Men's Golf Season Ends With Disappointing 18th-Place Finish at West Regional

May 19, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The University of Oregon men's golf team fired an 18-over 306 Saturday and finished a disappointing 18th at the NCAA West Regional, played at the 7,060-yard, par-72 Trysting Tree Golf Course.

The Ducks played the front nine in just 1-over par, but found trouble on nearly hole of the more difficult back nine. As a result, Oregon will not be among the 10 teams advancing to the NCAA Championships May30-June 2 at Duke.

'We needed to be physically and mentally prepared to play at the top of our game, and I'm not sure that we were,' said Oregon coach Steve Nosler. 'We just didn't get the job done.'

John Ellis was Oregon's low golfer on Saturday, firing a 3-over 75. The San Jose, Calif., native finished tied for 49th after rounds of 75-74-75 gave him an 8-over 224. Senior Matt Genovese and junior Aaron Byers each had 76s Saturday. Genovese finished his college career in 92nd place at plus-13 229, while Byers was 67th at plus-10 226. Oregon's Chris Carnahan finished tied for 77th at plus-11 230, while Brandon Harnden was tied for 85th at 12-over 228. Carnahan and Harnden each had 79s Saturday.

The Ducks came into the final round in 14th place and just four strokes out of the top 10 but could not mount a charge. Oregon needed to shoot a 1-under 287 to tie Washington for tenth and force a playoff for the final bid to the NCAA Championships.

'We played much better yesterday under worse conditions to put ourselves in position, but today we could not take advantage of that,' Nosler said. 'I'm very disappointed in our effort.'

Arizona State won its third NCAA West title in four years by firing a 4-over 292 Friday. The Sun Devils finished at 12-under 852 and beat second place Arizona by 15 strokes. The Wildcats were at 3-over 867. The rest of the top 10 who advanced to the NCAA Championships included UC Irvine at 7-over 871, Pacific at 8-over 872, South Carolina at 16-over 880, Oregon State, UCLA and Stanford all at 17-over 881, Wake Forest at 18-over 882 and Washington at 19-over 883.

Nevada-Las Vegas led the second 10 at 22-over 886, followed by USC and San Diego State at 23-over 887, Pepperdine at 26-over 890, Fresno State at 32-over 896, California at 35-over 899, Colorado State at 37-over 901, Oregon at 38-over 902 and Brigham Young and New Mexico tied at 40-over 904.

'We only have one senior in this group so we have four guys coming back,' said Nosler. 'Hopefully this was a less than enjoyable experience for them so it will help focus us for next year and put things back to square one.'

NCAA West Regional
Trysting Tree Golf Course
Corvallis, Ore.
Final Round
7,060 Yards, Par-72

TEAM SCORES - 1, Arizona State, 283-277-292-852. 2, Arizona, 289-289-289-867. 3, UC Irvine, 290-287-294-971. 4, Pacific, 298-293-281-872. 5, South Carolina, 294-298-288-880, 6 (tie), Oregon State, 290-301-290-881, UCLA, 289-298-294-881, Stanford, 284-303-294-881. 9, Wake Forest, 288-302-292-882. 10, Washington, 290-301-292-883. 11, Nevada-Las Vegas, 294-300-292-886. 12 (tie), USC, 298-300-289-887, San Diego State, 289-305-293-887. 14, Pepperdine, 293-299-298-890. 15, Fresno State, 298-301-297-896. 16, California, 302-302-295-899. 17, Colorado State, 297-300-304-901. 18, Oregon, 302-294-306-902. 19 (tie), Brigham Young, 296-307-301-904, New Mexico, 305-299-300-904. 21, Tennessee, 297-316-301-914. 22, Nevada, 302-307-306-915. 23, Austin Peay, 295-310-315-920. 24, Detroit, 295-326-313-934. 25, Navy, 310-311-314-935. 26, Oral Roberts, 312-309-316-937. 27, Weber State, 302-324-317-943.

OREGON FINISHERS - 49 (tie), John Ellis, 75-74-75-224. 67 (tie), Aaron Byers, 76-74-76-226. 77 (tie), Chris Carnahan, 76-72-79-227. 85 (tie), Brandon Harnden, 75-74-79-228. 92 (tie), Matt Genovese, 77-76-76-229.

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