Ellis One Shot Out of First at Alister MacKenzie Invitational

Oct. 14, 2002

FAIRFAX, Calif. - Oregon's John Ellis was tied for second, one stroke out of the lead, when second round play was suspended due to darkness at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational, Monday at the par 71, 6,585-yard Meadow Club.

Ellis, a senior from San Jose, Calif., shot a career-low 65 in the first round and trailed leader Mike Lavery of UC Irvine by just one stroke. The 65 was three lower than Ellis' previous best, a 68 he first carded as a sophomore and later matched as a junior, and one off the school record of 64.

As a team, the Ducks stood eighth at 282 as several teams were bunched behind first-round leader UC Irvine's 272. San Francisco followed at 273, UCLA was next at 274, with Fresno State (275), California (278), Colorado (278), Northwestern (281) and Oregon all within 10 strokes of the lead.

Juniors Mike Sica and Jimmy White were also in the top 40 for the Ducks. Sica, from nearby San Francisco, Calif., was tied for 32nd at 71, while White, a South Eugene grad making his season debut, was tied for 37th at 72. Senior Chris Carnahan of Albany, Ore., and freshman Justin St. Clair of Springfield, Ore., were tied for 49th at 74.

The second round will be completed Tuesday morning beginning at 8 a.m. before final round play gets underway.

Alister MacKenzie Invitational
Meadow Club
Fairfax, Calif.
First Round
6,585 Yards, Par-71

TEAM SCORES - 1, UC Irvine, 272. 2, San Francisco, 273. 3, UCLA, 274. 4, Fresno State, 275. 5, California, 276. 6, Colorado, 278. 7, Northwestern, 281. 8, Oregon, 282. 9, Oregon State, 285. 10 (tie), Pacific, 287; Nevada, 287. 12, Washington, 288. 13, UC Santa Barbara, 293. 14, Stanford, 295. 16, Washington State, 297. 17, Long Beach State, 298.

TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS - 1, Mike Lavery, UC Irvine, 64. 2 (tie) John Ellis, Oregon, 65; Robert Frye, San Francisco, 65. 4 (tie), Jeff Hood, California, 66; Steve Conway, UCLA, 66; Ryan McDonald, Fresno State, 66; Tom Samereaux, San Francisco, 66. 8 (tie), Nick Watney, Fresno State, 67; Ron Won, Stanford, 67.

OTHER OREGON FINISHERS - 32 (tie), Mike Sica, 71. 37 (tie), Jimmy White, 72. 49 (tie), Chris Carnahan, 74; Justin St. Clair, 74.

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