Arizona State and Stanford Break Par in First Round of the NCAA West Regional Championships

May 17, 2001

Corvallis, Ore. - The No. 6 Arizona State Sun Devils shot an opening round of 5-under-par 283 and have one shot lead at the NCAA West Regional Championships at the Trysting Tree Golf Club. The Sun Devils are joined by unranked Stanford as the only teams under par after the first 18 holes, the Cardinal carded a 284.

UCLA's John Merrick shot the best round for the day, a 5-under-67. Merrick's round came in the afternoon, when scores were generally higher. Jin Park of Arizona State and Philip Rowe of Stanford are tied for second after each fired a 69. Six players are tied for fourth at 70, and a total of 23 individuals broke par over the 7,060-yard course.

Host Oregon State is tied for seventh with Washington and UC Irvine at 2-over 290.

'You can't win the golf tournament in the first round, but I'm pleased we have put ourselves in position to be successful over the next two days,' OSU head coach Mike Ketcham said. 'The most impressive thing regarding our team is we were consistent from top to bottom, and that certainly gives you a better opportunity to have a good score.'

Sophomore Michael Jurgensen paced the Beavers with a 1-under-71, and is tied for 10th. Anthony Arvidson is tied for 24th at 72, David Williams is tied for 36th at 73, and David Yarnes and Daren Grieg are tied for 50th at 74.

'The key for us tomorrow is to stay patient and try to get out score back to par,' Ketcham said. 'We play in the afternoon, and that can be a disadvantage some days, but we have to be ready for whatever the conditions. It was advantage playing in the morning today, but that might not necessarily be the case in the second round.'

A pair of aces highlighted the day, by Ryan Strickland of Austin Peay and Ryan Pugsley of Weber State, on the par 3 169-yard seventh hole.

The 27-team tournament resumes at 7:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday. The top-10 teams advance to the NCAA Championships May 30-June 2 in Durham, N.C.

Team Scores

Arizona State, 283, Stanford, 284, Wake Forest, 288, Arizona, 289, San Diego State, 289, UCLA, 289, Oregon State, 290, Washington, 290, UC Irvine, 290, Pepperdine, 293, UNLV, 294, South Carolina, 294, Austin Peay, 295, Detroit Mercy, 295, BYU, 296, Tennessee, 297, Colorado State, 297, Fresno State, 298, Pacific, 298, USC, 298, Oregon, 302, Nevada, 302, Weber State, 302, California, 302, New Mexico, 305, Navy, 310, Oral Roberts, 312

Top Individuals (Par 72)

John Merrick, UCLA, 67, Jin Park, ASU, 69, Philip Rowe, Stan., 69, 6 tied at 70

OSU Scores

T10 Michael Jurgensen, 71, T24 Anthony Arvidson, 72, T36 David Williams, 73, T50 Daren Grieg, 74, T50 David Yarnes, 74

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