Jurgensen Captures Third At Tucker Intercollegiate

Sept. 14, 2002

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - -

Oregon State's Michael Jurgensen fired a 71 on Saturday in the final round of the Tucker Intercollegiate, securing a tie for third place and giving the senior the best finish of his career.

As a team, OSU finished ninth, shooting a final-round 295 for a total of 884 over three rounds at the par-72 Championship Course.

'Michael played solid golf the whole tournament,' second-year coach Brian Watts said. 'He had some putts that didn't fall for him today, but to shoot under par here is playing great golf.'

Jurgensen carded rounds of 70 and 73 on Friday and entered the final round tied for fourth. He finished with a 2-under 214, tied with Arizona's Ricky Barnes and UTEP's Dan Swanson.Jurgensen's previous best finish was a tie for fourth at the 2001 U.S. Intercollegiate as asophomore in 2001.

OSU got off to a blistering start after Friday's first round, shooting 2-under 286, but fell back in the second round with a 303.

'We looked like a championship team in the first round,' Watts said. 'We struggled after that and started pressing a little bit, but they maintained a positive attitude throughout. I'm proud of them.'

UNM's Michael Letzig took medalist honors with a 9-under 207, and New Mexico, which hosted the tournament, earned a five-stroke win with an 864.

OSU's Sean Deacon was the Beavers' next highest finisher, shooting 6-over 222; Chance Holmes totaled 227, Kenny Coakley a 227, and Daren Greig a 229.

'We struggled over the last four or five holes today,' Watts said. 'Otherwise, we're looking at a finish in the top four or five. We had a good attitude throughout the whole tournament though - there are a lot of positives to take from this.'

Oregon State takes to the course next at the Pacific Invitational, Sept. 23-24, in Stockton, Calif.

TOP TEAM FINISHERS

1. New Mexico 864; 2. UNLV 869; 3. Arizona 874; 4. San Diego State 875; 5. Texas Tech 876; 6. Colorado State 878; 7. BYU 882; 8. NMSU 883; 9. Oregon State 884; 10. New Mexico JV 886; 11. Oklahoma 887; 12. Pepperdine 890; 13. UTEP 893; 14. Colorado 903; 15. Utah 907; 16. Texas A&M 908; 17. Air Force 909; 18. Wyoming 915.

TOP INDIVIDUAL FINISHERS

1. Michael Letzig, UNM 69-68-70-207; 2. Ryan Moore, UNLV 69-69-72-210; 3. Ricky Barnes, Arizona 71-69-74--214; 3. Michael Jurgensen, Oregon State 70-73-71-214; 3. Dan Swanson, UTEP 70-72-72-214.

OREGON STATE SCORES

T3. Michael Jurgensen 70-73-71-214; t31. Sean Deacon 71-73-78-222; t57. Chance Holmes 74-78-75-227; t57. Kenny Coakley 71-79-77-227; t63. Daren Greig 78-79-72-229.

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