ASU In First Place Of USC Men's Golf Tourney

March 5, 2001

Wind gusts and rain storms limited play to a soggy 18 holes and threatened to force the second day's cancellation as the Arizona State men's golf team stood in first place after the first day of the Cleveland Golf Classic held at North Ranch Country Club in Westlake Village, Calif., on Monday.

Arizona State, the defending Cleveland Golf Classic champions, shot 294 (+10) and enters tomorrow's final round two strokes ahead of Washington and Oregon State (296). TCU is fourth (301), followed by USC (302).

David Yarnes of Oregon State shot the best round of the day with a one-under-par 70 to top the leaderboard. Trojan senior Alex Kuyumjian of Westlake Village shot 72 and tied for fourth. Steve Conway of UCLA shot 71 and tied for second with Arizona State's Jin Park.

Others for ASU included Matt Jones (73), Chez Reavie (74), Jeff Quinney (76) and Shane McMenamy (79). Playing as individuals were Chris O'Connor (73), Ben Flam (79) and Brady Stockton (82).

A steady downpour mixed with swirling winds not only made for few low scores, but they also caused the cancellation of the final 18 holes of the day. Tournament officials will assess the weather on Tuesday to determine if another 18 holes can be played. The tournament must have 36 holes completed or it is not considered official.

If the Cleveland Golf Classic continues, it will do so with a 7:30 a.m. shotgun start on Tuesday (Mar. 6).

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