Alabama     69 (-3)
T3. Franklin Hatchett, SMU      69 (-3)
T5. Cody Freeman, Oklahoma   70 (-2)
Seven other golfers are tied for fifth

Oklahoma Individual Scores T1. John Kidwell 68 (-4) T5. Cody Freeman 70 (-2) T43. Martin Flores 74 (+2) T84. J.D. Robertson 77 (+5) T113. Doug Manor 80 (+8)

Team Scores 1. Oklahoma State 287 (-1) T2. Oklahoma 289 (+1) T2. Kansas 289 (+1) T2. TCU 289 (+1) 5. Purdue 290 (+2) T6. SMU 291 (+3) T6. Toledo 291 (+3) T8. Alabama 292 (+4) T8. Baylor 292 (+4) 10. Illinois 293 (+5) T11. Colorado 294 (+6) T11. North Carolina St. 294 (+6) T13. Tulsa 296 (+8) T13. Virginia Tech 296 (+8) T15. Missouri 298 (+10) T15. Northwestern 298 (+10) 17. Maryland 299 (+11) 18. LSU 301 (+13) 19. Texas-Arlington 303 (+15) 20. Houston 304 (+16) 21. Lamar 306 (+18) 22. St. John's 308 (+20) 23. Austin Peay St. 313 (+25) T24. Arkansas State 314 (+26) T24. Princeton 314 (+26) 26. Army 319 (+31) 27. Jackson State 337 (+49)