Unranked Duck Golfers Upend Seven Ranked Teams at ASU

April 13, 2002

Tempe, Ariz. - The Oregon men's golf team shot its second straight 8-under 280 Saturday to finish fourth at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational, played at the 7,027-yard, par 72 Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz. The Ducks, unranked in this week's Golfweek/Sagarin top 25, finished higher than seven ranked opponents.

'We had a great tournament,' said Oregon coach Steve Nosler. 'This tournament is a who's who of golf and we competed extremely well.'

Chris Carnahan finished third after a 1-over 73 Saturday. The junior from Albany, Ore., was 11-under for the tournament at 205, which included a career-low round of 64 on Friday. It was Carnahan's highest finish since taking second in the season opener - the Northwest Collegiate Classic last September.

Senior Aaron Byers, another Albany native, had a final round 68 and finished tied for 19th at 5-under 211. Junior John Ellis shot a 69 Saturday and tied for 31st at 2-under 214. Senior Chris Heniff, competing as an individual, tied his best round as a collegian with an even-par 72 Saturday.

'There were birdies available out there and we took advantage of those opportunities,' said Nosler. 'The guys just hung in there and played hard all the way.'

No. 7 Texas won the event with a 32-under 832 total, while host Arizona State was second at 26-under 838. No. 24 Pepperdine was third at 25-under 839, while the Ducks shot a 21-under 843.

Oregon finished higher than several nationally ranked teams, including No. 6 Oklahoma State (848), No. 8 Texas Christian (845), No. 9 USC (854), No. 11 Washington (869), No. 17 Oklahoma (856), No. 22 New Mexico (853) and No. 25 Arizona (845).

'It was a real high national caliber tournament,' said Nosler. 'Eleven of our last 12 rounds have been very good. I think we're peaking at the right time.'

Oregon returns to action next weekend in the U.S. Intercollegiate at Stanford, before gearing up for the Pac-10 Tournament April 25-27 at Trysting Tree in Corvallis, Ore.

ASU/Thunderbird Invitational
Final Round
Karsten Golf Course
Tempe, Ariz.
7,027 Yards, Par-72

TEAM SCORES - 1, Texas, 271-276-285-832. 2, Arizona State, 279-279-280-838. 3, Pepperdine, 287-275-277-839. 4, Oregon, 283-280-280-843. 5 (tie), Arizona, 282-281-828-845, Texas Christian, 283-282-280-845. 7, Oklahoma State, 285-276-287-848. 8, Brigham Young, 279-287-284-850. 9, UCLA, 287-283-282-852. 10, New Mexico, 281-280-292-853. 11, Southern California, 280-287-287-854. 12, Oklahoma, 290-281-285-856. 13, Stanford, 291-290-285-866. 14, Washington, 296-285-288-869. 15, Arizona State Maroon, 283-290-299-872. 16, Houston, 299-293-294-886.

TOP TEN INDIVIDUALS - 1, Bret Guetz, Texas Christian, 68-65-67-200. 2, John Klauk, Texas, 67-66-70-203. 3, Chris Carnahan, Oregon, 68-64-73-205. 4 (tie), Randy Creighton, Pepperdine, 73-67-67-207, Par Nilsson, Oklahoma State, 70-65-72-207, Pat Moore, 67-64-76-207. 7 (tie), Scott Hailes, New Mexico, 68-66-74-208, Jim Seki, Stanford, 70-70-68-208, Devin Heid, Brigham Young, 67-74-67-208. 10 (tie), Ricky Barnes, Arizona, 70-69-70-209, Cody Freeman, Oklahoma, 70-68-71-209, J.J. Wall, Texas, 68-70-71-209, David Oh, USC, 69-71-69-209.

OREGON FINISHERS - 19 (tie), Aaron Byers, 71-72-68-211. 31 (tie), John Ellis, 72-73-69-214. 57 (tie), Brandon Harnden, 78-71-70-219. 77 (tie), Chris Heniff, 74-78-72-224. 81, Mike Sica, 72-78-75-225.

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