Men's Golf Takes On Taylor Made Intercollegiate

Feb. 12, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

SCHEDULE: The Taylor Made Intercollegiate runs from Wednesday, Feb. 15-Friday, Feb. 17 in Kona, Haw. The teams play 18 holes each day for a total of 54 holes, with the low four scores counting each day. Team ties will be broken using the fifth player's score from the third round, then second, then first - if necessary. Individual ties are broken using a sudden-death playoff.

THE COMPETITION: Twenty-four teams will compete at the Taylor Made, seven of which are ranked in the top-25 in the nation. Joining the Beavers will be host Hawaii-Hilo, No. 2 Georgia Tech, No. 4 Texas, No. 10 USC, No. 12 San Diego State, No. 15 BYU, No. 19 TCU, No. 22 Oklahoma, Arizona State, Nagoya University of Commerce, Pepperdine, SMU, Texas A&M, Arkansas, UCLA, Cal-Santa Barbara, Hawaii-Manoa, Nevada, Oregon, Rhode Island, San Francisco, Washington, and Cal State-Bakersfield.

THE COURSES: The Waikoloa Kings' and Beach courses host the Taylor Made, with teams alternating courses each day. The Kings' Course plays to a par-72, with a length of 7,074 yards. Opened in 1990, it was designed by Tom Weiskopf and Jay Moorish in a links tradition that features deep bunkers. The Kings' Course was ranked 25th in Golf Digest's top 75 resort courses of 1992.

The Beach Course, which opened in 1980, carries a par of 70 and plays to 6,566 yards. The Robert Trent Jones, Jr. course features narrow fairways.

Both are Bermuda Grass courses that are set among lava fields and play along the Pacific Ocean.

All teams finish play Friday on the Kings' Course.

OSU'S LINEUP:

Anthony Arvidson (Sr., Beaverton, Ore.)... Leads the team with 72.6 average... won three career tournaments... tied for third at Husky Invitational this fall with a 2-over 218... also tied for ninth at Tucker Invitational with an even par 216... final-round average of 71.8... in five tournaments, is just 18-over par for an average of plus-3.6 per tournament... low round of 70 so far this year... two rounds under par... average finish is 16th... shot 216 at Ping/Arizona to finish tied for 23rd at 3-over... has not finished worse than 25th in any tournament this year.

Michael Jurgensen (So., Tr., Horsholm, Denmark)... Will see first action since the fall... averaging 75.0 strokes per round... low of 69 came at Northwest Collegiate, where he had a season-best finish, tying for 45th... averages 73.0 in second round of tournaments.

Dave Yarnes (Jr., Tucson, Ariz.)... Best finish was tied for 37th at Husky Invitational, where he posted a plus-13, 229... low score this year is a 70, which came at the NW Collegiate, held at OSU's Trysting Tree and at the Ping/Arizona Intercollegiate, where he tied for 41st with a 221... averaging 75.1 per round and 15-over per tournament.

Cameron MacKenzie (Fr., Vancouver, B.C.)... Played in four tournaments, finishing in top-25 twice... tied for 23rd at Louisiana-Monroe tournament, shooting 223... tied for 25th at Pepperdine tournament with a 227... has improved his final placing in each of his four events this year... low of 72 came at ULM... yet to break par.

Daren Grieg (Fr.-rs, Canby, Ore.)... Daren's best finish was a tie for 18th at the Louisiana-Monroe tournament, firing a 6-over 222... carded two rounds of 68 so far... tied for 30th at Ping/Arizona after shooting season-low 217, which included a 70... broken par three times so far, twice in final rounds.

HEAD COACH MIKE KETCHAM ON THE COURSE/FIELD: 'The field, once again, is very strong,' Ketcham said. 'There are usually quite a few teams, and this year is no different. It will be a good test for our young team.

'These are golf courses where the wind will dictate what the scores are. I've been over there in the past and the wind doesn't blow, and in that case you've got to keep the score around even par. If the wind does blow, I've seen situations that if you break 80, that's a pretty good score as well. So we're prepared for both.

'The wind will give them a challenge. The only one out of these five that has seen the type of wind that is possible over there is Anthony. He's been over there a few years and knows what to expect. Michael Jurgensen, being from Denmark, has grown up playing in a lot of wind, but we don't want to make this out to be more than what it is either. The object is still to get the golf ball in the hole, and when it gets windy like that the key is to have a good imagination. I think they're prepared, so we're looking forward to going.'

KETCHAM ON THE TEAM: 'We made some strides in our last tournament down in Tucson, we need to continue to improve on the learning cycle into this week. We had a great week-and-a-half of practice since Tucson - Mother Nature has allowed us to do some things that we haven't been able to do in the past, and fortunately, we've been able to take advantage of that.

'I know the five guys that are going are excited - any time you get a trip to Hawaii, it seems to stimulate things a bit, and I'm looking for a good event. The most important thing to our coaching staff and our team right now is that we continue on the improvement cycle.'

LAST YEAR: The Beavers placed seventh at the 24-team event with a score of 879. Tim Mickelson, since graduated, tied for fourth with a 1-under 213. Anthony Arvidson was the only current Beaver to play at last year's tournament, and he finished tied for 82nd at 231.

LAST ACTION: The Beavers took 10th at the Ping/Arizona Intercollegiate out of a field of 20. OSU shot 875, with Anthony Arvidson leading the way with his 216. The senior has finished all five of his tournaments in the top 25, including two top-10s.

OSU IN THE RANKINGS: The Beavers are ranked 57th in the Feb. 11 MasterCard/Sagarin ratings. Anthony Arvidson is ranked 100th in the individual ratings.

HEAD OF THE CLASS: The men's golf team handled business on the course and in the classroom during the fall term, as the Beavers posted a team GPA of 3.0, which was the highest mark of any OSU team for the fall term.

INDIVIDUAL SEASON BESTS:

NAME LOW RD. LOW BEST FINISH (TOURNAMENT)Anthony Arvidson 70 213 t3 (Husky Invitational)Sean Deacon 67 208 t11 (NW Intercollegiate)Todd Deacon 89 WDDaren Grieg 68 (2) 219 t18 (Louisiana-Monroe)Chance Holmes 69 222 t18 (Louisiana-Monroe)Michael Jurgensen 69 217 t45 (NW Intercollegiate)Cameron McKenzie 72 223 t23 (Louisiana-Monroe)James Salt 74 225 t80 (NW Intercollegiate)David Stypula 80 249 97 (NW Intercollegiate)David Williams 68 211 t19 (NW Intercollegiate)David Yarnes 70 219 t37 (Husky Invitational)

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