Hot Second Round Moves OSU Into Tie For Second At Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate

Sept. 30, 2002

BRIGHTON, Colo. - -

Freshmen Brian Kelley and Kenny Coakley fired second-round 69s to spark the Oregon State men's golf team's charge into second place at the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate on Monday.

As a team, OSU fired an 8-under 280 in the afternoon round and is tied with tournament host Denver with a score of 557, just one shot back of leader North Carolina-Wilmington. OSU opened with a 297.

OSU's 280 was the lowest score of the day.

'We were able to take advantage of the scoring conditions in the afternoon,' OSU coach Brian Watts said. 'The conditions made the course much more difficult for everyone in the morning.'

For the second tournament in a row, the Beavers find themselves in contention going into the final round.

'Everybody's pretty relaxed,' Watts said of his team. 'They're not nervous being near the lead like they were last year going into the final round of Pac-10s. They're doing the right things, and they're not satisfied with today's round - they know it could have been better. That's what is really nice to see, is that the guys know they can be even better and aren't going to settle.

'They're much more confident this year in themselves and in each other. They trust each other and know that they're all going to take care of their own game.'Kelley and Coakley join senior Michael Jurgensen among the top seven individuals.

Michael Jurgensen carded rounds of 72 and 70 for a total of 2-under 142 at the par-72 Riverdale Dunes course. Jurgensen totaled 12 birdies over 36 holes on Monday and is tied for third, two shots off the pace of UNC-Wilmington's Derek Brown at 140.

Kelley opened with a 73 and came back strong with a career-low 69 that included birdies on three of the last five holes. He and Jurgensen are among four players tied for third.

Coakley's career-best 69 came on the heels of a 74 in the morning round. Coakley is one shot back of Kelley and Jurgensen in a three-way tie for seventh.

Rounding out the scoring for the Beavers were Daren Greig and Chance Holmes, who are tied for 44th after firing identical rounds of 78-72-150.

OSU looks to make a run over the final 18 holes on Tuesday morning.

TEAM SCORES (par 288/576)

1. UNC-Wilmington 294-282-576; 2. Oregon State 297-280-577; 2. Denver 292-285-577; 4. UTEP 295-285-580; 5. Weber State 301-284-585; 6. Nevada 297-290-587; 7. Utah 306-282-588; 7. Campbell 303-285-588; 9. San Diego 306-285-591; 10. Wyoming 299-293-592; 10. Air Force 301-291-592; 12. UC-Riverside 306-290-596; 13. Utah State 314-289-603; 14. Portland 320-295-615.

TOP INDIVIDUALS (par 72/144)

1. Derek Brown, UNC-Wilmington 72-68-140; 2. Bill Lewis, UNC-Wilmington 69-72-141; 3. Nathan Fritz, UTEP 74-68-142; 3. Barrett Jarosch, Denver 71-71-142; 3. Michael Jurgensen, Oregon State 72-70-142; 3. Brian Kelley, Oregon State 73-69-142.

OREGON STATE SCORES

T3. Michael Jurgensen 72-70-142; t3. Brian Kelley 73-69-142; t7. Kenny Coakley 74-69-143; t44. Daren Greig 78-72-150; t44. Chance Holmes 78-72-150.

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