April 29, 2001
STANFORD, Calif. --- Led by sophomore Dustin White and junior Jon Reehoorn, Washington State hurdled California on the final day of the Pac-10 Championship at the Stanford Golf Course to finish seventh.
"I'm proud of the way this team played all weekend, especially with the way we responded today," head coach Walt Williams said. "One through six, we were very consistent. Our depth paid off in this tournament."
Southern California held off six-time defending champion, Arizona State, by four strokes to capture the wire-to-wire team medal. Arizona's Ricky Barnes was the individual champion.
The Cougars improved their standing as a bubble team for the NCAA West Regional by knocking off three teams ranked in the top 50 in the nation, but now have to play the waiting game to see if they earn their first berth into the postseason.
"With the way we played this weekend, I certainly think we deserve to be considered," Williams said. "We lost to Stanford (No. 36) by one stroke on their home course, and beat Oregon (No. 29), California (No. 38), and Oregon State (No. 50), who are all in the top 50. But it's out of our hands. I think we made a tremendous amount of progress either way this season."
The Cougars received an incredible three-day performance by White. The Pueblo West, Colo., native finished in a tie for ninth after a four round 281, which included a 66 in the second round and a 68 on Sunday.
"Dustin really showed how far he has come as a player in this tournament," Williams said. "He shot a 76 on Saturday, but regrouped and had a great round today with a 68. A year ago, I'm not sure that he has the maturity to do that. But that's why he has become such a good player."
Reehoorn also recorded his best finish at the conference tournament by finishing 18th. The junior team co-captain fired an even par 284 at the three-day event.
"I really liked Jon's attitude coming into the tournament, and he went out and did exactly what I thought he would do, and that's play great golf," Williams said. "He and Jeremy Taylor got on the other guys and really pushed them to perform well, and he led by example."
Taylor followed his 25th place performance at the 2000 Pac-10 Championship by tying for 29th this year. Taylor carded a 72 on Sunday to give him a 288 for the tournament.
"With the pressure really on in the last round, we had two true freshmen come out and play very well. I didn't exactly know what to expect from Isaac and Ryan coming into the season, but they have been tremendous additions to this program," Williams said.
The sixth member of the WSU team, Roger Flynn, got off to a rough start but responded with a pair of 74's over the final two rounds.
If Washington State does not advance to the NCAA West Regional in 2001, Williams sees a bright future ahead of his young Cougar squad.
"With the type of competitors we have on this team, we feel like we could have finished even higher in this event. I really don't know what's going to happen as far as the postseason this year, but I do know that all six of these players are going to be back next year, and if we don't make it, that will only motivate them to get even better over the summer."
WSU RESULTS: 358-356-366-359----1439 T9) Dustin White 71-66-76-68----281 18) Jon Reehoorn 69-72-71-72----284 T29) Jeremy Taylor 71-75-70-72----288 T37) Isaac Woods 71-72-75-74----292 T54) Ryan Camp 76-71-77-73----297 60) Roger Flynn 82-78-74-74----308
TEAM RESULTS: 1. USC (1400) 2. Arizona State (1404) 3. Arizona (1408) 4. Washington (1411) 5. UCLA (1430) 6. Stanford (1438) 7. Washington State (1439) 8. Oregon (1440) 9. California (1442) 10. Oregon State (1447)
TOP FIVE INDIVIDUALS: 1. Ricky Barnes, Arizona (268) 2. Hunter Mahan, USC (271) 3. Matt Jones, Arizona State (273) 4. Corey Prugh, Washington (275) T5. Alex Kuyumjian, USC (276) T5. Chris Nallen, Arizona (276)