Oregon Takes Three Stroke Lead into Final Round

March 25, 2002

JUNCTION CITY, Ore. - The University of Oregon recorded consecutive rounds below par to take a three stroke lead after two rounds of the Oregon Duck Invitational, Monday at the 6,738-yard, par-72 Shadow Hills Country Club.

The Ducks shot 286-281 for a 567 total that was 9-under par. Washington State was next at 570, including the Cougars' tournament-low 280 in the second round. Stanford was third at 571, while UCLA, Nevada and UC Davis were tied for fourth at 572.

'There are a lot of awfully good teams here and most of them are playing well,' said Oregon coach Steve Nosler. 'It's going to be a shootout tomorrow. It will probably come down to the last couple of holes. No one is going to run away with this thing.'

Chris Carnahan was one of four Ducks among the tournament's top 15 finishers through two rounds. The junior from Albany, Ore., fired a 3-under 141 and is tied for seventh. Senior and fellow Albany, Ore., native Aaron Byers is one stroke back at 142, while junior John Ellis and senior Brandon Harnden are tied for 15th at 143.

'You know you're doing well when you have four players in the top 15,' said Nosler. 'We've got five guys playing fairly well right now. We played like that in our last tournament, so I believe we'll be able to keep ourselves in the hunt. We're not afraid to go out there and shoot some good numbers.'

Individually, John Poucher of UCLA and Scott Gordon of UC Davis were tied for the second round lead at 6-under 138. Poucher had rounds of 69-69, while Gordon went 67-71. Jon Reehoorn of Washington State and Cullen Brasfield of Nevada were a stroke off the pace at 139. The low round of the day went to Arizona's Chris Nallen, who had a second round 65. Overall, Nallen was tied for ninth at 142.

The tournament concludes with a final round Tuesday beginning at 8 a.m.

Oregon Duck Invitational
Shadow Hills Country Club
Junction, City, Ore.
First & Second Rounds
6,738 Yards, Par-72

TEAM SCORES - 1, Oregon, 286-281-567. 2, Washington State, 290-280-570. 3, Stanford, 289-282-571. 4 (tie), UC Davis, 282-290-572, UCLA, 287-285-572, Nevada, 288-284-572. 7, San Diego State, 292-283-575. 8, Arizona, 298-287-585. 9, Wyoming, 297-295-592. 10, Portland State, 294-299-593. 11 (tie), Hawaii-Hilo, 288-309-597, UC Santa Barbara, 302-295-597. 13, Hawaii, 300-305-605. 14, Oregon State, 304-304-608. 15, Colorado State, 305-307-612. 16, Portland, 313-306-619.

TOP TEN INDIVIDUALS - 1 (tie), John Poucher, UCLA, 69-69-138, Scott Gordon, UC Davis, 67-71-138. 3 (tie), Jon Reehoorn, Washington State, 70-69-139, Cullen Brasfield, Nevada, 68-71-139. 5 (tie), Dustin White, Washington State, 73-67-140, Brandon Kearney, San Diego State, 71-69-140. 7 (tie), Philip Rowe, Stanford, 71-70-141, Chris Carnahan, Oregon, 71-70-141. 9 (tie), Aaron Byers, Oregon, 74-68-142, Chris Nallen, Arizona, 77-65-142, Blake Mastalir, Stanford, 72-70-142, Mike Haack, Nevada, 73-69-142, Kurt Kowaluk, Wyoming, 72-70-142, Lars Johansson, San Diego State, 74-68-142.

OTHER OREGON FINISHERS - 34 (tie), Mike Sica, 72-75-147. 42 (tie), Jimmy White, 78-70-142, 57 (tie), Chris Heniff, 76-76-152. 84 (tie), Ben Auten, 80-79-159.

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