MacKenzie Leads Field At Pac-10s
April 28, 2003
GLENDALE, Calif. - -
Oregon State's Cameron MacKenzie fired a two-round total of 4-under-par 140 on Monday to capture a one-shot lead over Stanford's Jim Seki at the Pacific-10 Conference Men's Golf Championships.
OSU is seventh with a score of plus-36 756, two shots behind Oregon and 30 back of leader UCLA with 18 holes to play Tuesday and Wednesday at the par-72 Oakmont Country Club.
MacKenzie, a redshirt sophomore from Vancouver, British Columbia, grabbed the lead after the first round, but lost it briefly in the second with two bogies through 12 holes. He quickly regained the lead with three birdies over his final six holes.
In all, MacKenzie had eight birdies on the back nine for the day, and played the last three holes in five-under par. His 69 is the low round of the tournament so far.
'Cameron played solid, boring golf today, and that's what you have to do on this course,' OSU coach Brian Watts said. 'You have to keep the ball below the pin, which he did. He gave himself opportunity after opportunity and was very patient.
'When he did make a mistake and short-sided himself, he didn't get greedy; he played smart and played for bogey. He's put in a lot of hard work to get to this point.'
MacKenzie has played in only two tournaments this year, including a tie for 23rd at the Duck Invitational, and is playing in his first Pac-10 Championships. He returned to action this spring after recovering from a wrist injury incurred over 1 ï¿½ years ago.
Junior Sean Deacon was tied for ninth after an opening-round 72, and followed with a 76 to finish tied for17th at 148 after two rounds. The bulk of Deacon's troubles came on the par-3 11th, where he had a double bogie in each round.
'Sean played solid golf today, but those two double bogies hurt him,' Watts said. 'Other than that, he played good golf.'
Daren Greig posted a 162 and is tied for 55th.
'As a team, we putted well, but our ballstriking was horrible today,' Watts said. 'Our course management needs to get better.
'The pins are in tough positions, so it's very important to put the ball in the right spots. You're better off 20 feet from the pin below the hole than five feet away and above it.'
In the team race, UCLA owns a seven-shot lead over Stanford at 6-over 726.Teams consist of six players, with the low five scores counting toward the team total each round. Two-time defending champion USC is ninth.
Oregon State's only Pac-10 champion was Scott Massingill in 1971.
TEAM SCORES (PAR 360/720)
1. UCLA 364-362-726; 2. Stanford 365-368-733; 3. Washington 365-372-737; 4. Arizona 373-367-740; 5. Arizona State 378-365-743; 6. Oregon 379-375-754; 7. Oregon State 376-380-756; 8. California 388-374-762; 9. USC 377-391-768; 10. Washington State 378-393-771.
TOP INDIVIDUALS (PAR 72/144)
1. Cameron MacKenzie, Oregon State 69-71-140; 2. Jim Seki, Stanford 70-71-141; 3. Alejandro Canizares, Arizona State 72-71-143; 3. Brock Mackenzie, Washington 71-72-143; 3. Roy Moon, UCLA 72-71-143; 3. Brady Stockton, Arizona State 73-70-143.
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