Feb. 16, 2001

NORMAN, Okla. -- The University of Oklahoma men's golf team shot the lowest round of the day (303) to move into a sixth-place tie after two rounds of play at the Taylor Made Waikoloa Intercollegiate in Waikoloa, Hawaii. The Sooners finished with an overall score of 628 (+60) and are 16 shots behind Texas who sits on top of the leader board at 612 (+44).

"I thought that our players showed a lot of character to come back and shoot the low round of the tournament today," said Oklahoma Head Coach Jim Ragan. "The conditions weren't quite as bad as they were yesterday, but it was still very windy. We were also playing on a golf course that was at a higher elevation so we still had high winds and gusts that exceeded 40 mph so I was proud that our team came back and played as well as they did."

Junior Cody Freeman rebounded from a first-round score of 81 to lead the Sooners with a round of 73. Freeman is currently tied for 16th place at 154 (+12). Sophomore Matt Cohn is tied for 26th after shooting a 75 and stands at 26th (+15). Junior J.D. Robertson shot a round of 76 and is tied for 41st while freshman Martin Flores posted a 79 for 47th. Sophomore John Kidwell rounded out the scores for OU at 68th.

"Cody Freeman hit the ball better than anyone I saw in the field as far as getting the ball close to the hole under these kinds of conditions," said Ragan. "He was under par for the majority of his round but unfortunately the wind made putting very difficult. Therefore it was harder for him to take advantage of some excellent shots that he made. Matt Cohn and J.D. Robertson helped us out a lot with their scores and put us in a great position for tomorrow. "

OU will begin its final round at the Taylor Made Waikoloa Intercollegiate when the Sooners tee off at 7 a.m. (HST) Saturday morning at the 7,074-yard par 72 Waikoloa Kings' Golf Course.

Team Scores

1. Texas 302-310=612 (+44)

2. Oregon 308-305=613 (+45)

3. TCU 307-308=615 (+47)

4. Arizona State 313-304=617 (+49)

5. USC 320-307=627 (+59)

T6. Oklahoma 325-303=628 (+60)

T6. BYU 317-311=628 (+60)

8. Texas A&M 332-304=636 (+68)

9. Nevada 329-308=637 (+69)

10. UCLA 320-319=639 (+71)

T11. Georgia Tech321-320=641 (+73)

T11. Oregon State334-307=641 (+73)

T13. Pepperdine 328-314=642 (+74)

T13. CSU-Bakersfield315-327=642 (+74)

T15. Washington 336-307=643 (+75)

T15. Arkansas 333-310=643 (+75)

17. UC-Santa Barbara331-313=644 (+76)

T18. San Diego State336-309=645 (+77)

T18. Rhode Island321-324=645 (+77)

20. Hawaii 334-317=651 (+83)

21. Nagoya 334-321=655 (+87)

22. San Francisco343-318=661 (+93)

23. SMU 349-314=663 (+95)

24. Hawaii-Hilo358-318=676 (+108)

Top Five Individuals

T1. Matt Brost, Texas 75-72=147 (+5)

T1. Scott Miller, BYU 75-72=147 (+5)

3. Sprague Kolp, Nevada76-72=148 (+6)

4. Matt Jones, Arizona St.74-75=149 (+7)

5. Parker McLachlin, UCLA74-77=150 (+8)

Oklahoma Individual Scores

T16. Cody Freman 81-73=154 (+12)

T26. Matt Cohn 82-75=156 (+14)

T41. J.D. Robertson 83-76=159 (+17)

T47. Martin Flores 81-79=160 (+18)

T68. John Kidwell 81-83=164 (+22)