OSU Says Aloha

Feb. 10, 2003


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TEEING OFF: The Oregon State men's golf team kicks off its spring slate with a trip to Hilo, Haw., where it plays in the 26-team TaylorMade Intercollegiate Feb. 12-14. The teams will play 18 holes all three days for a total of 54. The format is stroke play, with the low four scores counting toward the team score each day. Hawaii-Hilo hosts the tournament.

THE COURSE: Teams will compete on the Kings and Beach Courses, with the Kings' playing to 7,074 yards and carrying a par of 72. The Beach is a shorter 6,566 yards and plays to par 70. Wind is usually a significant factor on these courses.

THE FIELD: A total of 26 teams (top-30 ranking in parentheses) - eight of which are ranked in the Golfweek top 30 - make up the field at the TaylorMade, a field that is one of the strongest OSU will face this year. Included in the mix are Air Force, Arkansas (19), Arizona State, UCLA (17), Baylor (23), Fresno State (29), Georgia Tech (22), Hawaii-Hilo, Hawaii-Manoa, Houston, Kansas, Lamar, Mississippi, Nagoya University of Commerce, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Oregon State (52), Pepperdine (21), Rhode Island, Stanford, USC, Texas A&M, Texas (4), TCU, and Washington (26).

OREGON STATE IN THE RANKINGS: OSU enters the tournament at No. 51 in the Golfweek rankings, and has an overall record of 41-29-2. Against top-25 competition, OSU is 1-11-0, vs. top-50, 7-23-0, and vs. top-100 22-28-1. Oregon State was ranked 35th on Sept. 27th, which was its highest ranking since May 30, 2000, when it reached 28th.

LAST YEAR: The Beavers finished 18th in a field of 24, with David Yarnes leading the way with his 4-over 220 that tied him for 26th. OSU shot 899 overall.

LAST ACTION: OSU finished 10th in the 18-team Nelson Invitational, hosted by Stanford. OSU shot 17-over 869, and Michael Jurgensen led the way with his 2-over 215.

RECORDS AND BESTS: Junior Sean Deacon tallied the second top-10 finish of his career with an eighth-place effort when he shot a 209 at the Alister MacKenzie. Deacon's 209 also marked the second-lowest three-round score of the season; Daren Greig's 207 was the lowest.

Freshmen Kenny Coakley and Brian Kelley had career-best finishes at the Rocky Mountain Invitational. The pair tied for eighth, firing a 1-over 217, marking the first-ever top-10 finish for both individuals.

Oregon State set a new 54-hole, four-score, par-72 tournament record with its 17-under 847 at the Pacific Invitational. The Beavers also raised the OSU one-round team scoring standard when they posted an 11-under 277 in the final round of the Pacific. In the second round, OSU matched the previous record with a 280.

Greig and Chance Holmes had hallmark tournaments at the Pacific; Greig posted a career-best finish with his tie for third, and Holmes had a career-best with his tie for 11th. Holmes' 210 was the sixth-best three-round score at OSU, equaling Anthony Arvidson's effort at the 1998 Duck Invitational.

Greig's 9-under-par 207 was the second-lowest three-round total on a par-72 course in OSU history. Tim Mickelson shot a 206 in the first three rounds of the 2000 Pacific-10 Conference Championships at the par-72 Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz. Sean Deacon tallied an 8-under 205 at the 2001 Northwest Collegiate Classic, which was played at the par-71 Mallard Creek Golf Club.

Unofficiallly, Mickelson's 203 over the final three rounds of the 2000 Pac-10s is the lowest raw score, but is not counted because it came in the middle of the tournament.

Holmes fired a career-best 66 in the final round of the Pacific Invitational, matching the third-lowest score in OSU history. The 66 was the lowest score by an OSU individual since Anthony Arvidson's 65 at the U.S. Intercollegiate in the spring of 2001.

THE CIVIL WAR PRESENTED BY NORTHWEST DODGE DEALERS: Oregon State faced Oregon in the Alister MacKenzie Invitational and the Duck Invitational March 24-25. These meetings will count one point each toward the Civil War series standings for 2002-03.

TOP-10 LIST: OSU had an individual finish in the top 10 in each of the first four tournaments - a first at OSU. At the Tucker Intercollegiate, it was Michael Jurgensen tied for third, at the Pacific Invitational, it was Daren Greig tied for third, at the Rocky Mountain Invitational, Jurgensen tied for sixth and Brian Kelley and Kenny Coakley tied for eighth, and at the Alister MacKenzie Invite, Sean Deacon finished eighth.

ROUNDS UNDER PAR: After five tournaments, OSU players have shot 21 individual rounds under par, three off the total for the entire 2001-02 season. Leading the way are Daren Greig and Michael Jurgensen with five.


1. Daren Greig (Jr., Canby, Ore.) (73.26 avg./low: 68/rds: 15): Daren had a career-best effort at the Pacific Invitational with a tie for third, where he was under par in all three rounds en route to a 9-under 207, which is the third-best raw score in OSU history... most recently, tied for 47th at the Nelson Invitational.

2. Sean Deacon (Jr., Scottsdale, Ariz.) (71.88/68/9): Sean recorded his second career top-10 finish with an eighth-place effort at the par-71 MacKenzie Invitational, shooting 4-under 209 to equal the fifth-best raw score in OSU history... shot two 68s at the MacKenzie... leads team in scoring average... most recently, tied for 23rd at the Nelson Invitational.

3. Michael Jurgensen (Sr., Horsholm, Denmark) (72.06/70/15): Michael opened the season with a career-best finish when he tied for third at the Tucker Intercollegiate, shooting 2-under 214... recorded two rounds under par at the par-72 Tucker, shooting 70-73-71... has 10 career top-20 finishes, including four top-10s... second on the team in scoring average... tied for team lead with five rounds under par... most recently, led the team with a tie for 20th at the Nelson Invitational.

4. Kenny Coakley (Fr., Lakewood, Colo.) (73.26/69/15): At the Rocky Mountain Invitational, Coakley had a career best finish with his tie for eighth, shooting 217, highlighted by a second round 69... most recently, tied for 28th at the Nelson Invitational.

5. Chance Holmes (Sr., San Antonio, Texas) (74.5/66/12): Chance fired the third-lowest round in OSU history with a career-best 66 at the Pacific Invitational last fall... his 6-under 210 at the tournament was a career-best and the sixth-best score in OSU history... most recently, tied for 87th at the Nelson Invitational.

HEAD COACH BRIAN WATTS: Brian Watts is in his second year as head coach of the Oregon State men's golf team, and is no stranger to Oregon State golf. He spent two stints totaling five years as the assistant coach for both the men's and women's programs.

Watts took over a team that he helped get to the NCAA Championships in 2001 for the third time in school history, where it made a huge splash with its tie for 12th.

Before coaching, Watts played professionally on the Golden State Tour and the Canadian PGA Tour.

ASSISTANT COACH ANGIE CATES: Angie Cates is in her second year as the assistant coach for both programs.

Cates was an academic All-American at Washington State University before graduating and working three years for the Golf Channel. Cates also played professionally on the Ladies Challenge Tour and the Futures Tour before coming to Corvallis.

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