Men's Golf Takes On Best Of The West In Its Own Backyard

May 15, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

SCHEDULE: The Oregon State men's golf team is part of the 27-team field that will compete at the NCAA West Regional Championships May 17-19, which OSU hosts at the par-72, 7,060-yard Trysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis. The teams play 18 holes Thursday - Saturday, with the first tee time each day at 7:30. The Beavers, who are grouped with Nevada and Pacific for the first two days, are scheduled to tee off at 7:30 Thursday and at 12:09 Friday.

The Games Committee will meet before play begins to determine how many teams will advance to the NCAA Championships in Durham, N.C., May 30-June 2 at the Duke University Golf Club. The two lowest scoring individuals whose teams do not advance to the finals will advance as individuals.

OSU'S LINEUP: Anthony Arvidson (Sr., Beaverton, Ore.) The All-America candidate leads the team with a 72.3 average in 36 rounds played... won three career tournaments (Duck Invitational in '98, '00 and NW Collegiate in '00)... ranked 53rd nationally in Golfweek/Sagarin poll... has a streak of 14 consecutive top-25 finishes, dating back to last year's U.S. Intercollegiate and spanning all 12 varsity events this year... four consecutive tournaments with at least one round in the 60s... has 18 career top-20s, including 11 top-10s... one of two OSU golfers (David Yarnes) to play in all 12 tournaments this year... shot career-low of 65 at the U.S. Intercollegiate this year, which is also the second-lowest round in OSU history... best finish this year is tied for third at Husky Invitational in the fall with a 2-over 218... most recently, tied for 22nd at Pac-10s with after a 2-over 286... 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 with a round of 68 thrown in... posted his fourth top-10 of the year when he took fifth at the Western Intercollegiate with a 212... shot a 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 12 tournaments, is 39-over par for an average of plus-3.2 per tournament... nine rounds under par... average finish is 15th.

Dave Yarnes (Jr.-Tr, Pima J.C./Tucson, Ariz.) Dave 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 56th at the Pac-10 Championships with a plus-16 300 over four rounds... 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 round this year is a 68, which came at the ASU tournament... averaging 75.1 strokes over 36 rounds... one of two OSU golfers (Anthony Arvidson) to play in all 12 tournaments this year... four 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 74.5 strokes over 30 rounds... most recently, tied for 37th at the Pac-10s when he came up with a 68 on the final day to finish at 8-over 292... the 68 was a season-low for Jurgensen... 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.

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... Daren finished strong at the Pac-10 Championships by turning in 70s in the final two rounds at the par-71 Stanford Golf Course to tie for 22nd with a 286... played in 27 rounds, averaging 75.8 with five rounds under par.

David Williams (Fr., Corvallis, Ore.) Played in nine tournaments... over the last two tournaments, David has tied for 14th at the U.S. Intercollegiate and 31st at Pac-10s... averaging 71.8 over last two tournaments... most recently, stepped up his game at the Pac-10s and tied for 31st after carding a 5-over 289... 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 75.4 strokes in 27 rounds.

OSU COACH MIKE KETCHAM ON HOSTING THE REGIONALS: 'This is a wonderful opportunity for our golf program, the university as a whole, and the city of Corvallis. To bring a tournament of this magnitude to this city helps in a lot of ways. It helps the economy and from a visibility standpoint as well. We certainly have a facility that can stand up to the challenge of hosting a tournament of this caliber, and we're excited to be able to show Trysting Tree on a national spotlight.

'Pat Doran, the head course superintendent, has done a wonderful job of preparing this course for this type of tournament. It's a championship golf course, and it's a fair course. It's going to reward a good shot and it's going to penalize a bad shot. It's my philosophy that in an event like this the best teams and the best players should advance to the national championship. I think that with the golf course set up the way it is, we're going to get that. The best players that are playing their best golf this week will advance to Duke for the national championships in June.

'All-in-all, we're excited to have 27 teams and six individuals here and to showcase the city of Corvallis and Trysting Tree Golf Club.'

KETCHAM ON TRYSTING TREE: 'The thing that makes it so hard at Trysting Tree is the fact that you don't have a target that you can pick out visually off the tee - there are not many trees on the course. But if you hit it in there a couple times, it would be really easy to, as we say in golf `go mental'. The guy that keeps it in the fairway all week has an opportunity to shoot a low score.

'I think you're going to see some low scores with the weather as good as it is. You're going to see scores all across the board. If you keep it in the fairway, you can shoot 65, 66, or 67 on this course - it will yield those kinds of numbers if you play smart and have a good day.'

For the record, the course best is 63, which was set by Wichita State's Brad Golden last fall at the 2000 Northwest Collegiate. Par for that tournament was 70, not the normal 72.

KETCHAM ON OSU's TIME OFF BEFORE REGIONALS: 'There's no doubt we have a homecourse advantage, I'm not going to dodge that bullet. But you still have to make your putts, and I like our chances. The kids feel good, and I believe we're playing our best golf of the year right now. We just need to get them to relax a little bit, and from a coaching standpoint, that's the first thing we have to do. They know the importance of this golf tournament and what it means, along with the opportunity to play in front of family and friends on their home course. They just need to settle down, relax and be patient.

'We've got a great opportunity to advance to Duke, so that's going to be our number-one concern from a coaching standpoint over the next couple of days. They're prepared to play with the schedule we've played this year and the courses we've seen certainly have prepared them for this championship.'

LAST YEAR AT REGIONALS: OSU came within two shots of advancing to the NCAA Championships, as the Beavers totaled a score of 866 over the 54 holes. The Orange and Black were within one stroke of a playoff for 10th with California, Stanford and Idaho at 865. Cal emerged from the playoff victorious and moved on to the championships.

Anthony Arvidson led the way for the Beavers, posting a 3-under total of 213 to secure a tie for 24th, while Dustin Wayne joined Arvidson under par at 214 and tied for 29th. John Lepak shot even-par 216 to tie for 38th after going 3-under for 36 holes.

OSU IN THE RANKINGS: The Beavers come in at 53rd in the May 14 Golfweek poll, as did Anthony Arvidson in the individual poll.

LAST ACTION: Oregon State placed 10th at the Pac-10 Championships, where freshmen Daren Grieg and David Williams emerged as viable threats to post low numbers over the course of several rounds. Grieg tied with Anthony Arvidson for 22nd when he put together two rounds of 70 to wrap up the tournament and post a four-hole score of 2-over 286, while Williams put together a 289 to tie for 31st.

HOW LOW CAN THEY GO?: All five OSU golfers have posted at least three rounds under par this year, with Anthony Arvidson leading the way with nine. Grieg is next with five, including two at Pac-10s, Yarnes has four, and Jurgensen and Williams three apiece.

ARVIDSON HONORED: Senior Anthony Arvidson has been named a Pacific-10 Conference First Team selection for his efforts this season. The NGCA Scholar Athlete was named All-Academic First Team last season and was an honorable mention all-confrence selection.

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)Michael 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     	t14 (U.S. Intercollegiate)David Yarnes	        68	215      	1 (Cleveland Golf Classic)
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