April 26, 2000
Tempe, Ariz.--- Washington State sophomore Jeremy Taylor (West Richland, Wash.) wrapped up a solid spring season by placing 25th at the Pac-10 Championship. The big story from Tempe, however, was host school Arizona State's conference-record, 56-under par victory.
Led by tournament champion Paul Casey, the Sun Devils grabbed their sixth consecutive conference championship, beating second place Oregon State by 37 strokes. With his dominating 23-under par performance, Casey snared his third consecutive individual title, the only player in conference history to accomplish that feat. Oregon State's Tim Mickelson, brother of PGA star Phil Mickelson, finished 10 strokes back in second.
Despite posting their best team scores of the spring season, Washington State couldn't keep pace with a field that featured nine teams ranked in the top-50 in the nation. Taylor earned his fifth top-25 finish of the year by shooting a one-over par 289. Freshman Dustin White (Pueblo West, Colo.) shot a three-over par 291 in his first Pac-10 Championship, tying for 30th.
Outside of senior Eric Toomey (Snohomish, Wash.), who finished with a four-round score of 301, the Cougars entered Tempe with only two appearances in the conference championship between five players. Taylor and sophomore Jon Reehoorn (Burlington, Wash.), who carded a 295 and tied for 36th, were the only other players with any experience in the Pac-10 Championship.
Washington State finished 10th in the Pac-10 for the fourth consecutive year. Taylor, Reehoorn, White, sophomore Roger Flynn (Boise, Idaho) and freshman Matt McGeeney (San Pedro, Calif.) will join a promising recruiting class next year as part of head coach Walt Williams'ongoing rebuilding project.
WSU RESULTS: 365-374-359-368----1466 T25) Jeremy Taylor 70-74-72-73----289 T30) Dustin White 71-76-70-74----291 T36) Jon Reehoorn 74-76-70-73----293 T43) Matt McGeeney 74-72-76-73----295 T48) Roger Flynn 76-76-73-75----300 T50) Eric Toomey 76-76-74-75----301
TOP FIVE PLAYERS: (1) Paul Casey, Arizona State, 265 (2) Tim Mickelson, Oregon State, 275 (3) Ricky Barnes, Arizona 278, John Lepak, Oregon State 278 (5) Jonas Runnquist, Arizona State, 279, Travis Johnson, UCLA 279
TEAM RESULTS: (1) Arizona State, 1384 (2) Oregon State, 1421 (3) California, 1428 (4) Oregon, 1432 (5) Arizona, 1443 (6) Stanford, 1448 (7) Washington, 1450 (8) UCLA, 1455 (9) USC, 1457 (10) Washington State 1466