Men's Golf Looks To Continue Hot Streak At Duck Invitational

March 21, 2001


SCHEDULE: The Oregon State men's golf squad travels to Eugene for the Duck Invitational March 26-27. The field plays 36 holes on Monday and 18 Tuesday, with a shotgun start both days. The par-72 Eugene Country Club hosts the event and will play to 6,854 yards. The Beavers will field two teams and an individual.

THE COMPETITION: Along with Oregon State (ranked 48th in the College Golf Foundation ratings), the field consists of host and 28th-ranked Oregon, Hawaii, UCLA, San Jose State, Wyoming, Nevada, San Diego State, Colorado State, Santa Barbara, ASU (JV team), Portland, Washington State, Washington, Portland State, Oregon 'B' and Oregon State 'B'.

READY TO ROLL: It's coming down to crunch time as collegiate golf teams around the country make a final push to qualify for their regional tournaments, and often the question of who makes it is a matter of who can peak at the right time. For the Oregon State men's golf team, their timing is shaping up to be just right.

The Beavers went up against their toughest competition to date two weeks ago at the Cleveland Golf Classic, and came away with a season-best third-place finish. Dave Yarnes elevated his play, as he tamed the rainy conditions and made putt after putt in the face of mounting pressure to win his first collegiate tournament by one stroke and give the Beavers another potent weapon in the process.

Yarnes, along with Michael Jurgensen, has raised his level of play and lowered his scores, giving senior Anthony Arvidson some company in the top quarter of the leaderboard of late. Arvidson had placed in the top 25 in all seven tournaments this year, and has a string of nine top-25s that dates back to last spring's U.S. Intercollegiate. The Beaverton, Ore., native has four top-10 finishes in that time to boot.

'At this point in the season, every tournament we go to has a great deal of importance due to the fact that the NCAA Regionals are right around the corner,' OSU head coach Mike Ketcham said. 'We're in a situation where we're not only trying to play ourselves into the tournament, but for a higher seed as well.'

The trio of Yarnes, Arvidson and Jurgensen, plus freshmen Daren Grieg and David Williams - both of whom have shot rounds in the 60s this year - should put OSU among the favorites to win the upcoming Oregon Duck Invitational March 26-27 in Eugene.

'We're excited,' Ketcham said. 'When you come off a tournament that you think you played pretty well in - and I wish the next tournament would have been a little bit sooner than two weeks - the kids are excited to get back at it and see if they can win a golf tournament.

'Michael Jurgensen, David Yarnes, and Anthony Arvidson are feeling comfortable in the environment they're in, and they're feeling more comfortable in every tournament. I think we're seeing it from the younger guys, too. I've seen huge strides in David Williams, Sean Deacon, and Daren Grieg, as well as the rest of the team.'

The Beavers will get a chance to play all 11 squad members, since they just travel down the road to Eugene. A second team consisting of brothers Sean and Todd Deacon, along with Chance Holmes, James Salt and David Stypula will compete, and Cameron MacKenzie will play as an individual.

Of those six players, Sean Deacon and Cameron MacKenzie have seen the most action so far this year. Sean, the younger of the Deacon brothers and a redshirt freshman, always brings the threat of low scores, as he opened his collegiate career with a 2-under score of 208 at OSU's Northwest Collegiate last fall - a tournament that included rounds of 67 and 69 for Sean.

MacKenzie's game has been consistent throughout his five tournaments this year, as he averages 76.5 strokes and has two top-25 finishes.

'It'll be nice - we're getting an opportunity to play all 11 guys,' Ketcham said. 'We're coming into the homestretch of the season, and it's an opportunity for guys to put themselves in a situation to really help this program, and that's what our coaching staff is looking for right now. We're looking for a few guys to step up and be accountable. They're doing a great job, they really are. They know what's expected of them, it's not a situation where we as a coaching staff have to come out and lay the ground-rules. They know what they need to do to be competitive and to get it done. That's a very, very positive thing.'

HEAD COACH MIKE KETCHAM ON THE COURSE: 'Eugene Country Club is probably one of the best golf courses we'll play all year - the course speaks for itself. It's probably one of the top two or three in the state of Oregon, and it will present a challenge for our team. It's a golf course that Anthony Arvidson and Daren Grieg have played a couple times. It'll be new to some of the other guys, but we had an opportunity this past weekend to go down to Shadow Hills in Junction City, which has a lot of similarities to ECC. So they got an opportunity to get a feel for what the course will be like.

'It's a thinking-man's golf course. You do have to keep the ball in play off the tee. The par-threes on this course are outstanding. You have to make sure you're on the right side of the hole on certain times on this course. It's a course that, if you play well, you can shoot 66, 67, or 68, but if things are going a little sideways, you can shoot 76, 77, or 78 pretty quickly, too.'

OSU'S LINEUP (1st team): Dave Yarnes (Jr.-Tr, Tucson, Ariz.) Dave won his first Division I tournament March 6 when he turned in a clutch performance at the Cleveland Golf Classic, where he shot an even-par 142 (70-72) at the rain-shortened event... ranked 73rd in College Golf Foundation ratings... previous 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 Cleveland Golf Classic and the NW Collegiate, held at OSU's Trysting Tree and at the Ping/Arizona Intercollegiate, where he tied for 41st with a 221... averaging 75.7 per round and 14-over per tournament... before coming to OSU, Dave won the Tucson City Amateur and Pima County Amateur championships in 1999 and defended those titles in 2000.

