Feb. 12, 2002

NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma Men's Golf team begins the 2002 spring season with high hopes of building on the numerous successes of last year's NCAA-qualifying team.

The Sooners start off their spring season on Feb. 13 at the Taylor Made Waikoloa Collegiate in Hilo, Hawaii. Of the 21 schools competing, OU will be one of seven ranked schools at the tournament. First round action is set to start at 6:45 A.M. Hawaii time (10:45 CST) at the Kings Golf Course.

It turned out to be a battle against the elements for the Sooners in last year's trip to the islands. OU fought its way from 11th place to a tie for fifth overall.

Cody Freeman led the way for OU firing a final-round 68 and a total score of 222 (+9) good for sixth place.

The second stop for the Sooner men's golf team this spring will be at the Puerto Rico Classic in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Feb. 24 in what is sure to be a competitive tournament as four of the 13 teams competing are ranked in the top six in the nation.

Last year in Puerto Rico, Freeman continued to shine as he led OU for the second-straight tournament finishing at even par (216). As a team, the Sooners pushed their way into the top five for the fifth time of the season finishing fifth.

This year, first round tee times begin at 8 A.M. Puerto Rico time (6 A.M. CST) at the Rio Mar Country Club.

OU's Projected Starting Lineup

Martin Flores (So., Mansfield, Texas) - Making his 19th consecutive start for the University of Oklahoma...Currently leads the team in stroke average (72.25)...Fired the lowest round of his career as a Sooner (67) at the first round of The Ridges and second round of the Taylor Made Red River Classic...Those two rounds of 67 are the lowest for any Sooner this season...Posted two top-three finishes in the fall at The Ridges (third place) and The Red River Classic (second place)...Tied for 43rd last year in Hawaii and tied for 15th in Puerto Rico...Currently ranked 52nd by Golfweek.

Flores' OU Career Numbers
Starts - 18
Rounds - 53
Strokes - 3,910
Low - 67
Avg. - 73.8

Cody Freeman (Sr., Arnett, Okla.) - His 30th start as a Sooner...Currently holds a stroke average of 72.58...Led OU at The Preview in Columbus, Ohio, tying for ninth place...Carded his lowest round of the season in Columbus with a first-round 69...Led the Sooners in Hawaii and Puerto Rico last year finishing sixth place and fifth place respectively...Ranked 79th by Golfweek.

Freeman's Career Numbers
Starts - 29
Rounds - 91
Strokes - 6,708
Low - 66
Avg. - 73.7

John Kidwell (Jr., Dallas, Texas) - Starting his 22nd tournament at OU and fourth of this season...Has a stroke average of 73.22 through nine rounds this season...Led Okahoma for the first time in his career at the Long Cove Collegiate...Tied for 85th last season in Hawaii and tied for 40th in Puerto Rico.

Kidwell's Career Numbers
Starts - 21
Rounds - 68
Strokes - 5,073
Low - 67
Avg. - 74.6

Blake Martin (So., Stigler, Okla.) - Making his first start as a Sooner...Played as an individual at the Taylor Made Red River Classic tying for 70th with a score of 225.

Martin's Career Numbers
Starts - 0
Rounds - 6
Strokes - 444
Low - 70
Avg. - 74.0

Doug Manor (So., Garland, Texas) - His first start for Oklahoma...Last saw action as an individual at The Maxwell last season tying for 53rd place with a score of 220.

Manor's Career Numbers
Starts - 0
Rounds - 3
Strokes - 220
Low - 71
Avg. - 73.3