MacKenzie Wins Springhill Amateur

May 22, 2002

ALBANY, Ore. - -

Oregon State golfer Cameron MacKenzie won the Springhill Amateur on Sunday after a playoff with OSU teammate Brian Kelley.

The top three finishers were Beavers, with MacKenzie, Kelley and Todd Deacon filling the top of the leaderboard.

The amateur event, played at the par-72 Springhill Country Club, is not a NCAA event.

Both MacKenzie and Kelley tallied scores of 6-under 138. MacKenzie shot 70-68, and Kelley 67-71. Todd Deacon, who completed his eligibility this year, was one stroke back at 139.

MacKenzie, who redshirted this season as a sophomore and will undergo surgery on his wrist later this month, was able to play through the discomfort.

'It's been a long year with this wrist injury,' MacKenzie said. 'I came into the season thinking that I would rest and it would heal in five months, but it hasn't. I've been from one doctor to another and had every test you can imagine, which has taken forever.

'I wanted to play in a tournament and get back into competition before surgery, so it was definitely good to do that. Over the course of the 36 holes, I took about 11 Advil. It's not too bad, just a little achy.

MacKenzie credited a strong mental game with his ability to play well after a long layoff.

'This just proves that the mental side of the game is key, because I hit about 10 range balls over the weekend and maybe 100 over the season.'

Other Oregon State players that competed were Chance Holmes and David Williams, along with transfers Bryce Fisher and Chad Sawyer.

MacKenzie's win marks the third consecutive Springhill Amateur won by an OSU player; Todd Deacon won in 2000, and Bryan Geiberger in 1999. The tournament was not played last year.

Springhill Amateur (par 72, 36 holes)

1. Cameron MacKenzie, 70-68-138 *won in playoff

2. Brian Kelley, 67-71-138

3. Todd Deacon, 70-69--139

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