May 15, 2001
The University of Oklahoma men's golf team is one of the 27 teams set to compete in the NCAA Central Regional on May 17-19 at the Karsten Creek Golf Course in Stillwater Okla. The second-seeded Sooners will need to finish in 10th place or better to advance to the NCAA Championships in Durham, N.C. on May 30-June 2.
The Sooners posted their eighth top-five finish of the season tying for fourth place at The Maxwell Intercollegiate.
Oklahoma Head Coach Jim Ragan says he is very aware of the challenge in front of the Sooners going into Stillwater.
"Regionals is going to be very competitive," said Ragan. "We have a very strong region. Four teams that are in the top 30 got shipped into our region from the East coast so it's going to be a challenge to go up there and perform but I think our guys are playing with a lot of confidence and we should do well."
The Projected Starting Lineup
Kelsey Cline (Sr., Yukon, Okla.)
Making his third NCAA Regional and 43rd overall start as a Sooner . . . best finish at a Regional came in 1998 when he tied for 21st . . . led the Sooners for the third straight tournament at The Maxwell, tying for fourth . . . it was his second-straight top five finish this season . . . leads the team this season with a stroke average of 73.57.
Matt Cohn (So., La Jolla, Calif.)
His 20th start as a Sooner and second consecutive trip to Regionals . . . tied for 54th last year at Regionals in Victoria, Texas . . . has a scoring average this season of 73.71 through 34 rounds of action . . . tied for 58th at The Maxwell . . . tied for 39th at the Big 12 Championships . . . fired a 71 in the final round to finish with a 239 (+29) . . . was solid at the Morris Williams, shooting rounds of 71 and 72 to tie for ninth at one-under-par . . . it was his fifth top-10 finish of the season.
Martin Flores (Fr., Mansfield, Texas)
Making 13th straight start for the Sooners . . . tied for 58th at The Maxwell . . .tied his low-round for the season (70) . . . recorded his best finish as a Sooner at the conference championship finishing tied for seventh . . . rebounded after a tough first round to shoot rounds of 74 and 73 for a final score of 227 (+17) . . . has now finished in the top 20 six times in his first season as a Sooner . . . currently has a scoring average of 74.65 for the season .
Cody Freeman (Jr., Arnett, Okla.)
This will be his 27th career start for the Sooners and his second trip to Regionals . . . tied for second at Regionals last year . . . it was the best finish of his Sooner career . . . tied for ninth at The Maxwell . . . it was his fifth top-10 finish of the season . . . his first-round 67 tied his lowest round of the season . . . tied for 16th at the Big 12 Conference Championships . . . shot a score of 230 (+20) . . . led OU at the Morris Williams Intercollegiate, tying for fifth . . . it was his third top-five finish on the year . . . has a scoring average of 73.68 for the season.
John Kidwell (So., Dallas, Texas)
Making his 17th start as a Sooner and his first trip to Regionals . . . finished tied for 24th at The Maxwell . . . recorded his best finish of his career at OU tying for seventh at the Big 12 Championships . . . shot a score of 227 (+17) . . . has a scoring average of 74.80 this season.
Kelsey Cline leads Sooners at Conference Championship and Maxwell
Big 12 Championships (April 23-24)
The University of Oklahoma men's golf team shot the low-round of the tournament (288) to finished tied for second with Texas at the 2001 Big 12 Men's Golf Tournament in Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan.
It was the best finish for the Sooners at a conference tournament since the final Big Eight Tournament in 1995 when OU was edged by Oklahoma State in a playoff. This year, OU finished eight strokes ahead of the 11th-ranked Cowboys who were the defending Big 12 Champions.
"I was very pleased with our teams performance at the Big 12 Tournament," said OU Head Coach Jim Ragan.
Senior Kelsey Cline led the Sooners tying for second place (a career-best) after firing the lowest round of the final day (70).
"Kelsey really stepped up and executed for us," said Ragan. "He's been playing really well for the last month and it he showcased that in Hutchinson."
Sophomore John Kidwell and freshman Martin Flores finished tied for seventh with final scores of 227 (+17). Kidwell shot a final-round score of 74 while Flores carded a 73. Flores was five-over-par after the first five holes of the third round and shot two-under-par for the rest of the day. It was the highest finish for both golfers. Kidwell cracked the tournament's top 10 for the first time in his OU career while Flores did it for the second time in his first season as a Sooner.
OU junior Cody Freeman shot a final-round 74 to tie for 16th with a final score of 230 (+20), while sophomore Matt Cohn rebounded from two tough rounds to fire a 71 in the third round to tie for 39th overall.
"Martin, Cody and John all hung tough today," said Ragan. "They had a lot of opportunities to let up but they just kept on fighting and helped us move up in the tournament. I was extremely pleased to see Matt come back the way he did and shoot such a good score. Obviously, I would have liked to see us shoot 10 strokes lower, but all in all, this was a good tournament for Oklahoma and I think that we will be a better team overall because of it."
The Maxwell (May 12-13)
The Sooners shot a final-round of 288 to tie for fourth place at The Maxwell in Ardmore, Okla. at Dornick Hills Country Club. OU finished with an overall score of 854 (+14) for the tournament and six strokes behind tournament champion Tulsa. The Golden Hurricane shot a final round 279 to finish with a total of 848 (+8).
"The Maxwell was a great event and I thought that the citizens of Ardmore just did an outstanding job with this tournament," said Oklahoma Head Coach Jim Ragan. "There's no other college tournament quite like this one."
Kelsey Cline led Oklahoma for the third-straight tournament, tying for fourth overall with a final score of 210 (E). The senior from Yukon shot a final-round 71 to place in the top-five for the second-straight tournament.
OU junior Cody Freeman tied for ninth after posting a final-round 72 to finish with an overall score of 212 (+2). It was Freeman's fifth top-10 finish of the season.
Sophomore John Kidwell shot a third-round 71 to tie for 24th while freshman Martin Flores and sophomore Matt Cohn both tied for 58th (222, +12).
Playing as an individual in his first tournament of the season, OU senior Rodrigo Breton shot rounds of 72, 71 and 69 to tie for ninth place with a final score of 212 (+2). It was the best finish of his career as a Sooner and his final-round of 69 also tied a personal best.
"Overall we played well," said Ragan. "We might have been a little rusty coming off of finals because I know our players studied hard and tried to do their very best in school. But it was a good tune-up for the upcoming regional and I'm confident about our team's play right now."