Men's Golf Concludes Season Tied for 12th at NCAA Championships
June 2, 2001
Durham, N.C. - The Oregon State University men's golf team shot a final round 8-over-par 296 and concluded the 72-hole NCAA Championships with a best-ever finish of tied for 12th. The Beavers, playing in their third NCAA Tournament in the program's history, were one of 15 teams to qualify for competition the final two days of the championships held at the Duke University Golf Club.
'We accomplished one of our goals of making the cut after the second round, but we fell a little short of our second goal of posting a top-10 finish,' Beaver Head Coach Mike Ketcham said. 'We left some shots on the course over the four days, but that will improve with experience.'
Freshman-redshirt Daren Grieg led the Beavers the final day, firing a team-low for the tournament, a 2-under-70. The Canby native finished alone in 50th place, after starting the final round tied for 66th. Grieg also shared the team low in the third round, which was completed Saturday morning, with a 72.
OSU's Anthony Arvidson, playing in his final collegiate event, tied for 51st at 297. David Yarnes tied for 59th at 299, Michael Jurgensen tied for 63rd at 300, and David Williams tied for 66th at 301.
'I'm so proud of our guys this season, they battled all year long.' Ketcham said. 'They made a lot of key shots over the past two weeks, and they should be proud of their accomplishments. One of the things I'm most pleased about is that Anthony (Arvidson) was able to compete in the biggest college tournament before his career was over -- I don't think you can measure his contributions to this program.'
Oregon State loses only Arvidson from its roster for the 2001-2002 season. The Beavers were one of the youngest teams in the field this week, playing with one senior, one junior, one sophomore, a redshirt-freshman, and a true-freshman.
'The importance of this youthful team competing in a tournament of this magnitude will pay huge dividends for years to come,' Ketcham added. 'The old adage that there is no substitute for experience certainly applies to our program. We should enter next season confidant that we can get back to the NCAA Championships.'
The University of Florida Gators captured the team title by 18 shots over second-place Clemson. The Gators' played the final round 13-under, with Camilo Benedetti carding a closing round 65, to finish tied for second. Nick Gilliam of Florida was the medalist with a total of 12-under 276.
Florida, 296-278-277-275--1126, Clemson, 294-289-279-282--1144, Arizona, 280-289-282-294--1145, Georgia Tech, 289-292-282-285--1148, Georgia, 296-284-286-286--1152, Arizona State, 298-288-289-287--1162, Augusta State, 292-288-285-299--1164, Virginia Tech, 294-291-285-295--1165, East Tennessee State, 293-289-292-293--1167, Wake Forest, 294-282-297-295--1168, Pacific, 299-291-295-292--1177, Oregon State, 295-295-293-296--1179, Oklahoma, 294-291-297-297--1179, Alabama-Birmingham, 297-289-300-293--1179, SMU, 298-289-299-304--1190
Top Individuals (Par 72)
Nick Gilliam, UF, 69-70-66-71--276, Camilio Benedetti, UF, 74-71-69-65--279, Jamie Elson, Aug. St., 73-65-70-71--279, Kris Mikkelsen, Ga. Tech, 66-72-72-71--281, Chez Reavie, ASU, 71-67-74-69--281