Yarnes Ties For 82nd, Misses Out On NCAA Berth.

May 18, 2002


Oregon State's David Yarnes carded a 77 Saturday in the final round of the NCAA West Regional Championships, giving him a tie for 82nd overall.

The senior from Tucson, Ariz., played in his final tournament for OSU, capping a career that included a tournament win as a junior and six top-20 finishes overall.

Yarnes shot an 11-over-par 227 over the three rounds at the par-72, 7,368-yard Championship Course at the University of New Mexico.

After following an opening-round 70 with an 80 Friday, Yarnes found himself needing to shoot a low number to advance to the NCAA Championships as an individual.

Yarnes gave himself good scoring opportunities on Saturday, but the putts wouldn't fall.

'David played better today.' OSU coach Brian Watts said. 'He made some great shots out there, but unfortunately, he wasn't able to capitalize on those shots. He just struggled with his putter and even though he gave himself great opportunities, none of the putts fell. He's a little disappointed in the way he finished this year.'

Only the top two individuals whose teams do not finish in the top 10 advance to Nationals.Oregon's Aaron Byers, UCLA's John Merrick, and Mark Warman of San Diego State battled through a one-hole playoff for the right to advance, with Merrick and Warman moving on.

On the season, Yarnes was the steady hand for the Beavers, posting four top-20 finishes that included two consecutive sevenths heading into Regionals. Yarnes led the Beavers in rounds played (34), stroke average (73.64), and tied for the lead in rounds under par (7).

'I'm very sorry to see his career come to an end here at Oregon State,' Watts said. 'He'll be greatly missed. I wish him the best out on the professional circuit.'

It wasn't until Texas Tech won a playoff with San Diego State that the 10 teams to advance were decided. New Mexico and Washington tied for the win with scores 872.

Arizona's Ricky Barnes and Minnesota's Justin Smith shared shared medalist honors at 6-under 210. Barnes led by five strokes heading into the final round.


1. New Mexico 293-295-284-872; 1. Washington 291-293-288-872; 3. UNLV 290-292-292-874; 4. Minnesota 290-298-287-875; 5. Pepperdine 292-297-288-877; 6. Arizona 292-293-293-878; 6. Pacific 294-295-289-878; 6. Texas 285-303-290-878; 9. Fresno State 290-293-296-879; 10. San Diego State 289-296-297-882; 10. *Texas Tech 298-297-287-882; 12. California 308-286-289-883; 13. Oregon 300-292-293-885; 13. UCLA 296-292-297-885; 15. Ohio State 295-298-296-889; 16. Nevada 299-293-298-890; 17. Stanford 303-297-291-891; 18. USC 294-303-298-895; 19. Washington State 302-296-301-899; 20. Arizona State 304-302-294-900; 21. BYU 301-301-299-901; 22. UC-Irvine 307-306-290-903; 23. Colorado State 314-296-301-911; 24. Illinois State 301-306-306-913; 25. IU-Purdue-Indianapolis 315-311-302-928; 26. Detroit Mercy 302-312-319-933; 27. Central Connecticut State 313-316-308-937.

*- won playoff with San Diego State to advance to NCAA Championships


1. Ricky Barnes, Arizona 70-67-73-210; 1. Justin Smith, Minnesota 70-72-68-210; 3. Nick Watney, Fresno State 74-69-71-214; 4. Scott Hailes, New Mexico 73-72-70-215; 4. Brock Mackenzie, Washington 72-76-67-215; 4. Matt Hansen, Pacific 70-75-70-215; 4. Ben Scribner, Pacific 74-69-72-215.

John Merrick, UCLA (75-69-72-216) and Mark Warman, San Diego State (72-70-74-216) advanced as individuals after winning a three-way playoff with Oregon's Aaron Byers (70-73-73-216).


David Yarnes 70-80-77-227.

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