OSU's Yarnes Leads Strong Field At Rain-Soaked Cleveland Golf Classic
March 5, 2001
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. - - OSU's Dave Yarnes was the only golfer to break par on Monday at the Cleveland Golf Classic, as he carded a 1-under-par 70 to take a one-stroke lead into Tuesday's second and final round. The Beavers are in second place, tied with Washington two strokes behind Arizona State after shooting a 296 on the par-71 North Ranch Country Club.
Monday's second round was cancelled due to severe wind and rain, limiting play to 18 holes and shortening the tournament to 36 holes. Play will continue Tuesday if the weather permits.Yarnes, a junior transfer from Pima Junior College in Tucson, Ariz., fired a 35-35--70 to tie his low round of the year. His highest finish this season was at the Husky Invitational, where he tied for 37th.
Yarnes is accustomed to winning tournaments, as he captured the Tucson City Amateur and the Pima County Amateur in 1999 and defended those titles in 2000 before coming to OSU.
'He chipped and putted extremely well,' OSU head coach Mike Ketcham said of Yarnes. 'It was a constant rain over the entire 18 holes. We have a big advantage, coming from Oregon, where we practice in this quite a bit. I tell the kids `we're the best mudders around'.'
Anthony Arvidson is among a host of golfers that shot 74s and is tied for 13th. Arvidson has an eight-tournament streak of top-25 finishes.
If OSU were to win the tournament, it would be their first victory of the year. The Beavers' best finish so far has been seventh at the Northwest Classic, which they hosted in the fall. OSU won a pair of tournaments last year, claiming both the Northwest Classic and the Pacific Invitational.
'They're learning,' Ketcham said of the young squad. 'All-in-all, with the conditions the way they were, they handled it really well. Now we've got a shot at winning the golf tournament.'
To win the Cleveland Golf Classic would be an impressive feat, considering the competition. Of the 15 teams, five are ranked nationally 15th or higher.
Mike Jurgensen finished the day in a tie for 21st, as he shot a 75. A top-25 finish would be the first of Jurgensen's collegiate career, as his best finish so far was a tie for 45th.
Daren Grieg carded a 77, while David Williams shot 85. Both are capable of posting low numbers, as Grieg has three sub-par rounds this season, including two 68s, while Williams has recorded a 68 as well.
OSU leads TCU by five strokes heading into tomorrow's 7:30 a.m. start.
1. Arizona State 294, 2. Oregon State 296, 2. Washington 296, 4. TCU 301, 5. USC 302, 6. Fresno State 304, 6. Houston 304, 8. New Mexico 305, 8. California 305, 10. UCLA 306, 11. Minnesota 307, 11. Oregon 307, 13. Oklahoma 309, 14. BYU 310, 15. Pepperdine 312.
LOW INDIVIDUAL SCORES
1. Dave Yarnes, Oregon State 35-35--70, 2. Jin Park, Arizona State 35-36--71, 2. Steve Conway, UCLA 34-37--71, 4. Michael Letzig, New Mexico 36-36-72, 4. Alex Kuyumjian, USC 36-36--72, 4. Brock MacKenzie, Washington 37-35--72, 4. Brandon Coats, Fresno State 37-35--72.
OREGON STATE SCORES