Beavers Eighth After Two Rounds At Husky Invitational

Sept. 27, 2004

BREMERTON, Wash.- - The Oregon State men's golf team posted a two-round total of 758 Monday at the Opus NW Husky Invitational at the par-72 Olympic Course at Gold Mountain. The Beavers sit in eighth place with one round left to play.

Sophomore Jonathan Green, coming off last week's record-setting win at the Northwest Collegiate Classic, struggled today and posted a 157.

'We didn't play too well today,' said OSU head coach Brian Watts. 'This anxious, young squad made some significant mistakes early that cost us some strokes.

'We played solid in the afternoon round, but again had some mental mistakes that hurt us. With this strong field, we can't afford to do that.'

Senior Brad Simpson and sophomore Mitch Gillis are tied for 23rd and lead OSU after two rounds. Simpson carded an eagle early in his second round on the par-5 11th hole, his second hole of the round after a shotgun start, and finished with a strong 2-over 74.

USC posted the only two team rounds under par for the day and holds a sizeable 19-stroke lead over second-place Brigham Young. The Trojans sit atop the leaderboard with a two-round total 5-under 715.

USC golfers Taylor Wood and Ben Hayes hold the top two positions after rounds of 139 and 140, respectively. Hayes is tied for second with Jay Westerlund of UC-Davis.

Sophomore Ryan Gilmour is the only other Beaver in the top 30 with a 6-over 150.

Freshman Vincent Johnson is tied for 44th and sophomore Jay Ross is tied for 54th.

'We'll talk about the mistakes we made tonight and try to go out there and have a strong showing tomorrow,' said Watts.

The final round begins Tuesday morning at 7:30 PST.

TEAM SCORES (PAR 360/720) *

1. USC 356-359--715; 2. Brigham Young 371-363--734; 3. Coastal Carolina 370-365--735; 4. UC-Irvine 368-368--736; 5. Minnesota 366-371--737; 5. Washington 367-370--737; 7. UC-Davis 373-371--744; 8. Oregon State 381-377--758; 9. Washington State 376-393--769; 10. San Diego State 389-382--771.

INDIVIDUAL SCORES (PAR 72/144)

1. Taylor Wood, USC 68-71--139; 2. Ben Hayes, USC 69-71--140; 2. Jay Westerlund, UC-Davis 71-69--140; 4. Oscar Alvarez, Brigham Young 73-68--141; 5. Greg Machtaler, Brigham Young 70-72--142; 5. Josh Persons, Minnesota 71-71--142.

OREGON STATE SCORES

T23. Mitch Gillis 75-73--148; t23. Brad Simpson 74-74--148; t30. Ryan Gilmour 74-76--150; t44. Vincent Johnson 81-75--156; t50. Jonathan Green 78-79--157; t54. Jay Ross 80-79--159;

* - Top five scores count toward team total

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