Hot Second Round Moves Men's Golf Into Sixth At Husky Invite

Oct. 1, 2001

BREMERTON, Wash. - -

After a sluggish start in the morning round, the Oregon State men's golf team got hot in the second round and moved up from 10th place to sixth at the Husky Invitational on Monday.

The Beavers torched the par-72, 7,035-yard Olympic Course for a tournament-best 3-under par 357 in the second round after opening with a tournament-high of 386. OSU's total of 743 puts them sixth in the field of 10 with 18 holes to play Tuesday morning. OSU, at 23-over, is within four shots of third-place Washington State and Nevada.

The tournament format calls for six golfers from each team, with the low five scores counting toward the team total, thus the higher team total than most tournaments.

Every Beaver golfer lowered his score from the first round to the second, including junior Michael Jurgensen, who carded a 76 in the first round and came back with a 2-under 70 to wrap up the day. He stands tied for 12th at 146 and is within five shots of second.

Sophomore Daren Greig brought his score down by seven strokes from the first round, following his 77 with a 70 to join a group of five others tied for 18th at 147.

'We improved greatly from the morning round to the afternoon,' OSU coach Brian Watts said of his team rounding the course in 29 fewer shots the second time through. 'This course is a placement course - if you're not hitting the greens, it's going to be a difficult up-and-down. These greens are difficult to read and are very fast.'

Also joining the top half of the 60-player field were junior Chance Holmes and sophomore Sean Deacon. Holmes turned in a 4-over 149 on the day, also lowering his score by seven strokes from 78 to 71 to tie for 25th. Deacon, tied for 27th at 150, shot a second-round 73.

Todd Deacon, a senior and the older brother of Sean, fired a second-round 73 to bring his total to 153 for the day and join the pack at 38th.

David Yarnes, one of the two seniors on the team, shot 154, but still cut two strokes from his morning round with a 76 in the afternoon.

'We played well and played confident in the second round,' Watts commented. 'They had the green light to go at a lot of flags today, and they played with more confidence and played aggressively in spots, which helped their score.

'Hopefully we can get off to a good start and pass a few more teams tomorrow and have a good finish.'

Washington leads the team and individual race, as John Robertson fired a 6-under 138 to lead the Huskies to a 729 on the day.

TEAM SCORES (five counting scores, par 72)

1. Washington 367-362-729, 2. Pepperdine 376-360-736, 3. Washington State 374-365--739, 3.Nevada 376-363-739, 5. Colorado 377-365-742, 6. Oregon State 386-357-743, 7. Oregon 373-374-747, 8. Georgia Southern 380-369-749, 9. California 380-372-752, 9. Stanford 378-374-752.

LOW INDIVIDUAL SCORES

1. John Robertson, Washington 67-71-138, 2. Gordy Scutt, Washington 72-69-141, 3. Ben Portie, Colorado 73-69-142, 4. Ryan Camp, Washington State 74-69-143, 4. John Ellis, Oregon 72-71-143.

OREGON STATE SCORES

T12. Michael Jurgensen 76-70-146, t18. Daren Greig 77-70-147, t25. Chance Holmes 78-71-149, t27. Sean Deacon 77-73-150, t38. Todd Deacon 80-73-153, t45. David Yarnes 78-76-154.

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