OSU Heads Back To NCAA Regional Championships For Fifth Time In Seven Years

May 12, 2003


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TEEING OFF: Oregon State competes in the NCAA West Regional Championships, hosted by Washington May 15-17 at the Washington National Golf Club. Washington National carries a par of 72 and plays to 7,183 yards for the Regionals. Teams play 54 holes - 18 each day - Thursday-Saturday. Play begins at 7:12 a.m. each day, and the final tee time is at 1:21 p.m. Participants will play in threesomes, and livescoring is available at www.golfstat.com. OSU played in a four-team exhibition at Washington National on March 9.

HOW THE REGIONALS WORK: The top 10 teams and the top two individuals whose teams are not among the top 10 will advance the NCAA Championships, held at Karsten Creek in Stillwater, Okla., May 27-30. Kansas State hosts the Central Regional at Colbert Hills Golf Course in Manhattan, Kan., and Auburn hosts the East Regional at its University Club.

THE FIELD: A total of 27 teams from across the country make up the West Regional field, with 18 ranked among the nation's top-50 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. In order of seeding, with rank in parentheses, the field includes: 1. UCLA (11); 2. UNLV (10); 3. Arizona (6); 4. Georgia (13); 5. Arizona State (16); 6. Washington (19); 7. New Mexico (17); 8. USC (29); 9. Pepperdine (25); 10. San Diego State (31); 11. California (39); 12. Fresno State (34); 13. Cal-Irvine (28); 14. BYU (41); 15. Colorado State (46); 16. UTEP (38); 17. Denver (44); 18. Oregon (49); 19. Austin Peay; 20. Stanford; 21. Oregon State (74); 22. Old Dominion; 23. Xavier; 24. Oral Roberts; 25. Navy; 26. Central Connecticut State; 27. Loyola Marymount. The six individual qualifiers are Matt Hansen (Pacific), Brendan Steele (UC-Riverside), Travis Bertoni (Cal Poly), Issac Weintraub (San Jose State), Pete Sisich (CS-Northridge), and Graham DeLaet (Boise State). Seven of the teams are attempting to return to the NCAA Championships; UNLV, Arizona, Georgia, Washington, New Mexico, Pepperdine, and Fresno State qualified last year.

INDIVIDUALS AMONG THE NATION'S TOP 100: There are 17 individual golfers ranked among the top 50 nationally that will compete in the West Regional, including: No. 5 Nick Watney (Fresno State), No. 10 Ricky Barnes (Arizona), No. 11 Chris Nallen (Arizona), No. 16 Ryan Moore (UNLV), No. 19 Brock Mackenzie (Washington), No. 23 Alejandro Canizares (Arizona State), No. 26 Michael Letzig (New Mexico), No. 29 Kevin Kisner (Georgia), No. 30 Peter Tomasulo (California), No. 32 Jim Seki (Stanford), No. 33 David Denham (Georgia), No. 36 Steve Conway (UCLA), No. 37 Chez Reavie (Arizona State), No. 40 Martin Laird (Colorado State), No. 47 Roy Moon (UCLA), No. 48 Dan Swanson (UTEP), No. 50 John Merrick (UCLA).

OSU'S LAST TIME AT THE REGIONALS: David Yarnes qualified to play as an individual at the 2002 West Regional in Albuquerque, N.M., where he went on to tie for 82nd despite opening with a 70 in the first round. Yarnes finished at 227 and did not advance to the NCAA Championships. OSU competed as a team in 2001, finishing tied for sixth at its own Trysting Tree Golf Club and qualifying for the NCAA Championships for the third time in school history. At the 2001 Regional, OSU shot 290-301-290 to jump into a three-way tie for sixth and qualify by two strokes. The Beavers have now qualified for the West Regional five of the last seven years, finishing tied for 13th in 2000 and missing a playoff for the cut by one stroke. OSU was 14th in 1999, and 16th in 1997.

LAST ACTION: OSU nailed down a berth in the NCAA West Regional with a sixth-place finish at the Pac-10 Championships, led by Cameron MacKenzie's tie for sixth. OSU shot a four-round score of 1,503, while MacKenzie finished at 1-over 289 and led after the first two rounds. Sean Deacon tied for 17th at 222.

WE'VE BEEN HERE BEFORE: The duo of Michael Jurgensen and Daren Greig, who are competing this week, were in the 2001 regional lineup that advanced to the the NCAA Championships. At the regionals, Jurgensen tied for 19th with a 219, and Greig shot 226 to tie for 67th.

