Sept. 6, 2001

NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma men's golf team opens its 2001-02 season this weekend (Sept. 8-9) at The Ridges Intercollegiate in Johnson City, Tenn. OU is hoping to build upon the successes of last season that saw the Sooners tie for first at the NCAA Central Regional and tie for 12th at the NCAA Championship. It was their best finish at nationals since 1992.

Field For The Ridges Intercollegiate
Arkansas (88)
Auburn (19)
Clemson (3)
East Tennessee State (9)
Houston (22)
Kansas (28)
North Carolina (29)
North Florida (40)
Oklahoma (16)
Pepperdine (33)
South Carolina (14)
Southern California (12)
Tennessee (50)
TCU (15)
Wake Forest (8)

( ) - Golfweek rankings as of 9/2/01

Sooner Golfers in the Rankings
OU is currently 16th in this week's Golfweek collegiate rankings. Individually, senior Cody Freeman (Arnett, Okla.) begins the season ranked 79th, junior Matt Cohn (La Jolla, Calif.) is 83rd and sophomore Martin Flores (Mansfield, Texas) is 102nd. The Mastercard, Golfstat and Golfworld rankings will be released in the coming weeks.

The Starting Lineup For Tennessee

Bridger Cox (Jr., Ardmore Okla.) - Making his first career start as a Sooner...Finished in first place at the Dornick Hills Club Championship in July...Fired rounds of 71, 69 and 65 for a score of 205 (-5)...Placed ninth at the Oak Hill Invitational in June...Competed as an individual at The Maxwell last May...Tied for 76th...Carded a score of 225 (+15).

Cox's OU Career Numbers
Starts - 0
Rounds - 9
Strokes - 679
Low - 73
Avg. - 75.4

Martin Flores (So., Mansfield, Texas) - Making his 15th consecutive start for OU...Finished in second place at the NCAA Central Regional last May with a score of 213...Tied for seventh at the Big 12 Championship...Posted five other top-20 finishes a season ago...Tied for 20th last season at The Ridges Intercollegiate.

Flores' OU Career Numbers
Starts - 14
Rounds - 41
Strokes - 3,043
Low - 70
Avg. - 74.2

Parker Foster (Jr., Tulsa, Okla.) - His third start as a Sooner...Shot a 10-under par to finish in second place at the Rice Planters this summer...Finished first at the U.S. Amateur Qualifying Tournament in Edmond, Okla. carding scores of 66 and 70...Placed 20th at the Southern Amateur...Made two starts last season at The Ridges and Inverness where he tied for 45th and 37th, respectively.

Foster's OU Career Numbers
Starts - 2
Rounds - 15
Strokes - 1,112
Low - 68
Avg. - 74.1

Cody Freeman (Sr., Arnett, Okla.) - Making his 26th career start for OU...A fixture in OU's lineup since leading the Sooners to a first place finish at The Windon Memorial Classic last fall...Won the Southern Amateur this summer shooting a 282 (-6)...Had five top-10 finishes last season while leading Oklahoma in five different tournament.

Freeman's OU Career Numbers
Starts - 25
Rounds - 79
Strokes - 5,837
Low - 66
Avg. - 73.9

J.D. Robertson (Sr., Little Rock, Ark.) - Starting his 19th tournament for OU...Placed seventh at the Southern Amateur this summer and finished first at the U.S. Amateur Qualifier in Arkansas...Had a scoring average of 75.1 last season while starting in four tournaments.

Robertson's OU Career Numbers
Starts - 18
Rounds - 65
Strokes - 4,857
Low - 67
Avg. - 74.7