Feb. 22, 2002

NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma men's golf team travels to Palmer, Puerto Rico this weekend to compete in the Puerto Rico Classic. The three-day tournament will run from Feb. 24-26 at the Westin Rio Mar Beach Resort and Country Club (par 72, 6,945 yards). Play is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. EST on Sunday and Monday and at 7:30 a.m. EST on Tuesday.

The Sooners are coming off of a second-place showing at the Taylor Made Waikoloa Intercollegiate in Hilo, Hawaii. Junior John Kidwell (Dallas, Texas) led OU for the second-consecutive tournament this season tying for fourth. It was the best finish of his career as a Sooner.

OU finished in fifth place last year in Puerto Rico with a final score of 879 (+15). Then-junior Cody Freeman (Arnett, Okla.) tied for fifth overall shooting an even-par 216.

The Field For Puerto Rico
(3) Clemson, Colorado, Duke, East Tennessee State, (4) Florida, (11) Georgia, (1) Georgia Tech, Kent State, Minnesota, (25) N.C. State, Northwestern, (10) Oklahoma, Purdue, (6) Texas, Virginia.

(X)- Precept/GCAA Rankings

In The Rankings
With the impressive showing in Hawaii, OU have moved up the polls this week. The Sooners are 10th in the Precept/GCAA Coaches Poll. Golfstat has OU down a notch at 11th, Golfweek has the Sooners in 13th and Golfworld magazine ranks Oklahoma in 15th.

In the individual rankings for Golfweek, sophomore Martin Flores (Mansfield, Texas) is ranked 52nd, Kidwell has moved up to No. 70 and senior Cody Freeman is 74th.