OSU To Play In Western Intercollegiate

April 4, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

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TEEING OFF: The Beavers play in San Jose State's Western Intercollegiate Monday-Tuesday, April 7-8 in Santa Cruz, Calif., at the Pasatiempo Country Club. Teams play 36 holes Monday and 18 Tuesday for a total of 54. Of the five golfers on each team, the lowest four scores count toward the team total in each round.

THE COURSE: Pasatiempo Country Club carries a par of 70 and plays to 6,445 yards. A relatively short course, Pasatiempo's defenses are slick, undulating greens that place a high demand on accuracy from 100 yards in.

LAST YEAR: OSU finished 15th among the 17-team field at Pasatiempo, shooting 899. Daren Greig led the team with a 221 and a tie for 37th, while Washington earned a 20-stroke win over second-place Fresno State, shooting 834.

OREGON STATE IN THE RANKINGS: OSU dropped to 56th in this week's Golfweek rankings, falling from 52nd last week among the 288 Division I golf programs. Overall, OSU has a record of 58-62-4, and has the following records: against top 25: 1-28-0; top 50: 12-50-1; top 100: 38-61-3.

LAST ACTION: OSU struggled at the Oregon Duck Invitational March 4-5, shooting a 31-over-par 895 to tie for 12th among a field of 16. Aside from Daren Greig's 68 in the second round, the bright spot of the tournament for OSU was the play of Cameron MacKenzie and Chad Sawyer, both of whom saw their first action of the year while playing as individuals. Sawyer, a sophomore transfer from the University of the Pacific, tied for 14th after shooting a steady 3-over 219, a round that included a 71 in the second round. MacKenzie saw his first action in over 1 1/2 years after a wrist injury forced surgery and subsequent rehabilitation. The sophomore shot 220 at the Duck to tie for 23rd. Both earned spots in the lineup for the Western.

LONG ROAD BACK: As mentioned above, Cameron MacKenzie played in his first tournament in over 1 1/2 years at the Duck. A redshirt sophomore, MacKenzie saw action in seven tournaments as a true freshman in 2000-01, sporting a 76.8 stroke average. After sitting out his true sophomore year with the wrist injury and prior to having surgery over the summer, MacKenzie won the Springhill Amateur in Albany, Ore., shooting 70-68--138 after hitting a total of roughly 100 range balls over the course of the entire season.

THE CIVIL WAR PRESENTED BY NORTHWEST DODGE DEALERS: Oregon State and Oregon met up in the second and final official Civil War encounter at the Duck Invitational, where Oregon claimed a 28-stroke win over the Beavers. The Beavers and Ducks tangled last fall at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational, with the Ducks earning a nine-stroke win. With each win, Oregon earned one point toward the 2002-03 Civil War series standings.

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