OSU Finishes Sixth At Pac-10 Championships

April 30, 2003

GLENDALE, Calif. - -

The Oregon State men's golf team, led by Cameron MacKenzie's tie for sixth, finished sixth at the Pacific-10 Conference Championships by firing a plus-18 378 on Wednesday at the par-72 Oakmont Country Club.

The Beavers beat Oregon by a stroke, California by two, as well as two-time defending champion USC and Washington State, and finished at 63-over-par 1,503.

The 11th-ranked UCLA Bruins ran away with the title, as did Bruin John Merrick in the individual race, by posting a 1-under total of 1,439 for the tournament to beat No. 6 Arizona by 27 strokes.

Merrick carded a round of 9-under 63 on Wednesday to win by 10 shots with a 12-under 276. Next closest were last year's defending champion, Jim Seki, of Stanford, and Arizona State's Brady Stockton.

MacKenzie, who began the day in third at 2-under par, opened with a birdie on his first hole but suffered four bogies over the remainder of his round and carded a 75. Overall, he was 1-over for the tournament with a 289.

MacKenzie became the third Beaver to finish seventh or better at the Pac-10 Championships in the last four years, joining David Yarnes (t7th, 2002) and Tim Mickelson (t2nd, 2000).

OSU finished ahead of three teams higher in the national rankings, but its postseason future is uncertain.

'I hope we get an opportunity to play in the postseason, but right now I'm not real confident we'll get an at-large bid. We've got a lot to prove,' coach Brian Watts said.

'I was pleased with Cameron's play all week, he hung in there tough. There were many times he could have let the round get away from him this week, but he didn't. He played solid, smart golf.

'Sean played solid as well all week, and he had lots of opportunities to score even better.'

Michael Jurgensen fired his second consecutive 73 and moved into a tie for 27th at 301.

Daren Greig tied for 48th at 311, Brian Kelley was 52nd at 314, and Kenny Coakley finished 55th with a 316. None of the three broke 78 Wednesday.

'As tough as the Pac-10 is, you need five or six guys playing steady golf, and Cameron and Sean did that this week,' Watts said. 'We didn't execute at all today, and our putting was horrible. We were putting it in spots that forced us to scramble to two-putt, and we had a large number of three-putts today.

'We did not play Pac-10-caliber golf; we have to get tougher and not make the mental mistakes.'

If OSU qualifies, the Beavers will compete at the NCAA Regional Championships May 15-17 at the University of Washington's Washington National Golf Club.

TEAM SCORES (PAR 360/1,440)

1. UCLA 364-362-355-358-1,439; 2. Arizona 373-367-364-362-1,466; 3. Arizona State 378-365-376-356-1,475; 4. Stanford 365-368-376-369-1,478; 5. Washington 365-372-377-370-1,484; 6. Oregon State 376-380-369-378-1,503; 7. Oregon 379-375-374-376-1,504; 8. California 388-374-379-364-1,505; 9. USC 377-391-374-373-1,515; 10. Washington State 378-393-372-376-1,519.

TOP INDIVIDUALS (PAR 72/288)

1. John Merrick, UCLA 74-70-69-63-276; 2. Jim Seki, Stanford 70-71-72-73-286; 2. Brady Stockton, Arizona State 73-70-74-69-286; 4. Ricky Barnes, Arizona 71-73-75-69-288; 4. Alejandro Canizares, Arizona State 72-71-76-69-288; t6. Cameron MacKenzie, Oregon State 69-71-74-75-289; t6. Peter Tomasulo, California 74-71-74-70-289.

OREGON STATE

T6. Cameron MacKenzie 69-71-74-75-289; t15. Sean Deacon 72-74-76-72-294; t27. Michael Jurgensen 78-77-73-73-301; t48. Daren Greig 82-80-71-78-311; 52. Brian Kelley 78-78-78-80-314; 55. Kenny Coakley 79-78-77-82-316.

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