Tough Greens Get Better Of Beavers At Western Intercollegiate

April 7, 2003

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - -

The par-70 Pasatiempo Golf Course demands precision approach shots from competitors, and that's exactly what the Oregon State men's golf team struggled with Monday en route to 16th place at the Western Intercollegiate with a two-round score of 604.

OSU was 13th after a 300 in round-one, and slid back three spots in the field of 18 with an afternoon 304.

Daren Greig leads the Beavers with an 8-over 148 heading into Tuesday's final 18 holes. Greig is tied for 38th among the 90-player field after rounds of 73 and 75.

'We put ourselves in good position off the tee, but from the fairway to the green you must hit it in the correct quadrant of the green, or else you're going to have a long day, which is what we did,' coach Brian Watts said. 'The greens are very undulated, and if you short-side yourself, it's almost impossible to get up and down.

'We played well at times, and at other times we struggled. We just didn't give ourselves a lot of chances to make birdies and pars.'

'We hope to go out tomorrow and make a lot of birdies, because we put ourselves in a position where we need to shoot low numbers to make up some ground.'

UCLA owns a 13-shot lead over UC-Irvine with a 3-over 563, while the Bruins' Steve Conway is tied with Texas-El Paso's Dan Swenson for the individual lead at 1-under 139.

Michael Jurgensen is one shot back of Greig at 149, shooting rounds of 73 and 76 to tie for 45th.

Kenny Coakley sliced six shots off his opening round score to lead OSU in the second round with a 73.

Making their first appearances in the lineup this year were redshirt sophomores Cameron MacKenzie and Chad Sawyer.

MacKenzie, who is coming off a 1 �-year hiatus due to a wrist injury and subsequent surgery, shot 157.

A transfer from the University of the Pacific, Sawyer shot 160.

TEAM SCORES (PAR 280/560)

1. UCLA 283-280-563; 2. UC-Irvine 289-287-576; 3. Texas-El Paso 289-288-577; 4. Pacific 292-286-578; 4. Oregon 291-287-578; 6. Stanford 290-291-581; 7. CSU-Stanislaus 288-294-582; 8. Washington 298-286-584; 9. San Jose State 296-292-588; 9. Long Beach State 295-293-588; 11. UC-Riverside 294-295-589; 12. UC-Santa Barbara 289-304-593; 13. Kansas 300-296-596; 13. California 303-293-596; 15. Nevada 300-303-603; 16. Oregon State 300-304-604; 17. Santa Clara 309-305-614; 18. Hawaii 320-317-637.

TOP INDIVIDUALS (PAR 70/140)

1. Dan Swenson, UTEP 69-70-139; 1. Steve Conway, UCLA 72-67-139; 3. Matt Hansen, Pacific 71-69-140; 3. John Merrick, UCLA 69-71-140; 5. Brendan Steele, UC-Riverside 73-68-141; 5. Vinnie Poncino, UC-Irvine 75-66-141; 5. Derek Berg, Washington 69-72-141.

OREGON STATE

T38. Daren Greig 73-75-148; t45. Michael Jurgensen 73-76-149; t57. Kenny Coakley 79-73-152; t76. Cameron MacKenzie 77-80-157; t84. Chad Sawyer 77-83-160.

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