MOVING ON: OSU has qualified for the NCAA Championships three times, the most recent in 2001 when it tied for sixth, The team of David Yarnes, Michael Jurgensen, Anthony Arvidson, David Williams, and Daren Greig shot 881. OSU also competed in 1973 and 1994. The 1994 squad, consisting of Anthony Kang, who tied for eighth, Birk Nelson, Kevin LaMair, Charles Kingsbaker, and Marty James, finished eighth with a score of 875.

ALL-PAC-10: Michael Jurgensen and Cameron MacKenzie earned honorable mention All-Pac-10, it was announced on May 1. It was the first such recognition for both players. Jurgensen is a senior from Horsholm, Denmark, and MacKenzie is from Vancouver, British Columbia.

UNDER-PAR: OSU's 39 rounds under par this year are the second-most in the history of the program. The 1999-2000 team totaled 50.

RECORDS AND BESTS: *Oregon State set a new 54-hole, four-score, par-72 tournament record with its 17-under 847 at the Pacific Invitational in the fall.

* OSU set a new one-round scoring record at the Pacific Invitational (par 72) with an 11-under 277 in the final round. In the second round, OSU matched the previous record with a 280.

* A 277 in the second-round of the TaylorMade matches the lowest raw score in school history.

* OSU had a top-10 finisher in each of the first four tournaments for the first time in school history.

* Chance Holmes fired a career-best 66 in the final round of the Pacific Invitational, matching the third-lowest score in OSU history.

* Freshman Kenny Coakley fired a 6-under 210 to tie for 24th at the ASU Thunderbird and set a career best in the process.

FOREIGN FLAVOR: In all, four Beavers are from other countries: Michael Jurgensen (Sr., Horsholm, Denmark), Cameron MacKenzie (So., Vancouver, B.C.), as well as Mitch Gillis (Fr., Williams Lake, B.C.), and David Stypula (Jr., Cranbrook B.C.).


Cameron MacKenzie (So.-RS, Vancouver, B.C.) (75.1 avg./low: 69/10 rds.): Cameron tied for sixth at the Pac-10 Championships after leading through two rounds in his third tournament of the spring... shot 1-over 289 at Pac-10s... had a strong showing at the Duck Invitational, where he shot 73-74-73--220 to tie for 23rd... played in his first collegiate competition in over 1 1/2 years at the Duck Mar. 24-25 after redshirting last year with a wrist injury and sitting out the 2002 fall season to continue rehabilitation... composed and performed a song on guitar at OSU's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee's talent show in honor of fallen men's soccer player Joe Zaher... the performance was a crowd favorite.

Michael Jurgensen (Sr., Horsholm, Denmark) (72.94/70/34): Michael opened the season with a career-best finish when he tied for third at the Tucker Intercollegiate... has 10 career top-20 finishes, including four top-10s... has been OSU's top finisher in seven of 11 tournaments... his strength is a crafty short-game... lowered his scoring average each year (74.4 in '01, 74.03 in '02, and 72.94 in '03), and has played in over 30 rounds all three seasons... at the 2001 Regionals, tied for 19th at 219.

Chance Holmes (Sr., San Antonio, Texas) (74.38/66/18): Chance had the third-lowest round in OSU history with a career-low 66 at the Pacific Invitational, where he tied for 11th.

Sean Deacon (Jr., Scottsdale, Ariz.) (73.4/68/25): Sean tied for 15th at the Pac-10 Championships, shooting 6-over 294... recorded his second career top-10 finish with an eighth-place showing at the MacKenzie Invitational, shooting 4-under 209... at 2001 Regionals, tied for 67th at 226... owns the school record for a three-round score with a 205 at the 2001 Northwest Classic.

Daren Greig (Jr., Canby, Ore.) (73.43/67/34): 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 70-69-68--207, which is the third-best raw score in OSU history... leads the team with 10 rounds under par... as a freshman, Daren led the team at the NCAA Championships with his tie for 50th.

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: Now in her second year, Angie Cates joined the OSU staff as the assistant coach for both the men's and women's programs in the fall of 2001. Cates came to OSU after playing professionally since 2000 on the Futures Tour and the Ladies Challenge Tour. The 1998 Washington State graduate worked three years as an associate producer for The Golf Channel before playing professionally. Cates was an Academic All-American at WSU, as well as an All-Pac-10 selection her senior year.

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