Ducks Run Away With 55th Annual Western Intercollegiate, Win by 17 Strokes

April 3, 2001

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. -- Oregon shot a 1-under par 279 Tuesday to win the 55th annual Western Intercollegiate in a landslide, played at the 6,445-yard, par-70 Pasatiempo Golf Club. The Ducks, who won a tournament for the first time since the 1999 Oregon Duck Invitational, compiled an 850 three-round total and finished 17 strokes better than second place Washington's 867.

'Our kids came out and played like gang-busters today,' said Oregon head coach Steve Nosler. 'We've been in a position to win before, but it doesn't mean anything until you do it. I just could not be more proud of the way these kids played today.'

Sophomores Chris Carnahan and John Ellis both finished the tournament at even-par 210 and tied for third overall. Ellis, playing near his San Jose, Calif., home, shot a 1-under 69 Tuesday, while Albany's Carnahan carded his third straight par-70 round. Senior Matt Genovese also finished strong, shooting a 1-over 71 Tuesday to tie for 10th at 216, while redshirt freshman Mike Sica, playing in his first tournament on the varsity squad, carded a career-low round of 69 to tie for 17th at 218. Even Oregon's fifth golfer, junior Aaron Byers, had a solid finish with a 2-over 72 Tuesday. The Albany, Ore., native finished the tournament tied for 35th at 222.

'I've said it before that the strength of this team is our balance, and we had four kids finish in the top 17 which is pretty amazing,' said Nosler, whose golfers had scores of 69-69-70-71-72 on Tuesday. 'We came to play and this certainly should give us some confidence going into the final two months of the season.'

The 17-stroke margin of victory was Oregon's largest in nearly a decade. The Ducks won the 1991 Robert Holmes Collegiate Invitational in Stockton, Calif., by 17 strokes over San Jose State. It was also Oregon's first win outside the state of Oregon since the 1996 Lexus Classic in Fresno, Calif.

'This is a really great golf course and a really great tournament,' said Nosler, whose team last won the Western Intercollegiate, the oldest college golf tournament west of the Mississippi, in 1993. 'It is a very good feeling to win it.'

Oregon will face another tough field in its next outing at the Thunderbird Invitational, April 14-15 on the Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz.

55th Annual Western IntercollegiatePasatiempo Golf ClubSanta Cruz, Calif.Final Round6,445 yards, par-70

TEAM SCORES - 1, Oregon, 284-287-279-850. 2, Washington, 291-286-290-867. 3, Kansas, 299-296-277-872. 4, Pacific, 284-295-297-876. 5, California, 292-290-295-877. 6, UC Irvine, 287-298-295-880. 7 (tie), Pepperdine, 304-297-281-882, Stanford, 293-295-294-882. 9, Oregon State, 293-295-296-884. 10 (tie), San Jose State, 298-294-293-885, Fresno State, 295-297-293-885. 12, Hawaii, 292-297-302-891. 13, UC Santa Barbara, 301-289-302-892. 14, San Diego State, 284-301-311-896, 15, Nevada, 294-307-298-889. 16, Ohio State, 293-307-301-901. 17, Long Beach State, 306-304-294-904. 18, Santa Clara, 301-314-304-919.

TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS - **1, Lars Johansson, San Diego State, 65-67-74-206. 2, Jason Higton, Pacific, 71-65-70-206. 3 (tie), Chris Carnahan, Oregon, 70-70-70-210, John Ellis, Oregon, 70-71-69-210. 5, Anthony Arvidson, Oregon State, 73-69-70-212. 6, Russ Nygard, Hawaii, 72-73-69-214. 7 (tie), Jeff Wood, UC Santa Barbara, 72-69-74-215, Michael Beard, Pepperdine, 77-73-65-215, Eric Wand, UC Irvine, 70-74-71-215. 10 (tie), Matt Genovese, Oregon, 72-73-71-216, Andy Stewart, Kansas, 74-76-66-216, Corey Prugh, Washington, 73-68-75-216, Walter Chun, California, 75-73-68-216, Brock Mackenzie, Washington, 68-77-71-216.

**won in playoff

OTHER OREGON FINISHERS - 17 (tie), Mike Sica, 76-73-69-218. 35 (tie), Aaron Byers, 72-78-72-222.

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