Second Round Charge Lifts Ducks to Second at Western Intercollegiate

April 8, 2002

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - Senior Brandon Harnden fired a career-low 5-under 65 Monday afternoon to help lead Oregon climb to second place after two rounds of the Western Intercollegiate, played at the 6,445-yard, par 70 Pasatiempo Golf Course.

The Ducks were tied for seventh at 291 after the morning round, but caught fire in the afternoon with a 2-under 278. In addition to Harnden's 65, the Ducks got a 1-under 69 from senior Aaron Byers and an even-par 70 from junior Chris Carnahan, who recovered from his 79 in the morning round.

'We had some pretty strong rounds this afternoon, particularly Brandon Harnden who played very well,' said Oregon coach Steve Nosler. 'We had three real solid rounds.'

Overall, Harnden is tied for sixth at 2-under 138 and Byers is tied for ninth at even-par 140. Harnden's 65 was four strokes better than his previous career low, a 69 at the Northwest Collegiate Classic last September. The Portland, Ore., native is on pace for back-to-back top 10 finishes after tying for eighth at the Oregon Duck Invitational March 25-26. It would also mark just his fourth career top 10 finish.

Oregon's 569 two-round total trails No. 12 Washington's 546 by 23 stokes. No. 12 Fresno State is two shots back of the Ducks in third, while San Jose State is fourth at 572 and Kansas is fifth at 575.

'Washington is just playing unbelievably good golf,' said Nosler. 'If we come out here and play well tomorrow, we have a chance at a very respectable finish. Quite honestly, I would be very pleased if we can hold our current position.'

The Ducks are trying for their third top two finish in as many tournaments. Oregon tied Washington for second at the Cleveland Southwest Invitational March 4-5 and won the Oregon Duck Invitational two weeks ago.

The final round of the Western Collegiate gets underway Tuesday at 8 a.m.

Western Intercollegiate
Pasatiempo Golf Course
Santa Cruz, Calif.
First & Second Rounds
6,445 Yards, Par-70

TEAM SCORES - 1, Washington, 276-270-546. 2, Oregon, 291-278-569. 3, Fresno State, 282-289-571. 4., San Jose State, 289-283-572. 5, Kansas, 290-285-575. 6, Pacific, 288-288-576. 7, UC Irvine, 296-283-579. 8, California, 286-295-581. 9 (tie), Long Beach State, 292-292-584, Cal-State Stanislaus, 291-293-584. 11 (tie), Texas -El Paso, 302-283-585, Nevada, 305-280-585. 13, UC Santa Barbara, 295-292-587. 14, Stanford, 295-298-593. 15, Oregon State, 302-299-601. 16, Santa Clara, 301-307-608. 17, Hawaii, 309-302-611.

TOP TEN INDIVIDUALS - 1, Isaac Weintraub, San Jose State, 66-67-133. 2, Conner Robbins, Washington, 69-65-134. 3 (tie), Brock Mackenzie, Washington, 68-68-136. Travis Hurst, Kansas, 68-68-136. 5, Derek Berg, Washington, 69-68-137. 6 (tie), Brandon Harnden, Oregon, 73-65-138, Chris Marshall, Kansas, 67-71-138. 8, Peter Tomasulo, California, 69-70-139. 9 (tie), Aaron Byers, Oregon 71-69-140, Mike Lavery, UC Irvine, 73-67-140, Stan Mathews, Cal-State Stanislaus, 69-71-140.

OTHER OREGON FINISHERS - 38 (tie), John Ellis, 73-74-147. 41 (tie), Mike Sica, 74-74-148. 47 (tie), Chris Carnahan, 79-70-149.

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