Beavers Set School Record En Route To Third At Pacific Invitational

Sept. 24, 2002

STOCKTON, Calif. - -

Chance Holmes fired a career-low 66 and Daren Greig added a 68 on Tuesday to help the Oregon State men's golf team to a third-place finish at the Pacific Invitational with a school-record 17-under-par 847 at the par-72 Reserve at Spanos Park.

OSU's 277 in Tuesday's final round topped the school record the Beavers equaled in Monday's second round by three strokes.

The Beavers' final-round charge moved them from fifth place to third, one stroke back of Coastal Carolina in second. UCLA captured a 16-stroke win with a score of 830.

Greig's career-low three-round total of 9-under 207 was the second-lowest in school history on a par-72 course, and helped him to a career-best finish with a tie for third. Teammate SeanDeacon holds OSU's raw-score record with a 205, which came on the par-71 Mallard Creek Golf Course last year.

Greig finished two shots behind medalist Alvero Velasco of Coastal Carolina.

For Greig, a native of Canby, Ore., it was his third career top-10 finish, and the first time he has played all three rounds of a tournament under par.

'Daren had a great tournament,' OSU coach Brian Watts said. 'He didn't hit the ball particularly well today, but he did an outstanding job of getting up-and-down and he took advantage of his length off the tee on the par-fives. He made a lot of his putts today.'

Holmes' 66 topped his previous best by three shots and matched the third-lowest round in school history, recorded by six former Beavers. It is OSU's lowest score since AnthonyArvidson's 65 at the U.S. Intercollegiate in the spring of 2001.

'Chance didn't make a bogie all day and had six birdies,' Watts said. 'But more importantly, he finished strong with two birdies on his last few holes.'

Holmes, a senior from San Antonio, Texas, also set personal bests with the school's fifth-lowest three-round score at 6-under-par 210, as well as his tie for 11th.

Four OSU golfers shot par or better Tuesday; following Holmes' 66 and Greig's 68, the freshmen duo of Kenny Coakley and Brian Kelley shot 71 and 72, respectively.

Michael Jurgensen closed with a 1-over 73 and tied for 21st with a 1-under 215. It was the fifth career tournament under-par in Jurgensen's career, and the second in two tournaments this year.

For Coakley, it marked the third time in six rounds that he has been under par. He fired his second consecutive 71 to finish in a tie for 28th at even-par 216.

Though the putter gave him trouble, Kelley utilized his distance and came in at even par for a total of 223 and a tie for 57th.

'The biggest thing about this tournament was the way we finished off the rounds,' Watts said. 'We stayed patient and took advantage of our opportunities when we had a chance - that was key. We had a good start today and we kept it going. It was a lot of fun to watch.'

'The guys truly believe in each other,' Watts said. 'We realize that if we play our own game, we can shoot the low numbers.

'Another good thing about this is that the guys were pleased, but they weren't overly happy with the result. They know this could have been even better, so this is something we'll build on.'

OSU's next action comes at the University of Denver's Rocky Mountain Invitational Sept. 30-Oct. 1.

TEAM SCORES (PAR 288/864)

1. UCLA 280-277-273-830; 2. Coastal Carolina 283-280-283-846; 3. Oregon State 290-280-277-847; 4. UC-Irvine 282-286-277-851; 5. CSU-Northridge 295-280-280-855; 6. California 288-288-282-858; 7. UC-Riverside 291-279-289-859; 8. UC-Davis 287-289-285-861; 9. UT-Arlington 288-284-294-866; 10. San Jose State 284-285-298-867; 11. Pacific 288-288-292-868; 11. Nevada 282-293-293-868; 13. Long Beach State 288-283-305-876; 14. Hawaii 305-299-296-900.

TOP INDIVIDUALS (PAR 72/216)

1. Alvero Velaso, Coast. Carolina 69-68-68-205; 2. Pete Sisich, CSUN 69-69-68-206; 3. Brad Uptgraft, CSUN 70-69-68-207; 3. Daren Greig, Oregon State 70-69-68-207; 5. Spencer Levin, UCLA 69-70-69-208; 5. Travis Johnson, UCLA 71-68-69-208.

OREGON STATE SCORES

T3. Daren Greig 70-69-68-207; t11. Chance Holmes 74-70-66-210; t21. Michael Jurgensen 72-70-73-215; t28. Kenny Coakley 74-71-71-216; 57. Brian Kelley 74-77-72-223.

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