OSU Tied For 10th At Stanford's Nelson Invitational

Oct. 25, 2002

STANFORD, Calif. - -

Michael Jurgensen and Kenny Coakley each fired ever-par 71s on Friday as they led the Oregon State men's golf team to a tie for 10th place after 18 holes at Stanford's Nelson Invitational at the Stanford Golf Course.

As a team, OSU shot 8-over 292 and is tied with Missouri and Miami (Ohio) with 18 holes to play on Saturday and Sunday. The Beavers are one shot back of No. 18 Toledo, in ninth place, and 18 shots behind leader Washington, which shot 10-under 274.

Coakley and Jurgensen fired identical rounds of 35-36-71, and are tied for 20th.

A total of 18 teams are competing at the Nelson, four of which are ranked 22nd or higher. Stanford and Washington join OSU in representing the Pac-10.

After a slow start, OSU used seven birdies over the last three holes to close strong and position itself for a push over the final two rounds.

'We made more mental mistakes than we have all year,' OSU coach Brian Watts said. 'Fortunately, we made seven birdies over the final three holes, but overall, we just made too many mental mistakes today. We short-sided it a lot today and didn't give ourselves a chance to get up and down.

'We had a talk afterwards, and the guys are in good spirits and have a positive attitude,' Watts said. 'We worked on our ballstriking after the round, and got some things ironed out. I look for us to play well tomorrow.'

Sean Deacon was one shot behind Jurgensen and Coakley with a 72, and is tied for 27th, following an eighth-place finish at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational last week.

Daren Greig and Chance Holmes opened with 78s, and are among six players tied for 80th.

Washington's Dan Potter blistered the course with a 64 to nab a one-stroke lead over Colorado State's Martin Laird.

TEAM SCORES (PAR 284)

1. Washington 274; 2. Duke 278; 3. Colorado State 281; 4. Georgia Tech 283; 5. Notre Dame 285; 5. Stanford 285; 7. Kansas 288; 8. Northwestern 289; 9. Toledo 291; 10. Missouri 292; 10. Oregon State 292; 10. Miami (Ohio) 292; 13. North Carolina State 293; 14. Colorado 294; 15. Texas Tech 296; 15. Florida Southern 296; 17. Idaho 304; 18. Hawaii-Hilo 308.

TOP INDIVIDUALS (PAR 71)

1. Dan Potter, Washington 34-30-64; 2. Martin Laird, Colorado State 34-31-65; 3. Nicholas Thompson, Georgia Tech 31-35-66; 4. Brock MacKenzie, Washington 30-37-67; 4. Mark Baldwin, Notre Dame 37-30-67.

OREGON STATE INDIVIDUALS

T20. Michael Jurgensen 35-36-71; Kenny Coakley 35-36-71; t27. Sean Deacon 35-37-72; t80. Daren Greig 39-39-78; t80. Chance Holmes 39-39-78.

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