Men's Golf To See The Lights Of L.A. At Cleveland Golf Classic
March 3, 2001
CORVALLIS, Ore. - -
SCHEDULE: The Oregon State men's golf squad travels to Westlake Village, Calif., for the Cleveland Golf Classic from March 5-6. The field plays 36 holes on Monday, beginning with a 7:30 a.m. shotgun start, and wrap up with 18 on Tuesday for a total of 54 at the par-71 Northranch Country Club.
THE COMPETITION: Along with Oregon State, the field consists of host and No. 8 USC, No. 9 TCU, No. 11 Minnesota, No. 13 BYU, No. 15 Oklahoma, UCLA, Oregon, Washington, defending champion Arizona State, California, Pepperdine, Houston, Fresno State, and New Mexico.
OSU'S LINEUP: Anthony Arvidson (Sr., Beaverton, Ore.) Leads the team with 73.1 average... won three career tournaments... most recently, tied for 24th at Taylor Made at 14-over 228... tied for third at Husky Invitational this fall with a 2-over 218... also tied for ninth at Tucker Invitational with an even par 216... final-round average of 71.8... in six tournaments, is 32-over par for an average of plus-5.3 per tournament... low round of 70 so far this year... two rounds under par... average finish is 17th... shot 216 at Ping/Arizona to finish tied for 23rd at 3-over... has not finished worse than 25th in any tournament this year, and has a string of eight consecutive top-25 finishes, dating back to last season's U.S. Intercollegiate.
Michael Jurgensen (So., Tr., Horsholm, Denmark)... Averaging 75.8 strokes per round... low of 69 came at Northwest Collegiate, where he had a season-best finish, tying for 45th... most recently, finished 50th at Taylor Made with a 235... averages 73.0 in second round of tournaments.
Dave Yarnes (Jr., Tucson, Ariz.) Best finish was tied for 37th at Husky Invitational, where he posted a plus-13, 229... low score this year is a 70, which came at the NW Collegiate, held at OSU's Trysting Tree and at the Ping/Arizona Intercollegiate, where he tied for 41st with a 221... averaging 75.1 per round and 15-over per tournament... most recently, finished tied for 100th at Taylor Made at 245 (+31).
David Williams (Fr., Corvallis, Ore.) Played in five tournaments, with his best finish being t19th at OSU's NW Intercollegiate... low round of 68 also at NW... low tournament was 211 at NW... 68 came in first collegiate round... averaging 75.1 strokes in 15 rounds... most recenlty, fired a 226 at Ping/Arizona to finish t63.
Daren Grieg (Fr.-rs, Canby, Ore.) Daren's best finish was a tie for 18th at the Louisiana-Monroe tournament, firing a 6-over 222... carded two rounds of 68 so far... tied for 30th at Ping/Arizona after shooting season-low 217, which included a 70... broken par three times so far, twice in final rounds... tied for 107th at Taylor Made at 247.
HEAD COACH MIKE KETCHAM ON THE COURSE/FIELD: 'Northranch Country Club is a course I'm somewhat familiar with. I played there as a student-athlete and have been there the last seven years.
'Course management will be very important for us. It will also be important for us to use the practice round to get a good, solid game plan. This is a course where par is a good number. The key to our success will be developing consisitency. We need to be able to put two good rounds together back-to-back.
'As far as the field goes, it's an excellent field once again - probably one of the best we'll see this year except for at the Pac-10s.'
LAST YEAR: The Beavers tied for eighth with a score of 886. None of last year's competitors for OSU are on this year's roster.
LAST ACTION: The Beavers took 16th in the 24-team field at the Taylor Made Intercollegiate in Kona, Haw. OSU shot a 938 on the wind-swept Kings' and Beach Courses, while Anthony Arvidson extended his streak of top-25 finishes to eight.
OSU IN THE RANKINGS: The Beavers are ranked 56th in the March 1 Golfweek/Sagarin College ratings. Anthony Arvidson is ranked 89th in the individual ratings.
HOME OF THE NCAA REGIONALS: The Trysting Tree Golf Club is home to the NCAA West Regionals for both the men and women in 2001. This will be the first major collegiate tournament held at Trysting Tree in the 12-year history of the course. The women's regional is scheduled for May 10-12, and the men's from May 17-19.
HEAD OF THE CLASS: The men's golf team handled business on the course and in the classroom during the fall term, as the Beavers posted a team GPA of 3.0, which was the highest mark of any OSU team for the fall term.
THE COACHES: Head coach Mike Ketcham is in his fifth year at Oregon State, and he has taken the Beavers to three NCAA Regionals in his first four years. The Beavers' highest finish at a regional came last year, when they tied for 13th and were two shots from qualifying for the NCAA Championship. OSU finished a school-best second at last year's Pac-10 Championships under Ketcham's guidance.
The Ottumwa, Iowa native arrived in Corvallis after spending two years at San Jose State, where he was named Big West Conference Coach of the Year in 1996. The Spartans were a consistent top-25 team during his tenure.
Ketcham played two years at Odessa Junior College in Texas and two years at the University of Arkansas. He also played two years on the U.S. Golf Tour, the Asian Tour and the Canadian Tour.
Brian Watts is in his second year at OSU, and serves as assistant coach to both the men's and women's programs. The Western Oregon State University graduate brings vast experience to the Beavers, as he played professionally on the Golden State Tour, the Florida State Tour, and on the Candian PGA Tour for four years. He also worked as an assistant professional at the DeBell Golf Course in Burbank, Calif., and at Golf Classics of America in Beverly Hills and San Dimas.
INDIVIDUAL SEASON BESTS (Career best in parentheses):
NAME LOW RD. LOW TRN. BEST FINISHAnthony Arvidson 70 (66, '99) 213 (210, 98) t3 (Husky Invitational) (1, three times)Sean Deacon 67 208 t11 (NW Intercollegiate)Todd Deacon 89 (72, twice) WD (221, '00) (t7, '00)Daren Grieg 68 219 t18 (Louisiana-Monroe)Chance Holmes 69 222 t18 (Louisiana-Monroe)Michael Jurgensen 69 217 t45 (NW Intercollegiate)Cameron McKenzie 72 223 t23 (Louisiana-Monroe)James Salt 74 225 t80 (NW Intercollegiate)David Stypula 80 249 97 (NW Intercollegiate)David Williams 68 211 t19 (NW Intercollegiate)David Yarnes 70 219 t37 (Husky Invitational)