Arvidson 11th, Men's Golf 10th At Midway Point Of Pac-10s

April 27, 2001

STANFORD, Calif. - - The Stanford Golf Course showed why it is regarded as one of the best and most fair university golf courses in the nation for Friday's opening two rounds of the men's Pacific-10 Golf Championship. The teams that had their games in gear burned the course for low numbers, while those that didn't struggled and fell back in the pack.

Southern California leads the field that includes nine of the nation's top 50 teams after shooting a total of 17-under 693 in the first two rounds. Defending champion Arizona State is in second, four shots behind USC at 697. Six teams managed sub-par scores Friday, and Oregon State, which is in 10th place, is only 20 shots over par at 730.

Teams play six players at the Pac-10s, with the low five scores counting toward the team total.

Anthony Arvidson, as he has all year, continues to lead Oregon State, as the senior turned in rounds of 70 and 69 on Friday at the par-71course to give himself a chance at a top-5 finish. Arvidson's two-round total of 139 has him eight shots out of the lead held by Arizona's Ricky Barnes, but only two shots behind a pack of four golfers tied for fifth at 137.

Two freshmen elevated their games for the championship, as David Williams and redshirt freshman Daren Grieg are in the top 35 with 36 holes to play.

Williams, who tied for 14th last week at the U.S. Intercollegiate at the Stanford Golf Course, picked up where he left off, shooting 72-71 to put himself in a tie for 28th at 1-over 143. Grieg, meanwhile, followed his opening-round 72 with a 74 to come in at 146 and tie for 35th.

The play of the freshmen, as well as Arvidson's low numbers, gave head coach Mike Ketcham some hope for a better finish over the next 36 holes.

'We're disappointed with where we stand as of now, but we still have 36 holes to play,' the fifth-year head coach said. 'Anthony continues to play solid golf for us, and I'm very proud of the way the two freshmen, Daren Grieg and David Williams are playing. This is their first Pac-10 Championship, and they're playing very well.

'Now we need the middle three golfers to step up, and I think we can still finish well here. On paper, our scores don't look that bad, but everyone else is playing extremely well. By no means is that an excuse for our guys, our short-games were atrocious today, which surprised me considering that we played here last week and handled the course well. I think we'll come back and play better over the next two rounds - anything can happen over 36 holes.'

Michael Jurgensen, David Yarnes and Todd Deacon all shot 150 or higher. All are capable of posting low numbers on any given day, and have done so this year, as Jurgensen and Yarnes have rounds of 69 and 68 to their credit.

Jurgensen, who finished a career-high fourth at the U.S. Intercollegiate at Stanford last week, shot 150 and is in a tie for 52nd, while Yarnes shot 152 and Deacon 153.

Individually, Ricky Barnes is threatening to run away with the tournament title, as he owns a three-shot lead over teammate Chris Nallen after Barnes fired a 11-under 131.

The field gets a reprieve from Friday's marathon pace for Saturday and Sunday's rounds, as the teams play just 18 holes each day.

TEAM SCORES (six players, low five scores count toward team score)

1. USC 346-347--693, 2. Arizona State 347-350--697, 3. Arizona 352-351--703, 4. UCLA 357-347--704, 5. Washington 359-348--707, 6. Stanford 354-355--709, 7. Washington State 358-356--714, 8. California 357-358--715, 9. Oregon 363-364--727, 10. Oregon State 364-366--730.

LOW INDIVIDUAL SCORES (Par 71)

1. Ricky Barnes, Arizona 65-66--131, 2. Chris Nallen, Arizona 66-68--134, 3. Matt Jones, Arizona State 70-65--135, 3. Nick Jones, USC 68-67--135, 5. Hunter Mahan, USC 68-69--137, 5. Alex Aragon, Stanford 69-68--137, 5. Dustin White 71-66--137, 5. John Merrick , UCLA 68-69--137.

OREGON STATE SCORES

T11. Anthony Arivdson 70-69--139, t28. David Williams 72-71--143, t35. Daren Grieg 72-74--146, t52. Michael Jurgensen 74-76--150, t55. David Yarnes 76-76--152, t58. Todd Deacon 76-77--153.

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