Men's Golf To Face Toughest Field So Far At ASU Invitational

April 11, 2001


SCHEDULE: The Oregon State men's golf squad plays in the ASU Thunderbird/Savane Invitational at ASU's par 72, 7,027-yard Karsten Golf Course April 13-14. The teams play 36 holes Friday and 18 Saturday.

THE COMPETITION: Along with Oregon State, the 21-team field includes host and eighth-ranked Arizona State, No. 4 Texas, No. 7 Oklahoma State, No. 11 New Mexico, No. 15 USC, No. 16 Oklahoma, No. 17 Arizona, No. 21 Oregon, No. 23 UNLV, No. 24 BYU, California, Cal St. Northridge, Fresno State, Houston, Pepperdine, Stanford, UCLA, UTEP, Virginia and Washington. Rankings are from the April 9 Golfweek poll.

OSU'S LINEUP: Anthony Arvidson (Sr., Beaverton, Ore.) Leads the team with 72.8 average in 26 rounds played... won three career tournaments... has a streak of 11 straight top-25 finishes, dating back to last year's U.S. Intercollegiate... has 22 career top-20s, including 11 top-10s... best finish this year is tied for third at Husky Invitational this fall with a 2-over 218... most recently, posted his fourth top-10 of the year when he took fifth at the Western Intercollegiate with a 212... shot a season-low of 69 at the Western... tied for 16th at Oregon Duck Invitational... tied for sixth at Cleveland Golf Classic with a 4-over 146 March 5-6... finished 24th at Taylor Made at 14-over 228... also tied for ninth at Tucker Invitational with an even par 216... final-round average of 71.8... in nine tournaments, is 42-over par for an average of plus-4.6 per tournament... four rounds under par... average finish is 15th.

Michael Jurgensen (So., Tr., Horsholm, Denmark)... Averaging 75.4 strokes per round... most recently, tied for 40th at Western Intercollegiate with a finish of the season has been at the Cleveland Golf Classic, where he tied for 27th with a 150 (75-75)... placed 36th at Duck Invitational with a 225... has consistently been a top-three player for OSU... low of 69 came at Northwest Collegiate.

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)... most recently, tied for 35th at Western Intercollegiate... 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 75.6 per round... before coming to OSU, Dave won the Tucson City Amateur and Pima County Amateur championships in 1999 and defended those titles in 2000.

Todd Deacon (Jr., Scottsdale, Ore.) Todd played in his third tournament of the season at the Western Intercollegiate, where he tied for 55th with a 227... tied for 23rd (7-over 223) at Duck Invitational, where he shot a season-low 72 in the second-round.

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 59th at Duck Invitational (231).

OSU COACH MIKE KETCHAM ON THE TOURNAMENT AND KARSTEN GOLF COURSE: 'We're excited to get back into competition again. We're getting to the point in the season where it seems like we've been gone every week.

'The Arizona State golf course is a course that this team is familiar with. Todd Deacon grew up in the Phoenix area (Scottsdale) and the Arizona State golf course was one of the courses he grew up playing, so his familiarity with the golf course will be very good.

'David Yarnes is from Tucson, Arizona, so it will be nice to get those two back home. Anthony played there in the Pac-10s last year also.

'It's a golf course that we have been fairly successful on over the last couple of years, and it's a course that's always in good shape. The greens are generally pretty flat and have a good speed to them. The scores there are typically a little bit lower than what you see in most of the tournaments we've played in this past year. You never know, there are many things that affect scoring. We could get down there and the weather could be bad or they could have grown the rough, which we don't know about as of yet. That obviously plays a factor in the scoring.

'I know the guys are excited to get back and get started again. Now we're getting into our home stretch. We come home on Saturday night and turn around and leave the next week for Stanford. We come home from there for a night or two, wash our clothes, and we're back down at Pac-10s.

'We're trying to get some consistency from tournament to tournament, and that's what we're going to be looking for. We need to improve on our weaknesses and just get better as a golf team. That's what we're trying to do. We've had a good week of practice and we're ready to go to Arizona State.'

LAST YEAR: Oregon State tied for 10th after shooting 880. Anthony Arvidson tied for 38th when he posted a 220. Arizona State won the tournament last year, and ASU's Jeff Quinney took medalist honors.

LAST ACTION: The Beavers shot 884 to place ninth at the Western Intercollegiate. Anthony Arvidson finished fifth (2-over 212).

OSU IN THE RANKINGS: OSU is 51st in the Golfweek rankings, and Anthony Arvidson is 59th individually.

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 69 (66, '99) 212 (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)Michael 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)David Yarnes 70 219 1 (Cleveland Golf Classic)

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