No. 18 Cougars Embark On Oregon Trail For Duck Invite

March 21, 2002

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On The Tee This Week:
At Duck Invitational
March 25-26
Shadow Hills Country Club
Junction City, Ore.
Par 72, 6,750 Yards

What's Happening: Spring may have just begun, but for the Washington State men's golf team the spring season has been well under way.

After notching a pair of tournament titles along with a second place finish to begin the spring schedule, the Cougars enter the heart of the spring season at the Oregon Duck Invitational, March 25-26. The tournament will take place at the par 72, 6750-yard Shadow Hills Country Club at Junction City, Ore.

The Cougars, who are No. 18 in the latest Golfstat rankings, will be part of a 16-team field that includes No. 16 San Diego State and No. 22 Nevada.

Last Tournament Wrap: A quartet of Washington State players finished in the top-25 as the Cougar men's golf team posted a second place finish at the Bearkat Classic at the par 72, 6,994 yard Bentwater Country Club, March 19.

The Cougars completed the tournament with a score of 870, three shots back of champion Arkansas-Little Rock.

Junior Dustin White secured his third consecutive top-four effort with a fourth place finish. White shot a two-under 214 to finish four shots back of tournament champion Yasin Ali of Oklahoma City.

Not far behind was sophomore Isaac Woods, who posted his third straight top-10 effort of the spring by finishing in a tie for sixth. Woods entered the final round in a tie for 20th, but shot up 14 places in the standings with a career-best 68 (-4) over the final 18 holes.

Senior Jeremy Taylor continued his consistent play with his third top-15 effort of the spring. Taylor posted an even-par 72 in the final round to finish in a tie for 11th at 218 (+2).

By finishing in a tie for 25th, senior Jon Reehoorn recorded his sixth consecutive top-25 finish this season and sophomore Ryan Camp ended the tournament in a tie for 29th.

Rounding out the Cougars were freshman Cameron Chesnut (232, +16) and seniors Steven Bowles (233, +17) and Roger Flynn (241, +25), who all competed as individuals.

Pinnacle Of Success: In nine tournaments the Cougars have competed in during the 2001-02 season, WSU has finished either first or second in six events.

The 18-stroke win at the Coastal Carolina Invitational, March 5 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 began the spring schedule picking 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.

Heading The Nation's Leaderboard: The Cougars lead the nation in fairways hit (.769) and greens in regulation (.693) according to Golfstat. In addition, WSU ranks second in par 4 scoring (4.06) and are in the top 10 in the nation in three other categories (subpar strokes per round, total short game and par 5 scoring).

Dustin White leads the nation in par 5 scoring (4.51) and greens in regulation (.786). In addition, White is 10th in subpar strokes per round (4.23).Jeremy Taylor ranks third in fairways hit at .857.

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 Duck Invitational No. 16 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 recorded three consecutive top four finishes and has not finished out of the top 24 in any of the nine tournaments he has competed in this season.

A Perfect 10: With 11 career top-10 finishes, senior Jon Reehoorn and junior Dustin White are at the doorstep of overtaking Chris Jorgensen (1992-94) on the school's career list in that category. In addition, with one more top-25 effort, Reehoorn will tie Jorgensen on the school career top-25 finish list. With six consecutive top-25 efforts, Reehoorn has increased his career total to 24 in that category.

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.

Golfstat National Rankings
Golfstat Cup:
16. Dustin White
124. Jon Reehoorn
245. Isaac Woods
Par 5 Scoring:
1. Dustin White 4.51
Greens In Regulation:
1. Dustin White .786
Fairways Hit:
3. Jeremy Taylor .857
Subpar Strokes Per Round:
10. Dustin White 4.23

Team:Overall Ranking:
18. Washington State
Fairways Hit:
1. Washington State .769
Greens In Regulation:
1. Washington State .693
Par 4 Scoring:
2. Washington State 4.06
Subpar Strokes Per Round:
6. Washington State 3.36
Total Short Game:
7. Washington State .576
Par 5 Scoring:
8. Washington State 4.79

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

WSU Career Top 25 Finishes
1. Chris Jorgensen 25
2. Jon Reehoorn 24
3. Dustin White 18
4. Jeremy Taylor 14
5. Isaac Woods 11
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