MacKenzie In Third At Pac-10 Championships
April 29, 2003
GLENDALE, Calif. - -
Oregon State's Cameron MacKenzie carded a 74 on Tuesday and is third at the Pacific-10 Conference Championships, one shot back of leaders John Merrick of UCLA and defending champion Jim Seki, of Stanford.
As a team, OSU posted the third-best round of the day with a 9-over 369 to move up to sixth place, three shots ahead of Oregon at plus-45 1,125. OSU trails Arizona State by six and is 11 shots behind fourth-place Washington.
UCLA, ranked No. 11, widened its lead to 23 strokes over No. 6 Arizona after a round of 5-under 355. For the tournament, UCLA is 1-over par at 1,081.
The tournament wraps up Wednesday morning with 18 holes at the par-72 Oakmont Country Club.
Despite hitting two shots out-of-bounds early in his round and climbing to 4-over-par through his first eight holes before recording a birdie on 18 (his ninth), MacKenzie rallied to close with two birdies on his final three holes and finish at 2-under-par 214.
MacKenzie led the tournament after two rounds on Monday while playing in only his third tournament of the year, and has a chance to become the first Pac-10 champion from OSU since Scott Masingill in 1971.
'Yesterday went well, and I did what I wanted to do,' MacKenzie said of his first two rounds. 'It wasn't spectacular, but I didn't make many mistakes. Today was more or less the same, but I just didn't make many putts. The big thing that hurt me was hitting two shots out of bounds. Otherwise, I played pretty smart today.
'Tomorrow, I want to go out and win. I know I'll have to shoot under par and play smart; I don't plan to change anything. I just want to stay positive, and good things will happen.'
Daren Greig dropped nine shots from his second round score and recorded a 1-under-par 71, a round that included a stretch of four birdies in six holes. Greig is tied for 45th.
'As a team, we struggled, but overall, we played a little better today,' OSU coach Brian Watts said. 'We didn't take advantage of the par-5s today, but we played better on the par-3s, which gave us trouble Monday.
'Daren stepped it up today and played well, and even though Cameron hit two shots out of bounds and could have easily packed it in when he struggled early on, he fought through it and is in a great position and in a great frame of mind.'
Added MacKenzie, 'We all came together today. Hopefully, we'll move up a little tomorrow and bring it in strong.'
Sean Deacon fired a 74 to remain in a tie for 17th, which is where he finished at the 2002 championships. Overall, Deacon stands at 6-over-par 222.
Michael Jurgensen aided the Beavers with a 73 - his best score of the tournament - and climbed into a tie for 31st with a 228 overall.
TEAM SCORES (PAR 360/1,080)
1. UCLA 364-362-365-1081; 2. Arizona 373-367-364-1104; 3. Stanford 365-368-376-1109; 4. Washington 365-372-377-1114; 5. Arizona State 378-365-376-1119; 6. Oregon State 376-380-369-1125; 7. Oregon 379-375-374-1128; 8. California 388-374-379-1141; 9. USC 377-391-374-1142; 10. Washington State 378-393-372-1143.
TOP INDIVIDUALS (PAR 72/216)
1. John Merrick, UCLA 74-70-69-213; 2. Jim Seki, Stanford 70-71-72-213; 3. Cameron MacKenzie, Oregon State 69-71-74-214; 4. Steve Conway, UCLA 75-71-69-215; 5. Travis Johnson, UCLA 71-74-71-216.
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