Men's Golf Signs Ryan Gilmour

Nov. 25, 2002


Ryan Gilmour has signed a national letter of intent to play golf for Oregon State University beginning in the fall of 2003, OSU coach Brian Watts announced Monday.

Gilmour, from Canby High School in Canby, Ore., is the defending champion of both the Oregon Golf Association Junior Stroke Play and Match Play Championships, which he won in 2002.

Gilmour ranked No. 1 in the OGA junior performance points standings in 2001 and 2002, and finished fifth individually at the 2002 Junior America's Cup.

'Ryan brings a lot of tournament experience,' Watts said. 'Having won the major Oregon junior golf tournaments, such as the stroke play and the match play, he's competed at the highest level in the state and has had a lot of success. Coming in, I don't see things changing.

'Anytime you sign the number-one ranked player in the state, you feel good about that. He also does very well in the classroom,' Watts said.

Gilmour will be the third member of the OSU squad hailing from Canby High School, joining Daren Greig and Bryce Fisher.

'Through Ryan's junior year of competition, he's broken every school record that Daren and Bryce set,' Watts said. 'With the success that Daren has had here and Bryce has had at the junior college and amateur levels, we have high expectations for Ryan and look forward to working with him.'

As a junior, Gilmour won eight junior tournaments, after winning 12 as a sophomore. He also set the Canby High School record with a 65 as a junior at Willamette Country Club.

'Ryan steps up on the first tee expecting to win,' Watts said. 'He has an air of confidence about him, and that's what we look for, because if you're going to win at this level, you have to have it.'

Gilmour joins Jonathan Green, of Sisters, Ore., as OSU's 2002 signees.

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