Ducks Edge Cougars by a Stroke to Win Oregon Invitational

March 26, 2002

JUNCTION CITY, Ore. - Chris Carnahan's birdie on the 18th hole lifted Oregon to a one stroke victory over Washington State Tuesday at the Oregon Duck Invitational, played at the 6,738-yard, par-72 Shadow Hills Country Club.

For the third straight round, Oregon was below par as a team, shooting a 6-under 282, to hold off the Cougars. The Ducks finished the tournament at 15-under par 849, one stroke better than WSU, which shot a 280 Tuesday.

'This was a big tournament for us to win,' said Oregon coach Steve Nosler. 'There were some very good schools here and it was critical for us to have a good showing with postseason selections coming up.'

Jason Reehoorn led the Cougars' charge by shooting a 5-under 67 to win the individual title at 10-under 206. UC Davis' Scott Gordon finished second at 8-under 208, while John Poucher of UCLA and Brandon Kearney of San Diego State tied for third at 6-under 210.

Four Oregon golfers finished among the top 11, including Carnahan who tied for fifth at 5-under 211, Aaron Byers and Brandon Harnden who tied for eighth at 3-under 213 and John Ellis who tied for 11th at 2-under 214. All four golfers were under par Tuesday as Carnahan and Harnden each fired 70s, while Byers and Ellis carded 71s.

'We got some good steady play again today,' said Nosler. 'The guys felt comfortable playing even when it got a little tight out there.'

UCLA finished five strokes back of Oregon in third, while Nevada was fifth at 861.

This was the Ducks' second tournament victory of the year. Oregon won the season-opening Northwest Collegiate Classic in September. Tuesday's win came on the heels of a second-place showing two weeks ago at the Cleveland Southwest Invitational in California.

Oregon Duck Invitational
Shadow Hills Country Club
Junction, City, Ore.
Final Round
6,738 Yards, Par-72

TEAM SCORES - 1, Oregon, 286-281-282-849. 2, Washington State, 290-280-280-850. 3, UCLA, 287-285-282-854. 4, Nevada, 288-284-289-861. 5, Stanford, 289-282-292-863. 6, UC Davis, 282-290-293-865. 7, San Diego State, 292-283-295-870. 8, Arizona, 298-287-289-874. 9, Wyoming, 297-295-298-890. 10, Portland State, 294-299-300-893. 11, Hawaii-Hilo, 288-309-297-894. 12, UC Santa Barbara, 302-295-299-896. 13, Hawaii, 300-305-292-897. 14, Oregon State, 304-304-296-904. 15, Colorado State, 305-307-298-910. 16, Portland, 313-306-311-930.

TOP TEN INDIVIDUALS - 1, Jon Reehoorn, Washington State, 70-69-67-206. 2, Scott Gordon, UC Davis, 67-71-70-208. 3 (tie), John Poucher, UCLA, 69-69-72-210, Brandon Kearney, San Diego State, 71-69-70-210. 5 (tie), Chris Carnahan, Oregon, 71-70-70-211, Chris Nallen, Arizona, 77-65-69-211. 7, Dustin White, Washington State, 73-67-72-212. 8 (tie), Aaron Byers, Oregon, 74-68-71-213, Philip Rowe, Stanford, 71-70-72-213, Brandon Harnden, Oregon, 71-72-70-213.

OTHER OREGON FINISHERS - 11 (tie), John Ellis, 72-71-71-214. 41 (tie), Mike Sica, 72-75-75-222. 58 (tie), Chris Heniff, 76-76-75-227. 73 (tie), Jimmy White, 78-70-82-230, 89, Ben Auten, 80-79-82-241.

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