Ducks Hold Six-Stroke Lead Heading Into Tuesday's Final Round

April 2, 2001

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. -- Thanks to the strong play of sophomores Chris Carnahan and John Ellis on Monday, Oregon will take a six-stroke lead into Tuesday's final round of the 55th annual Western Intercollegiate, being played at the 6,445-yard, par-70 Pasatiempo Golf Club. The Western Intercollegiate is the oldest college golf tournament west of the Mississippi.

The Ducks shot a 284-287 for an 11-over par 571 that was six strokes better than Washington's 577. Pacific is third at 579, California is fourth at 582 and San Diego State and UC Irvine are tied for fifth at 585. Stanford and Oregon State are tied for seventh, 17 strokes behind the Ducks. Oregon's first round score was tied for the best of the morning session, and only Washington's 286 edged Oregon's 287 in the afternoon.

'I'm really pleased with the way the boys are playing,' said Oregon coach Steve Nosler. 'The course is playing very tough and there are a lot of good schools here. We need to continue to have all five guys playing well tomorrow.'

Carnahan shot 70-70 for an even-par two-round total of 140. The Albany, Ore., native is fourth, eight strokes behind San Diego State's Lars Johansson. Ellis was nearly as good, carding a 1-over 141 on the day to stand tied for fifth. Senior Matt Genovese was tied for 15th after firing a 5-over 145. Redshirt freshman Mike Sica, playing on the varsity squad for the first time in his career, struggled with a 76 in the opening round, but came back with a 3-over 73 Monday afternoon and is tied for 38th at 149.

The Ducks are trying for their first team title of the 2000-01 season. Oregon has a second and a third place finish this year, but has not won a tournament since the 1999 Oregon Duck Invitational.

'We've been in this position before and haven't got it done,' said Nosler, 'It's time for us to keep the momentum going and win this thing.'

In the morning's opening round, Oregon grabbed a share of the lead with San Diego State and Pacific by shooting a 4-over 284. Four Ducks were in the top 18 of the morning session individually, as Ellis and Carnahan both fired even-par 70s to tie for seventh, while Genovese and junior Aaron Byers were tied for 18th at plus-2. The 284 was Oregon's lowest round since a 283 at the season-opening Northwest Classic in September.

The final 18 holes will begin at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

55th Annual Western Intercollegiate
Pasatiempo Golf Club
Santa Cruz, Calif.
Second Round
6,445 yards, par-70

TEAM SCORES - 1, Oregon, 284-287-571. 2, Washington, 291-286-577. 3, Pacific, 284-295-579. 4, California, 292-290-582. 5 (tie), San Diego State, 284-301-585, UC Irvine, 287-298-585. 7 (tie), Stanford, 293-295-588, Oregon State, 293-295-588. 9, Hawaii, 292-297-589. 10, UC Santa Barbara, 301-289-590. 11 (tie), San Jose State, 298-294-592, Fresno State, 295-297-592. 13, Kansas, 299-296-595. 14, Ohio State, 293-307-600. 15 (tie), Nevada, 294-307-601, Pepperdine, 304-297-601. 17, Long Beach State, 306-304-610. 18, Santa Clara, 301-314-615.

TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS - 1, Lars Johansson, San Diego State, 65-67-132. 2, Jason Higton, Pacific, 136. 3, Daniel Timmons, Fresno State, 69-70-139. 4, Chris Carnahan, Oregon, 70-70-140. 5 (tie), John Ellis, Oregon, 70-71-141, Jeff Wood, UC Santa Barbara, 72-69-141, Corey Prugh, Washington, 73-68-141. 8 (tie), Anthony Arvidson, Oregon State, 73-69-142, Philip Rowe, Stanford, 70-72-142, Peter Tomasulo, California, 68-74-142.

OTHER OREGON FINISHERS - 15 (tie), Matt Genovese, 72-73-145. 38 (tie), Mike Sica, 76-73-149. 45 (tie), Aaron Byers, 72-78-150.

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