Cougars Head To Kansas For Shocker Classic

April 5, 2002

On The Tee This Week:
At Diet Pepsi Shocker Classic
April 8-9
Crestview Country Club N.
Wichita, Kan.
Par 72, 6,913 Yards

What's Happening: After notching a pair of tournament titles along with a pair of second place finishes to begin the spring schedule, the Cougars enjoyed a week off before entering the home stretch of the season.

That stretch begins with the Diet Pepsi Shocker Classic, hosted by Wichita State University, April 8-9 at the par-72, 6,913 yard, Crestview Country Club North. After the Shocker Classic, the Cougars travel to the U.S. Intercollegiate at Stanford, Calif., April 20-21, which will mark the final tournament for the team before the Pacific-10 Conference Championship, April 26-28 at Corvallis, Ore.

The Field:The Cougars are part of a 13-team field that includes Air Force, Stephen F.Austin, Texas-San Antonio, Missouri-Kansas City, Oklahoma City, Evansville, Drake, Denver, Northern Iowa, Wyoming, Northeastern State, and Wichita State.

In The Rankings: The Cougars' success on the course has not gone unnoticed in the national rankings as the Cougars hold down the No. 18 spot in the Golfweek/Sagarin poll and are No. 19 in the latest Golfstat rankings. In addition, WSU is No. 26 in the Precept Coaches poll.

Heading The Nation's Leaderboard: The Cougars lead the nation in fairways hit (.761), greens in regulation (.689) and par 5 scoring (4.75), according to Golfstat. In addition, WSU is second in par 4 scoring (4.08), and is third in subpar strokes per round (3.42) and total short game (.576).

Dustin White leads the nation in greens in regulation (.786), is second in par 5 scoring (4.51) and is in the top 10 in two other categories (subpar strokes per round, 5th - 4.32 and par 4 scoring, 9th - 4.51).

Jon Reehoorn is sixth in total short game (.671).

Reehoorn Captures Duck Invite: Senior Jon Reehoorn captured individual medalist honors by firing a final-round 67, helping the Cougars to a second-place finish at the Oregon Duck Invitational, March 26.

Reehoorn, who was one stroke off the lead after the first day of the event, went five under par in the final round to take a two-shot victory over Scott Gordon of UC Davis. It was Reehoorn's first individual win since the Inland Collegiate Challenge in March of 1999.

'Jon played awesome,' WSU Head Coach Walt Williams said. 'He was in third place entering today and really turned in a good performance going 10-under for the tournament.'

Reehoorn is the third Cougar to win a tournament this year. Dustin White captured the Coastal Carolina Invitational earlier this month, while sophomore Isaac Woods won the Inland Collegiate Challenge to begin the spring season.

'We've got the best depth we've had,' Williams said. 'We have five guys who are capable of winning an event.'

The Cougars received another top 10 performance from White, who finished seventh with a three-round 212. It was White's fifth top 10 in seven events this season.

Reehoorn, White, and a 19th place finish by sophomore Ryan Camp brought WSU within a stroke of winning its third tournament of the season. Oregon earned the team medal with a three-round total of 849.

WSU knocked off five top 50 teams in the Golfstat ranking as the Cougars finished ahead of No. 19 San Diego State, No. 23 Nevada, No. 27 Arizona, No. 38 Stanford, and No. 39 UCLA.

'This is one of the strongest tournament fields we have played in this year,' Williams said. 'We beat five teams ranked in the top 50. To finish second, one shot back of Oregon on its home course is pretty impressive. Two years ago we finished last at this same tournament on the same course, so obviously we are making great progress.'

Pinnacle Of Success:The second place effort at the Duck Invite was just the latest top performance by the team this season. In 10 tournaments the Cougars have competed in during the 2001-02 season, WSU has finished either first or second in seven 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.

White Hot: Dustin White's victory at South Carolina, March 5, 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 Shocker Invitational 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 recorded four consecutive top seven finishes and has not finished out of the top 24 in any of the 10 tournaments he has competed in this season.

A Perfect 10: With 12 career top-10 finishes, senior Jon Reehoorn and junior Dustin White have tied Chris Jorgensen (1992-94) on the school's career list in that category. In addition, Reehoorn has tied Jorgensen on the school career top-25. With seven 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.

2002 Individual Tournament Wins
Isaac Woods (E) Inland Collegiate Challenge, Feb. 18
Dustin White (-12) Coastal Carolina Invitational, March 5
Jon Reehoorn (-10) Duck Invitational, March 26

Cougars In The Rankings
18. Washington State
Precept Coaches
26. Washington State
30. Dustin White
80. Jon Reehoorn

Golfstat National Rankings
Golfstat Cup:
12. Dustin White
74. Jon Reehoorn
228. Isaac Woods
Greens In Regulation:
1. Dustin White .786
Par 5 Scoring:
2. Dustin White 4.51
Subpar Strokes Per Round:
5. Dustin White 4.32
Total Short Game:
6. Jon Reehoorn .671
Par 4 Scoring:
9. Dustin White 4.51
Overall Ranking:
19. Washington State
Fairways Hit:
1. Washington State .761
Greens In Regulation:
1. Washington State .689
Par 5 Scoring:
1. Washington State 4.75
Par 4 Scoring:
2. Washington State 4.08
Subpar Strokes Per Round:
3. Washington State 3.42
Total Short Game:
3. Washington State .576

WSU Career Top 10 Finishes1. 	Chris Jorgensen	12	Jon Reehoorn	12 	Dustin White	12

WSU Career Top 25 Finishes1. Chris Jorgensen 25 Jon Reehoorn 253. Dustin White 194. Jeremy Taylor 145. Isaac Woods 12
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