Beavers Fifth At U.S. Intercollegiate
April 20, 2002
STANFORD, Calif. - -
Senior golfer David Yarnes fired an even-par 142 over the first two rounds of the U.S. Intercollegiate on Saturday to lead Oregon State to fifth place with 18 holes to play Sunday morning.
The Beavers wrap up regular-season play Sunday before returning to Corvallis to host the Pacific-10 Championships at Trysting Tree, Apr. 25-27.
As a team, OSU opened with a 292 at the par-71 Stanford Golf Course, but came roaring back with a 3-over 287 in the second round to total a 579. The 287 was the second-lowest score of the round among the 17-team field that faced swirling afternoon winds. The winds made the course play six-to-eight shots tougher than the morning round, according to OSU coach Brian Watts.
'We played well today, though it could have been much better,' Watts said of his team, which went 6-over on the last three holes in the first round. 'The wind came up and was swirling pretty hard in the afternoon, so I told them you need to commit to a club, commit to a shot, and you'll be fine.
'Overall, this is what we've been looking for and working on all year - being patient and finishing strong. It was fun to watch.'
Yarnes put together his second-lowest opening-day total of the year after shooting 72-70, and is one of two Beavers among the top 20. Sophomore Daren Greig carded a 145, which included an even-par 71in the first round, and is tied for 19th. Yarnes' best finish this year is a tie for 18th, while Greig had an eighth-place finish in the fall.
'The one thing he did today was that if he got into trouble, he got out of it,' Watts said of Yarnes, who is six shots back of leader Philip Rowe of Stanford, who shot 136 Saturday. 'As a team, we made fewer mistakes, but if we got into trouble, we played for bogie (rather than force a shot), and it paid off.'
Michael Jurgensen played two consistent rounds, carding a 74 and 72 to forge a three-way tie for 27th.
Brothers Todd and Sean Deacon gave the Beavers five players in the top half of the field, as they both shot 149 and are tied for 44th. Todd opened with a 78, but came back with a 71 to equal his career-low, which he set earlier this year at the Arizona Intercollegiate. Sean carded a 75 and 74.
The Beavers' 287 was the lowest 18-hole total since they shot 284 in the second round of the PING/Arizona Intercollegiate on Feb. 4.
Ninth-ranked USC leads tournament host Stanford by seven shots after a 565.
TEAM SCORES (PAR 284/568)
1. USC 278-287-565, 2. Stanford 288-284-572, 3. UCLA 285-293-578, 3. Oregon 282-296-578, 5. Oregon State 292-287-579, 6. San Diego State 290-293-583, 7. Texas Tech 293-291-584, 7. Washington State 291-293-584, 9. UC-Irvine 294-291-585, 10. Pacific 300-286-586, 11. San Jose State 303-294-597, 12. Santa Clara 300-299-599, 13. Long Beach State 297-304-601, 14. California 300-302-602, 15. San Francisco 305-301-606, 16. Portland 307-306-613, 16. San Diego 303-310-613.
TOP INDIVIDUALS (PAR 71/142)
1. Philip Rowe, Stanford 64-72-136, 2. Kevin Stadler, USC 69-69-138, 3. Ben Hayes, USC 69-71-141, 4. David Bolen, Texas Tech 70-71-141, 4. Jon Reehoorn, Washington State 68-73-141, 4. John Ellis, Oregon 69-72-141, 4. Blake Mastalir, Stanford 73-68-141.
OREGON STATE SCORES