OSU Takes Aim At Pac-10 Field

April 23, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

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TEEING OFF: Oregon State competes in the 43rd Pacific-10 Conference Championships April 28-30 at Oakmont Country Club in Glendale, Calif. All Pac-10 institutions will compete, with tee times beginning at 7:30 a.m. Monday-Wednesday from the first and 10th tees. The field plays a total of 72 holes over three days, with 36 holes on Monday and 18 the next two days. Participants play in twosomes throughout the competition.

SCORING: Teams will consist of a maximum of six players, with the lowest five scores in each round counting toward the team total.

THE FIELD: Here's a look at where the Pac-10 teams stand in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings: Arizona (6), Arizona State (11), California (38), Oregon (46), Oregon State (74), Stanford (72), UCLA (11), USC (26), Washington (20), Washington State (83). USC is the two-time defending champion.

INDIVIDUALS AMONG THE NATION'S TOP 100: Ricky Barnes, of Arizona, headlines a talented list of Pac-10 individuals. Barnes recently competed at the Masters, where he was the low amateur, and is the reigning U.S. Amateur champion. Joining Barnes is teammate Chris Nallen (ranked 11th), Brock Mackenzie, Washington (19), Alejandro Canizares, Arizona State (25), Peter Tomasulo, Cal (30), Chez Reavie, Arizona State (32), Jim Seki, Stanford (34), Steve Conway, UCLA (39), Roy Moon, UCLA (50), John Ellis, Oregon (54), Taylor Wood, USC (70), John Merrick, UCLA (79). Stanford's Seki is the defending Pac-10 Champion.

WE LIKE THIS: Over the last three years, OSU has put together the two best Conference Championship finishes in school history. In 2000, the Beavers placed second at the Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz. OSU hosted the tournament in 2002, and finished third after leading the event heading into the final round. The Beavers are looking to earn the conference's automatic NCAA Regional berth by winning the championships.

LAST YEAR: Hosting the 2002 Pac-10 Championships, OSU played its way into a share of the lead after three rounds, but couldn't hold on in round four as USC charged up the leaderboard to defend its championship with a 4-under-par 356 to nab a 15-stroke win. Stanford squeaked past OSU into second by two strokes, as the Beavers finished third. Individually, David Yarnes tied for seventh with a 1-over 289 to assure an appearance in the NCAA West Regional as an individual. Michael Jurgensen led the tournament when he got to 6-under after two rounds and was tied for second after three, but carded a final-round 79 to drop to 14th. Sean Deacon shot 4-over 292 to tie for 17th, and his older brother, Todd, tied for 19th at 293.

LAST ACTION: Kenny Coakley continued a strong freshman campaign by posting a 6-under 210 at Arizona State's Karsten Course. Though the Beavers were 2-under as a team with an 862, they tied for 17th among the 19-team field.

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