April 27, 2001
STANFORD, Calif. --- The Washington State men's golf team came into the Pac-10 Championship knowing they would have to beat several of their conference foes in order to be considered for a postseason bid. They took a big step towards that on Friday.
Led by sophomore Dustin White, who fired a second round 66 and is tied for fifth, the Cougars ended the first two rounds at the Stanford Golf Course in seventh place, including a 13-stroke edge on Oregon and a 16-shot advantage on Oregon State.
Southern California is the early leader in the 42nd conference tournament. The Trojans own a four-shot lead over Arizona State. Arizona is in third place, 10 strokes behind Southern California.
"We have struggled early in tournaments all year," head coach Walt Williams said. "The guys all talked about being focused not just today, but throughout the tournament, and that attitude seemed to pay off today."
White missed the school record by one stroke with his 66, and is six strokes behind Arizona's Ricky Barnes on the individual leader board. The Colorado transplant tied the school mark with a 65 in September.
"Dustin must like the Pac-10 Championship," Williams said. "He played very well last year as a freshman, so it doesn't surprise me to see him up near the top."
Reehoorn fired a first round 69, then followed that up with a 72 in the second. The Burlington, Wash., native is tied for 19th.
"Jon performed very well today," Williams said. "It wouldn't surprise me to see him go even lower in this tournament. He is one of the leaders on this team, and that's what you expect from your leaders."
Freshman Isaac Woods shot a 71-72--143 and is tied for 28th. Jeremy Taylor backed that up with a 146 and is knotted at 35th. Ryan Camp rounded out the scoring for the Cougars, shooting a 147. The Spokane freshman is tied for 44th.
"We can't be happy or content with what we did today," Williams said. "As well as we played today, we are still in seventh. I think we can move further up but we absolutely have to stay focused. We are a young team, but I think we have the maturity to do that."
The third round in Stanford begins at 8 a.m. Saturday.
WSU RESULTS: 358-356--714 T5) Dustin White 71-66--137 T19) Jon Reehoorn 69-72--141 T28) Isaac Woods 71-72--143 T35) Jeremy Taylor 71-75--146 T44) Ryan Camp 76-71--147 60) Roger Flynn 82-78--160
TEAM RESULTS: 1. USC (693) 2. Arizona State (697) 3. Arizona (703) 4. UCLA (704) 5. Washington (707) 6. Stanford (709) 7. Washington State (714) 8. California (715) 9. Oregon (727) 10. Oregon State (730)
TOP FIVE INDIVIDUALS: 1. Ricky Barnes, Arizona (131) 2. Chris Nallen, Arizona (134) 3. Matt Jones, Arizona State, Nick Jones, USC (135) 5. Dustin White, Washington State, Three others (137)