OSU Individuals Shine At Duck Invitational, Team Falters

March 25, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

Competing in their first tournaments of the year, Oregon State golfers Chad Sawyer and Cameron MacKenzie finished in the top 25 while playing as individuals at the Oregon Duck Individual, but the team tied with San Jose State for 12th.

OSU closed out the tournament at the soggy par-72 Eugene Country Club in Tuesday's final round with a 13-over 301 for a three-round score of 895 to move up from 13th.

Sawyer and MacKenzie were not among the five designated team members competing for OSU whose scores counted toward the team total.

Sawyer, a redshirt sophomore transfer from the University of the Pacific, capped his tournament with a 1-over-par 73 on Tuesday. He tied for 14th overall with a 3-over 219.

Also a redshirt sophomore, MacKenzie is coming off a 1 �-year hiatus following first a wrist injury and then surgery and rehab. He also closed with a 73 and finished one shot behind Sawyer in a tie for 23rd.

'I was excited to see what Cameron and Chad did playing as individuals,' OSU coach Brian Watts said. 'This is a great start for them, given that this is their first tournament of the year. They gutted it out, and they have a great attitude.'

'Other than that, as a team, we continued to make bad decisions and we had bad results. We didn't want it bad enough, and it showed. We didn't capitalize on any of the advantages we had such as playing in cold weather and rain,' Watts said of the fact that his team practices often in inclement conditions.

Of the five players whose scores counted, Michael Jurgensen led the way with a 223 after a 75 on Tuesday tied him for 39th. Daren Greig was one shot back in a tie for 45th.

Kenny Coakley carded the low round of the day with a 72, but a second round 82 on Monday meant a tie for 50th.

Brian Kelley and Sean Deacon tied for 73rd and 77th.

Washington's Brock Mackenzie, who equaled a NCAA record and set a new course standard with a 60 in Monday's second round, and Oregon's John Ellis shot 207 to share medalist honors.

Mackenzie sandwiched his 60 with rounds of 74 and 73, and Ellis closed with a 70 after rounds of 68 and 69.

Arizona and Washington also shared the team title, with each school posting scores of 6-under 858.

No playoffs for team or individual titles were held due to rain and standing water on the greens.

OSU takes to the links again April 7-8 at San Jose State's Western Intercollegiate.

TEAM SCORES (PAR 72/864)

1. Arizona 290-282-286-858; 1. Washington 293-275-290-858; 3. Oregon 285-288-294-867; 4. UCLA 293-288-293-874; 4. Vanderbilt 295-295-284-874; 6. Pepperdine 300-291-289-880; 7. Northwestern 293-294-295-882; 7. Washington State 292-293-297-882; 9. San Diego State 295-291-299-885; 10. UC-Davis 295-288-310-893; 10. Stanford 293-300-300-893; 12. Oregon State 298-296-301-895; 12. San Jose State 296-295-304-895; 14. Michigan State 302-293-303-898; 15. Nevada 306-299-299-904; 16. Hawaii-Hilo 304-307-307-918.

TOP INDIVIDUALS (PAR 72/216)

1. John Ellis, Oregon 68-69-70-207; 1. Brock Mackenzie, Washington 74-60-73-207; 3. Ricky Barnes, Arizona 68-71-69-208; 4. Bjorn Widerstedt, Northwestern 66-74-70-210; 5. Derek Berg, Washington 69-72-70-211.

OREGON STATE SCORES

T14. (individual) Chad Sawyer 75-71-73-219; t23. (individual) Cameron MacKenzie 73-74-73-220; t39. Michael Jurgensen 71-77-75-223; t45. Daren Greig 79-68-77-224; t50. Kenny Coakley 71-82-72-225; t73. Brian Kelley 77-76-78-231; t78. Sean Deacon 80-75-77-232.

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