Beavers Finish Third In 12th In NCAA Championship
June 2, 2001
DURHAM, N.C. - The Oregon State men's golf team wrapped up its third roundat the NCAA Championship Saturday morning after play was suspended Fridaydue to heavy rain and lightning. The Beavers took advantage of the finalthree holes down front-nine stretch, having started their round on the backnine, to go 3-under after the rain delay and turn in a 5-over 293 for theround. OSU is in 12 place with a total of 19-over 883 heading into the finalround, which will be played Saturday as well.
The Beavers trail fellow Pac-10 squad Arizona State by eight shots, and areone shot back of 11th-place Oklahoma. OSU was one of three Pac-10 schools tomake the cut at the Championship.
As has been the case of late, the Beavers have had a player step up whenthings started to slow down, and this time it was redshirt freshman DarenGreig.
Greig led the Beavers in the third stanza, turning in an even-par 72 on thesoggy 7,086-yard Duke University Golf Club. Greig was up-and-down over thehis 10th-15th holes, with two birdies, two bogies and a double, but he tookadvantage of holes seven and nine, both par-5s, to make birdie on each andcome in at even par. He is tied for 66th at 226.
Greig has been a birdie threat for the Beavers all week, leading the teamwith 11 - including a birdie on the par-3 fourth every day - through 54holes. The 72 was Greig's best round of the tournament so far.
David Yarnes closed strong as well, going 1-under on the final three holeswith a birdie on the par-5 seventh, on which OSU was 3-under as a team forthe round. Yarnes finished with a 72 and tie for 38th at 220. The juniorshot 36 on both nines.
Also lowering his score from the previous two rounds was true freshman DavidWilliams, who went 37-37--74 to bring his total to 224. Williams birdied thepar-3 eighth hole, which was his 17th, for the second day in a row to go1-under for the final three holes after the rain delay. He also chipped outof a bunker on the seventh, which was his first shot of the morning, andmanaged to save par out of a difficult lie. The Corvallis native is tied for55th heading into the final round.
Anthony Arvidson turned in a 75 for the second consecutive day, and is tiedfor 46th with a 221.
Michael Jurgensen carded an 81, as Jurgensen shot 41 on the challenging backnine before the rain halted play Friday. He finished with a 40 Saturdaymorning.
In the team race, Florida has come back in the last two rounds after openingwith a 296 to tie Arizona at 13-under with an 851. The Gators shot an11-under 277 in the third round to follow up their 278 in the second.Clemson made a charge to get to 862 and a spot alone in third with athird-round 279. Clemson was 16-under at one point in their round.
Individually, Florida's Nick Gilliam jumped up the leaderboard with his 66to join Arizona's Ricky Barnes in first at 11-under 205. Chris Nallenfinished up his second 66 of the tournament on Saturday morning, but took a77 in the second round and is in fourth.
TEAM SCORES (par 864)
1. Florida 296-278-277--851, 1. Arizona 280-289-282--851, 3. Clemson294-289-279--862, 4. Georgia Tech 289-292-282--863, 5. Augusta State292-288-285--865, 6. Georgia 296-284-286--866, 7. Virginia Tech294-291-285--870, 8. Wake Forest 294-282-297--873, 9. East Tennessee State293-289-292--874, 10. Arizona State 298-288-289--875, 11. Oklahoma294-291-297--882, 12. Oregon State 295-295-293--883, 13. Pacific299-291-295--885, 14. UAB 297-289-300--886, 14. Southern Methodist298-289-299--886.
LOW INDIVIDUAL SCORES (PAR 72)
1. Nick Gilliam, Florida, 69-70-66--205, 1. Ricky Barnes, Arizona,68-65-72--205, 3. Jamie Elson, Augusta State 73-65-70--208, 4. Chris Nallen,Arizona 66-77-66--209, 5. Kris Mikkelsen, Georgia Tech 66-72-72--210.