Yarnes' Quest For NCAA Championships Takes A Hit
May 17, 2002
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - -
Oregon State's David Yarnes' attempt to qualify for the NCAA Championships took a hit Friday, as the senior carded a second-round 80 at the NCAA West Regional Championships.
After a poor start off the tee and fairway on his first two holes, Yarnes scrambled to save par on both and make the turn at 2-over, despite some ballstriking difficulty.
Yarnes birdied his 10th hole, but gave a shot back on his 12th and 14th before three- and four-putting his final two holes at the University of New Mexico's par-72 Championship Course.
'David struggled with his ballstriking today,' OSU coach Brian Watts said. 'This is a course where you've got to manage your golf ball very well. You hope (the final two holes) are not the difference (in going to Nationals). There are just days where you can't hit it square on the clubface, and today was one of those days. He fought and fought, but it wasn't happening.'
Yarnes now stands tied for 60th at 6-over 150 after beginning the day tied for fifth thanks to a 2-under-par 70 in the first round - a round in which he played with great confidence and control, according to Watts.
The senior is now faced with the task of shooting in the neighborhood of what would be a career-best 65 or 66 to have a shot at advancing. Yarnes' career-mark is a 68, which he has posted twice in his career, including once this spring.
The top two individuals whose teams do not finish in the top 10 move on to Nationals. After the second round, Oregon's Aaron Byers and Ohio State's Zach Doran are deadlocked at 1-under 143, seven shots ahead of Yarnes among those whose teams are not in the top 10. Only the top-10 squads advance to the NCAA Championships in Columbus, Ohio.
In the team competition, UNLV owns a tenuous one-stroke lead over Fresno State with 18 holes to play Saturday, finishing round-two at 6-over 582. First-round leader Texas, along with Minnesota, New Mexico, and UCLA are in a four-way tie for sixth at 588, one shot up on Pacific and Pepperdine, who are deadlocked on the cutline in 10th. Nevada and Oregon round out the dogfight; they are tied for 12th three shots out of 10th place.
Arizona's Ricky Barnes pulled away from the pack with a 67 Friday, giving himself a 7-under 137 and a five-stroke cushion over four players tied for second heading into Saturday's final round.
TEAM SCORES (PAR 288/576)
1. UNLV 290-292-582; 2. Fresno State 290-293-583; 3. Washington 291-293-584; 4. Arizona 292-293-585; 4. San Diego State 289-296-585; 6. Minnesota 290-298-588; 6. New Mexico 293-298-588; 6. Texas 285-303-588; 6. UCLA 296-292-588; 10. Pacific 294-295-589; 10. Pepperdine 292-297-589; 12. Nevada 299-293-592; 12. Oregon 300-292-592; 14. Ohio State 295-298-593; 15. California 308-286-594; 16. Texas Tech 298-297-595; 17. Southern California 294-303-597; 18. Washington State 302-296-598; 19. Stanford 303-297-600; 20. BYU 301-301-602; 21. Arizona State 304-302-606; 22. Illinois State 301-306-607; 23. Colorado State 314-296-610; 24. UC-Irvine 307-306-613; 25. Detroit Mercy 302-312-614; 26. IU-Purdue-Indianapolis 315-311-626; 27. Central Connecticut 313-316-629.
TOP INDIVIDUALS (PAR 72)
1. Ricky Barnes, Arizona 70-67-137; 2. Jonathon Echols, Fresno State 70-72-142; 2. Jason Hartwick, Texas 68-74-142; 2. Justin Smith, Minnesota 70-72-142; 2. Mike Warman, San Diego State 72-70-142; Four tied at 143.