Oregon Golfers White, Ellis Honored by Pac-10
May 1, 2001
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - University of Oregon women's golfer Jerilyn White and men's golfer John Ellis have been named to their respective all-Pac-10 second teams, the conference announced Tuesday.
White, a senior who is ranked 27th in the nation in the latest MasterCard Collegiate Golf rankings, becomes just the second Duck woman named to the conference's first or second squad, joining All-American Paula Patterson who was a first team member in 1997 and a second-teamer in 1998.
White, a Salem, Ore., native and the 1996 state prep champion at McNary High School, finished ninth with a 4-over 220 at the Pac-10 Championships, April 23-25 in Tempe, Ariz. It was White's seventh straight top 20 finish of the spring and third top 10 finish in 2000-01. Among those top 10s was a win at the April 13-14 Peg Barnard California Collegiate at Stanford where she had a career-low round of 4-under par 68. It was also the third straight year that White has finished in the top 10 at the Pac-10 tournament. She was ninth last year and sixth as a sophomore in 1999.
'That's a really great accomplishment because there are so many good golfers in the Pac-10,' said Oregon head coach Shannon Rouillard. 'She's been playing really well and consistent all spring and this is a great reward for all her hard work.'
Ellis' selection marks the fourth straight year the Ducks have placed someone on the Pac-10's first or second team. The sophomore from San Jose who transferred to Oregon from Gavilan Community College won the 2000 Husky Invitational by shooting a 1-over 217 in just his second tournament at the Division I level. Ellis had eight top 20 finishes this season and three top 10s. Most recently, he tied for 19th at last week's Pac-10 Championships at Stanford with a 2-over 285.
Ellis becomes the 23rd Oregon men's golfer all-time to be honored by the Pac-10. Including Ellis, four Ducks have been honored in the last four years including Ben Crane and Ryan Lavoie in 1998, Adrian Burtner in 1999 and Lavoie again in 2000.
'John is a really talented golfer and he's only a sophomore so he's just beginning to scratch the surface of his full potential,' said Oregon men's coach Steve Nosler. 'I expect really great things out of John as we close out this year and for the next two years.'
Both the men's and women's teams are preparing for the NCAA West Regionals, which will be held at Trysting Tree in Corvallis, Ore. The women's tournament is May 10-12, while the men's follows one week later.