Men's Golf Battles Wind, Tough Course In Hawaii

Feb. 16, 2001

WAIKOLOA, Haw. - - High winds inflated scores and added a level of difficulty seldom seen by much of the field at the Taylor Made Intercollegiate men's golf tournament on Thursday, but Oregon State battled through the elements and posted a score of 334 after 18 holes to tie for 17th.

Texas handled the wind, which was a consistent 30-40 miles-per-hour with gusts upwards of 50, better than any of the remaining 23 teams to take a five-stroke lead over TCU heading into Friday's second 18 holes with a score of 302. OSU is in a three-way tie for 17th after playing the par-72 Kings Course, knotted with host Hawaii and the Nagoya University of Commerce. The teams alternate play on the Kings' and Beach (par 70) courses, and finish the tournament Saturday with a final 18 holes on the Kings' Course.

'The golf course played as difficult as I've seen it as a player or a coach in all the years I've been in college golf,' OSU coach Mike Ketcham said.The wind is forecast to continue with the same intensity through the weekend.

Sophomore Michael Jurgensen posted OSU's lowest round - a 6-over-par 78 - after going out in 40 and coming home in 38 to tie for 18th heading into the second round.

Senior Anthony Arvidson, the only Beaver to have played these courses before, handled the conditions well enough to shoot an 81, while Cameron MacKenzie carded an 85 while going out in 45 and finishing strong with a 40. Arvidson, who has yet to finish a tournament lower than 25th this year, is in a tie for 34th.

'Anthony, Michael, and Cameron did a pretty decent job of getting the ball around the course,' Ketcham said. 'The scores are misleading due to the wind, and also because the field is playing two different golf courses. Our 17th place is probably not entirely accurate due to the two courses, so we'll go back to work tomorrow and see where we stand after that.'

Both David Yarnes and Daren Grieg struggled Thursday, as Yarnes carded a 45-45--90 and Grieg took a 48-45--93.

Texas' Matt Dobyns leads the individual competition with an even-par 70 - the only player to get as low as par on Thursday. Four players are tied at 74.

TEAM SCORES

1. Texas 302, 2. TCU 307, 3. Oregon 308, 4. Arizona State 313, 5. CSU-Bakersfield 315, 6. BYU317, 7. UCLA 320, 7. USC 320, 9. Gerogia Tech 321, 9. Rhode Island 321, 11. Oklahoma 328, 12. Pepperdine 328, 13. Nevada 329, 14. UC-Santa Barbara, 15. Texas A&M 332, 16. Arkansas 333, 17. Hawaii 334, 17. Nagoya University of Commerce 334, 17. Oregon State 334, 20. San Diego State 336, 20. Washington 336, 22. San Francisco 343, 23. Southern Methodist 349, 24. Hawaii-Hilo 358.

INDIVIDUAL SCORES

1. Matt Dobyns, Texas 33-37--70 (E), 2. Scott Volpitto, TCU 35-39--74 (+4), 2. Matt Jones, Arizona State 39-35--74 (+4), 2. Mike Plate, CSUB 37-37--74 (+2), 2. Stephen Polanski, TCU 36-38--74 (+4).

OREGON STATE SCORES

t18. Michael Jurgensen 40-38--78 (+6), t34. Anthony Arvidson 43-38--81 (+9), t72. Cameron MacKenzie 45-40--85 (+13), t102. David Yarnes 45-45--90 (+18), t113. Daren Grieg 48-45--93 (+21).

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