Simpson Places Second At Duck Invite
March 23, 2004
JUNCTION CITY, Ore. - -
Oregon State men's golfer Brad Simpson notched the highest individual finish by a Beaver since 2001 when he placed second at the Oregon Duck Invitational Tuesday at the par-72 Shadow Hills Country Club.
OSU slipped from third to fourth, shooting 18-over-par 306 in the final round but still matching its best finish of the year. The Beavers' three-round total of 884 was 23 shots behind winner San Diego State.
Simpson led a group of four Beavers who finished in the top 11, firing a three-round total of 4-under 212. Redshirt freshman Mitch Gillis recorded a career-best tie for eighth with a 2-over 218, as did true freshman Jonathan Green. Cameron MacKenzie carded a final-round 76 and tied for 11th at 219.
Green and MacKenzie competed as individuals, and their scores did not count toward the team total.
'I'm very pleased with the way Brad and Mitch played today,' OSU coach Brian Watts said. 'Brad's been in contention to win a few times now, and I think he's gotten over the hump. He played extremely well today, so his hard work is paying off.
'I'm happy for Mitch,' Watts added. 'He fought through every round, and that means a lot to your teammates when you see that he may struggle at times, but doesn't give up and can still get it back to par.'
Simpson shot 69-70-73-212 and finished one shot back of San Diego State's Jeff Hansen after missing a medium-range birdie putt on the 18th hole that would have forced a tie. Simpson's previous best was a tie for eighth at the Husky Invitational last fall.
Green entered the final round leading the tournament by one shot over Simpson. After starting the first three holes in 7-over-par, Green regrouped to finish with an 80.
'This was a great learning experience for Jonathan, and he stuck with it after a poor start. That's what you have to do - you can't give up on a round.
'Cameron was right there, and he was disappointed with how he finished today.'Brian Kelley fell from ninth to 29th with an 82 Tuesday, while Ryan Gilmour and Sean Deacon tied for 55th after final rounds of 81 and 79, respectively.
'As a team, we're disappointed with how we finished the tournament. We've been knocking on the door all year and haven't been able to put together four scores in the final round,' Watts said of his team's scoring average that is nine shots higher in the final round compared to the second.
'We'll take a lot of positives from this tournament and move forward. We're young, we'll get there.'
Simpson's finish was the highest since Deacon won the Northwest Collegiate in the Fall of 2001.
OSU has over two weeks until its next competition at the Arizona State/PING Invitational Apr. 9-10.
TEAM SCORES (PAR 288/864)
1. San Diego State 289-285-287-861; 2. Oregon 298-276-293-867; 3. Stanford 290-296-293-879; 4. Oregon State 294-284-306-884; 5. Nevada 290-295-303-888; 6. Portland 304-295-301-900; 6. CS-Northridge 296-301-303-900; 8. Washington State 300-296-306-902; 9. Drake 299-302-302-903; 10. Idaho 305-293-307-905; 10. San Diego 295-298-312-905; 12. Wyoming 296-297-314-907; 13. Oregon 'Yellow' 301-302-305-908; 14. Utah Valley State 304-295-312-911.
TOP INDIVIDUALS (PAR 72/216)
1. Jeff Hansen, San Diego State 71-69-71-211; 2. Brad Simpson, Oregon State 69-70-73-212; 3. Mark Warman, San Diego State 70-72-71-213; 4. Three tied at 215.
OREGON STATE SCORES
2. Brad Simpson 69-70-73-212; 8. Mitch Gillis 73-72-73-218; 8. Jonathan Green (individual) 69-69-80-218; 11. Cameron MacKenzie (individual) 72-71-76-219; t29. Brian Kelley 74-70-82-226; t41. Jay Ross (individual) 77-75-76-228; t55. Ryan Gilmour 78-72-81-231; t55. Sean Deacon 79-73-79-231.