Men's Golf 16th At Ping/Arizona Intercollegiate
Michael Jurgensen and David Yarnes combined to lead the Oregon State men's golf team to a finish of 16th at the Ping/Arizona Intercollegiate on Tuesday at the par-71 Raven at Sabino Springs golf course. OSU shot a three-round total of 22-over-par 874.
Jurgensen shot up the leaderboard over the last two rounds by shooting 69 and 70 to finish at 1-under 212. The junior had been tied for 40th after an opening-round 73.
'Michael didn't hit the ball well the first two rounds, but his short game was incredible,' OSU head coach Brian Watts said. 'He hit it well in the last round, and he made a lot of putts. This was a good course for him because he manages courses so well.'
Yarnes, a senior playing in his hometown of Tucson, tied for 20th at 1-over 214. He had been in a tie for seventh after two rounds, as he opened with scores of 70 and 68, but closed with a 76.
'David played well,' Watts said. 'He got off to slow starts both days, but fought back.'
'As a team, we got off to a slow start today,' Watts said. 'We fought back though, but gave a few shots away at the end of the round, which really hurt us.
'Basically, it was like our tournaments in the fall when we'd get in solid position to finish in the top half of the field and we didn't get it done. The guys had a great attitude on the course though, which I was proud of, but we didn't get it done. We're going to be patient though - the season is just starting.'
Senior Todd Deacon carded a career-best 71 in the second round, but followed that with a 78 to finish in a tie for 73rd at 224.
'Todd had a quadruple bogey in the first round and still came out with a 75, so he hung with it,' Watts said. 'He was very solid with a 71 in the second round. He's starting to feel comfortable, like he belongs out there. I expect him to be in the lineup a lot in the spring.'
The second round was completed Tuesday morning after being suspended Monday night due to darkness.
Fresno State stormed into first place after a sluggish first round to capture the team title by one stroke over Oklahoma State with an 848.
Hunter Mahan of Oklahoma State won the individual title by two strokes with a 10-under 203. Fresno State's Nick Watney was second with a 205, which included a 64 in the second round.
1. Fresno State 290-270-288--848, 2. Oklahoma State 283-279-287--849, 3. Pepperdine 286-288-278--852, 4. New Mexico 282-282-289--853, 4. Arizona 287-275-291--853, 6. South Carolina 289-281-286--856, 7. Southern California 281-282-298--861, 8. UCLA 288-282-293--863, 9. Washington 290-277-297--864, 10. Tulsa 288-291-289--868, 11. UC-Irvine 290-285-295--870, 11. Oregon 290-292-288--870, 13. California 287-293-291--871, 13. Arizona `Red' 294-280-297--871, 15. BYU 302-275-297--874, 16. Oregon State 295-284-297--876, 17. Mississippi 298-289-290--877, 18. SMU 304-287-288--879, 19. Arizona State 299-289-294--882, 20. Long Beach State 303-295-301--899.
INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (par 71)
1. Hunter Mahan, Oklahoma State 67-68-68--203, 2. Nick Watney, Fresno State 73-64-68-205, 3. Kevin Stadler, USC 68-66-72--206, 4. Ricky Barnes, Arizona 71-67-69--207, 5. Peter Tomasulo, California 70-69-70--209, 5. Chris Nallen, Arizona 70-66-73--209.
OREGON STATE SCORES