Men's Golf Misses Cut For NCAA Championships, Finishes 14th

May 17, 2003

SEATTLE, Wash. - -

NOTE: As of press time, six teams remained on the course due to a delay for lightning, and play resumed at 6:15 p.m. However, these teams do not have a realistic chance of making the cut. Results listed for teams and individuals are done so with the completion of those teams' rounds in doubt. The top team and individual finishers completed their rounds, but finishes of teams and individuals further down the leaderboard were not final.

Chance Holmes fired a 70 Saturday to lead Oregon State in the final round of the NCAA West Regional Championships, but the Beavers came up short of qualifying for the NCAA Championships, finishing 14th.

OSU totaled a three-round score of 900 after a 296 Saturday at Washington National Golf Club, finishing 15 shots from making the cut; the top 10 teams advanced to the NCAA Championships.OSU's 296 was its lowest score of the tournament.

Holmes concluded his OSU career with three birdies on the back nine for his second-lowest round of the year. The San Antonio, Texas native moved into a tie for 63rd with a score of 223.

Sean Deacon's 73 gave him a tie for 57th, with a three-round total of 8-over 224.

'It was nice to see Chance finish his collegiate career on a good note,' OSU coach Brian Watts said. 'He played a good round of golf today. Sean played solid also, as he has over the last month.

'The guys fought hard; they had a great start, but just couldn't keep the momentum. Even though we didn't qualify for NCAAs, we finished the season on a positive note; the young guys got some good postseason experience, and we can build on that for next year.'

Senior Michael Jurgensen ended his career with a 77 for a total of 222 to lead the Beavers, and slid to a tie for 38th.

Daren Greig and Cameron MacKenzie shot 233 and 235, respectively, for the tournament.

UCLA battled Arizona down the stretch and hung on for a one-shot win. New Mexico's MichaelLetzig carded a 71 Saturday for a 208 and a two-shot win over Pepperdine's Michael Putnam, who fired a course-record 64.

TEAM SCORES (PAR 288/864)

1. UCLA 291-280-293-864; 2. Arizona 295-285-295-865; 3. UVLV 296-289-286-871; 3. Georgia 297-289-285-871; 5. Arizona State 299-288-292-879; 5. New Mexico 294-289-296-879; 7. Washington 308-286-286-880; 7. USC 304-289-287-880; 9. Oregon 295-295-295-885; 9. San Diego State 302-292-291-885; 11. UTEP 300-298-288-886; 12. UC-Irvine 300-293-296-889; 13. Pepperdine 299-307-291-897; 14. Oregon State 304-300-296-900; 15. Old Dominion 302-303-296-901; 15. Denver 295-300-306-901; 15. Stanford 316-298-287-901; 18. Fresno State 302-303-300-905; 19. Colorado State 306-298-304-908; 20. BYU 317-299-Inc.; 21. California 301-306-310-917; 21. Navy 318-300-Inc.; 23. Xavier 308-308-303-919; 24. Austin Peay 312-314-Inc.; 25. Oral Roberts 319-310-Inc.; 26. Central Conn. St. 330-310-Inc.; 27. Loyola College 332-327-Inc.

TOP INDIVIDUALS (PAR 72/216)

1. Michael Letzig, New Mexico 69-68-71-208; 2. Michael Putnam, Pepperdine 71-75-64-210; 3. Ricky Barnes, Arizona 75-69-67-211; 4. Chris Nallen, Arizona 70-69-73-212; 5. Steve Conway, UCLA 71-71-71-213.

OREGON STATE

T38. Michael Jurgensen 72-73-77-222; t57. Sean Deacon 75-76-73-224; t63. Chance Holmes 78-77-70-225; t102. Daren Greig 79-74-80-233; t111. Cameron MacKenzie 79-80-76-235.

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