April 24, 2000
Tempe, Ariz.--- Sophomore Jeremy Taylor (West Richland, Wash.) shot a career-best 70 in the first round and a 74 in the second to finish the day tied for 21st at the Pac-10 Championship in Tempe, Ariz.
The play of Taylor and freshman Dustin White (Pueblo West, Colo.), helped Washington State to seventh place after 18 holes on Monday, but a 14-over par second round dropped the Cougars to 10th. White joined Taylor with a career-best first round, firing a 71. He finished the day with a second round 76 and is tied for 36th. Freshman Matt McGeeney (San Pedro, Calif.) surged to a tie for 31st after firing a 72 in the second round, while Jon Reehoorn (Burlington, Wash.) landed in 48th after a two-round, six over par 150. Senior Eric Toomey (Snohomish, Wash.) and sophomore Roger Flynn (Boise, Idaho) posted identical 152s and are tied for 54th.
Led by four golfers in the top-10, Arizona State jumped out to a 17 stroke lead over Oregon in the team standings. The Sun Devils fired a 21-under par 339 in the first round and followed that by shooting nine-under in the second. California, Arizona, and Oregon State round out the top five at the par-72 Karsten Golf Course. Washington State shot a 739 and is four strokes behind ninth place UCLA.
Two-time defending Pac-10 champion Paul Casey of Arizona State is sitting on top of the leader board after two rounds. The All-American opened the tournament with a 66 and fired a 65 to finish the day four strokes ahead of teammate Jonas Runnquist. John Lepak of Oregon State is six strokes out and Oregon teammates Andrew Tredway and Chris Carnahan are seven strokes off Casey's 131.
Play continues tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. at the par-72 course on the campus of Arizona State University. 18 holes will be played on Tuesday and Wednesday.
TOP FIVE PLAYERS: 1) Paul Casey, Arizona State (66-65--131) 2) Jonas Runnquist, Arizona State (66-69--135) 3) John Lepak, Oregon State (70-67--137) 4) Andrew Tredway, Oregon (65-73--138) Chris Carnahan, Oregon (71-67--138)
TEAM RESULTS: 1) Arizona State (690) 2) Oregon (707) 3) California (711) 4) Arizona (719) 5) Oregon State (723) 6) Washington (724) 7) Stanford (730) 8) USC (733) 9) UCLA (735) 10) Washington State (739)