Men's Golf Rises To The Top In 2001

June 14, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

2001 HIGHLIGHTS:

� OSU makes first-ever cut at NCAA Championships and places 12th for its highest finish at the championships in the history of the program.

� Anthony Arvidson brings his stellar career to a close by placing 51st in his first NCAA Championship appearance and earning Honorable Mention All-America.

� Anthony Arvidson named a NGCA Scholar Athlete.

� Daren Grieg paces the Beavers at the NCAA Championships with a 8-over 296 and a tie for 50th.

� Dave Yarnes wins his first collegiate tournament when he captures the Cleveland Golf/Southwest Invitational title at Northranch Country Club by shooting even-par 142.

� The Beavers make eight entries on the school's all-time top scores lists.

� Seven different Beavers break par a total of 31 times.

� The Beavers finish third at the Southwest Invitational as Dave Yarnes wins medalist honors and Anthony Arvidson chalks up another top-10 finish with a tie for sixth.

� Senior Anthony Arvidson puts together a streak of 14 tournaments in which he finishes in the top 25. The run dated back to the U.S. Collegiate of his junior campaign. The streak included five top-10 finishes.

� Anthony Arvidson earns First Team All-Pac-10 honors.

� OSU places three golfers in the top-14 at the U.S. Intercollegiate, as Michael Jurgensen, Anthony Arvidson and David Williams finish tied for fourth, 11th and 14th, respectively. For Jurgensen and Williams, it was their best finish of the year.

� Anthony Arvidson shoots a career-low 65 at the U.S. Intercollegiate, which also stands as the second-lowest round in OSU history.

� The Beavers open the season with freshmen Sean Deacon, Daren Grieg and David Williams shooting 68 or better at OSU's Northwest Invitational.

� Anthony Arvidson ties for third, which was a season-best, at the Husky Invitational in September.

� The men's golf team boasts the best GPA of any sport at OSU for fall term with a combined 3.0 and follows that with a 2.91 winter term.

HEAD COACH MIKE KETCHAM ON THE TEAM'S PROGRESS OVER THE SEASON: 'It was all attitude. Coming into the season we had so many new guys, and they were a little uncertain and didn't know what it took to compete at this level. As the season went on, they began to get more comfortable and their attitude changed.

'Attitude determines everything in life. Once their attitude began to change, we knew we were going to get out of regionals and move on to the NCAA Championships.

'Attitude is everything in athletics, you can become whatever you want.'

KETCHAM ON NEXT YEAR'S SQUAD AND THE LOSS OF ALL-AMERICAN ANTHONY ARVIDSON:

'Nobody's irreplaceable.However, he was a major part of our program. He put us on his back for most of the season and got us to regionals. As the team matured and over the last few rounds of regionals, the other guys' scores were right there with Anthony, and sometimes they ended up carrying him.

'We knew it was going to happen, it was just a matter of when. We hoped it would be this year rather than having to wait until next season.'

OSU IN THE RANKINGS: The Beavers came in 48th in the June 3 Golfweek poll after their run to 12th place at the NCAA Championships. OSU was 51st heading into the tournament. Anthony Arvidson is 54th in the Golfweek poll with a rating of 71.58.

ARVIDSON HONORED: Senior Anthony Arvidson earned PING/All-America Honorable Mention, as well as being named a NGCA Scholar Athlete. He was also selected as a Pacific-10 Conference First Team selection for his efforts this season.

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 completed his fifth year at Oregon State, and he has taken the Beavers to four NCAA Regionals in his first five years. The Beavers' highest finish at a regional came this year, when they tied for 6th and advanced to the NCAA Championships. OSU finished a school-best second at the 2000 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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