Beavers Travel To Desert For ASU Thunderbird Invite

April 9, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

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TEEING OFF: Oregon State plays in the 54-hole ASU Thunderbird Invitational Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12 at Arizona State's Karsten Golf Course (par-72, 7,037 yards). The 18 teams will play 36 holes Friday and 18 Saturday.

THE FIELD: The field consists of 18 teams: Arizona, Arizona State, BYU, Colorado, Houston, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Oregon State, Pepperdine, San Diego State, Stanford, Texas, TCU, UCLA, UNLV, USC, and Washington State.

LAST YEAR: OSU did not compete in the Thunderbird, but tied for 19th in 2001.

LAST ACTION: The Beavers' 911 at the Western Intercollegiate meant a finish of 16th. Michael Jurgensen led the Beavers with a tie for 39th.

RECORDS AND BESTS:

*Oregon State set a new 54-hole, four-score, par-72 tournament record with its 17-under 847 at the Pacific Invitational in the fall.

*OSU set a new one-round scoring record at the Pacific Invitational (par 72) with an 11-under 277 in the final round. In the second round, OSU matched the previous record with a 280.

*A 277 in the second-round of the TaylorMade matches the lowest raw score in school history.

*OSU had a top-10 finisher in each of the first four tournaments for the first time in school history.

*Chance Holmes fired a career-best 66 in the final round of the Pacific Invitational, matching the third-lowest score in OSU history.

LINEUP: 1. Michael Jurgensen (Sr., Horsholm, Denmark) (72.55 avg./70 low/27 rds.): Michael opened the season with a career-best finish when he tied for third at the Tucker Intercollegiate... has 10 career top-20 finishes, including four top-10s... has been OSU's top finisher in seven of nine tournaments.

2. Kenny Coakley (Fr., Lakewood, Colo.) (73.74/68/27): Played in every tournament as a true freshman and is third on the team in scoring average.

3. Daren Greig (Jr., Canby, Ore.) (73.51/67/27): Daren had a career-best effort at the Pacific Invitational with a tie for third, where he was under par in all three rounds en route to a 9-under 207, which is the third-best raw score in OSU history.

4. Chance Holmes (Sr., San Antonio, Texas) (74.1/66/15): Chance fired the third-lowest round in OSU history with a career-best 66 at the Pacific Invitational last fall.

5. Sean Deacon (Jr., Scottsdale, Ariz.) (73.61 avg./68 low/18 rounds): Sean recorded his second career top-10 finish with an eighth-place showing at the par-71 MacKenzie Invitational.

HEAD COACH BRIAN WATTS: Brian Watts is in his second year as head coach of the Oregon State men's golf team, and is no stranger to Oregon State golf. He spent two stints totaling five years as the assistant coach for both the men's and women's programs.

Watts took over a team that he helped get to the NCAA Championships in 2001 for the third time in school history, where it made a huge splash with its tie for 12th.

Before coaching, Watts played professionally on the Golden State Tour and the Canadian PGA Tour.

ASSISTANT COACH ANGIE CATES: Now in her second year, Angie Cates joined the OSU staff as the assistant coach for both the men's and women's programs in the fall of 2001. Cates came to OSU after playing professionally since 2000 on the Futures Tour and the Ladies Challenge Tour. The 1998 Washington State graduate worked three years as an associate producer for The Golf Channel before playing professionally. Cates was an Academic All-American at WSU, as well as an All-Pac-10 selection her senior year.

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