Sean Deacon Leads OSU At MacKenzie Invitational

Oct. 15, 2002

FAIRFAX, Calif. - -

Sean Deacon fired a final-round 73 to finish eighth and lead Oregon State to a tie for eighth at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational on Tuesday.

As a team, OSU shot 302 on Tuesday - a day which 16 of the 17 teams recorded higher scores than in the second round - and tied with San Francisco and Nevada with a score of 16-over-par 868.

Deacon, a junior from Scottsdale, Ariz., opened the tournament with two rounds of 68 and finished with a 4-under 209 at the par-71 Meadow Club.

Deacon finished seven shots behind tournament winner Nick Watney of Fresno State, who claimed a three-stroke win with an 11-under 202.

The Beavers have now had at least one individual post a three-round total under par in three of OSU's four tournaments this year, and Michael Jurgensen was at even par in the fourth.

Daren Greig, who was battling a sinus infection throughout the tournament, posted a 3-over 216 to tie for 23rd.

'I'm proud of the way Sean and Daren played,' OSU coach Brian Watts said. 'They played consistently and stayed focused throughout their rounds.'

Jurgensen, who carded 70s in each of the first two rounds, closed with an 81 to tie for 43rd at 221 after being tied for 19th heading into the final round.

Kenny Coakley tied for 49th with a 222 and Brian Kelley finished 84th at 237.

'I'm disappointed in the way we finished today,' OSU coach Brian Watts said. 'We didn't getthe job done. We were in good position coming into the final round, and the course beat us up today.

'We lost focus - we need to find a way to get the ball in the hole. We definitely had a great opportunity to beat some good teams and we didn't take advantage of it.

'Hopefully, we'll learn from it and have a better mindset going into our next tournament at Stanford.'

The Beavers play next at Stanford's Nelson Invitational Oct. 25-27.

Oregon State finished nine strokes behind Oregon, which closed with a 291 and earned a point in the Civil War series presented by Northwest Dodge Dealers.

Fresno State captured the team title with its 11-under 841, edging UCLA and Northwestern by three strokes.

TEAM SCORES (284/852)

1. Fresno State 275-277-289-841; 2. UCLA 274-278-292-844; 2. Northwestern 281-274-289-844; 4. California 276-286-290-852; 5. Oregon 282-286-291-859; 6. Washington 288-274-300-862; 7. Colorado 278-289-298-865; 8. San Francisco 273-291-304-868; 8. Oregon State 285-281-302-868; 8. Nevada 287-285-296-868; 11. UC-Irvine 272-296-303-871; 12. San Jose State 296-280-300-876; 13. Washington State 297-280-301-878; 14. Pacific 287-302-296-885; 15. Long Beach State 298-284-308-890; 16. UC-Santa Barbara 293-298-310-901; 16. Stanford 295-296-310-901.

TOP INDIVIDUALS (PAR 71/213)

1. Nick Watney, Fresno State 67-67-68-202; 2. Tom Johnson, Northwestern 68-65-72-205; 2. John Ellis, Oregon 65-68-72-205; 2. Roy Moon, UCLA 68-68-69-205; 5. Chad Spencer, Fresno State 68-69-70-207; 5. Stephen Carroll, Colorado 68-71-68-207.

OREGON STATE SCORES

8. Sean Deacon 68-68-73-209; t23. Daren Greig 70-72-74-216; t43. Michael Jurgensen 70-70-81-221; t49. Kenny Coakley 77-71-74-222; 84. Brian Kelley 79-74-84-237.

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