Men's Golf Heads South For Pepperdine Intercollegiate

Oct. 7, 2001


SCHEDULE: Oregon State plays 54 holes at the Pepperdine Intercollegiate Oct. 8-9. The field plays 36 holes on Monday and 18 Tuesday as the Beavers wrap up their fall season at the par 72, 6,858-yard Saticoy Country Club.

THE FIELD: Along with Oregon State and host Pepperdine, Alabama-Birmingham, California, Colorado State, Fresno State, Long Beach State, Oregon, San Diego State, San Jose State, Southeastern Louisiana and UC-Santa Barbara will compete.

LINEUP: Daren Greig (So., Canby, Ore.): Daren tied for eighth at the Northwest Classic when he closed with a 68 in the final round to finish at 1-under 212... 73.3 average... tied for ninth at the Husky with a 220 for his second career top-10... returning member of OSU's 12th-place NCAA Championship team of last year.

David Yarnes (Sr., Tucson, Ariz.): David played a consistent tournament at the Northwest Collegiate Classic, shooting a 5-over 218 to tie for 32nd... tied for 18th at Tucker Invitational with a 219... averages 73.6 strokes per round... tied for 28th at the Husky... returning member of last year's team that finished 12th at the NCAA Championships.

Michael Jurgensen (Jr., Horsholm, Denmark): Michael tied for fifth with a 2-under 211 at the Northwest Collegiate on Sept. 10-11, marking his second-best career finish... shot a second-round 68 at the NW, equaling his career best... carries a 73.1 average after nine rounds... tied for 20th at Tucker Invitational with a 220... returning member of last year's team that finished 12th at the NCAA Championships.

Chance Holmes (Jr., San Antonio, Texas): Chance averages 75.1 strokes after six rounds... shot 220 in NW Classic to tie for 35th... shot 69 in first round.

Andres Gonzales (Fr., Olympia, Wash.): Andres averages 73.3 strokes after finishing tied for 35th at the NW Classic... low of 72.

LAST YEAR AT THE PEPPERDINE INTERCOLLEGIATE: Oregon State tied for 10th with a 909... Anthony Arvidson notches another top-25 finish with a tie for 20th and Sean Deacon ties for 25th.

LAST ACTION: Oregon State finished ninth at the Husky Invitational last week by shooting 1,130... Daren Greig tallied another top-10 finish with a 4-over 220.

MAN AT THE TOP: Brian Watts began 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 it made a huge splash with its tie for 12th.

NEW FACE: The men's and women's golf programs recently announced the hiring of Angie Cates as the assistant coach for both programs.

Cates was an academic All-American at Washington State before graduating and working three years for the Golf Channel. Cates also played professionally on the Ladies Challenge Tour and the Futures Tour before joining the OSU staff.

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.

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