Deacon Leads Beavers At Pac-10 Championships

April 26, 2004

MARANA, Ariz.- - Senior Sean Deacon paced the Oregon State men's golf team Monday with a 3-over 147 in the first two rounds of the Pac-10 Championships at The Gallery at Dove Mountain Golf Course. The Beavers are in 10th after darkness suspended play of the second round.

Deacon fired an opening-round 1-under 71, including three birdies and just two bogeys, and was tied for ninth after round one, then followed it up in the afternoon with a 76, placing him in a tie for 16th.

Junior Brad Simpson also fired a 71, but his came in the afternoon round after he opened with a 77. Simpson's day included two eagles, each on par-5s. He is tied for 22nd.

'The morning round was difficult to watch,' said head coach Brian Watts. 'We just didn't come out and compete.

'Deacon played well in the morning and Simpson played well in the afternoon, but the guys were really uncomfortable in the morning and were intimidated by the course.

'The course conditions were excellent and we seemed more comfortable in the afternoon, but the slow start really hurt us.'

Host Arizona shares the two-round lead with in-state rival Arizona State. The co-leaders fired identical scores in both rounds and sit atop the team leaderboard at even-par 720. Three teams were not able to finish due to darkness and will complete their second rounds early Tuesday morning.

Washington's Brock Mackenzie holds the individual lead after two rounds with a 9-under 135. Arizona's Chris Nallen and Chez Reavie are just four strokes off the lead. The Wildcats have three players currently in the top five.

Junior Cameron MacKenzie posted a 156 and sits in a tie for 44th.

Freshman Jonathan Green is one stroke behind MacKenzie in a tie for 48th, and freshman Ryan Gilmour is just one stroke behind Green and is tied for 51st.

Sophomore Brian Kelley posted a 165 on the day. Kelley had an eagle on the par-5 11th hole in his first round, one of the holes Simpson eagled as well.

'We need to figure out how to come out and compete,' said Watts. 'This was a very disappointing day and it was embarrassing to the program.

'We'll try and regroup for tomorrow's round.'

The second round will be completed for UCLA, Stanford, and Washington State starting at 7:00 a.m. Tuesday morning. The third round will begin immediately after these teams finish.

TEAM SCORES (PAR 360/720)

1. Arizona 357-363-720; 1. Arizona State 357-363-720; 3. *UCLA 371; 4. Washington 365-373-738; 5. USC 378-370-748; 6. Oregon 368-384-752; 7. California 377-380-757; 8. *Stanford 383; 8. *Washington State 389; 10. Oregon State 387-379-766.

* - will complete second round starting at 7:00 a.m. Tuesday.

INDIVIDUAL SCORES (PAR 72/144)

1. Brock Mackenzie, Washington 67-68-135; 2. Henry Liaw, Arizona 69-70-139; 2. Chris Nallen, Arizona 70-69-139; 2. Chez Reavie, Arizona State 69-70-139; 5. Josh Esler, Arizona 70-70-140.

OREGON STATE SCORES

T16. Sean Deacon 71-76-147; t22. Brad Simpson 77-71-148; t44. Cameron MacKenzie 81-75-156; t48. Jonathan Green 79-78-157; t51. Ryan Gilmour 79-79-158; t56. Brian Kelley 82-83-165.

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