Men's Golf In Fifth After First Day Of Cleveland Golf Classic

March 5, 2001

Westlake Village, Calif. - Wind gusts and rain storms limited play to a soggy 18 holes and threatened to force the second day's cancellation as the No. 8 USC men's golf team stood in fifth place after the first day of the Cleveland Golf Classic held at North Ranch Country Club in Westlake Village, Calif., on Monday (Mar. 5).

Arizona State, the defending Cleveland Golf Classic champions, shot 294 (+10) and enters tomorrow's final round two strokes ahead of Washington and Oregon State (296). TCU is fourth (301), followed by USC (302).

David Yarnes of Oregon State shot the best round of the day with a one-under-par 70 to top the leaderboard. Trojan senior Alex Kuyumjian of Westlake Village shot 72 and tied for fourth. Steve Conway of UCLA shot 71 and tied for second with Arizona State's Jin Park.

Also for USC, freshman Hunter Mahan shot 74 to tie for 13th and senior Nick Jones shot 76 to tie for 29th.

A steady downpour mixed with swirling winds not only made for few low scores, but they also caused the cancellation of the final 18 holes of the day. Tournament officials will assess the weather on Tuesday to determine if another 18 holes can be played. The tournament must have 36 holes completed or it is not considered official.

If the Cleveland Golf Classic continues, it will do so with a 7:30 a.m. shotgun start on Tuesday (Mar. 6).

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