Men's Golf Season Wrapup
May 29, 2003
CORVALLIS, Ore. - -
RECENT ACTION: OSU tied for 14th among the 27-team NCAA West Regional Championships field May 15-17, missing the cut for the NCAA Championships by 15 strokes. The Beavers closed with a 296 at the par-72 Washington National Golf Club in Seattle, Wash., led by senior Chance Holmes' 2-under-par 70. The senior finished in a tie for 62nd overall at 225. Fellow senior Michael Jurgensen capped his career by leading OSU for the eighth time in 12 tournaments, shooting 6-over 222 to tie for 36th. Sean Deacon carded an 8-over 224 to tie for 56th; Daren Greig shot 233 and Cameron MacKenzie 235.
ALL-PAC-10: Michael Jurgensen and Cameron MacKenzie earned honorable mention All-Pacific-10, the conference 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 40 rounds under par this year were 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 Intercollegiate (par 70) 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.
* OSU competed in the NCAA West Regional for the fifth time in seven years.
Kenny Coakley (Fr., Lakewood, Colo.) (74.02/68/34): Kenny has played in all but one tournament as a true freshman and was third on the team in scoring average... had a career-best 6-under 210 at the ASU/Thunderbird... second on the team with nine rounds under par.
Sean Deacon (Jr., Scottsdale, Ariz.) (73.53/68/28): 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... tied for 56th in his first NCAA West Regional, shooting 224... owns the school record for a three-round score with a 205 at the 2001 Northwest Classic... 28 rounds is a career high... lowered his scoring average by nearly a stroke from last year's total (74.4-73.53)... five rounds under par are a career-high.
Cameron MacKenzie (So.-RS, Vancouver, B.C.) (75.84 avg./low: 69/13 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 in 2001-02 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... tied for 111th at NCAA Regional, shooting 235.
Daren Greig (Jr., Canby, Ore.) (74.24/67/37): 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... led the team with 10 rounds under par... tied for 102nd at the NCAA Regional with a 233... tied for team lead with 37 rounds played.
Chance Holmes (Sr., San Antonio, Texas) (74.47/66/21): Chance had the third-lowest round in OSU history with a career-low 66 at the Pacific Invitational, where he tied for 11th... closed his career with a 2-under 70 in his first NCAA West Regional.
Michael Jurgensen (Sr., Horsholm, Denmark) (73.02/70/37): 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... OSU's top finisher in eight of 12 tournaments... his strength is a crafty short-game... lowered his scoring average each year (74.4 in '01, 74.03 in '02, and 73.02 in '03), and has played in over 30 rounds all three seasons, totaling 105... led the Beavers at the NCAA Regionals with a 222 and a tie for 36th... led team with in scoring and tied for lead in rounds played.
Brian Kelley (Fr.-RS, San Diego, Calif.) (76.47/69/19): Brian had a solid showing at the Rocky Mountain Invitational, shooting a 1-over 217 to tie for eighth... very long driver of the ball.
Chad Sawyer (So.-Tr.,U. of Pacific, West Linn, Ore.) (76.5/71/6) Chad tied for 14th at the Duck Invitational, which was the first tournament of his OSU career, shooting 75-71-73--219... he played in the non-counting Northwest Challenge, shooting 84-76--160... transferred from the University of the Pacific after his freshman year and redshirted last season.
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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