Holmes Leads Men's Golf In Hawaii

Feb. 13, 2003

WAIKOLOA, Haw. - -

Chance Holmes and Michael Jurgensen fired scores of 71 and 72 to lead the Oregon State men's golf team in the opening round of the TaylorMade Intercollegiate on Wednesday, but the rest of the team faltered as the Beavers struggled to a tie for 22nd in the 26-team field.

The field, which includes eight of the nation's top 30 teams, is scheduled to play 18 holes Thursday and Friday. Over the first two rounds, teams will alternate among the par-72 Kings' and par-70 Beach courses, but all teams play the Kings' in the final round. OSU plays the Beach Course Thursday.

The Beavers shot a 301 on the Kings' course, with Holmes leading the way by blistering his final nine holes for a 33 en route to his 1-under 71 and a tie for 21st.

Holmes, a senior, has played steadily this year, lowering his scoring average and dropping a round of 66 at the Pacific Invitational during the fall season.

Jurgensen carded an even 36-36--72, playing the Kings' Course in even par and joining a group of 17 players in a tie for 29th.

'We got off to a slow start today, which wasn't what I was expecting given that we've had good qualifying rounds leading up to the tournament,' head coach Brian Watts said. 'Chance Holmes fought back with three birdies late in his round, and Michael played even-par.

'The other three battled all day, but never got anything going and struggled around the greens.

'We plan on playing much better Thursday; hopefully we got the kinks worked out tonight in practice.'

Baylor's Ryan Baca carded a 6-under 66 on the Kings' to forge a three-shot lead over a trio of players at 3-under.

Overall, Texas Christian leads the tournament with a raw score of 276. The Horned Frogs scraped together a five-shot lead over Oklahoma; both schools played the par-70 Beach Course. In relation to par, UCLA leads at 5-under, followed by TCU and Texas Tech at 4-under.

Finishing the scoring for OSU were Daren Greig at 78, Sean Deacon with an 80, and Kenny Coakley with an 81.

The Beavers are coming off a fall season in which they finished no worse than 10th and as high as third in five tournaments.

TEAM SCORES (leader determined by raw score, though teams played on par 72 and 70 courses)

1. TCU 276; 2. Oklahoma 281; 3. Lamar 283; 3. UCLA 283; 5. Texas Tech 284; 6. Houston 288; 6. Oregon 288; 6. Georgia Tech 288; 9. Baylor 289; 10. Arizona State 290; 11. Hawaii-Hilo 291; 11. Nevada 291; 11. Arkansas 291; 14. USC 293; 14. Fresno State 293; 14. Pepperdine 293; 17. Washington 295; 17. Hawaii 295; 19. Mississippi 296; 20. Kansas 297; 21. Texas A&M 299; 22. Stanford 301; 22. Oregon State 301; 24. Rhode Island 303; 25. Air Force 304; 26. Nagoya U. of Commerce 314.

TOP INDIVIDUALS

1. Ryan Baca, Baylor 34-32-66; 2. Adam Rubinson, TCU 32-35-67; 2. Mark Hull, Texas Tech 35-32-67; Adam Meyer, TCU 33-34-67; 5. Nick Watney, Fresno State 34-34-68.

OREGON STATE SCORES (PAR 72)

T21. Chance Holmes 38-33-71; t29. Michael Jurgensen 36-36-72; t102. Daren Greig 41-37-78; t119. Sean Deacon 41-39-80; t124. Kenny Coakley 39-42-81.

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