OSU Finishes Fourth At Alister MacKenzie Invitational

Oct. 14, 2003

FAIRFAX, Calif.- -

The Oregon State men's golf team fired a final round of 287 to finish in fourth place Tuesday with a 7-under 845 at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational at the par-71 Meadow Club.

Brian Kelley, who was tied for third place overall after two rounds, shot an even-par 71 in the final round to finish in a tie for fifth place with a 6-under 207. This was Kelley's best finish of the season and his career, as well as his best three-round score. His 207 matched the third-lowest individual three-round total in school history.

Sean Deacon also finished in the top ten with a 3-under 210, good enough to earn him a tie for ninth place and his best finish of the season.

Ryan Gilmour finished in the top 20 with an even-par 213, good enough to tie for 20th.

'As a team we got off to a great start today,' said OSU coach Brian Watts. 'We struggled with the greens, but the pins were very tough.'

On Brian Kelley's performance, Watts said, 'He played solid all three rounds. He managed the ball well and putted well and had a great tournament.

'Overall, we played tough and battled hard. Playing with some of the top teams in the country today, I saw a difference in our demeanor between today and two weeks ago at Washington when we played with the top teams.

'If we keep improving each week and shoot low numbers, we'll be where we want to be at the end of the year.'

California stormed back from a 15-stroke deficit to edge out second-round leader Northwestern and fifth-ranked UCLA by two strokes with a total team score of 833.

Second-round leader Steve Conway of UCLA carded a final round 3-under 68 to win individual medalist honors with a 13-under 200, setting a new tournament record.

Brad Simpson and Mitch Gillis finished tied for 61st at 223.

OSU plays next at the Del Walker Intercollegiate in Long Beach, California Nov. 6-7.

TEAM SCORES (PAR 284/852)

1. California 277-283-273-833; 2. Northwestern 272-274-289-835; 2. UCLA 280-274-281-835; 4. Oregon State 279-279-287-845; 5. San Jose State 276-283-288-847; 6. Illinois 283-282-285-850; 7. Stanford 286-275-291-852; 8. Purdue 283-284-292-859; 9. Fresno State 284-297-283-864; 10. San Francisco 286-287-293-866; 10. UC Irvine 282-290-294-866; 12. Oregon 285-296-287-868; 12. Nevada 284-294-290-868; 14. UNC Greensboro 296-282-299-877; 15. Pacific 289-295-297-881; 16. Michigan 294-292-312-898.

TOP INDIVIDUALS (PAR 71/213)

1. Steve Conway, UCLA 67-65-68-200; t2. Joe Affrunti, Illinois 68-68-70-206; t2. Scott Carlyle, California 67-72-67-206; t2. Bryson Young, Northwestern 69-67-70-206; t5. Tom Johnson, Northwestern 68-67-72-207; t5. Patrick Nagle, Illinios 73-65-79-207; Brian Kelley, Oregon State 69-67-71-207.

OREGON STATE SCORES

T5. Brian Kelley 69-67-71-207; t9. Sean Deacon 68-70-72-210; t20. Ryan Gilmour 68-74-71-213; t61. Brad Simpson 76-68-79-223; t61. Mitch Gillis 74-76-73-223.

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