Oregon Men's Golf Signs Three

Nov. 19, 2002

EUGENE, Ore. - The University of Oregon men's golf team has signed three players to National Letters of Intent, head coach Steve Nosler announced Tuesday.

Ted Whitney, a senior at Eugene's Sheldon High School, will join Spokane, Wash., natives Eric Hastings and Mathew Jorgensen on the UO team next season.

'I'm especially pleased with the group of young golfers we have signed for next season,' said Nosler. 'They have very strong junior golf resumes and they are all very good students.'

Hastings and Jorgensen are both seniors at Mead High School in Spokane. Hastings is a four-time Washington junior district champion and finished fifth at the 2002 junior state championships. He was the captain of Washington's Hogan Cup and Junior America Cup teams. The two-time all-Greater Spokane League first teamer is the youngest of a three brothers who will all play at the Division I level. His oldest brother Andy played at Stanford, while another brother Michael currently plays for Notre Dame.

Jorgensen is a three-time all-GSL first team honoree and was that league's most valuable player his sophomore year with a 70.75 stroke average. He won the 2002 Aspen Junior Classic with a 74-74-74-22 composite, and finished second in Spokane's junior event with a 66-71-74-211 total.

Whitney is arguably the top junior player in the state or Oregon. He was the 2001 Oregon Golf Association junior champion and won that season's OGA Tournament of Champions at Pumpkin Ridge. In 2002, he took fifth at the OGA Public Links championships for amateurs of all ages.

At Sheldon last year, he was named to the all-state first team after tying for tenth at the state tournament. He is a three-time all-Midwestern League golfer and will join former Sheldon teammate Chris Dukeminier, currently a redshirt freshman, on the Duck team.

'Ted has the game and the ability to come right in and have an immediate impact as a player his freshman year,' said Nosler.

Oregon will graduate two seniors next spring, all-Pac-10 golfers Chris Carnahan and John Ellis.

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