Anthony Arvidson (Sr., Beaverton, Ore.) Leads the team with 73.1 average... ranked 74th in the most recent CGF individual poll... won three career tournaments... most recently, tied for sixth at Cleveland Golf Classic with a 4-over 146... streak of consecutive top-25 finishes now stands at nine, dating back to last year's U.S. Intercollegiate... finished 24th at Taylor Made at 14-over 228... 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 seven tournaments, is 36-over par for an average of plus-5.1 per tournament... low round of 70 so far this year... two rounds under par... average finish is 16th.

Michael Jurgensen (So., Tr., Horsholm, Denmark)... Averaging 75.7 strokes per round... low of 69 came at Northwest Collegiate... best finish of the season has been at the Cleveland Golf Classic, where he tied for 27th with a 150 (75-75)... averaging 74.2 in the second rounds of tournaments.

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... most recently, tied for 47th at the Cleveland Golf Classic with a 154.

David Williams (Fr., Corvallis, Ore.) Played in six tournaments, with his best finish being t19th at OSU's NW Intercollegiate... low round of 68 also at NW... low tournament was 211 at NW... 68 came in first collegiate round... averaging 76.1 strokes in 18 rounds... most recently tied for 80th at Cleveland Golf Classic.

(2nd team)Todd Deacon (Jr., Scottsdale, Ore.) Played in one tournament in the fall and withdrew... averaged 75.7 strokes as a sophomore... best finish was tied for seventh at Pilot Spring Invitational last year.

Sean Deacon (Fr.-rs, Scottsdale, Ariz.) Sean has played in five tournaments this year, averaging 74.9 strokes... placed 11th at the NW Intercollegiate when he shot a 2-under 208... low round of 67, which is the third lowest score in OSU history (several players), came at the NW, along with a 69... tied for 25th at the Pepperdine Intercollegiate in the fall with a 227.

Chance Holmes (So., San Antonio, Texas) Chance averages 74.0 strokes through six rounds this year... tied for 18th at Louisiana-Monroe tournament, shooting a 222... also recorded a 222 at the Northwest Collegiate to tie for 67th... low round is 69 (UL-M tournament).

James Salt (Fr., Cheshire, England) Played in the NW Collegiate in the fall, posting a 225 to tie for 80th in his first collegiate tournament... low round of 74... won the Junior Championship in England as well as the North Welsh Boys Open.

David Stypula (Fr.-rs, Cranbrook, B.C.) Played in the NW Collegiate, tying for 97th with a 249... low round of 80 so far... was a two-year member of Team Canada as a prep athlete.

Cameron MacKenzie (Fr., Vancouver, B.C.) Cameron has played 15 rounds over five tournaments, averaging 76.5 strokes... best finish was 23rd at Louisiana-Monroe, where he shot a season-low of 72... also finished 25th at Pepperdine.

LAST YEAR: Anthony Arvidson won the Duck Invitational last year with his score of 212. The win was one of his two individual titles last year, as he won the Northwest Invitational as well. The Beavers placed third at the Duck, with a 863. Oregon finished second, and Washington first.

LAST ACTION: The Beavers had their best tournament of the year at the Cleveland Golf Classic March 5-6, held in Westlake Village, Calif., just outside of Los Angelels as they took advantage of the rainy conditions in southern California while other teams struggled. OSU finished third, shooting 592 in the rain-shortened event. Dave Yarnes earned his first collegiate victory when he cooly sank a par putt on the final hole to secure his one-stroke win. The junior transfer from Tucscon, Ariz., shot a 70-72--142 for the win, while Anthony Arvidson placed sixth.

OSU IN THE RANKINGS: The Beavers are ranked 48th in the March 14 College Golf Foundation ratings. David Yarnes is 73rd and Anthony Arvidson is ranked 74th individually.

HOME OF THE NCAA REGIONALS: The Trysting Tree Golf Club is home to the NCAA West Regionals for both the men and women in 2001. This will be the first major collegiate tournament held at Trysting Tree in the 12-year history of the course. The women's regional is scheduled for May 10-12, and the men's from May 17-19.

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.

THE COACHES: Head coach Mike Ketcham is in his fifth year at Oregon State, and he has taken the Beavers to three NCAA Regionals in his first four years. The Beavers' highest finish at a regional came last year, when they tied for 13th and were two shots from qualifying for the NCAA Championships. OSU finished a school-best second at last year's Pac-10 Championships under Ketcham's guidance.

The Ottumwa, Iowa native arrived in Corvallis after spending two years at San Jose State, where he was named Big West Conference Coach of the Year in 1996. The Spartans were a consistent top-25 team during his tenure.

Ketcham played two years at Odessa Junior College in Texas and two years at the University of Arkansas. He also played two years on the U.S. Golf Tour, the Asian Tour and the Canadian Tour.

Brian Watts is in his second year at OSU, and serves as assistant coach to both the men's andwomen's programs. The Western Oregon State University graduate brings vast experience to the Beavers, as he played professionally on the Golden State Tour, the Florida State Tour, and on the Candian PGA Tour for four years. He also worked as an assistant professional at the DeBell Golf Course in Burbank, Calif., and at Golf Classics of America in Beverly Hills and San Dimas.

INDIVIDUAL SEASON BESTS (Career best in parentheses):

NAME             	LOW RD. 	LOW TRN.	BEST FINISHAnthony Arvidson	70 (66, '99)	213 (210, 98)	t3 (Husky Invitational) (1, three times)Sean Deacon     	67	        208	        t11 (NW Intercollegiate)Todd Deacon	        89 (72, twice)	WD (221, '00)	(t7, '00 Pilot Spring Invitational)Daren Grieg	        68          	219	        t18 (Louisiana-Monroe)Chance Holmes	        69	        222	        t18 (Louisiana-Monroe)Michael Jurgensen	69	        217	        t27 (Cleveland Golf Classic)Cameron MacKenzie	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)Dave Yarnes        	70	        219         	1 (Cleveland Golf Classic)
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