Greig Paces Beavs At Western Intercollegiate

April 8, 2002

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - -

Oregon State sophomore Daren Greig fired a 147 over the first two rounds of the Western Intercollegiate to lead the Beavers on Monday, as the grossly undulating greens of the par-70 Pasatiempo Golf Course wreaked havoc with OSU's putting game.

OSU is in 15th place after carding rounds of 302 and 299, and is eight shots behind 14th-place Stanford with a score of 601 with 18 holes to play Tuesday morning.

Greig played the most consistent golf among the Beavers, and is tied for 38th at 7-over after rounds of 74 and 73.

As a team, OSU was in position to post much better numbers and position itself higher on the leaderboard, but was 19-over on the last four holes in each of the two rounds, accounting for 38 of its 41 total strokes over par. OSU was a combined 3-over for the remaining 28 holes.

'We've got to finish better and close out our rounds,' head coach Brian Watts said. 'As a whole, we putted very poorly today. We're hitting fairways and greens, but we aren't sinking the putts. If you don't position the ball where you need to at Pasatiempo, it's going to be very tough making par. Unfortunately, today, our short game wasn't good.'

As a testament to the severity of the greens, senior David Yarnes dropped one the finest approach shots of the morning into the 11th green, leaving himself with a 7-8 foot downhill breaking putt. With a slight mis-hit, Yarnes, one of the team's best putters, was left with a 60-foot putt coming back up the hill.

Yarnes went on to post a 77 in the morning, and followed with a 74 in the afternoon to join a group of eight, including teammate Michael Jurgensen, knotted in a tie for 57th at 151.

Jurgensen paced the Beavers in the opening round with a 73, but closed the day with a 78.

The best nine-hole score of the day for the Beavers belonged to Todd Deacon, who opened his second round with a blistering 5-under-par 30. Deacon found trouble on the back nine, however, as the senior closed with a 44. His second round 74 was an improvement over a 78 in the morning.

Junior Chance Holmes carded a 159 to round out the scoring for the Beavers.

After strong starts in many of their tournaments this year, the Beavers' focus is on putting together a complete 18 holes.

'We're trying to prepare for Pac-10s, and to find a way to shoot the low numbers,' Watts said. 'There are going to be some very low numbers at Pac-10s, and we've got to focus on putting together low scores ourselves. We've got to start putting 18 holes together as a team, and to do that, we've got to be tougher mentally.'

In the team competition, No. 12-ranked Washington used a 10-under 270 in the second round to swell its lead to 23 strokes over defending champion Oregon with a two-round total of 14-under 546.

San Jose State's Isaac Weintraub took advantage of his knowledge of SJSU's home course to post a 7-under 133 and forge a one-shot lead over Washington's Conner Robbins.

TEAM SCORES (PAR 280/560)

1. Washington 276-270-546, 2. Oregon 291-278-569, 3. Fresno State 282-289-571, 4. San Jose State 289-283-572, 5. Kansas 290-285-575, 6. Pacific 288-288-576, 7. UC-Irvine 296-283-579, 8. California 286-295-581, 9. Long Beach State 292-292-584, 9. CSU-Stanislaus 291-293-584, 11. UTEP 302-283-585, 11. Nevada 305-280-585, 13. UC-Santa Barbara 295-292-587, 14. Stanford 295-298-593, 15. Oregon State 302-299-601, 16. Santa Clara 301-307-608, 17. Hawaii 309-302-611.

TOP INDIVIDUALS (PAR 70/140)

1. Isaac Weintraub, San Jose State 66-67-133, 2. Conner Robbins, Washington 69-65-134, 3. Brock MacKenzie, Washington 68-68-136, 3. Travis Hurst, Kansas 68-68-136, 5. Derek Berg, Washington 69-68-137.

OREGON STATE SCORES

T38. Daren Greig 74-73-147, t57. David Yarnes 77-74-151, t57. Michael Jurgensen 73-78-151, t65. Todd Deacon 78-74-152, t83. Chance Holmes 80-79-159.

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