April 25, 2000
Tempe, Ariz.--- Third round 70s by sophomore Jon Reehoorn (Burlington, Wash.) and freshman Dustin White (Pueblo West, Colo.) helped Washington State to the fifth best score on day two of the Pac-10 Championship in Tempe.
The Cougars are tied with Southern California for ninth and will be looking to avoid their fourth straight last-place finish at the conference tournament on Wednesday.
"The mood is very confident and very upbeat," WSU assistant coach Tom McCurdy said. "We beat USC the first day and lost to them the second and we are confident that we can beat them again."
Despite good rounds by Reehoorn and White, it's sophomore Jeremy Taylor (West Richland, Wash.) that continues to pace WSU. Playing in his second Pac-10 Championship, Taylor shot a third round 72 to keep his score an even 216. He enters the fourth round tied for 25th. White is one stroke back, tied for 27th, while Reehoorn is locked in 35th with a four-over par 220.
Senior Eric Toomey (Snohomish, Wash.) and sophomore Roger Flynn (Boise, Idaho) rounded out the scoring on Tuesday for Washington State. Flynn shot a 73 and finished the day nine-over par at 225 in 48th place, while Toomey carded a 74 and is tied for 51st. Freshman Matt McGeeney (San Pedro, Calif.) is tied for 44th despite a 76 in the third round.
Led by two-time Pac-10 champion and current tournament leader Paul Casey, Arizona State is running away with their sixth consecutive team title at a record pace. The Sun Devils are 48-under par heading into the final round, 32 strokes ahead of second place California.
"They should be playing on Thursday through Sunday somewhere on the PGA Tour," McCurdy said of Arizona State. "I come into the clubhouse at the end of the day with the other coaches and sit and watch Arizona State lap the field. They'll be 60-under by the end."
Following his first day 66-65--131, Casey shot a 67 on Tuesday to take a six stroke lead over UCLA's Travis Johnson. The ASU junior is now 18-under par and is looking to become the first player in Pac-10 history to win three conference titles.
The fourth and final round of the Pac-10 Championship will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday with Washington State and Southern California.
WSU RESULTS: 365-374-359---1098 +18 T25) Jeremy Taylor 70-74-72---216 E T27) Dustin White 71-76-70---217 +1 T35) Jon Reehoorn 74-76-70---220 +4 T44) Matt McGeeney 74-72-76---222 +6 T48) Roger Flynn 76-76-73---225 +9 T51) Eric Toomey 76-76-74---226 +10
TOP FIVE PLAYERS: 1) Paul Casey, Arizona State, 66-65-67---198 2) Travis Johnson, UCLA, 69-70-65---204 3) Tim Mickelson, Oregon State, 72-70-64---206, Jonas Runnquist, Arizona State, 66-69-71---206 5) Ricky Barnes, Arizona 71-69-68---208
TEAM RESULTS: (1) Arizona State, 1032 (2) California, 1064 (3) Oregon State, 1068 (4) Oregon, 1071 (5) Arizona, UCLA, 1081 (7) Washington, 1084 (8) Stanford, 1090 (9) Washington State, Southern California, 1098