Men's Golf To Host Northwest Collegiate Classic At Mallard Creek Sept. 10-11

Sept. 6, 2001


SCHEDULE: The Beavers kick off the fall portion of their 2001-02 schedule by hosting the 2001 Northwest Collegiate Classic Monday, Sept. 10 and Tuesday, Sept. 11 at Mallard Creek Golf Course in Lebanon, Ore. Teams will play 36 holes on Monday, beginning with a shotgun start at 8 a.m., followed by 18 holes Tuesday with an 8 a.m. shotgun.

Mallard Creek has been modified to play to a par 71 for the tournament, with a yardage of 6,693.

THE FIELD: The field consists of 13 teams plus Orange and Green teams from Oregon State and Oregon to round out the lineup of 15 total squads. It has yet to be determined the number of individuals that will participate. Here is a look at the field: Oregon State, Oregon, Washington State, Long Beach State, Nevada, San Jose State, UC-Irvine, Texas-Arlington, Louisiana-Monroe, Portland, Portland State, Denver, UC-Bakersfield, Oregon State 'Black', and Oregon 'Green'.

MAN AT THE TOP: Brian Watts begins his first year as head coach of the Oregon State men's golf team this fall. He succeeds Mike Ketcham, who departed for the head coaching job at his alma mater, Arkansas, over the summer.

Watts is no stranger to Oregon State golf, as he spent the past two years as the assistant coach for both the men's and women's programs.

Watts takes over a team that he helped get to the NCAA Championships last season for the third time in school history, where they made a huge splash with their tie for 12th.

HEAD COACH BRIAN WATTS ON THE TOURNAMENT: 'The Pac-10 won't be represented as well as it normally would be because of the timing of the tournament. Any schools on the quarter system will only have two days to practice, which would basically be spent qualifying before the tournament. So because of that, we lost a lot of the Pac-10 schools that normally come.

'We have several good teams this year, and Oregon will be represented well. There are a lot of individuals coming to the tournament who have played at the national level and have had a great summer in amateur events.

WATTS ON MALLARD CREEK: 'For a college golf course, it's relatively short. It's filled with a lot of environmentally-sensitive areas, so you're going to have to keep the ball in play, especially off the tee. It's pretty demanding, and it's a firm course. It's not yet mature since it's a pretty new course, and since it is fairly firm, it's not terribly receptive to shots into the greens. I know they're trying to soften it up for us. Since it is a fairly new course and they're trying to make it a little more receptive, we're changing it from a par 72 to a par 71 to help speed up play.

'It's a great golf course, it's pretty hilly and there are a lot of risk-and-reward shots. Because of it being so short, you can either pull out driver and take the risk, or you lay it up and take bogey or double bogey out of the picture.

'There are a lot of birdie holes out there, but yet there are a lot of holes that will sneak up on you and give you a double-bogey or higher.'

WATTS ON THE TEAM: 'It's very exciting. We're looking forward to the fall, which seems like it's here upon us quicker than expected. We're looking to continue building on the success we had last year, and feel very comfortable with the team that we have back. We lost one individual - Anthony Arvidson - who was a great player and did a lot of great things for the program, but the individuals that had the opportunity to experience the national championships have that confidence coming into this season. They worked very hard this summer and we're looking for good things to happen this fall.

'The individuals that are coming in who are new to the program will probably have an impact in the top five during the fall season. We'll see what happens.'

BACK FOR MORE: OSU returns 10 players from last year's squad that tied for 12th at the NCAA Championships at Duke. Leading the charge for this year's championships in Columbus, Ohio, will be four of the five who competed in the championships - sophomores Daren Grieg (75.8) and David Williams (75.3), junior Michael Jurgensen (74.3), and senior David Yarnes (74.9).

Sean (So., 76.6) and Todd Deacon (Sr., 76.2), Chance Holmes (74.8), Cameron MacKenzie (76.8) and James Salt (76.6) all earned letters last season, and David Stypula returns as well.

New to the squad will be freshmen Bryce Fisher, Andres Gonzales and Brian Kelley.

TOURNAMENT HISTORY: The Beavers have hosted the Northwest Collegiate Classic since 1985, when it was originally played at the Corvallis Country Club. Since then, it has been played at Tokatee Country Club, in Blue River, Ore., Diamond Woods Golf Club in Monroe, Ore., and Trysting Tree Golf Club, where it has been held all but four years. 2001 marks the first time Mallard Creek has hosted the Northwest Classic.

Oregon State placed seventh at last year's event, which it have won six times over the tournament's history. Anthony Arvidson, Warren Vickers, and Dean Claggett have all claimed medalist honors over the years, but last year it was Oregon's Chris Carnahan who took home the individual title when he shot 67-68-68--203 for a 7-under total.

Nevada shot an 834 to go home with a three-shot victory over BYU in the team competition last year.

RESULTS: Results will be faxed to the schools sports information departments, unless other numbers were provided. Results will also be available on Results likely will not be available before 7 p.m. Pacific.

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