Men's Golf Looks To Clinch Spot In West Regional At Western Intercollegiate

March 30, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

SCHEDULE: The Oregon State men's golf squad heads to Santa Cruz, Calif., for the 55th Western Intercollegiate, held at the par-70, 6,445-yard Pasatiempo Golf Course. The teams will play 36 holes on Monday, April 2, and 18 on Tuesday.

THE COMPETITION: Along with Oregon State, the 17-team field consists of host San Jose State, California, UC-Irvine, UC-Santa Barbara, Fresno State, Hawaii, Kansas, Long Beach State, Nevada, Ohio State, Oregon, Pacific, Pepperdine, San Diego State, Santa Clara, Stanford, and Washington.

OSU'S LINEUP: 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... previous best finish was tied for 37th at Husky Invitational, where he posted a plus-13, 229... most recently, tied for 59th at Duck Invitational with a 231... ranked 89th in March 28th MasterCard rankings... 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 75.8 per round and 13-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 in 23 rounds played... won three career tournaments... most recently, tied for 16th at Oregon Duck Invitational to run his streak of top-25 finishes to 10, dating back to last year's U.S. Intercollegiate... tied for sixth at Cleveland Golf Classic with a 4-over 146 March 5-6... 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 72.1... in seven tournaments, is 40-over par for an average of plus-5.0 per tournament... low round of 70 so far this year, which he has done twice... three rounds under par... average finish is 16th.

Michael Jurgensen (So., Tr., Horsholm, Denmark)... Averaging 75.5 strokes per round... most recently, tied for 36th at Duck Invitational with a 225... has consistently been a top-three player for OSU... 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 74.4 in the second rounds of tournaments.

Todd Deacon (Jr., Scottsdale, Ore.) Todd played in just his second tournament of the season at the Duck, where he placed 23rd with a 7-over 223... shot a season-low 72 in the second-round of the Duck.

Sean Deacon (Fr.-rs, Scottsdale, Ariz.) Sean has played in six tournaments this year, averaging 75.5 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... most recently, tied for 75th at the Duck Invitational with a 236.

OSU COACH MIKE KETCHAM ON THE TOURNAMENT AND PASATIEMPO: 'We need to get back into competition soon. We came off the Northranch tournament (Cleveland Golf Classic, where OSU placed third and Dave Yarnes won the event), and felt pretty good about ourselves - and rightfully so. We had a two-week break and played the Duck right after finals, and we did not meet our expectations. As a whole, we were disappointed, and I think it's good that we're getting right back into competition.

'As I said after the Duck, we need to find consistency from tournament to tournament. If we continue to follow the plan and follow the system, we're going to have success over the long-haul. I think there is no better place than Pasatiempo to get right back on track.

'Pasatiempo is a great golf course. Alister MacKenzie designed Pasatiempo, his other two golf courses that I know of right off hand are Cypress Point and Augusta National, so those are three pretty good golf courses.

'This is a golf course I'm very familiar with. I coached at San Jose State, and we had the opportunity to play Pasatiempo three or four times a week in the spring when I was there. I would say I probably know it as well as I know Trysting Tree, so that will be good for us in the practice round. It's a fun golf course. From tee-to-green, I wouldn't say it's overly demanding, but the game begins once you get it on the greens. The greens are very, very undulated, and putting the golf ball in the right place on the green will be highly important. Those are the things we're going to work on in the practice round when we get down there.'

KETCHAM ON BROTHERS SEAN AND TODD DEACON PLAYING TOGETHER FOR THE FIRST TIME: 'We're excited. It will be the first time since the two have been at Oregon State that the two of them will play together on the varsity team. I know they're excited and we're excited as a coaching staff and as a team, and I know it's something they've been looking forward to. It was a big reason they came to Oregon State together.

'It's a situation where they feel like if they can get in the lineup together, they can feed off each other. I'm excited for them. They've done a lot of hard work. Todd had the injury and had surgery at the beginning of the year, and is now back at full strength. It's just been within the last 4-6 weeks that Todd's actually been at full strength. He's got a lot to give to our team. He's been in the program four years, and is in his third year of eligibility, so he understands what is asked of him and knows what it's all about. I think Todd is going to play well at Pasatiempo.

'The nice thing about Sean and Todd is they have the ability to shoot in the 60s. I know we talk about Michael Jurgensen being consistent, but Michael knows he is still throwing away two or three shots every round. He's shot 75 the last five rounds of competition, but Michael's a lot better than a 75 shooter. He's continuing to feel more comfortable, and you're going to continue to see his scores come down dramatically in the near future.'

LAST YEAR: Oregon State finished eighth at the Western Intercollegiate, shooting 868 on the par-70 course. Anthony Arvidson tied for 34th after shooting 71-73-75--219, and Todd Deacon tied for 95th with a 234.

LAST ACTION: The Beavers shot 905 at the Duck Invitational, placing 12th. Anthony Arividson now has 10 consecutive top-25 finishes, as he tied for 16th with a 4-over 220.

OSU IN THE RANKINGS: OSU is 51st in the Golfweek rankings, and Anthony Arvidson is 68th.

HOME OF THE NCAA REGIONALS: 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 and women'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      	72        	223(221, '00)	(t7, '00 Pilot Spring Invitational)Daren Grieg        	68       	219	        t18 (Louisiana-Monroe)Chance Holmes	        69	        222	        t18 (Louisiana-Monroe)Mike Jurgensen   	69      	217       	t27 (Cleveland Golf Classic)Cameron MacKenzie	72	        223        	t23 (Louisiana-Monroe)James Salt 	        74	        225         	t80 (NW Intercollegiate)David Stypula     	77        	244       	89 (Duck Invitational)David Williams 	        68         	211	        t19 (NW Intercollegiate)Dave Yarnes	        70	        219        	1 (Cleveland Golf Classic)

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