Pac-10 Championships Conclude with Ducks in 7th
April 30, 2003
GLENDALE, Calif. - On the final day of the Pac-10 Championships Wednesday, the 6,736-yard, par-72 Oakmont Country Club showed little mercy for Oregon as it fell one stroke short of maintaining their 6th position. The Ducks (1504) concluded their tournament play at 64-over, one stroke ahead of California and right behind Oregon State. Senior John Ellis (293) was one of the only competitors for Oregon that found improvement, climbing to the 14th position after his fall to 19th Tuesday.
Finishing 5-over par, Ellis concluded with his lowest score of the tournament carding 2-under (70) in the fourth and final round. After recording a birdie on No. 7, bogies on No. 2 and 9, and scoring 1-over on the front nine, Ellis perfected his game on the back nine, carding birdies on No. 10, 12, 15, 17 and 18.
No.11 UCLA stood alone in first place finishing 1-under (1439) with second place Arizona (1466) 27 strokes behind. Rounding out the top three of the tournament was Arizona State at 35-over (1475).
Bruins' John Merrick (276) surpassed the 2002 Pac-10 medalist Jim Seki of Stanford (286), finishing at a remarkable 12-under. Seki was left to share his 2-under second-place finish with Arizona State's Brady Stockton (286).
The Ducks now await the NCAA West Regional announcements. The NCAA West Regional Tournament will take place May 15-17 at Washington National Golf Club in Auburn Washington.
Oakmont Country Club
TEAM SCORES - 1, UCLA, 364-362-355-358-1439. 2, Arizona, 373-367-364-362-1466. 3, Arizona State, 378-365-376-356-1475. 4, Stanford, 365-368-376-369-1478. 5, Washington, 365-372-377-370-1484. 6, Oregon State, 376-380-369-378-1503. 7, Oregon, 379-375-374-376-1504. 8, California, 388-374-379-364-1505. 9, USC, 377-391-374-373-1515. 10, Washington State, 378-393-372-376-1519.
OREGON FINISHERS - 14, John Ellis, 75-72-76-70-293. 21 (tie), Gregg LaVoie, 78-72-73-76-299. 30 (tie), Jimmy White, 77-77-70-78-302. 32 (tie), Chris Carnahan, 75-75-77-76-303. 46 (tie), Kyle Johnson, 74-79-78-78-309. 56, Mike Sica, 81-79-81-76-317.