Yarnes Tied For Fifth After Opening Round Of NCAA West Regional

May 16, 2002


Oregon State senior David Yarnes opened the NCAA West Regional Championships with a 2-under-par 70 on Thursday to forge a nine-way tie for fifth place.

The top two individuals whose teams do not finish in the top 10 will advance to the NCAA Championships in Columbus, Ohio, May 29-June 1. Yarnes is among a field of 141 players made up of 27 five-man teams and six individuals whose teams did not qualify for the regionals.

With 36 holes to play, Yarnes is tied for the lead with Oregon's Aaron Byers among players whose teams are not in the top 10. Yarnes and Byers hold a one-shot lead over Ohio State's Zach Doran, whose Buckeyes are in 12th.

The Tucson, Ariz., native hit fairways and greens consistently and tamed the large, undulating greens at the 7,368-yard Championship Course at the University of New Mexico.

'David played very well today,' OSU coach Brian Watts said. 'He managed his ball and played great golf, and didn't put himself in any situations where he was scrambling to make par - he was very consistent.

'That's what he needed to do, was to shoot ever-par or better. Now he's right in there.'

Yarnes entered the tournament on a roll, having finished seventh in his last two tournaments, including the Pac-10 Championships.

Yarnes is two shots off the pace set by first-round leader Jason Hartwick of Texas, and one shot back of a trio who opened with 69s.

Yarnes is no stranger to the Championship Course, as he tied for 18th at New Mexico's William Tucker Intercollegiate in the fall.

In the team competition, fifth-ranked Texas holds a four-stroke lead over San Diego State. The top 10 teams advance to the NCAA Championships.

Play continues with 18 holes Friday and Saturday.


1. Texas 285; 2. San Diego State 289; 3. Fresno State 290; 3. Minnesota 290; 3. UNLV 290; 6. Washington 291; 7. Arizona 292; 7. Pepperdine 292; 9. New Mexico 293; 10. Pacific 294; 10. USC 294; 12. Ohio State 295; 13. UCLA 296; 14. Texas Tech 298; 15. Nevada 299; 16. Oregon 300; 17. BYU 301; 17. Illinois State 301; 19. Detroit Mercy 302; 19. Washington State 302; 21. Stanford 303; 22. Arizona State 304; 23. UC-Irvine 307; 24. California 308; 25. Central Connecticut State 313; 26. Colorado State 314; 27. Indiana-Purdue-Indianapolis 315.


1. Jason Hartwick, Texas 68; 2. Jason Allred, Pepperdine 69; 2. Brandon Askew, UNLV 69; 2. David Morgan, Minnesota 69; 5. David Yarnes, eight others tied at 70.

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