Men's Golf Finishes Fall Slate at Palm Desert
Nov. 5, 2000
WHAT'S ON TAP: The Oregon men's golf team finishes the fall portion of its schedule at the Prestige at Palm Desert, Monday and Tuesday in Palm Desert, Calif. Stanford and UC Davis are co-hosts of the tournament that will be played on the 7,056-yard, par-72 Desert Willow course. The tournament will be a play-six, count-four format with two rounds Monday and the final one Tuesday. Senior T.J. Duncan makes a return to the lineup after working the kinks out of his game. He sat out Oregon's last two events. So far on the year, Oregon has produced individual medalists in two tournaments and three top-five team finishes.
THE FIELD: No. 7 Northwestern, and the sixth-ranked individual in the nation -- Luke Donald, highlight the 15-team field. The rest of the tourney includes UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, Colorado, Oregon, Pacific, Pepperdine, Rice, Stanford, UCLA, Vanderbilt, Washington and Yale.
OREGON PROBABLE STARTERS
Chris Carnahan So.-1V Albany, Ore. (West Albany HS)John Ellis So.-TR San Jose, Calif. (Gavilan CC)Brandon Harnden Jr.-1V Portland, Ore. (Lincoln HS)Aaron Byers Jr.-1V Albany, Ore. (Linn Benton CC)Matt Genovese Sr.-1V Boulder, Colo. (Boulder HS)T.J. Duncan Sr.-1V Carson City, Nev. (Nevada)
NOSLER QUOTES: 'We have a nice balance of experience going to this tournament with two seniors, two juniors and two sophomores. I like the group we have going down and I think we have a chance for a real good solid tournament. We did a little more individual practice this week than we normally do to work on some mental things, but we've got a lot of guys playing pretty well right now.'
RESULTS: Results will be available online at www.goducks.com at approximately 8:00 p.m. each night.
PEPPERDINE INVITATIONAL RECAP: The Ducks salvaged a fifth-place finish thanks to a final round 72 from Brandon Harnden and a 73 from Chris Carnahan Oct. 9-10 at the Pepperdine Invitational. Harnden and Aaron Byers tied for 13th overall at plus-7, while Carnahan tied for 20th at 10-over. John Ellis tied for 25th at 11-over. The Ducks rallied with the third-lowest score of the final round (298) to climb three spots and run their string of regular season top-five finishes to nine straight tournaments dating back to last spring.
HUSKY INVITATIONAL RECAP: Sophomore John Ellis, competing in his first tournament as a Duck, won the Husky Invitational by defeating Washington's Joey Ramos on the first playoff hole Sept. 25-26 at Trophy Lake Country Club in Port Orchard, Wash. Ellis shot a one-over 217 to help Oregon finish second at 1108, besting six other Pac-10 teams, including Washington (1115), UCLA (1122), Washington State (1127), California (1127), Oregon State (1133) and Stanford (1136). Pepperdine won the tournament with a 1103. Brandon Harnden had his best finish as a Duck, tying for fifth at 220. Chris Carnahan (222) and Matt Genovese (224) also finished in the top 20.
NORTHWEST CLASSIC RECAP: Sophomore Chris Carnahan won the first tournament of his college career by shooting a 7-under par 203 at the Northwest Classic Sept. 11-12 at Trysting Tree in Corvallis, Ore. Carnahan shared the lead after two rounds and then shot a 68 on the final day to win the tournament by a stroke. Senior Matt Genovese had his finest day as a Duck, tying for fifth at minus-4. The senior from Boulder, Colo. had just one top-30 finish in eight career tournaments prior to the Northwest Classic. Three other Duck golfers also finished in the top 25, including Aaron Byers at 11th (208), John Ellis at 19th (211) and Brandon Harnden at 24th (212). As a team, the Ducks finished fifth, 13 strokes behind Nevada.
NOSLER NOTES: Now in his ninth year as head coach of the Ducks is Oregon graduate (1959) Steve Nosler. Nosler has guided the Ducks to the NCAA West Regional five times (1993, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000) and consecutive NCAA Championship appearances (1998 and 1999). During the 1999-2000 season, Nosler guided Oregon to six top-five finishes (eight top-10), including a second place finish at both the Husky Intercollegiate and the Oregon Invitational. The Ducks also claimed fourth at the Pacific-10 Championships. He guided the Ducks to three tournament titles in 1998-99 and 10 top-five finishes, including a third-place at the Pac-10's and a fifth at the NCAA West Regional. Highlighting the 1996-97 season was his being named Pac-10 coach of the year in a vote by his peers.
HOMEGROWN TALENT: Dating back to Peter Jacobsen and continuing with Ben Crane, the success of Oregon's golf program has always been rooted in attracting the top prep players from Oregon's high school ranks. The 2000-01 season is no exception as eight state natives are on the roster including top golfers Chris Carnahan and Aaron Byers of Albany, prep phenom Jimmy White and Tom Connor from Eugene, Bend's Brad Mombert and Rose City area natives Brandon Harnden (Portland), Chris Heniff (Beaverton) and Geoff Horton (Tualatin).
WHO'S BACK: Oregon returns five lettermen from 1999-2000, including the No. 2 golfer of a year ago, sophomore Chris Carnahan. Senior T.J. Duncan had the squad's fourth-best scoring average a year ago, while junior Aaron Byers was fifth, junior Brandon Harnden was sixth and senior Matt Genovese was seventh. The Ducks also return sophomores Tom Connor and Geoff Horton who saw limited action in 1999-2000. Byers, Carnahan and Duncan all played in the 2000 West Regional.
WHO'S GONE: The Ducks lost seniors Ryan Lavoie and Andrew Tredway to graduation. Lavoie, who led Oregon in scoring average, played in all 13 tournaments last season, while Tredway appeared in 11 and ranked third in scoring average. Sophomore Ford Montgomery also did not return to the squad. The walk-on played in just two tournaments last year.
WWW.GODUCKS.COM: Web surfers can find golf releases and results on the University of Oregon Athletic Department website (www.goducks.com). The Pac-10 Conference also maintains a web site featuring information on all of its member schools (www.pac-10.org).