Men's Golf Heads to Pepperdine
Oct. 5, 2001
WHAT'S ON TAP: The famous Saticoy Country Club in Somis, Calif., plays host to the 2001 Pepperdine Club Glove Intercollegiate Monday, Oct. 8 and Tuesday, Oct. 9. Teams will play 36 holes Monday and 18 Tuesday on a par-72, 6,883-yard lay out.
THE FIELD: Oregon joins 11 teams in a competitive field. Last year's tournament champion, New Mexico, is not returning to defend, but runner-up San Diego State and third-place finisher Long Beach State are among the dozen teams. The other nine schools are Alabama-Birmingham, California, UC Santa Barbara, Colorado, Colorado State, Fresno State, Oregon State, host Pepperdine, San Jose State and Southeastern Louisiana.
OREGON PROBABLE STARTERS
John Ellis Jr.-1V San Jose, Calif. (Gavilan CC)Aaron Byers Sr.-2V Albany, Ore. (Linn-Benton CC)Chris Carnahan Jr.-2V Albany, Ore. (West Albany HS)Brandon Harnden Sr.-2V Portland, Ore. (Lincoln HS)Chris Heniff Sr.-SQ Beaverton, Ore. (Portland State)
NOSLER QUOTES: 'It's a very good field and a very good course. We need to focused from the get-go and get off to a good start. We've got a good group going down there and I've got a lot of confidence in them. Hopefully, we will have learned from the mistakes we made last week and play to the level we are capable of.'
LAST YEAR'S PEPPERDINE INTERCOLLEGIATE: The Ducks salvaged a fifth-place finish thanks to a final round 72 from Brandon Harnden and a 73 from Chris Carnahan at Oct. 9-10, 2000. 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.
RESULTS: Results will be available on-line at www.goducks.com by approximately 8:00 p.m. each night.
NOSLER NOTES: Now in his 10th year as head coach of the Ducks is Oregon graduate (1959) Steve Nosler. Nosler has guided the Ducks to the NCAA West Regional six times (1993, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001) and consecutive NCAA Championship appearances (1998 and 1999). The Ducks have recorded six top five finishes in each of the last two years. In 2000-01, Oregon won the Western Intercollegiate, took second at the Husky Invitational and claimed third at the Oregon Duck Invitational. He guided the Ducks to three tournament titles in 1998-99 and a third-place showing at the Pac-10's and a fifth at the NCAA West Regional. Highlighting the 1996-97 season was his being named Pacific-10 Conference coach of the year in a vote by his peers.
HUSKY INVITATIONAL RECAP: Oregon rallied in the final round to finish fifth at the Husky Invitational, played Oct. 1-2 at the 7,035-yard, par-72 Olympic Course at Gold Mountain. The Ducks shot a final-round 375, the fourth-lowest round of the day, and finished at 1,122. Oregon entered the final round in seventh, but climbed over Oregon State, which finished ninth at 1,130, and Colorado to finish in the top half of the field. Washington won the tournament at 1,099, followed by Washington State at 1,106, Nevada at 1,109 and defending champion Pepperdine at 1,113. Defending individual champion John Ellis of Oregon had a 1-over par 73 Tuesday, but still held on for fourth, finishing at even-par for the tournament. Senior Aaron Byers had the low round of the day for the Ducks with a 1-under 71 and tied for fifth overall at 1-over.
NORTHWEST COLLEGIATE CLASSIC RECAP: Playing mere hours after the terrorist attacks on the United States on Sept. 11, a subdued Oregon squad found a way to concentrate on the task at hand and fired a final round 6-under par 278 to defeat Washington State by 12 strokes at the 6,693-yard, par-71 Mallard Creek Golf Course. It was the Ducks' first outright Northwest win since 1991. Oregon tied UCLA and Washington for the 1998 title. Defending individual champion Chris Carnahan, a junior from nearby Albany, could not defend his individual title, but led the Duck charge with a tournament-low final round of 6-under 65. He finished second at minus-6, two strokes behind champion Sean Deacon of Oregon State. Senior Aaron Byers, another Albany native, matched his best finish as a collegian, tying for third at 3-under following a final round 70, while senior Brandon Harnden recorded his best finish in nearly a year, tying for eighth at 1-under. Sophomore Jimmy White from Eugene had the best tournament of his young career, tying for 12th at even par. Oregon finished with a three-round total of 843, followed by Washington State at 855, Oregon State at 856, Long Beach State at 858 and Texas-Arlington at 861.
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 top prep players from Oregon's high school ranks. That tradition continues for the 2001-02 season as eight of the 11 players on the roster are state natives, including Chris Carnahan and Aaron Byers of Albany, Jimmy White and Chris Dukeminier from Eugene, Justin St. Clair of Springfield, Kyle Johnson of Bend and Rose City area natives Brian Harnden (Portland) and Chris Heniff (Beaverton).
SIX OF TOP SEVEN RETURN FOR 2001-02: Oregon returns six of its top seven golfers for the 2001-02 season. They include seniors Aaron Byers and Brandon Harnden, juniors Chris Carnahan and John Ellis and sophomores Mike Sica and Jimmy White. In addition, the Ducks return squad members Chris Heniff, a senior who had a great 2001 summer and has positioned himself for a starting nod in 2002, and junior Ben Auten.
WHO'S GONE: The Ducks only lose two letterman from the 2000-01 team, seniors Matt Genovese and T.J. Duncan. Genovese, a Boulder Colo., native ranked fourth on the squad in scoring (74.6) and played in all but one tournament. Duncan, from Carson City, Nev., saw action in four tournaments early in the season. Oregon also loses a pair of squad members, sophomores Tom Connor, who appeared in just one tournament, and Geoff Horton.
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).