Stypula Cards Career Best For Men's Golf At Duck Invitational

March 26, 2002

JUNCTION CITY, Ore. - -

Oregon State sophomore golfer David Stypula turned in a career performance at the Oregon Duck Invitational on Tuesday, carding a final-round 70 at the par-72 Shadow Hills Country Club.

As a team, OSU finished with a 296 on Tuesday, compared to 304-304 to open the tournament on Monday. The Beavers finished 14th with a 904.

Stypula finished in a three-way tie for 55th with a score of 226 in his first varsity event of the year. Both the 70 and 226 were career-bests. The Cranbrook, British Columbia native, whose previous career-best was a 77, became the seventh Beaver to break par in a round this year.

'I was proud of him,' OSU coach Brian Watts said. 'He stepped up and met the challenge and played very well today.'

Also with a strong final round for the Beavers was sophomore James Salt, a native of Cheshire, England who had seen limited action this year but still managed a 73 to close the tournament and finish in a tie for 62nd at 228.

Salt has shown the ability to post low numbers this year, as he posted an eighth-place finish at OSU's Northwest Classic in the fall, which included a round of 67.

Sophomore Daren Greig led the way for the Beavers with a three-round score of 225, which included a final-round 77 after opening with a 75-73.

Sophomore Sean Deacon equaled his older brother Todd, a senior, with a 229 to finish in a tie for 70th.

The Beavers gave up roughly 10 shots over the last four to five holes, putting a damper on a day that could have otherwise seen their score dip below par.

'You can't do that and compete,' Watts said of the poor finish. 'We have a lot of work to do - we have one month before we conclude the season with Pac-10s, we need something very special to happen between now and then (if OSU is going to qualify for the NCAA Regional Championships).

'It's encouraging to see the players get to the low numbers, but it's very frustrating to see them throw it away over the last few holes. They all have the talent to shoot low scores.'

Tournament host Oregon claimed the team title over No. 25-ranked Washington State by one shot, posting a 15-under 849 at Shadow Hills.

WSU's Jon Reehoorn blistered the course for a 5-under 67 on Tuesday to earn the individual win by two shots over Scott Gordon of UC-Davis with a score of 10-under 206.

OSU's next action will be at the Western Intercollegiate, April 8-9 in Santa Cruz, Calif.

TEAM SCORES (PAR 864)

1. Oregon 286-281-282-849, 2. Washington State 290-280-280-850, 3. UCLA 287-285-282-854, 4.Nevada 288-284-289-861, 5. Stanford 289-282-292-863, 6. UC-Davis 282-290-293-865, 7. San Diego State 292-283-295-870, 8. Arizona 298-287-289-874, 9. Wyoming 297-295-298-890, 10. Portland State 294-299-300-893, 11. Hawaii-Hilo 288-309-297-894, 12. UC-Santa Barbara 302-295-299-896, 13. Hawaii 300-305-292-897, 14. Oregon State 304-304-296-904, 15. Colorado State 305-307-298-910, 16. Portland 313-306-311-930.

TOP INDIVIDUAL SCORES (PAR 72/216)

1. Jon Reehoorn, Washington State 70-69-67-206, 2. Scott Gordon, UC-Davis 67-71-70-208, 3. John Poucher, UCLA 69-69-72-210, 3. Brandon Kearney (Individual), San Diego State 71-69-70-210, 5. Chris Nallen, Arizona 77-65-69-211, 5. Chris Carnahan, Oregon 71-70-70-211.

OREGON STATE SCORES

T52. Daren Greig 75-73-77-225, t55. David Stypula 77-79-70-226, t62. James Salt 77-78-73-228,Sean Deacon 76-77-76-229, t70. Todd Deacon 76-76-77-229.

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