April 29, 2002

HUTCHINSON, Kan. - The University of Oklahoma men's golf team shot rounds of 274 and 283 to finish out the first day of the 2002 Big 12 Championship with a total score of 557 (-3). The Sooners are currently 10 strokes in front of second-place Texas and 17 shots ahead of third-place Oklahoma State.

OU junior John Kidwell (Dallas, Texas) was solid all day making six birdies and zero bogies in the first round for a career-low 64 (-6). It was the lowest one-round score in Big 12 Championship history. Kidwell finished up the day with a second-round 69 to stand atop the leaderboard with a score of 133 (-7).

"I was confident going into this tournament but I was really happy with the way I played in the first round," said Kidwell. "My putting was good, the conditions were favorable and my teammates and I just kept encouraging each other to keep up the momentum."

OU senior Cody Freeman's (Arnett, Okla.) second-round 66 equaled the previous record for lowest one-round score in a Big 12 Championship. His score also tied his previous career-low as he finished out the day in second place overall with a total of 135 (-5).

"I had a lot of birdie putts and I wasn't stressing over any part of my game," said Freeman. "The weather doesn't get any better than this at this tournament. I was actually surprised that there weren't more lower scores." Sophomore Martin Flores (Mansfield, Texas) was also stellar carding a second-round 68 to stand alone in fifth-place overall with a total of 140 (E) while junior Matt Cohn (La Jolla, Calif.) bounced back from a first-round 78 to card a second-round 71. Cohn is currently tied for 27th while junior Parker Foster (Tulsa, Okla.) is tied for 58th.

"We had three guys that just played outstanding today," said Oklahoma Head Coach Jim Ragan. "Fortunately, Matt Cohn stepped up in the afternoon and made a nice contribution that really helped us out. We're really going to have to play well tomorrow to sustain what we've accomplished today. This golf course is one where things can change quickly."

OU's quest for its first Big 12 Championship begins at 8 a.m. Tuesday at Prairie Dunes Country Club.

Team Scores
1. Oklahoma             283-274=557 (-3)
2. Texas                285-282=567 (+7)
3. Oklahoma State       287-287=574 (+14)
4. Baylor               297-286=583 (+23)
5. Missouri             293-292=585 (+25)
6. Colorado             296-296=590 (+30)
7. Texas Tech           297-294=591 (+31)
8. Iowa State           295-297=592 (+32)
9. Kansas State         303-292=595 (+35)
10. Texas A&M           300-300=600 (+40)
11. Kansas              301-300=601 (+41)
12. Nebraska            312-295=607 (+47)

Top Five Individuals 1. John Kidwell, Oklahoma 64-69=133 (-7) 2. Cody Freeman, Oklahoma 69-66=135 (-5) 3. Jason Hartwick, Texas 72-65=137 (-3) 4. Anders Hultman, Okla. St. 70-68=138 (-2) 5. Martin Flores, Oklahoma 72-68=140 (E)

Oklahoma Individual Scores 1. John Kidwell 64-69=133 (-7) 2. Cody Freeman 69-66=135 (-5) 5. Martin Flores 72-68=140 (E) T27. Matt Cohn 78-71=149 (+9) T58. Parker Foster 80-79=159 (+19)