Sean Deacon Ties For 13th At Cleveland Golf Classic

March 5, 2002

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. - -

Oregon State sophomore Sean Deacon birdied his final five holes on Tuesday to finish with a final-round 73 and tie for 13th at the Cleveland Golf Classic.

Deacon played the par-71, 6,815-yard North Ranch Country Club course in 2-over par, as he recorded his third straight 73 at the tournament for a total of 6-over 219.

The finish was the second best of the season for Deacon, who won the Northwest Collegiate Classic in September.

'This just goes to show that you can't give up on a round,' OSU coach Brian Watts said of Deacon, who was seven over with five holes to play. 'If you keep plugging away, good things will happen.'

The team played its best golf of the tournament, shooting a 293 on Tuesday to finish 15th with a total of 907.

David Yarnes, who won this event last year, signed for his best round of the tournament with a 1-over 72. The senior tied for 33rd with a 225.

Also improving over their first and second rounds were Michael Jurgensen and Chance Holmes, who both carded 74s after shooting 77 in Monday's second round. Jurgensen's 231 put him one shot ahead of Holmes in a tie for 61st. Holmes tied for 64th.

David Williams closed with an 83, totaling 249 at the tournament to tie for 78th.

'We played much better today,' Watts said of his team, which shot 18 strokes better than its opening round 311. 'The first round is what hurt us. We shoot 295, and we're right where we want to be.

'We gave ourselves more opportunities today and managed the course better. The difference was that we made a few putts.'

OSU has three weeks off before it jumps into action again at the Duck Invitational in Eugene, Mar. 25-26.

Tournament host Southern California held on for a three shot win over Oregon and Washington, shooting 1-under 283 in the final round for a total of 864.

Washington's Brock MacKenzie claimed the individual title, shooting a 5-under 208 to edge USC's Kevin Stadler and Nick Watney of Fresno State by three strokes.

TEAM SCORES (par 852)

1. USC 296-285-283-864, 2. Oregon 296-287-284-867, 2. Washington 293-293-281-867, 4. Fresno State 291-296-289-876, 5. California 287-305-291-883, 6. New Mexico 298-300-289-887, 7. Stanford 290-301-291-890, 8. BYU 310-291-290-891, 8. Pepperdine 301-293-297-891, 10. Alabama-Birmingham 300-299-295-894, 11. Arizona State 311-287-298-896, 12. Houston 307-296-295-898, 13. Arkansas 298-307-295-900, 14. UCLA 301-304-297-902, 15. Oregon State 311-303-293-907, 16. USC #2 312-324-320-956.

TOP INDIVIDUAL FINISHERS (par 71/213)

1. Brock MacKenzie, Washington 71-68-69-208, 2. Kevin Stadler, USC 75-68-68-211, 2. Nick Watney, Fresno State 72-70-69-211, 4. Ben Hayes, USC 71-71-71-213, 5. Aaron Byers, Oregon 75-69-70-214, 5. Corey Prugh, Washington 75-73-66-214.

OREGON STATE INDIVIDUALS

T13. Sean Deacon 73-73-73-219, t33. David Yarnes 77-76-72-225, t61. Michael Jurgensen 80-77-74-231, t64. Chance Holmes 81-77-74-232, 78. David Williams 81-85-83-249.

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