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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Thunderbird Invitational Tough Task For Cougar Men
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 04/16/2000
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April 16, 2000

Tempe, Ariz.--- Host school Arizona State and Arizona placed six golfers in the top nine and swept the top two spots in the team standings at the Arizona State Thunderbird / Savane Invitational. 14 schools in the field were ranked in the top-50 in the nation, making it a rough weekend for Washington State, who finished 17th.

Senior Eric Toomey (Snohomish, Wash.) led all Cougar golfers, carding a four-over par 220 and tying for 38th. It was Toomey's best three round outing of the spring and the first time this season he has paced the team in scoring. Sophomore Jeremy Taylor (West Richland, Wash.) tied for 71st with his three round 225. Freshmen Dustin White (Pueblo West, Colo.) and Matt McGeeney (San Pedro, Calif.) rounded out the scoring for WSU. White shot a 229, placing 79th, while McGeeney finished with a 231and tied for 83rd.

Arizona State sophomore Paul Casey clinched individual medalist honors by sinking a 12-foot birdie putt on the final hole. It was fourth-ranked Casey's fifth career title. Arizona's Derek Gillespie and Ricky Barnes grabbed the next two spots, firing 208 and 210, respectively.

The host Sun Devils edged out in-state rival Arizona by two strokes, finishing 18-under par. Fresno State placed third, four strokes back of Arizona State.

Washington State's next tournament is the Pac-10 Championships. The Cougars should be familiar with their surroundings as they return to Tempe, Ariz. and the par-72 Karsten Golf Course, which they played this weekend.

WSU RESULTS: T38) Eric Toomey 73-74-73---220 (+4) T71) Jeremy Taylor 75-73-77---225 (+9) T79) Dustin White 79-75-75---229 (+13) T83) Matt McGeeney 78-75-78---231 (+15) T89) Jon Reehoorn 77-79-79---235 (+19) TOP FIVE PLAYERS: 1) Paul Casey, Arizona State (207) 2) Derek Gillespie, Arizona (208) 3) Ricky Barnes (210) 4) Jeremy Anderson, UNLV (211), Michael Kirk, UNLV (211), Andy Doeden, TCU (211), Jonas Runnquist, Arizona State (211) TEAM RESULTS: 1) Arizona State (846) 2) Arizona (848) 3) Fresno State (850) 4) New Mexico (854) 5) Oregon (862), Swedish National Team (862) 7) TCU (863) 8) Oklahoma (864) 9) UNLV (866) 10) California (880), Oregon State (880) 12) ASU Maroon (882) 13) Washington (886), UCLA (886) 15) USC (889) 16) Colorado State (891) 17) Washington State (903)

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