Former OSU Golfer Qualifies for PGA Tour Event

Feb. 22, 2005

Corvallis - Former Oregon State men's golf standout David Yarnes qualified Monday for this weekend's Chrysler Classic of Tucson Open, his first event on the PGA Tour.

'I'm definitely excited about this,' said Yarnes, whose hometown is Tucson, Ariz. 'I grew up watching this tournament and used to caddy in the pro-ams, so it's a dream come true to play in it.'

Yarnes is optimistic and pleased about the opportunity to play on the PGA Tour.

'I'm just trying to take it all in and trying to prepare,' he said. 'The qualifier went well. It was very exciting because I got into a playoff and was able to pull it out.'

Like many former OSU players, Yarnes has spent the last few years on the Gateway Tour in Phoenix since graduating from OSU in 2002. Ex-teammate Anthony Arvidson (OSU '01) will be caddying for Yarnes this week as well.

'I've been enjoying myself on the Gateway Tour,' added Yarnes. 'It's a really good training ground for something like this and I've been getting better every year.'

Play at the Chrysler Classic begins Thursday, Feb. 24 and concludes Sunday, Feb. 27 and will be held at the Omni Tucson National Golf Resort. The total purse is $3,000,000.

'There are definitely opportunities here,' he said. 'If I don't win or place in the top 10, it's right back to the Gateway Tour, but the most important thing is to just keep my head about it and enjoy myself and we'll go from there. I just want to go out there and do my best.'

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