Men's Golf To Play In Husky Invitational

Oct. 1, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

SCHEDULE: Oregon State plays at the Husky Invitational Oct. 1-2, with 36 holes on Monday and 18 Tuesday for a total of 54. Teams will play six players, with the low five scores counting.

THE COURSE: The teams play at the Gold Mountain Golf Complex, rated one of the top-100 places 'you can play' by Golf Magazine in 1998 and 1999. The field competes on the par-72, 7,035-yard Olympic Course, which Golf Digest ranked the third-best in Washington.

THE FIELD: Along with Oregon State and host Washington, the field includes Oregon, California, Stanford, Nevada, Colorado, Pepperdine and Georgia Southern.

LINEUP: Sean Deacon (So., Scottsdale, Ariz.): Sean jump-started his season by winning the Northwest Collegiate Classic on Sept. 11 with an 8-under 205... it was Deacon's first career win and first top 10 finish as well... after six rounds, is sporting a 72.3 stroke average.

David Yarnes (Sr., Tucson, Ariz.): David played a consistent tournament at the Northwest Collegiate Classic, shooting a 5-over 218 to tie for 32nd... tied for 18th at Tucker Invitational with a 219... averages 72.8 strokes per round... returning member of last year's team that finished 12th at the NCAA Championships.

Michael Jurgensen (Jr., Horsholm, Denmark): Michael tied for fifth with a 2-under 211 at the Northwest Collegiate on Sept. 10-11, marking his second-best career finish... shot a second-round 68 at the NW, equaling his career best... carries a 71.8 average after six rounds... tied for 20th at Tucker Invitational with a 220... returning member of last year's team that finished 12th at the NCAA Championships.

Daren Greig (So., Canby, Ore.): Daren tied for eighth at the Northwest Classic when he closed with a 68 in the final round to finish at 1-under 212... 73.3 average... returning member of OSU's 12th-place NCAA Championship team of last year.

Todd Deacon: Todd tied for 50th at the Northwest Classic with a 224, including a first-round 72... averages 74.6 strokes.

Chance Holmes: Chance averages 73.3 strokes after three rounds... shot 220 in NW Classic to tie for 35th... shot 69 in first round.

LAST YEAR AT THE HUSKY INVITATIONAL: Oregon State placed eighth out of 10 teams, shooting 1,133 with five scores counting. Anthony Arvidson tied for third.

LAST ACTION: Oregon State finished 12th at the William Tucker Invitational, shooting 896 among one of the top fields they'll face this year.

David Yarnes tied for 18th and Michael Jurgensen tied for 20th.

MAN AT THE TOP: Brian Watts began his first year as head coach of the Oregon State men's golf team this fall. He succeeds Mike Ketcham, who departed for the head coaching job at his alma mater, Arkansas, over the summer.

Watts is no stranger to Oregon State golf, as he spent the past two years as the assistant coach for both the men's and women's programs.

Watts takes over a team that he helped get to the NCAA Championships last season for the third time in school history, where it made a huge splash with its tie for 12th.

NEW FACE: The men's and women's golf programs recently announced the hiring of Angie Cates as the assistant coach for both programs.

Cates was an academic All-American at Washington State before graduating and working three years for the Golf Channel. Cates also played professionally on the Ladies Challenge Tour and the Futures Tour before joining the OSU staff.

IN THE RANKINGS: OSU is ranked 27th in the Sept. 22 GolfWeek poll.

BACK FOR MORE: OSU returns 10 players from last year's squad that tied for 12th at the NCAA Championships at Duke. Leading the charge for this year's championships in Columbus, Ohio, will be four of the five who competed in the championships - sophomores Daren Grieg (75.8) and David Williams (75.3), junior Michael Jurgensen (74.3), and senior David Yarnes (74.9).

Sean (So., 76.6) and Todd Deacon (Sr., 76.2), Chance Holmes (74.8), Cameron MacKenzie (76.8) and James Salt (76.6) all earned letters last season, and David Stypula returns as well.

New to the squad will be freshmen Bryce Fisher, Andres Gonzales and Brian Kelley.

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