Jonathan Green, Beavers Lead NW Collegiate Classic

Sept. 13, 2004

CORVALLIS, Ore. - - Led by sophomore Jonathan Green's opening-round 65, Oregon State grabbed a 14-shot lead after two rounds of the Northwest Collegiate Classic on Monday at the par-72 Trysting Tree Golf Club.

The tournament concludes Tuesday with 18 holes beginning at 7:45 a.m.

The Beavers fired a school-record 14-under 274 in the first round and added a second round of 281 (-7) in the afternoon thanks in part to the play of tournament-leader Green (Sisters, Ore./Sisters HS) and freshman teammate Vincent Johnson (Portland, Ore./David Douglas HS). OSU's two-round total of 21-under 855 is believed to be a school record as well.

'I'm very impressed with how the team got off to a good start this morning and continued to make birdies,' fourth-year head coach Brian Watts said. 'They just played solid golf - they didn't make the mistakes that we have in the past. Being the first tournament of the year, I was very pleased with how they performed.'

Green followed his tournament and career-low 65 with a 70 for a 135 and a two-shot lead over Johnson, who shot 68-69--137 in his collegiate debut.

'Jonathan's and Vincent's play today was impressive,' Watts said. 'Jonathan came out strong and kept it going all day; he's been working extremely hard on thinking about scoring instead of thinking about his golf swing, and it's showing.

'For Vincent, who played in the U.S. Amateur and Oregon Amateur this summer, to come in as a freshman and be in contention to win the tournament going into the last round is impressive.

'Having said that, everyone contributed today. It's an individual game, but it's a team game as well, because at the end of the day, you have to add them all up.'

Texas-Arlington is second at 7-under 569, followed by Nevada at 571. Oregon is seventh at 3-over 579.

Senior Brad Simpson (Sr., Vancouver, Wash.) carded a 142 and is tied for 12th, along with teammate Clayton Moe (Fr./Longview, Wash.), who is competing as an individual.

Sophomore Mitch Gillis is 1-under and tied for 17th at 143, and Ryan Gilmour (So., Canby, Ore./Canby HS) is tied for 36th at 146. Gilmour fired a first round of 70, which included five consecutive birdies to finish the round.

'We knew the pin placements were difficult, and when they did miss a green, they missed it on the correct side and played smart,' Watts explained. 'To come back out this afternoon with more difficult course conditions (rain and wind) and shoot seven-under-par was a nice statement.

'We did play well, but by no means is the golf tournament over; we have a lot more work to do, and they know that.'

Green's 65 matched the second-lowest score in OSU history. The school single-round record is 64, carded in 2000 by Tim Mickelson and Charles Kingsbaker in 1997. Mickelson is the head coach at San Diego, which is competing in the Classic this weekend and is 13th.

TEAM SCORES (PAR 288/576)

1. Oregon State 274*-281--555; 2. UT-Arlington 286-283--569; 3. Nevada 286-285--571; 4. Idaho 290-285--575; 4. UC-Irvine 280-295--575; 6. Long Beach State 291-285--576; 7. Oregon 294-285--579; 8. Utah 284-296--580; 9. Washington State 285-296--581; 10. Cal Poly 298-284--582; 11. New Mexico State 287-296--583; 12. Portland 289-296--585; 13. San Diego 298-292--590.

TOP INDIVIDUALS (PAR 72/144)

1. Jonathan Green, Oregon State 65-70--135; 2. Vincent Johnson, Oregon State 68-69--137; 3. Mike Shelly, San Diego 70-69--139; 3. John Cassidy, Nevada 70-69--139; 3. Jeff Murray, UT-Arlington 69-70--139; 4. Matt Ma (individual), Oregon 65-74--139.

OTHER OREGON STATE SCORES

T12. Brad Simpson 72-70--142; ;t12. Clayton Moe (individual) 71-71--142; t17. Mitch Gillis 71-72--143; t36. Ryan Gilmour 70-76--146; t51. Jay Ross (individual) 76-72--148; t56. Tim Sundseth 74-75--149; Jeremiah Oliver 79-76--155.

*School record

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