Ellis Ties For First, Ducks Take Third at Oregon Invitational
March 25, 2003
EUGENE, Ore. - Oregon's John Ellis and Brock Mackenzie of Washington shared the individual title, while Arizona caught Washington to split the team title Tuesday in the final round of the Oregon Duck Invitational, played at the 6,854-yard, par-72 Eugene Country Club.
Ellis came from three strokes down to tie Mackenzie with a birdie on the par-5, 492-yard 16th hole. The two All-America candidates both parred the last two holes and finished tied atop the leader board at 9-under 207. Ellis, a senior from San Jose, Calif., had a 2-under 70 Tuesday as he picked up his first collegiate victory since winning the Husky Invitational during the fall of his sophomore season. It was his fourth top 10 finish in eight events this season. Mackenzie, a junior from Yakima, Wash., closed with a 73 after tying an NCAA record with a 60 in Monday's second round.
Arizona's Ricky Barnes, the defending U.S. Amateur champion, had an eight-foot putt on 18 that would have given his sixth-ranked Wildcats the team title and given himself a share of the individual crown, but his try ran past the hole. Still, Barnes finished third at 8-under 208 after a 69 Tuesday, and the Huskies and Wildcats shared the team title at 6-under 858.
No playoffs for the team or individual titles were held due to the rain and standing water on the greens.
Oregon held on to third at 3-over 867 for its highest finish since winning last season's Duck Invitational. No. 9 UCLA and No. 24 Vanderbilt tied for fourth at 874, while 23rd-ranked Pepperdine was sixth at 880 and No. 17 Northwestern and Washington State tied for seventh at 882. Vanderbilt's Brandt Snedeker, the No. 1-ranked college player in the nation, had the best round of the day Tuesday, shooting a 67 to finish seventh at 3-under 213.
Duck freshman Kyle Johnson, competing as an individual, completed his best tournament as a collegian by tying for eighth at 1-under 215. The North Bend, Ore., native closed with a career-low 2-under 70 Tuesday, which was one stroke better than the 71 he carded Monday morning.
Oregon heads south for the month of April, next competing at the Western Intercollegiate in Santa Cruz, Calif, April 7-8.
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