Former OSU Golfer Anthony Arvidson Qualifies For U.S. Open

June 3, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

Former Oregon State golfer Anthony Arvidson has qualified for the United States Open, held June 12-15 at Olympia Fields Country Club in Olympia Fields, Ill.

A total of 13 sectional qualifier tournaments were held throughout the country Monday and Tuesday, with a total of 83 players advancing to the 156-player field at the Open. The remaining 73 were exempt from qualifying.

Arvidson shot a 138 over two rounds at the sectional qualifier in Tarzana, Calif., at the El Caballero Country Club, where 78 players competed for four spots in the Open. The Beaverton, Ore., native was one of three players tied for second.

Qualifying began at the local level, with several thousand entrants competing to advance to the sectional qualifiers.

'I'm in awe right now,' Arvidson said. 'I've been thinking about this for a day now, thinking, 'I'm playing in the Open.' I've been thinking about how I'm going to handle the media and all the pressure that comes with that, but I also want to play well. That's why I'm going back early (Saturday); I want to get comfortable with that atmosphere.'

Practice rounds begin Monday at Olympia Fields and continue through Wednesday; the Open gets underway Thursday, with 18 holes each day through Sunday.

Said Arvidson of his play down the stretch Monday: 'Going into the 16th hole, I was two-under, and I knew I probably needed at least one more birdie to get in for sure. I was definitely feeling the pressure. I felt it the most on the 17th hole, which is the toughest one on the course. I felt it more on that one than any other hole.

'That was the toughest pressure moment I've been in. It was a matter of trying to calm down and execute the shots, and I think I did that as well as I've done yesterday.'

During the summer of 2002, Arvidson competed on the Gateway Tour, which features tournaments in the Scottsdale and Phoenix areas. His best finish last year was fourth.

'It's really about playing well in the right place at the right time, and yesterday was a good day for me,' Arvidson said of the qualifier. 'I was very focused all day.

'I think something like this was bound to happen, because I believe that if you work hard, good things will happen, and I've been working very hard. I feel like I deserve this opportunity.

'It was an amazing week - it was probably the best week of my life. I'm looking forward to the tour atmosphere next week, so hopefully I can take advantage of that. There will be players there I've looked up to all my life.'

Arvidson earned four letters at OSU from 1997-2001, and led the Beavers to a school-best tie for 12th at the NCAA Championships as a senior in 2001. He won three tournaments as a Beaver, and is OSU's all-time leader for rounds played with 147.

Arvidson gives OSU a representative in the U.S. Open for the second time in three years; former Beaver Anthony Kang qualified for the 2001 U.S. Open. Kang lettered from 1992-95.

The U.S. Open will be televised live on ESPN and NBC, beginning at 8 a.m. Pacific Time Thursday on ESPN.

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