Men's Golf To Play In NCAA Championships For Third Time In School History

May 25, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

SCHEDULE: The Oregon State men's golf squad travels to Durham, N.C., for the 2001 NCAA Championships, which will be held at the Duke University Golf Club from May 30-June 2. Teams will play 18 holes Wednesday-Thursday, with the top 15 schools making the cut to play 18 holes on Friday and Saturday.

Oregon State, which is seeded 16th, is scheduled to tee off at 7:00 Wednesday morning and at noon on Thursday and will be paired with Virginia Tech and Oklahoma State for the first two rounds.

Teams will bring five players, with the lowest four scores counting toward the team total. The five players from each of the three schools grouped together will tee off in threesomes in nine-minute increments.

The course plays to 7,088 yards and carries a par of 72.

OSU'S LINEUP: Anthony Arvidson (Sr., Beaverton, Ore.) The First Team All-Pac-10 member leads the team with a 72.4 average in 39 rounds played... won three career tournaments (Duck Invitational in '98, '00 and NW Collegiate in '00)... ranked 50th nationally in Golfweek/Sagarin poll... had a streak of 14 consecutive top-25 finishes, dating back to last year's U.S. Intercollegiate and spanning the first 12 varsity events this year up to the West Regional, where he tied for 30th with a 5-over 221... had four consecutive tournaments with at least one round in the 60s from Apr. 2-29... has 18 career top-20s, including 11 top-10s... one of two OSU golfers (David Yarnes) to play in all 13 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... 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... second-round average of 71.7... in 13 tournaments, is 44-over par for an average of plus-3.3 per tournament... nine rounds under par... average finish is 16th.

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 19th at West Regional with a 3-over 219, including a clutch round of 2-under 70 on the final day... 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 74.9 strokes over 39 rounds... one of two OSU golfers (Anthony Arvidson) to play in all 13 tournaments this year... five 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 74.3 strokes over 33 rounds... most recently, helped the Beavers to a tie for sixth at the West Regional with a 3-over 219 to tie for 19th, including an opening-round 71... 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... second on the team with 11 starts... has consistently been a top-three player for OSU.

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 30 rounds, averaging 75.8 with five rounds under par.

David Williams (Fr., Corvallis, Ore.) Played in 10 tournaments... over the last three tournaments, David has tied for 14th at the U.S. Intercollegiate, 31st at Pac-10s, and 38th at the West Regional... averaged 71.8 strokes over the six rounds of the U.S. Intercollegiate and the Pac-10s... most recently, tied for 38th at West Regional with a 7-over 223... 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 75.3 strokes in 30 rounds.

KETCHAM ON GETTING TO THE NCAAS: 'Certainly, we've reached one of our goals that we set forth at the beginning of the year, and getting to the national championships is a great accomplishment for our golf program. If you look back at the program, this is the third time in the history of the program that we've qualified for the championships. I'm not only proud of the five guys that qualified, but I'm proud of all 11 guys on this golf team.

'We just had a team meeting and (assistant coach) Brian (Watts) and I addressed the fact that it's too bad we can't take all 11 players back to Duke, because all 11 deserve it.

'At the beginning of the year, there was no doubt we had some major holes to fill. We knew starting out that it could be a rocky road for a while, and certainly it was. I felt like at the U.S. Intercollegiate at the end of April we really started coming together as a team, and our performances were certainly deserving of a chance to get to the national championship.

'We finished 10th at Pac-10s. By no means am I happy about a 10th-place finish, but I felt like the last two rounds we started playing our best golf of the year. It certainly carried over into the regionals, which was undoubtedly the best tournament of the year for us.

'I like our chances of having a good tournament at Duke. This golf course is, from what I understand, a very tree-lined golf course and is very long - par is a very good number. If you look at the two best tournaments we had throughout the year - one being the regional championship and the other the Southwestern Intercollegiate - they were both played on the two most difficult courses we played all year. I tell these kids there isn't a golf course in the world that you can't shoot par on. With the opportunity to play at Duke and par being a good number, we feel like we can have some success back at Duke.'

JUST RELAX: 'There's no doubt the kids are much more relaxed,' Ketcham said. 'The pressure is totally off the kids now. We're going to treat it as a business trip and have some fun along the way. I still think some of our best golf is ahead of us. They're going to be ready to play, it's been neat to be at practice the last few days, they're taking care of the business at hand, but yet you can see there has been a big burden taken off their shoulders too. Now that they can relax and go play golf, I think they're going to have a good tournament.'

OSU AT THE NCAAs: Oregon State advanced to the NCAA Championships for the third time in the program's history by placing sixth in the NCAA West Regional, which the Beavers hosted at Trysting Tree Golf Club May 17-19. The Beavers competed in 1973, missing the cut for the top-15, as well as in 1994, when the group of Kevin LaMair, Birk Nelson, Anthony Kang, Marty James and Charles Kingsbaker placed 25th after shooting 293-301--594.

OSU IN THE RANKINGS: The Beavers came in 51st in the May 21 Golfweek poll, and Anthony Arvidson moved up to 50th in the individual poll.

LAST ACTION: The Beavers tied for sixth at the NCAA West Regional at Trysting Tree Golf Club with their 881, led by Michael Jurgensen and David Yarnes' 219s, who tied for 19th. Jurgensen started the Beavers off on the right track when he turned in a 1-under 71 on the first day, and Yarnes capped it off for the Beavs with a 70 on the final day. Senior Anthony Arvidson shot 221 to tie for 30th, and for the first time this year, Arvidson shot the throwaway score in the final round, as Grieg, Williams, Yarnes and Jurgensen all bettered his 76 - a sign that the younger players have arrived. David Williams tied for 38th with a 7-over 223 and Daren Grieg put together a 226 to tie for 67th in the 141-player field.

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 and Yarnes are next with five, Jurgensen four, and Williams three.

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	68	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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