Three Sign With Men's Golf
Nov. 29, 2001
EUGENE - Oregon men's golf coach Steve Nosler has signed three high school players to national letters of intent to compete for the Ducks next season, including the younger brother of one of Oregon's best golfers in recent years.
Gregg LaVoie, the younger brother of two-time all-Pac-10 golfer Ryan LaVoie, joins Matt Amen and Dustin Pewarchuk in the Ducks' fall recruiting class.
LaVoie, from Pasco, Wash., became the youngest player ever to qualify for a BUY.com tour event when he made the field for the the Tri-City Open at age 15. He finished fourth in the 2001 Oregon Golf Association stoke play tournament. Last year, LaVoie finished second at the OGA stroke play and eighth in the Washington State amateur event. He also finished second at the Washington AAAA high school tournament.
LaVoie's brother, Ryan, competed for the Ducks from 1997-2000 and won five tournaments on the way to all-conference selections in 1998 and 2000. He also had the team's lowest scoring average as a senior.
Pewarchuk, from Victoria, B.C., is one of the top prep golfers in British Columbia. He finished fifth at the 2001 Junior America Cup and led his B.C. team to the overall championship. The Canadians set a Junior America Cup record for low score.
He also finished second in the British Columbia Junior Golf Association Order of Merit tournament and 10th in the Royal Canadian Junior Golf Association Order of Merit tournament. Pewarchuk became just the second golfer in history to represent B.C. as a junior on the Provincial Amateur four-man team that competed nationally for the Willingdon Cup.
Amen, from Anaheim Hill, Calif., is an eight-time winner on the Southern California Junior Golf Association tour. He also represented Southern California on the 1999 Hogan Cup team. He is a two-time Olympic League MVP and is a three-time member of that league's all-first team.
'I'm very pleased with the incoming group,' said Nosler. 'They will be a nice addition to what will be a fairly young team. I won't be surprised if some of them come in and contribute right away as freshmen.'