Men's Golf Ready For Pac-10 Proving Grounds

April 24, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

SCHEDULE: The Oregon State men's golf team heads back to Stanford, Calif., for the second consecutive week for the 2001 Pacific-10 Conference Championships Friday-Sunday, April 27-29. The teams play 36 holes on Friday, and 18 on Saturday and Sunday for a total of 72. Teams will bring six players and count the top five scores, as opposed to the standard five and four at most other tournaments. The Stanford Golf Course carries a par of 71 and plays to a championship length of 6,786 yards.

Oregon State is paired with defending champion and sixth-ranked Arizona State for Friday's first two rounds, and will tee off at 8:18 a.m. from the 10th tee.

THE COMPETITION: The Pac-10 boasts nine of the nation's top 50 teams, with Arizona State leading the way in the April 23 Golfweek/Sagarin ratings at No. 6. Arizona is No. 9, followed by USC (14), Oregon (29), Stanford (36), California (38), Washington (39), UCLA (41), Oregon State (50), and Washington State (75). Individually, three Pac-10 golfers reside in the top 25, as ASU's Jeff Quinney tops the list at No. 3. Teammate Matt Jones is 14th, and USC's Hunter Mahan is 25th.

OSU'S LINEUP: Anthony Arvidson (Sr., Beaverton, Ore.) The All-America candidate leads the team with 72.4 average in 32 rounds played... won three career tournaments... ranked 51st nationally in Golfweek/Sagarin poll... has a streak of 13 consecutive top-25 finishes, dating back to last year's U.S. Intercollegiate and spanning all 11 varsity events this year... has 24 career top-20s, including 11 top-10s... one of two OSU golfers (David Yarnes) to play in all 11 tournaments this year... best finish this year is tied for third at Husky Invitational in the fall with a 2-over 218... most recently, tied for 11th at the U.S. Intercollegiate with an even-par score of 213... finished 15th at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational April 13-14, shooting a 5-under 211... 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 71.6... in 11 tournaments, is 37-over par for an average of plus-3.3 per tournament... seven rounds under par... average finish is 14th.

Dave Yarnes (Jr.-Tr, Pima J.C./Tucson, Ariz.) The all-conference candidate won his first Division I tournament March 6 when he delivered a clutch performance at the Cleveland Golf Classic, where he shot an even-par 142 (70-72)... most recently, tied for 53rd at U.S. Intercollegiate with a 10-over 223... tied for 35th at ASU Thunderbird with a 1-under 215... 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 68, which came at the ASU tournament... averaging 75.1 strokes over 32 rounds... one of two OSU golfers (Anthony Arvidson) to play in all 11 tournaments this year... three rounds under par... before coming to OSU, Dave won the Tucson City Amateur and Pima County Amateur championships in 1999 and defended those titles in 2000.

Mike Jurgensen (So., Tr., Horsholm, Denmark) Michael averages 74.7 strokes over 26 rounds... most recently, turned in his best performance of the season with a tie for fourth at the U.S. Intercollegiate when he shot 2-under 211, which included a second-round 69... tied for 40th at Western Intercollegiate with a 223... tied for 27th with a 150 (75-75) at Cleveland Golf/SW Intercollegiate... placed 36th at Duck Invitational with a 225... has consistently been a top-three player for OSU... low of 69 came at the U.S. Intercollegiate and the Northwest Collegiate.

Todd Deacon (Jr., Scottsdale, Ore.) Todd is averaging 76.6 strokes over 13 rounds this year... most recently, tied for 56th at U.S. Intercollegiate with a 224, which included a season-low 72... tied for 23rd (7-over 223) at Duck Invitational, where he shot a season-low 72 in the second-round.

David Williams (Fr., Corvallis, Ore.) Played in eight tournaments... most recently, turned in his best finish when he tied for 14th while playing as an individual at the U.S. Intercollegiate, shooting 1-over 214... tied for 19th at OSU's NW Intercollegiate with a 1-over 211... low round of 68 at U.S. Intercollegiate and at NW... low tournament was 211 at NW... one of his 68s came in first collegiate round, which was at the NW... averaging 76.0 strokes in 23 rounds.

