OSU To Host Pacific-10 Conference Men's Golf Championships Apr. 25-27

April 16, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

Oregon State University will host the 2002 Pacific-10 Conference Men's Golf Championships, April 25-27 at Trysting Tree Golf Club.

Two rounds are scheduled to be played Thursday, followed by 18 Friday and Saturday. Competition begins Thursday at 7:30 a.m. and at 8 a.m. the following days. Admission is free.

Of the 10 teams competing, seven are ranked among the nation's top 50, including three of the top 25. Eleven players ranked in the top 100 are slated to compete as well. Nine of the teams competed at Trysting Tree last spring when it hosted the NCAA West Regional Championships.

Trysting Tree, site of both the men's and women's NCAA West Regional Championships last year, plays host to some of the finest golf in the country once again, allowing fans an opportunity to watch future tour professionals compete at the collegiate level.

Also the site of the 1992 Pacific-10 Championships, Trysting Tree has challenged the likes of PGA Tour veterans Phil Mickelson, Notah Begay, Casey Martin, and Jim Furyk, among others.

According to OSU head coach Brian Watts, the course should play two to four shots easier than during last year's NCAA Regionals, when the rough was up to three feet deep in some places.Scores should be aided this year by shorter rough and better visibility off the tee boxes.

'Course superintendent Pat Doran and his staff have done a great job of preparing the golf course for a championship,' OSU coach Brian Watts said. 'We feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to showcase Trysting Tree Golf Club and are grateful to the Giustina Family for their support of Oregon State golf and OSU athletics. Sean Arey and his staff have shown great support for the program throughout the years as well.

'It's nice to host the Pac-10 Championships every 10 years so that the schools that haven't played in our fall tournament throughout the years will realize how special our facilities are. We feel we have some of the top practice facilities and one of the top University golf courses in the country, especially with its location so close to campus.

'We also feel we have an advantage playing on our home course with the tough conditions,' Watts said of Trysting Tree, which will play to 7,022 yards for the tournament and carries a par of 72.

Trysting Tree is located five minutes east of the OSU campus on Highway 34.

Volunteers are needed for spotting throughout the tournament. If anyone would like to volunteer, please contact Tournament Director Angie Cates at (541) 737-3900.

'This is a great opportunity for the public to watch future tour players compete at the collegiate level,' Watts said. 'We're looking to have a nice gallery with the tournament finishing on Saturday. We hope to see fans and spectators at Trysting Tree.'

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