Deacon Finishes Second In Final Tournament As A Beaver

May 3, 2004

SUNRIVER, Ore. - -

Oregon State senior Sean Deacon carded a two-under-par 70 in his final round as a Beaver and finished second at the inaugural 36-hole Northwest Shootout on Monday at the par-72 Crosswater course.

OSU was third in the three-team field with a score of 42-over 762, 12 strokes back of No. 25 Washington and No. 3 UCLA.

'In the morning round, we were 11-over par in the last two holes,' OSU coach Brian Watts said. 'For us to lose 11 shots to the field in the last two holes in the morning round is tough to swallow.

'As a team, you have to buckle down and finish strong. We've worked on those things, but we haven't overcome that. We're going to look back at this year and realize what could have been; and we'll learn from that.'

Scoring was based on the lowest five scores each round from each six-member team.

UCLA's Roy Moon claimed the individual title at 4-under 140, topping Deacon by five strokes. Moon's 68 in the first round matched the low round of the day.

Deacon wrapped up his career with four top-10 finishes and a win. His 70 in the final round Monday was the lowest of the round.

'Sean had five good years at Oregon State,' OSU coach Brian Watts said. 'I know he would have been happy to finish up with a win today; he really fought back in the afternoon with a low round to finish second. He can hold his head high and walk away from his college career feeling good.

'Sean has contributed a lot to this program,' Watts added. 'He was a great leader this year and the guys learned a lot from him. Hopefully that will carry on to the younger guys on the team.'

Cameron MacKenzie's 148 gave him a tie for sixth, and Mitch Gillis tied for ninth. Gillis, a freshman, opened the day with a career-low 70, but carded an 80 in the afternoon.

Brad Simpson tied for 14th; Jonathan Green was 19th and Jay Ross was 20th.

Crosswater played to a mammoth 7,588 yards, one of the longest tracks the teams have seen this year. It will host the NCAA West Regional Championships later this month.

TEAM SCORES (PAR 360/720)

1. Washington 374-376-750; 1. UCLA 356-394-750; 3. Oregon State 374-388-762.

TOP INDIVIDUALS (PAR 72/144)

1. Roy Moon, UCLA 68-72-140; 2. Sean Deacon, OSU 75-70-145; 3. Brock Mackenzie, Washington 74-73-147; 3. Steve Conway, UCLA 68-79-147; 3. Chris Heintz (individual), UCLA 73-74-147.

OREGON STATE SCORES

2. Sean Deacon 75-70-145; 6. Cameron MacKenzie 72-76-148; 9. Mitch Gillis 70-80-150; 14. Brad Simpson 77-79-156; 19. Jonathan Green 80-83-163; 20. Jay Ross 83-86-169.

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