Jurgensen Leads Beavs To Tie For 14th At NCAA Regionals With 18 Holes To Play

May 16, 2003

SEATTLE, Wash. - -

Michael Jurgensen continued his solid play at the NCAA West Regional Championships Friday, shooting a 73 to lead Oregon State to a tie for 14th after the second round at the par-72 Washington National Golf Club.

OSU posted a 12-over 300 in cold weather Friday, and is tied with Colorado State at 604, 10 shots back of 10th-place Washington and San Diego State with 18 holes to play Saturday. Only the top 10 teams qualify for the NCAA Championships May 28-June 1 in Stillwater, Okla.

Jurgensen is tied for 12th with a 1-over total of 145 after a 72 Thursday; the top two individuals whose teams do not qualify for Nationals will advance as individuals. Among players whose teams are not in the top 10, Jurgensen trails the top individual by two shots.

Jurgensen came to the par-4 15th hole having birdied 12 and 13 to get to 1-under, but put his approach shot in the water and made double bogie.

'It was there for the taking today,' OSU coach Brian Watts said of his team's opportunity. 'We put ourselves in position, but missed easy putts most of the day.

'It's not impossible to make up 10 shots in one round, but we've got to putt tomorrow. We need four guys to shoot under par.'

OSU set a school record earlier this year with an 11-under 277 in the final round of the Pacific Invitational.

Sean Deacon's 76 Friday put him in a tie for 65th at 151, while Daren Greig carded a 74 to tie for 79th.

Chance Holmes is at 155 and Cameron MacKenzie, who tied for sixth at Pac-10s, stands at 159.

Pacific-10 Champion UCLA leads Arizona by nine shots at 5-under 571, and New Mexico's Michael Letzig carded a 68 Friday for a 137 and leads by two shots over Arizona's Chris Nallen.

OSU tees off at 8:42 Saturday morning.

TEAM SCORES (PAR 288/576)

1. UCLA 291-280-571; 2. Arizona 295-285-580; 3. New Mexico 294-289-583; 4. UNLV 296-289-585; 5. Georgia 297-289-586; 6. Arizona State 299-288-587; 7. Oregon 295-295-590; 8. USC 304-289-593; 8. UC-Irvine 300-293-593; 10. Washington 308-286-594; 10. San Diego State 302-292-594; 12. Denver 295-300-595; 13. UTEP 300-298-598; 14. Oregon State 304-300-604; 14. Colorado State 304-300-604; 16. Old Dominion 302-303-605; 16. Fresno State 302-303-605; 18. Pepperdine 299-307-606; 19. California 301-306-607; 20. Stanford 316-298-614; 21. Xavier 308-308-616; 21. BYU 317-299-616; 23. Navy 318-300-618; 24. Austin Peay 312-314-626; 25. Oral Roberts 319-310-629; 26. Central Conn. St. 330-310-640; 27. Loyola College 332-327-659.

TOP INDIVIDUALS (PAR 72/144)

1. Michael Letzig, New Mexico 69-68-137; 2. Chris Nallen, Arizona 70-69-139; 3. Steve Conway, UCLA 71-71-142; 3. David Denham, Georgia 72-70-142; 3. John Merrick, UCLA 75-67*-142.

*67 is a new course record.

OREGON STATE

T12. Michael Jurgensen 72-73-145; t65. Sean Deacon 75-76-151; t79. Daren Greig 79-74-153; t89. Chance Holmes 78-77-155; t111. Cameron MacKenzie 79-80-159.

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