May 31, 2001

NORMAN, Okla. - The 11th-ranked University of Oklahoma men's golf team was one of the 15 teams to advance to third round of the 2001 NCAA Championships in Durham, N.C., having shot a second-round of 291 to finish the day tied for ninth with an overall score of 585 (+9). This is the first time OU has advanced past the second round of the NCAA Championships since 1993. Thirteenth-ranked Arizona is the tournament leader with a two-day total of 569 (-7).

Leading the way for OU was senior Kelsey Cline (Yukon, Okla.), who made three birdies and six pars on the front nine holes and only had one bogey on the back nine to finish the day with a 70. He's currently tied for 10th with a two-round total of 142 (-2) and is only five shots off the individual lead held by Arizona's Ricky Barnes.

Freshman Martin Flores' (Manfield, Texas) second round of 70 tied Cline for lowest round on the day for Oklahoma and also equaled his low for the season. Flores is currently tied for 37th at two-over-par.

"I thought Martin and Kelsey played well today," said Oklahoma Head Coach Jim Ragan after his team's morning round. "I think today showcased how balanced this team is. Matt Cohn struggled a little, Martin stepped up and that was the difference. I thought we had a good chance to shoot an even better score today than we did but it looks like we're in good shape."

Sophomore John Kidwell (Dallas, Texas) posted a second-round score of three over par (75). Kidwell is currently tied for 81st with a two-round score of 150 (+6). Junior Cody Freeman (Arnett, Okla.) posted a second-round 76 (+4) and has a total score of 153 (+9). Sophomore Matt Cohn (La Jolla, Calif.) is tied for 53rd with a score of 148 (+4) following his second-round 77.

The Sooners resume play at the Duke Golf Club tomorrow at 7:30 a.m.

Team Scores
1. Arizona 280-289=569 (-7)
2. Florida 296-278=574 (-2)
3. Wake Forest 294-282=576 (E)
4. Augusta State 292-288=580 (+4)
Georgia 296-284=580 (+4)
6. Georgia Tech 289-292=581 (+5)
7. East Tennessee State 293-289=582 (+6)
8. Clemson 294-289=583 (+7)
9. Oklahoma 294-291=585 (+9)
Virginia Tech 294-291=585 (+9)
11. Arizona State 298-288=586 (+10)
Alabama-Birmingham 297-289=586 (+10)
13. SMU 298-289=587 (+11)
14. Charleston 294-296=590 (+14)
Oregon State 295-295=590 (+14)
Pacific 299-291=590 (+14)
17. UCLA 299-292=591 (+15)
18. Mississippi 296-296=592 (+16)
Toledo 292-300=592 (+16)
20. Houston 304-289=593 (+17)
South Carolina 295-298=593 (+17)
Minnesota 296-297=593 (+17)
Stanford 297-296=593 (+17)
24. Oklahoma State 300-294=594 (+18)
Georgia Southern 302-292=594 (+18)
26. Washington 301-297=598 (+22)
27. North Carolina State 298-301=599 (+23)
28. Purdue 310-292=602 (+26)
29. UC-Irvine 306-306=612 (+36)
30. Kent State 310-310=620 (+44)



Top Five Individuals
1. Ricky Barnes, Arizona 68-65=133 (-11)
T2. Kris Mikkelsen, Georgia Tech 66-72=138 (-6)
Jamie Elson, Augusta State 73-65=138 (-6)
Troy McKinley, Pacific 70-68=138 (-6)
Chez Reavie, Arizona State 71-67=138 (-6)


Oklahoma Individual Scores
T10. Kelsey Cline 72-70=142 (-2)
T37. Martin Flores 76-70=146 (+2)
T53. Matt Cohn 71-77=148 (+4)
T66. John Kidwell 75-75=150 (+6)
T122. Cody Freeman 77-76=153 (+9)