Sooners Make Return Trip To Duke For NCAA Championships

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MAY 25, 2001

May 25, 2001

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Oklahoma is making its 19th trip in the past 21 seasons and its first under Head Coach Jim Ragan to the NCAA Championships as the Sooners make their way to Durham after tying for first place in last weeks NCAA Central Regional. It was OU's first time to top the leaderboard at the NCAA Central Regional since 1995. In the latest polls, the Sooners were ranked 11th in Mastercard (May 23) and 16th in Golfweek (May 21) and Golf World (May 11). OU was 18th in the latest Golfstat poll (May 18).

TOURNAMENT FORMAT - The 72-hole tournament tees off Wednesday, May 30 and continues over the next three days, with one 18-hole round played daily. The field will be cut to the low 15 teams after 36 holes.

Seeds: Here are the 2001 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship seedings

1. East Tennessee State7. UC Irvine13. Charleson19. Geogia Tech25. Wake Forest
2. Kent State8. Florida14. South Carolina20. Augusta State26. Alabama-Birmingham
3. Arizona State9. Purdue15. Georgia21. Stanford27. Southern Methodist
4. Oklahoma10. Clemson16. Oregon State22. Toledo28. Mississippi
5. Arizona11. Minnesota17. Virginia Tech23. UCLA29. Houston
6. North Carolina State12. Pacific18. Oklahoma State24. Georgia Southern30. Washington

Pairings: Here are the first and second round team pairings as determined by seed. Third and fourth round pairings will be determined by team score.

Wednesday, May 30

First Tee10th Tee
7:00 Oregon St., Virginia Tech, Oklahoma St.7:18Georgia Tech, Augusta St., Stanford
7:45 Toledo, UCLA, Georgia Southern8:03Wake Forest, UAB, SMU
8:30 Mississippi, Houston, Washington8:48Inidividuals
12:18 Oklahoma, Arizona, North Carolina St.12:00East Tennessee St., Kent St., Arizona St.
1:03 Clemson, Minnesota, Pacific1:12UC Irvine, Flordia, Purdue
1:48 Individuals1:30Charleston, South Carolina, Georgia

Thursday, May 31

First Tee10th Tee
7:00 East Tennessee St., Kent State, Arizona St.7:18 Oklahoma, Arizona, North Carolina St.
7:45 UC Irvine, Florida, Purdue8:03 Clemson, Minnesota, Pacific
8:30 Charleston, South Carolina, Georgia8:48 Individuals
12:18 Georgia Tech, Augusta St., Stanford12:00 Oregon St., Virginia Tech, Oklahoma St.
1:03 Wake Forest, UAB, SMU1:12 Toledo, UCLA, Georgia Southern
1:48 Individuals1:30 Mississippi, Houston, Washington

Practice Rounds: The Sooners play their first practice round from the 10th tee at 7:40 a.m. on Monday, May 28. Oklahoma's second round of practice begins at noon from the first tee on Tuesday, May 29.

Scoring: A daily team score is computed by totaling the lowest four scores of the five team members. The final team score is determined by totaling each daily score. The team and individual champions will be determined after 72 holes of play. After 36 holes of play, the field will be cut to the low 15 teams, no ties, and the top nine individuals not on those teams.

The Sooners: OU will have the same lineup that tied for first at the NCAA Central Regional last week and that has played together only six times this season inlcuding the last five tournaments. Ironically, the first time the current lineup competed was at the Duke Golf Classic where they finished 15th. Sophomore Matt Cohn led the team tying for 10th with a score of 220. Including that tournament, this lineup finished third at the Cleveland Morris Williams, 14th at the ASU Thunderbird/Savane Invitational, tied for second at the Big 12 Conference Championship, tied for fourth at The Maxwell and tied for first at the regional.

Sooners In The NCAA: As mentioned earlier, the 2001 tournament marks the 19th time the Univeristy of Okahoma has participated in the national championships and 28th overall. Only one Sooner, Jim Vickers in 1952 at Purdue, has claimed medalist honors at the NCAA Championships. For a complete listing of Okalhoma's all-time participation in the NCAA Championships, refer to page 48 of the 2001 OU golf media guide

OU Notes: In Jim Ragan's first season as OU Head Coach, the Sooners posted nine top-five finishes leading up to the NCAA Championships . . . This is the most for any OU squad leading up to the NCAA Championships since 1995 (9) . . . OU's two first-place finishes are the most for an Oklahoma team since the 1989 National Championship team topped the leaderboard five times . . . Only two of OU's starting five have previous NCAA Championship experience. Sophomore Matt Cohn finished tied for 38th last year in Opelika, Ala. . . . Cohn was the lone Sooner to make the cut after the first two rounds . . . His third round score of 66 was the lowest score for a Sooner in the third round of any NCAA Regional or Championship in OU history . . . Junior Cody Freeman also competed in two rounds of action finishing with a score of 139.

Results: Results can be fournd on-line at

The Duke Golf Club: Here are the particulars on the championship course.

  • Par 72, 7,111-yards
  • Opened on September 26, 1957
  • Original layout by Robert Trent Jones
  • Re-design by Rees Jones in 1993
  • Served as host of the NCAA Men's golf Championships in 1962, with Rees Jones participating in the event as a member of the Yale University team.
  • Ed Ibarguen, General Manager & PGA Master Professional


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