May 18, 2001

NORMAN, Okla.- The 16th-ranked University of Oklahoma men's golf team shot the second-lowest team score (291) today to move into second place at the NCAA Central Regional in Stillwater, Okla. OU concluded second-round action with a total of 584 (+8) and are only six strokes behind the College of Charleston, which finished the day at 578 (+2). OU freshman Martin Flores (Mansfield, Texas) is the tournament leader after firing a second-round score of 70 (-2) to finish with a total of 140 (-4).

"I think the north wind made this course more difficult today," said Flores. "I just tried to go out there and hit the ball well. I thought that I putted the ball very well today. I missed a few birdie putts here and there but I think the par putts I made evened things out enough for me to do well."

Sophomore Matt Cohn (La Jolla, Calif.) came back in fine fashion shooting a second-round 71 after posting a first-round of 80. With today's round, Cohn moved into a tie for 66th place.

"We were at seven-under a one point during the round so obviously, we're a little disappointed to end up where we did," said Oklahoma Head Coach Jim Ragan. "I don't think that there was any one particular hole that was a problem for us. We just gave a few shots back here and there and ended up at three-over. We'll get some work in this afternoon and fix some of those leaks so we can have a chance to win tomorrow."

OU junior Cody Freeman (Arnett, Okla.) and sophomore John Kidwell (Dallas, Texas) each posted identical scores for the second day in a row shooting 75. Each stands tied for 40th with two-day totals of 149 (+5). Senior Kelsey Cline (Yukon, Okla.) shot a second-round of 79 and is tied for 93rd place.

The Sooners resume play at the 2001 NCAA Central Regional tomorrow morning at 7:12 a.m.

Team Scores

1. Charleston 291-287=578 (+2)
2. Oklahoma 293-291=584 (+8)
3. Kent State 289-296=585 (+9)
4. Minnesota 292-297=589 (+13)
Texas A&M 291-298=589 (+13)
6. Purdue 297-293=590 (+14)
7. Oklahoma State 292-301=593 (+17)
8. Baylor 292-302=594 (+18)
9. North Carolina 299-296=595 (+19)
Augusta St. 293-302=595 (+19)
Tulsa 297-299=596 (+20)
12. Houston 293-304=597 (+21)
Toledo 301-296=597 (+21)
14. Ohio State 292-306=598 (+22)
Colorado 298-300=598 (+22)
16. SMU 299-300=599 (+23)
17. Texas 294-306=600 (+24)
18. Northwestern 304-299=603 (+27)
Kansas 303-300=603 (+27)
20. Lamar 301-303=604 (+28)
21. Arkansas State 302-303=605 (+29)
22. North Florida 298-311=609 (+33)
Arkansas-Little Rock 303-306=609 (+33)
24. Louisiana-Lafayette 300-311=611 (+35)
Wichita State 302-309=611 (+35)
26. TCU 309-303=612 (+36)
27. Jackson State 333-320=653 (+77)

Top Five Individuals

1. Martin Flores, Oklahoma 70-70=140 (-4)
2. Jon Mills, Kent State 67-74=141 (-3)
John Klauk, Texas 68-73=141 (-3)
Sean Howell, Kent State 73-68=141 (-3)
5. Jimmy Walker, Baylor 69-73=142 (-2)
Andy Stewart, Kansas 66-76=142 (-2)
Kyle Bradley, Charleston 70-72=142 (-2)

Oklahoma Individual Scores

1. Martin Flores 70-70=140 (-4)
T40. Cody Freeman 74-75=149 (+5)
T40. John Kidwell 74-75=149 (+5)
T66. Matt Cohn 80-71=151 (+7)
T93. Kelsey Cline 75-79=154 (+10)