Green, Simpson One-Two At Duck Invitational

March 22, 2004

JUNCTION CITY, Ore. - -

Oregon State freshman Jonathan Green leads the Duck Invitational after rounds of 69-69-138 at the par-72 Shadow Hills Country Club on Monday, leading the Beavers to third place at 4-over-par 578.

Junior transfer Brad Simpson is alone in second at 139, with rounds of 69 and 70.

OSU is four shots back of co-leaders Oregon and San Diego State after shooting 294 and 284. Five Beavers are among the top 13 with one round to play Tuesday.

'The first round was a little inconsistent, with our No. 1 (Ryan Gilmour) and No. 2 (Sean Deacon) players shooting 78 and 79,' OSU coach Brian Watts said. 'But in the second round, we did what we hoped to do. The second round has been our lowest round of the year on average, so hopefully we can put together another low score tomorrow.

'I think the guys are ready to do it. I know they're feeling good and are very positive. They've been in this position before - it's just a matter of time.'

Green, a freshman from Sisters, Ore., aims to become the first Beaver to win a tournament since Sean Deacon claimed the 2001 Northwest Collegiate at Mallard Creek. Green is playing as an individual who's score will not count in OSU's team total.

Green hit only 17 of 36 greens in regulation, but needed just 45 putts over 36 holes.

'Jonathan has been working very hard on his mental game the last few weeks,' Watts said. 'His putting was phenomenal today. He's got unbelievably soft hands, which is something you just can't teach. It's extremely exciting for him to be leading the field in just the third tournament of his career.

'Brad was steady today,' Watts added. 'He's been in this position before, so he knows what he needs to do.'

Cameron MacKenzie, also playing as an individual, shot 143 and is alone in eighth.

Brian Kelley, tied for ninth, opened with a 74 but closed with a 70 for an even-par 144. Mitch Gillis carded a 73-72-145 and is tied for 13th.

Gilmour and Deacon are tied for 36th and 48th, respectively, at 150 and 152. Jay Ross is tied for 48th as well.

'We've got a lot on the line,' Watts said. 'The road to the NCAA Tournament begins here as far as we're concerned.'

TEAM SCORES (PAR 288/576)

1. Oregon 298-276-574; 1. San Diego State 289-285-574; 3. Oregon State 294-284-578; 4. Nevada 290-295-585; 5. Stanford 290-296-586; 6. San Diego 295-298-593; 6. Wyoming 296-297-593; 8. Washington State 300-296-596; 9. CS-Northridge 296-301-597; 10. Idaho 305-293-598; 11. Portland 304-295-599; 11. Utah Valley State 304-295-599; 13. Drake 299-302-601; 14. Oregon 'Yellow' 301-302-603.

TOP INDIVIDUALS (PAR 72/144)

1. Jonathan Green (individual), Oregon State 69-69-138; 2. Brad Simpson, Oregon State 69-70-139; 3. Ryan Camp, Washington State 71-669-140; 3. Jeff Hansen, San Diego State 71-69-140.

OREGON STATE SCORES

1. Jonathan Green (individual) 69-69-138; 2. Brad Simpson 69-70-139; 8. Cameron MacKenzie (individual) 72-71-143; 9. Brian Kelley 74-70-144; 13. Mitch Gillis 73-72-145; t36. Ryan Gilmour 78-72-150; t48. Jay Ross (individual) 77-75--152; t48. Sean Deacon 79-73-152.

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