OSU Moves Up To 10th At Nelson Invitational

Oct. 27, 2002

STANFORD, Calif. - -

Consistent rounds from Oregon State's top four scorers helped the Beavers climb two spots into 10th place on Sunday at Stanford's Nelson Invitational at the par-71 Stanford Golf Course.

The Beavers combined for their best round of the tournament, shooting 285 to total 869, as OSU closed out the fall portion of its 2002-03 season with five top-10 finishes in five tournaments.

The Beavers finished one shot behind No. 23 Toledo, and were 28 strokes back of tournament winner Duke. The Blue Devils took a seven-stroke win over Washington by shooting an 11-under 841.

Michael Jurgensen paced the Beavers with his tie for 20th, posting a 2-over 215 for his fourth top-20 finish of the year and 11th of his career.

The Nelson marked the first tournament OSU has not had at least one player finish at par or better.

'We just had an average tournament and didn't hit the ball real well,' OSU coach Brian Watts said. 'It would have been nice to finish higher in the last tournament of the fall to get into better position going into the spring. On the other hand, we finished in the top 10 at every tournament this fall.'

'Today, we played smarter and didn't make the mental mistakes we made the last two days. That was the difference.'

One shot back of Jurgensen was Sean Deacon, who fired a 72 Sunday for a total of 3-over 216 and a tie for 23rd. Kenny Coakley shot 217 and tied for 28th after a final-round 72.

Daren Greig gave the Beavers their 21st individual sub-par round, carding a 70 Sunday to move up to a tie for 47th with a 221. The junior now has five rounds under par in five tournaments.

Chance Holmes tied for 87th.

'Overall, I'm pleased with the progress we made this fall,' Watts said. 'We're going to work hard in the off-season, especially on our short games. A few people need to work on their ball striking, but I think we'll be ready to go come February.'

OSU is off until Feb. 12-14, when they tee it up in Waikoloa, Haw., at the TaylorMade Intercollegiate.


1. Duke 278-287-276-841; 2. Washington 274-303-271-848; 3. Georgia Tech 283-282-287-852; 4. Colorado State 281-290-283-854; 5. North Carolina State 293-279-287-859; 5. Kansas 288-287-284-859; 7. Northwestern 289-293-280-862; 7. Stanford 285-293-284-862; 9. Toledo 291-287-290-868; 10. Oregon State 292-292-285-869; 11. Miami (Ohio) 292-288-290-870; 12. Notre Dame 285-296-296-877; 13. Missouri 292-296-290-878; 13. Colorado 294-291-293-878; 15. Texas Tech 296-296-287-879; 16. Florida Southern 296-298-287-881; 17. Idaho 304-297-297-898; 18. Hawaii-Hilo 308-299-308-915.


1. Leif Olson, Duke 70-66-65--201; 2. Brock MacKenzie, Washington 67-70-65-202; 2. Justin Walters, NC State 70-66-66-202; 2. Nicholas Thompson, Georgia Tech 66-69-67-202; 5. Martin Laird, Colorado State 65-77-65-207.


T20. Michael Jurgensen 71-72-72-215; t23. Sean Deacon 72-73-71-216; t28. Kenny Coakley 71-74-72-217; t47. Daren Greig 78-73-70-221; t87. Chance Holmes 78-74-81-233.

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