OSU Finishes Eighth In Washington

Sept. 28, 2004

BREMERTON, Wash.- - The Oregon State men's golf team completed the final round of the Opus NW Husky Invitational Tuesday with a team score of 381. The Beavers finished eighth overall at the par-72 Olympic Course at Gold Mountain with a three-round total of 1139 in the play six, count five format.

Senior Brad Simpson and sophomore Mitch Gillis each fired a final-round 75 and tied for 23rd overall with three-round totals of 223.

'We struggled again today,' said OSU head coach Brian Watts, 'especially around the greens.

'This was a difficult golf course with tough pin placements and we just didn't manage our putts very well today.'

After holding a 19-stroke lead coming into the final round, USC took home the team title by just seven strokes over Brigham Young with a 5-over 1085. Last year's champion Washington placed third.

The Trojans' Ben Hayes earned individual medalist honors, finishing with a 4-under 212 for a one-stroke victory over BYU's Oscar Alvarez.

Sophomore Ryan Gilmour finished in a tie for 30th with a 226.

Sophomore Jonathan Green, despite carding five birdies on the day, posted a 76 and finished 48th.

Finishing right behind Green were freshman Vincent Johnson, tying for 49th, and sophomore Jay Ross in 58th.

'We'll look back and learn from our mistakes this week and get better as the season goes on,' Watts said.

OSU plays next in the Alister MacKenzie Invitational, Oct. 11-12 in Fairfax, Calif.

TEAM SCORES (PAR 360/1080) *

1. USC 356-359-370--1085; 2. Brigham Young 371-363-358--1092; 3. Washington 367-370-357--1094; 4. Minnesota 366-371-370--1107; 4. Coastal Carolina 370-365-372--1107; 6. UC-Irvine 368-368-383--1119; 7. UC-Davis 373-371-377--1121; 8. Oregon State 381-377-381--1139; 9. Washington State 376-393-375--1144; 10. San Diego State 389-382-378--1149.

INDIVIDUAL SCORES (PAR 72/216)

1. Ben Hayes, USC 69-71-72--212; 2. Oscar Alvarez, Brigham Young 73-68-72--213; 3. Greg Machtaler, Brigham Young 70-72-72--214; 3. Josh Persons, Minnesota 71-71-72--214; 3.Alex Prugh, Washington 75-71-68--214.

OREGON STATE SCORES

T23. Mitch Gillis 75-73-75--223; t23. Brad Simpson 74-74-75--223; t30. Ryan Gilmour 74-76-76--226; 48. Jonathan Green 78-79-76--233; t49. Vincent Johnson 81-75-79--235; 58. Jay Ross 80-79-82--241;

* - Top five scores count toward team total

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