Mitchell Gillis Signs Letter Of Intent To Play Golf For OSU

April 11, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

Mitchell Gillis, from Williams Lake, British Columbia, has signed a letter of intent to play golf for Oregon State beginning in the fall of 2002, head coach Brian Watts announced Thursday.

Gillis, who has been very competitive in American Junior Golf Association Tournaments as well as Canadian junior events, captained the Canadian America's Cup Team that won the America's Cup championship in 2001.

'We're extremely excited to sign Mitch, he's a quality kid,' Watts said. 'He's an extremely hard worker. He may be a little inexperienced in tournament play due to where he lives, but he's very coachable, is passionate about the game, and wants to compete at the next level. As a coach, those are things you look for.'

Gillis' strength lies in his wedge game from 100 yards and in, according to Watts, but he also is long off the tee and is in great physical condition.

'He's very excited to compete,' Watts said. 'He's just everything you could ask for in a recruit. He wants to make a commitment to the game and to OSU, and wants to work hard. His work ethic is incredible - he gets up at 5:30 in the morning to work out. He'll do whatever it takes.'

Gillis comes from an athletic family, as his mother is a former professional ice skater who now coaches professionally, and his sister plays golf for a school on the East Coast.

Gillis is the only golfer signing with OSU during the late signing period. Kenny Coakley, from Lakewood, Colorado, signed in the fall.

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