Beavers Shatter School Records To Claim NW Collegiate Title

Sept. 14, 2004

CORVALLIS, Ore. - - Oregon State sophomore Jonathan Green claimed the individual title with a school-record 203 while helping the men's golf team to a convincing 21-stroke win at OSU's Northwest Collegiate Classic with a school and tournament-record 26-under-par 838 on Tuesday at the par-72 Trysting Tree Golf Club.

The Beavers used a final round of 5-under 283 to cement the win and shatter the old three-round school record by nine strokes. OSU's 838 was also a tournament record, as was Green's 13-under 203.

OSU beat second-place Oregon and Texas-Arlington by 21 strokes, while Green (Sisters, Ore./Sisters HS) held a five-shot margin over second-place Matt Ma of Oregon, who competed as an individual.

'This is great for the guys,' fourth-year coach Brian Watts said. 'They came in to September ready to play after a lot of hard work over the summer and they proved a lot to themselves. We have a young team, so it's very encouraging. The guys just hung together - we've got a tight-knit group and they're all pulling for each other, and it shows. They've worked extremely hard and deserve to win.

'For Jonathan Green to win the individual title and get over the hump after struggling as a freshman last year - that was a great victory, setting the tournament and individual records. He's turned the corner, so that's very encouraging.

'Also, to have Vincent Johnson compete as well as he did in his first tournament is great. The rest of the guys hung in there; there was a time today when we were over par, and everyone fought back and said, `let's get it done.' I'm very, very proud of them.'

The victory marked the first team win for OSU since the 2000 Pilot Spring Invitational - a 45-hole event. The Beavers last 54-hole win was the Pacific Invitational in the Fall of 1999.

Green is the first Beaver to win an individual title since Sean Deacon won the NW Collegiate in the fall of 2001.

The Beavers held a 14-stroke lead over UT-Arlington after two rounds on Monday, the first of which included a school-record 274.

With a lineup of three sophomores, a freshman and a senior, OSU widened the gap on Tuesday thanks to Green's final-round 68, a 69 from sophomore Ryan Gilmour and a 72 from sophomore Mitch Gillis.

Vincent Johnson, a freshman, carded a final-round 74 and tied for fourth at 5-under 211. Gillis and Gilmour tied for 12th at 1-under 215.

'We knew after qualifying that everyone was very comfortable shooting low numbers and was prepared to compete, and it showed,' Watts said. 'We managed the ball very well throughout the tournament. We putted well, made a lot of birdies, and made few mistakes. When you do all of those things, you're going to be in contention to win any golf tournament you compete in.'

Clayton Moe (Longview, Wash.), another OSU freshman, tied for eighth in his first collegiate action with three rounds of 71 for a 3-under 213 as an individual.

OSU's next action is at Washington's Husky Invitational Sept. 27-28 in Seattle.

TEAM SCORES (PAR 288/864)

1. Oregon State 274-281-283--838*; 2. Oregon 294-285-280--859; 2. UT-Arlington 286-283-290--859;4. UC-Irvine 280-295-285--860; 5. Nevada 286-285-296--867; 6. Long Beach State 291-285-293--869; 7. New Mexico State 287-296-288--871; 8. Washington State 285-296-292--873; 9. Idaho 290-285-300--875; 10. Portland 289-296-293--878; 11. Cal Poly 298-284-297--879; 12. Utah 284-296-302--882; 13. San Diego 298-292-296--886.

TOP INDIVIDUALS (PAR 72/216)

1. Jonathan Green, Oregon State 65-70-68--203*; 2. Matt Ma (individual), Oregon 65-74-69--208; 3. Mike Shelly, San Diego 70-69-71--210; 4. Garrett Sapp, UC-Irvine 68-72-71--211; 4. Vincent Johnson, Oregon State 68-69-74--211; 4. Jason Ferrin, Nevada 70-73-68--211; 4. Justin St. Clair, Oregon 74-67-70--211.

OTHER OREGON STATE SCORES

T8. Clayton Moe (individual), 71-71-71--213; t12. Mitch Gillis 71-72-72--215; t12. Ryan Gilmour 70-76-69--215; t34. Brad Simpson 72-70-78--220; t63. Jay Ross (individual) 76-72-78--226; t66. Tim Sundseth (individual) 74-75-78--227; t76. Jeremiah Oliver 79-76-78--233.

*School and tournament records

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