Ducks Climb to 12th after NCAA Regional Second Round

May 17, 2002

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Oregon shot a 292 - tying for the second-lowest round of the day Friday - and climbed up to a tie for 12th after the second round of the NCAA West Regional, being played at the 7,368-yard, par 72 South Champions Course.

Entering Saturday's final round, the Ducks are just three shots out of tenth; the top 10 teams and two individuals from Albuquerque will advance to the NCAA Championships May 29-June 1 in Columbus, Ohio. Oregon entered Friday's round in 16th, six strokes out of the top 10.

The Ducks counted a 71 from John Ellis, a 72 from Chris Carnahan, a 73 from Aaron Byers and a 76 from Mike Sica for a 4-over 292 that was eight strokes lower than their opening round on a day that saw the most of the leaders' scores soar well above par.

Byers, a senior from Albany, Ore., is 1-under for the tournament and is tied for sixth with three other golfers, six shots behind tournament leader Ricky Barnes of Arizona, who was five under Friday and opened up a five-stroke lead on the rest of the field.

Ellis' 71 was a five-stroke improvement over his opening day effort and bettered the lowest round of his career in NCAA regional competition by three strokes. For the tournament, the junior from San Jose was tied for 29th at 3-over 147. Carnahan, a junior from Albany, improved six strokes over his first-day effort and was tied for 59th at 6-over 150.

Nevada-Las Vegas, seeded 17th coming into the regional, used steady play for the second straight day to claim the two-round lead at plus-6 582. The Rebels had a 292 Friday following Thursday's 290. Fresno State moved up a spot to second at 583 following a 293 Friday, while Washington moved up from sixth to third at 584. Arizona and San Diego State were tied for fourth at 585.

First-round leader Texas was 15 strokes over par Friday and fell back to a tie for sixth at 588 along with Minnesota, which was 10-over in the second round, New Mexico and UCLA. Pacific and Pepperdine were tenth at 589, with Oregon and Nevada tied for 12th at 592.

Oregon will be paired with Pacific and Pepperdine for Saturday's final round and will tee off at 8:15 a.m.

NCAA West Regional
South Champions Course
Albuquerque, N.M.
Second Round
7,368 Yards, Par 72

TEAM SCORES - 1, Nevada-Las Vegas, 290-292-582. 2, Fresno State, 290-293-583. 3, Washington, 291-293-584. 4 (tie), Arizona, 292-293-585; San Diego State, 289-296-585. 6 (tie), Minnesota, 290-298-588; New Mexico, 293-295-588; Texas, 285-303-588; UCLA, 296-292-588. 10 (tie), Pacific, 294-295-589; Pepperdine, 292-297-589; 12 (tie), Oregon, 300-292-592; Nevada, 299-293-592; 14, Ohio State, 295-298-593. 15, California, 308-286-594. 16, Texas Tech, 298-297-595. 17, USC, 294-303-597. 18, Washington State, 302-296-598. 19, Stanford, 303-297-600. 20, Brigham Young, 301-300-601. 21, Arizona State, 304-302-606. 22, Illinois State, 301-306-607. 22, Colorado State, 314-296-610. 24 (tie), Detroit, 302-311-613; UC Irvine, 307-306-613. 26 (tie), Central Connecticut State, 313-316-629; Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis, 315-314-629.

TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS - 1, Ricky Barnes, Arizona, 70-67-137. 2 (tie), Jonathon Echols, Fresno State, 70-72-142; Jason Hartwick, Texas, 68-74-142, Justin Smith, Minnesota, 70-72-142; Mark Warman, San Diego State, 72-70-142. 6 (tie), Aaron Byers, Oregon, 70-73-143; Zach Doran, Ohio State, 71-72-143; Ben Scribner, Pacific, 74-69-143; Nick Watney, Fresno State, 74-69-143. 10 (tie), Jason Allred, Pepperdine, 69-75-144; John Merrick, UCLA, 75-69-144; Peter Tomasulo, California, 75-69-144.

OTHER OREGON FINISHERS - 29 (tie), John Ellis, 76-71-145. 59 (tie), Chris Carnahan, 78-72-150. 97 (tie), Mike Sica, 78-76-154. 113 (tie), Brandon Harnden, 76-80-156.

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