Trysting Tree To Host Pac-10 Men's Golf Championships

April 22, 2002

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2002 PAC-10 MEN'S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS PREVIEW
Oregon State University to Serve as Host for the Championships

EVENT . . . The 43rd Pacific-10 Conference Men's Golf Championships will take place April 25-27 at the Trysting Tree Golf Club (Par 72, 7022 yards) in Corvallis, Ore. Oregon State University is the Tournament host for the 72-hole Championships.

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE . . . A practice round will take place on Wednesday, April 24 before the tournament begins on Thursday morning. The opening two rounds are Thursday, the third round is on Friday, and the final round is scheduled for Saturday. The starting time for Thursday is 7:30 a.m., Friday and Saturday is 8 a.m.

Per a blind draw by Conference officials, the team pairings and order of play for the first round are as follows:

Group 1 (1st Tee - 7:30 a.m.): Arizona State, Washington State
Group 2 (1st Tee - 8:18 a.m.): Oregon, Stanford
Group 3 (1st Tee - 9:06 a.m.): California, USC
Group 4 (10th Tee - 7:54 a.m.): UCLA, Washington
Group 5 (10th Tee - 8:42 a.m.): Arizona, Oregon State

TOURNAMENT SCORING . . . Each team is comprised of six golfers. The five individuals from each team with the low scores for any 18-hole round constitute the scoring members of the team for that given round. The team championship will be awarded to the squad with the lowest total combined score for all rounds.

MEDIA INFORMATION . . . Travis Lahman is the media contact for the 2002 Pac-10 Men's Golf Championships. All inquiries should be directed to him at 541/737-3720.

TOURNAMENT RESULTS . . . At the conclusion of each round, results will be available via the internet. Point your browser to the Pac-10 website at www.pac-10.org or to the Oregon State website at www.goosubeavers.com.

WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? . . . The University of New Mexico will host the NCAA West Regional Championships Thursday, May 16 through Saturday, May 18, while the NCAA Championships will be Wednesday, May 29 through Saturday, June 1 in Columbus, Ohio.

NEXT YEAR . . . UCLA will host the 2003 Pac-10 Men's Golf Championships.

RANKINGS . . . As of April 18th, the Golfweek/Sagarin Index shows that seven Pac-10 teams are ranked in the Top-50, while all 10 teams are listed in the Top-100. USC is ranked No. 9, followed by No. 11 Washington. Arizona follows at No. 22 , Washington State at No. 28, Oregon at No. 33, Arizona State at No. 44 and UCLA at No. 47. Stanford checks in at No. 61, followed by No. 63 California and No. 97 Oregon State . . . Individually, USC's Kevin Stadler is the highest-ranked Pac-10 individual at No. 17. Arizona's Chris Nallen follows at No. 19, while Washington's Brock Mackenzie is No. 22 to round out the Top-25.

CHAMPIONSHIPS PREVIEW. . . Trysting Tree Golf Club was the site of both the men's and women's 2001 NCAA West Regional and last hosted the Pac-10 men's golf championships in 1992 . . . Nine of the 10 Pac-10 teams competed at Trysting Tree last spring when it hosted the regional . . . ARIZONA is led by junior Ricky Barnes, the defending Pac-10 champion, as well as sophomore Chris Nallen, who paces the Cats with a 71.06 stroke average. Barnes carded a 7-under 209 at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational (April 12-13) to finish 10th, his lowest three-round total on the season. UA has five Top-10 finishes in 2001-02, with a season-best second-place effort at the PING/U.S. Collegiate in Tucson (April 5-7) . . . ARIZONA STATE turned in its best performance of the season in its last outing, despite playing without its No. 1 player. ASU fired a 26-under 838 to place second at its own Thunderbird Invitational (April 12-13), while junior Chez Reavie, the 2001 U.S. Public Links Champion, played in the Masters. Reavie leads the Sun Devils with a 72.67 stroke average . . . Sophomore Peter Tomasulo leads CALIFORNIA with a 72.20 stroke average and tied for fourth at the Western Intercollegiate (April 7-9). He tied for eighth at the U.S. Intercollegiate (April 20-21), with a 1-over 214 . . . OREGON looks to extend its string of consecutive top six finishes to six. The Ducks turned in a fourth-place finish at the U.S. Intercollegiate. Senior Aaron Byers posts a team-best 72.30 stroke average, with seven Top-10 efforts . . . Tournament host OREGON STATE is led by senior David Yarnes, with four Top-25 finishes and a 73.60 stroke average. At U.S. Intercollegiate, Yarnes placed seventh at even-par 213. The Beaver lineup features three of the five players who competed in the 2001 NCAA Championships . . . STANFORD has five Top-10 finishes this season and is coming off a second-place showing at the U.S Intercollegiate (April 20-21), which the Cardinal hosted. Senior Phillip Rowe won the event at 8-under 205. He fired a season-low 66 at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational (April 12-13) . . . A young and talented UCLA squad has eight Top-10 finishes this year. The Bruins placed third at the U.S. Intercollegiate (April 20-21). Freshmen John Poucher leads the team with a 72.60 stroke average, while sophomore John Merrick, the 2001 Southern California Amateur Champion, is second at 72.80 . . . Ninth-ranked USC carded a three-round total of 4-under 848 to win the U.S. Intercollegiate (April 20-21) hosted by Stanford. Three Trojans finished in the top four, led by senior Kevin Stadler, who took second place. It was the fifth Top-5 finish for Stadler and his third time in the runner-up spot. USC has six Top-5 finishes this season, including two wins . . . WASHINGTON boasts four tournament wins in 2001-02 and has finished first, second or sixth in eight events. The Huskies will rely on the leadership of sophomore Brock Mackenzie (70.92 stroke avg.), who has posted nine Top-10 finishes this season . . . WASHINGTON STATE is led by junior Dustin White, who has finished in the Top-25 in 11 of 12 tournaments. Senior Jon Reehorn fired a 2-under 211 to place third at the U.S. Intercollegiate (April 20-21). The Cougars finished fifth and have posted three Top-10 performances on the year.

LAST YEAR . . . USC captured its first Pac-10 men's golf championship since 1986 with a 20-under 1400, four strokes ahead of second-place finisher Arizona State. Hunter Mahan, the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, paced the Trojans to their 16th Conference title overall with a 13-under 271 to finish second. Arizona's Ricky Barnes took Pac-10 medalist honors with a 16-under 268. Barnes, who shared Pac-10 Co-Men's Golfer of the Year with Arizona State's Jeff Quinney, led Arizona to a third-place finish at the NCAA Championships. ASU finished sixth, followed by Oregon State in a tie for 12th. USC's Kurt Schuette earned Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors.

2001 PAC-10 MEN'S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

Team Results (355-355-355-355-1420)

	1.	USC	346-347-358-349-1400	2.	Arizona State	347-350-361-346-1404
3. Arizona 352-351-350-355-1408
4. Washington 359-348-351-353-1411
5. UCLA 357-347-362-364-1430
6. Stanford 354-355-368-361-1438 7. Washington State 358-356-366-359-1439 8. Oregon 363-364-362-351-144-0 9. California 357-358-356-371-1442 10. Oregon State 364-366-361-356-1447

Top-5 Individuals (71-71-71-71-284)

	1.	Ricky Barnes, ARIZ	65-66-69-68-268	2.	Hunter Mahan, USC	68-69-67-67-271	3.	Matt Jones, ASU	70-65-69-69-273	4.	Corey Prugh, WASH	72-67-67-69-275	5.	Alex Kuyumijan, USC	72-68-70-66-276		Chris Nallen, ARIZ	66-68-70-72-276

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