No. 18 Cougars To Spend Spring Break At Lone Star State

March 15, 2002

On The Tee:
At Bearkat Classic
March 18-19
Bentwater Country Club
Montgomery, Texas
Par 72, 6,809 Yards

What's Happening: While the Washington State men's golf team takes a sabbatical from the classroom for spring break, there will be no time off on the golf course for the team over the week.

Coming off two consecutive victories to begin the spring season, the Cougars have moved to No. 18 in the latest Golfstat rankings. WSU will take its top-20 ranking to Montgomery, Texas for the Sam Houston State Bearkat Classic, March 18-19. The 54-hole tournament will take place at the par 72, 6,809 yard Bentwater Country Club.

After the tournament, the Cougars will remain in Texas and practice at a couple of PGA Tour courses. The team will play the Tournament Players Course at The Woodlands, site of the Shell Houston Open as well as the Champions Golf Club in Houston, site of the 2001 Tour Championship.

The Field: The Cougars will be part of a 13-team field, which includes Arkansas-Little Rock, Army, Jackson State, Louisiana-Monroe, McNeese State, Nicholls State, Oakland, Oklahoma City, Sam Houston State, Southwest Missouri State, Southwest Texas State and Stephen F. Austin.

Last Tournament Wrap: 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, March 5 at Myrtle Beach, S.C.

White, who finished second at the Vandal Invitational in September, earned his first tournament victory by shooting a 12-under 68-69-67-204, seven strokes better then Brendon De Jonge of Virginia Tech during the 36 hole finale on Tuesday.

'Dustin is a spectacular player who played awesome this week,' said WSU Head Coach Walt Williams. 'To win by seven shots over one of the top players in the nation is pretty amazing. I was excited, as was the whole team, with his success. I was in awe of how well he played.'

The Cougars were bolstered by solid play from 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.Senior captains Jon Reehoorn and Jeremy Taylor tied for 15th with a pair of 220's. Taylor's third-round 69 helped him climb 20 spots up the leader board on Tuesday.

'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.

Two In A Row: The 18-stroke win at Myrtle Beach marked the Cougars third tournament victory of the 2001-02 season, and their second consecutive triumph of the spring season. WSU began the spring schedule with a victory at in the Inland Collegiate Challenge, Feb. 18, marking the fourth consecutive victory by the Cougars in that tournament.

WSU has picked up right where it left off from the fall season. The Cougars did not finish lower than sixth in any of the six tournaments the team competed in over the fall schedule.

WSU secured a victory at the Vandal Fall Invitational, Sept. 25, and finished second at the Northwest Classic, Sept. 11 and the Husky Invitational, Oct. 2. In addition, the team finished third at the Wolf Pack Classic, Oct. 9.

White Hot: Dustin White's victory at South Carolina has shot the junior up the Golfstat Cup standings as well as earning the Pueblo West, Colo., native national recognition. White earned 'College Player of the Week' honors by Golfworld for the March 15 issue.

Coming into the Coastal Carolina Invitational White was 47th in the Golfstat rankings but vaulted to 13th position after his victory. White enters the Bearkat Classic No. 12 in the rankings.

In recording his first career win, White bested a field that featured six golfers ranked in the top 50 in that week's Golfstat poll. White has not finished out of the top 24 in any of the nine tournaments he has competed in this season while leading the Cougars with a 70.7 scoring average.

Reehoorn Moving Up: Senior Jon Reehoorn is at the doorstep of two records on the school's all-time career list. With 11 career top-10 finishes, and 23 career top-25 efforts, Reehoorn is just behind Chris Jorgensen (1992-94) in both categories. Jorgensen recorded a dozen top 10 finishes and 25 top 25 efforts during his time in the Palouse. Reehoorn is No. 73 in this week's Golfstat Cup rankings.

Aces In Nevada: In the morning's opening round of the University of Nevada Wolf Pack Classic, Oct. 9, WSU recorded a score of 270, shattering the previous single round team scoring record of 276 set in 1998 and 2001. In that record opening round in Nevada, all five Cougars - Jon Reehoorn (66), Dustin White (67), Ryan Camp (68), Isaac Woods (69), and Jeremy Taylor (69) - posted scores in the 60's.

WSU Career Top 10 Finishes
1. Chris Jorgensen 12
Jon Reehoorn 11
3. Dustin White 10

WSU Career Top 25 Finishes1. Chris Jorgensen 25
2. Jon Reehoorn 23
3. Dustin White 17
4. Jeremy Taylor 13
5. Randy Fossum 10
Mark Knowles 10
7. Isaac Woods 10

Golfstat National Rankings
Golfstat Cup:
12. Dustin White
73. Jon Reehoorn
248. Isaac Woods
Par 5 Scoring:
1. Dustin White 4.51
Fairways Hit:3. Jeremy Taylor .857
Greens In Regulation:
5. Dustin White .765
Subpar Strokes Per Round:
6. Dustin White 4.33

Overall Ranking:
18. Washington State
Fairways Hit:
2. Washington State .754
Par 4 Scoring:
2. Washington State 4.06
Greens In Regulation:
4. Washington State .683
Subpar Strokes Per Round:
7. Washington State 3.38
Par 5 Scoring:
8. Washington State 4.79
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