Men's Golf Wraps Fall Schedule at Palm Desert
Nov. 4, 2001
WHAT'S ON TAP: The Oregon men's golf team finishes the fall portion of its schedule at the Prestige at Palm Desert, Monday, Nov. 5 and Tuesday, Nov. 6 in Palm Desert, Calif. UC Davis hosts the tournament that will be played on the 7,056-yard, par-72 Desert Willow course.
THE FIELD: The strongest field of the year to date awaits the Ducks at Palm Desert. No. 8 Texas Christian is the highest ranked team with No. 17 Washington and No. 21 Pepperdine also in the field. The remainder of the 19-team event includes Air Force, British Columbia, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, Colorado, North Carolina, Northwestern, Oregon, Pacific, Rice, San Diego, Stanford, UCLA and Yale.
OREGON PROBABLE STARTERS
John Ellis Jr.-1V San Jose, Calif. (Gavilan CC)Chris Carnahan Jr.-2V Albany, Ore. (West Albany HS)Aaron Byers Sr.-2V Albany, Ore. (Linn-Benton CC)Brandon Harnden Sr.-2V Portland, Ore. (Lincoln HS)Jimmy White So.-SQ Eugene, Ore. (South Eugene HS)
NOSLER QUOTES: 'We have four guys who payed in this event last year and have a good knowledge of the course. It's a pretty fair golf course. It will keep you honest, but it won't trick you. The field is by far the best we have seen this year. You have three or four teams who have already won a tournament and you have representation from all over the country. What we want to do is end on a favorable note. We want to keep moving in a positive direction heading into the off-season.'
LAST YEAR'S PEPPERDINE INTERCOLLEGIATE: Oregon closed out the fall season with a ninth-place finish at the Prestige at Palm Desert in Palm Desert, Calif. Chris Carnahan and Aaron Byers were the top finishers for the Ducks, tying for 29th at 6-over par 222. As a team, Oregon was in a position to rally for a top-five finish after rounds of 292 and 288. But a final round 299 left UO in ninth at 879, 24 strokes back of first place Northwestern's 855.
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.
PEPPERDINE INTERCOLLEGIATE RECAP: John Ellis had a final round 1-over 73 to help Oregon finish in a tie for fifth at the Pepperdine Club Glove Intercollegiate, played Oct. 8-9 at the 6,884-yard, par-72 Saticoy Country Club. It was the third straight top-five finish of the fall for the Ducks. Ellis finished the tournament tied for seventh at plus-5. Chris Carnahan tied for ninth at 222 after closing with an even-par 72 Tuesday. Aaron Byers tied for 33rd at 229. In the team competition, Pepperdine cruised to a 17 stroke victory at 874. Fresno State was second at 891, followed by Colorado State at 899, San Diego State at 902 and three teams - Oregon, California and Alabama-Birmingham - tied for fifth at 905.
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).