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 114th at ASU Thunderbird Invitational with a 228.

OSU COACH MIKE KETCHAM ON THE TEAM: 'Coming back from the U.S. Intercollegiate this weekend, it was a great opportunity for us to play the golf course and play it in a competitive nature to familiarize ourselves with the ins and outs of the Stanford Golf Course.

'Our goal is to keep improving, and we certainly would like to have a very good finish at the Pac-10 Championships, which will hopefully lead up to the NCAA West Regional a few weeks later, which we host.

'Anthony continues to be the leader of this golf team on and off the golf course, and we really are starting to get some of the younger guys to step up a bit. David Williams had a very impressive performance last week at Stanford as well as Michael Jurgensen. David Yarnes has certainly been a steady performer all year for us. Daren Grieg is certainly coming on. If you look at the scores that the guys have shot throughout the year, most of them at least have a round or two in the 60s.

'I feel like we're starting to play our best golf, and this is certainly the time of year you want to do that. I know the guys are excited to get back down there and compete again.'

KETCHAM ON THE STANFORD GOLF COURSE: 'In my opinion, Stanford Golf Course is one of the best, if not the best, university golf courses that I've seen throughout the whole country. It's a golf course that's very fair, it rewards great golf shots and penalizes bad shots. It's probably the fairest golf course we've played all year. If you play well, you can shoot a good number, and if you struggle a little bit, you can shoot 76 or 77 real quick.'

LAST YEAR AT PAC-10s: OSU claimed its highest finish ever at the conference championships, as the Beavers finished second with a score of 1,421 at ASU's Karsten Golf Course.

OSU's Tim Mickelson - since graduated - set a school record over four rounds with his 275, which placed him second. Mickelson also tied school records with his third-round 64 and his three-round total of 206. John Lepak tied for third at 278, and Dustin Wayne gave OSU three top-10 finishers when he took 10th with a 281. Anthony Arvidson shot 293 to tie for 36th.

ASU ran away with the title, shooting a tournament-record 1,384 to defend its title for the sixth consecutive year. ASU's Paul Casey won his third consecutive Pac-10 crown, a feat which has been accomplished only one other time in Pac-10 history, when USC's Sherman Finger did it from 1964-66. Casey shot 23-under 265 to win by 10 strokes.

Here are the team scores from last year:

1. Arizona State 1,384 (tournament record)2. Oregon State 366-357-345-353--1,4213. California 1,4284. Oregon 1,4325. Arizona 1,4436. Stanford 1,4487. Washington 1,4508. UCLA 1,4559. USC 1,45710. Washington State 1,466

LAST ACTION: The Beavers got a preview of the Pac-10s last week, as OSU finished eighth in the 18-team field at the U.S. Intercollegiate with a 870 at the Stanford Golf Course, which hosts the Championships this week. The Pac-10 had a lock on the top five spots, as Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA, USC and Stanford filled the top five. Oregon took seventh, OSU eighth, Cal ninth, and Washington 10th. Only The University of the Pacific cracked the top 10 as a non-Pac-10 school, placing sixth. Washington State was 14th, as all Pac-10 schools competed.

Mike Jurgensen turned in his best performance of the season, finishing tied for fourth with a 2-under 211. Anthony Arvidson tied for 11th at even-par 213 after shooting a second-round 65, which is the second-lowest score in school history. David Williams tied for 14th while playing as an individual.

OSU IN THE RANKINGS: OSU is 50th in the Golfweek rankings, up from 54th in last week's poll. Anthony Arvidson comes in 51st, after cracking the top 50 last week at 49.

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	65	        211 (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	        211       	t4 (U.S. Intercollegiate)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	        t1 (U.S. Intercollegiate)Dave Yarnes       	68        	215	         1 (Cleveland Golf Classic)
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