Beavers Slip To Third At Pac-10 Championships

April 27, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

After sharing the lead heading into the final round at the Pac-10 Championships on Saturday, the Oregon State men's golf team had to settle for third place, as USC pulled ahead to defend its championship while Stanford edged out the Beavers for second by two strokes.

On a day when most teams struggled at the par-72 Trysting Tree Golf Club, the No. 9-ranked Trojans shot a 4-under 356 to post a 1-over 1,441 for the tournament and earn their 17th Pac-10 Championship with a 15-shot win over the Cardinal.

Stanford's Jim Seki used a pair of birdies over the final two holes to claim medalist honors.

Seki chipped in from atop a greenside mound on No. 18 to post a final-round 74 and fend off USC's Kevin Stadler and teammate Philip Rowe for a one-stroke win at 4-under 284. Seki opened with a 66 and held at least a share of the lead after each round.

OSU posted a score of 15-over 375 Saturday to total 18-over 1,458 for the tournament, 11 shots in front of fourth-place UCLA.

The Beavers finished their season by equaling their second-best Pac-10 finish in school history. OSU was third in the 1967 event in Corvallis as well as in 1973. OSU took second in 2000.

The Beavers placed four golfers in the top 20, headed by senior David Yarnes' tie for seventh. Yarnes closed with a solid 72 en route to a total of 1-over 289. The Tucson, Ariz., native finished his career with two consecutive top-10 finishes.

Third round co-leader Michael Jurgensen carded a 79 Saturday to fall from a tie with eventual winner Jim Seki of Stanford into a tie for 14th. Jurgensen, a junior from Horsholm, Denmark, finished 3-over for the tournament at 291.

Brothers Sean and Todd Deacon tied for 17th and 19th, respectively. Sean, a sophomore, carded a 75 Saturday to finish at 292, while Todd wrapped up his collegiate career with a 293.

Chance Holmes and Daren Greig rounded out the scoring for OSU, as Holmes tied for 25th at 295 and Greig posted a 304 to tie for 45th.

OSU put together its best performance of the season at the Championships, equaling its top finish of the year against some of the nation's best programs. Of the 10 teams in the field, seven were ranked among the top 50, and three were in the top 25.

In the team competition, Oregon finished fifth after posting a score of 1,471. The Ducks had three players in the top 11, including John Ellis in a tie for seventh at 289. Both Aaron Byers and Brandon Harnden tied for 11th at 290.

TEAM SCORES (PAR 360/1,440)

FINAL RESULTS           Pac-10 Men's Golf Championship                         Trysting Tree G.C.                         Dates: 04/25 - 04/27     (Today:03-29-2002)                                   Par:        72                                   Yardage:  7022

Fin. Top 20 Teams Scores 1 Southern California 356 360 369 356 1441 2 Stanford University 354 366 363 373 1456 3 Oregon State U. 355 361 367 375 1458 4 UCLA 362 373 375 359 1469 5 Oregon, U. of 373 365 365 368 1471 6 Washington, U. of 370 378 362 366 1476 7 Arizona, U. of 363 370 371 378 1482 8 Washington State U. 369 365 371 381 1486 9 Arizona State U. 373 365 376 376 1490 10 California, U. of 366 372 384 379 1501

TOP 20 INDIVIDUALS (PAR 72/288) Fin. Top 20 Players School Scores 1 Jim Seki Stanford 66 72 72 74 284 2 Kevin Stadler USC 69 71 73 72 285 Philip Rowe Stanford 72 71 69 73 285 4 Ben Hayes USC 72 73 72 69 286 Scott Oxandaboure USC 71 73 72 70 286 6 Ricky Barnes Arizona 70 73 71 73 287 7 David Yarnes Oregon St. 71 73 73 72 289 Brock Mackenzie Washington 75 70 70 74 289 John Ellis Oregon 71 69 76 73 289 Breene Murphy UCLA 72 73 73 71 289 11 Aaron Byers Oregon 72 73 70 75 290 Blake Mastalir Stanford 67 73 74 76 290 Brandon Harnden Oregon 74 72 72 72 290 14 Peter Tomasulo California 70 74 72 75 291 Jon Reehoorn Wash. St. 71 74 72 74 291 Michael Jurgensen Oregon St. 70 68 74 79 291 17 Brady Stockton Arizona St 74 71 73 74 292 Sean Deacon Oregon St. 68 77 72 75 292 19 Chris Nallen Arizona 70 74 73 76 293 Dan Potter Washington 76 75 73 69 293 Todd Deacon Oregon St. 74 73 73 73 293 Jeremy Taylor Wash. St. 72 71 74 76 293

OREGON STATE SCOREST 7 David Yarnes 71 73 73 72 289 T 14 Michael Jurgensen 70 68 74 79 291 T 17 Sean Deacon 68 77 72 75 292 T 19 Todd Deacon 74 73 73 73 293 T 25 Chance Holmes 72 72 75 76 295 T 45 Daren Grieg 74 75 76 79 304

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