Cougars Grand At Grande Dunes
March 5, 2002
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. --- Washington State junior Dustin White scorched the Grande Dunes Resort with a three-round, school record 204 to boost the Cougars to the team medal at the Coastal Carolina Invitational.
White, who finished second at the Vandal Invitational in September, earned his first tournament victory by shooting a 12-under 68-69-67---204, and stretching his lead to seven strokes over Brendon De Jonge of Virginia Tech during the 36 hole finale on Tuesday.
'Dustin played really well,' WSU head coach Walt Williams said. 'He was spectacular all week and came out here and won.'
Though it was White's first career victory, the Cougars have captured three tournaments this season, including two-straight. The win should also boost their No. 37 Golfweek/Sagarin national ranking, as WSU shot past top 50 teams in Virginia Tech, Southern Methodist, and Mississippi.
'I'm kind of surprised that we played this well this early,' Williams said. 'I didn't know how well we would play, but we beat a very good team in Virginia Tech by 21 shots. It's a pleasant surprise.'
The Cougars were bolstered by solid play top to bottom. Sophomore Isaac Woods joined White in the top 10, firing a 218 and tying for ninth with Tyler McKeever of Georgia Southern.
'Jeremy (Taylor) hit the ball really well, he hit 16 greens. He was really solid striking the ball today,' Williams said. 'Jon (Reehoorn) played very consistent. He is as steady as anybody can be.'
Sophomore Ryan Camp carded a 229 and tied for 52nd.
The Cougars' next test will be at the Bearkat Classic in Montgomery, Texas March 18-19.
WSU RESULTS 289-292-280---8611. Dustin White 68-69-67---204 *T9. Isaac Woods 72-75-71---218T15. Jon Reehoorn 74-73-73---220T15. Jeremy Taylor 76-75-69---220T52. Ryan Camp 75-75-79---229*54-hole school record
TOP FIVE INDIVIDUALS1. Dustin White, Washington State 68-69-67---2042. Brendon De Jonge, Virginia Tech 71-73-67---2113. Rafael Vera, Coastal Carolina 72-68-73---2134. Brandt Snedeker, Vanderbilt 73-70-71---214 Matt Davidson, Furman 71-72-71---214
1.Washington State (861) 2. Southern Methodist (879) 3. Virginia Tech (882) 4. Coastal Carolina (883) 5. Furman (887) 6. Vanderbilt (889) 7. Texas A&M (892) 8. Mississippi, Georgia Southern (893) 10. Virginia Commonwealth (897) 11. Southern Mississippi (899) 12. East Carolina (900) 13. Wofford (901) 14. Georgia State (903) 15. Old Dominion (911) 16. Idaho (920) 17. Belmont Abbey (965)
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