Men's Golf Off To Sunny California For Alister MacKenzie Invitational

Oct. 9, 2004

CORVALLIS, Ore.- -

TEEING OFF: The Oregon State men's golf team heads to Fairfax, Calif. Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 11-12 for the Alister MacKenzie Invitational at The Meadow Club. Teams will play 36 holes on Monday and the final 18 on Tuesday. The top four scores from each five-man team count toward the team totals in each round. Teams begin teeing off at 7:25 a.m on Monday and 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday.

THE FIELD: Oregon State will be joined by Pac-10 rivals California (host), Stanford, Washington, and Oregon, as well as Purdue, Kansas State, Illinois, Northwestern, San Francisco, Cal Poly, Pacific, San Jose State, Long Beach State, and Nevada.

THE COURSE: The Meadow Club carries a par of 71 and will play to 6,585 yards.

OSU'S LINEUP: Sophomore Ryan Gilmour, senior Brad Simpson, sophomore Mitch Gillis, sophomore Jonathan Green, and freshman Vincent Johnson will make up OSU's lineup.

LAST YEAR AT THE ALISTER MACKENZIE: Host California won the second-annual event after erasing a 14-stroke deficit going into the final round. The Golder Bears finished two strokes ahead of Northwestern with an 11-under 273 and a three-round total of 833. UCLA's Steve Conway earned individual medalist honors with a 13-under 200. OSU posted a team total of 7-under 845, good enough for fourth place. OSU's Brian Kelley led the Beavers with a 6-under 207, placing him tied for fifth.

COACH'S OUTLOOK: OSU head coach Brian Watts on this week's tournament: 'We're going down there to play a great tournament and a great field, so we'll really be tested this week. This is the third year of the Alister MacKenzie and we get the opportunity of playing against the defending national champion (Cal), so we are looking forward to that challenge. This golf course is really short, but with severe greens, our short game will be tested. I am looking forward to seeing our hard work this week pay off.

PLAYER NOTES:

Ryan Gilmour (So., Canby, Ore.) (73.5/69/6 rds.) Ryan began his season in impressive fashion with a 1-under 215 at the Northwest Collegiate Classic, good enough to place him tied for 12th.

Brad Simpson (Sr., Vancouver, Wash.) (73.83/70/6 rds.) After leading last year's team in stroke average and top-ten finishes, Brad most recently tied for 23rd at the Husky invite with a 7-over 223.

Mitch Gillis (So., Williams Lake, B.C.) (73.0/71/6 rds.) Mitch posted a career-low 215 at the Northwest Collegiate Classic and tied for 12th place overall.

Jonathan Green (So., Sisters, Ore.) (72.67/65/6 rds.) Jonathan opened the 2004 fall season with his first collegiate win at the Collegiate Classic. His 13-under 203 set both school and tournament records and his opening-round 65 is a personal best.

Vincent Johnson (Fr., Portland, Ore.) (74.33/68/6 rds.) Vincent began his collegiate career impressively at the Northwest Collegiate Classic by firing a 5-under 211 and placing 4th.

COACHING STAFF AT A GLANCE:

Brian Watts is in his fourth year at the helm of the Oregon State program, and has his team poised for success again in 2004-05. With a host of young talent and savvy veterans in the lineup, Watts' squad is both deep and skilled. Watts served five seasons as the assistant for the men's and women's squads prior to becoming head coach, helping the men's team to 12th place at the 2001 NCAA Championships.

Anjeanette Brown (formerly Dabbs) returns to Oregon State as the men's assistant. Brown, an All-Pac-10 selection in 1998 and 1999, is one of the most successful golfers in OSU history. Brown shares OSU's lowest single round (69), and is the last women's golfer to claim an individual tournament win, earning medalist honors in the 1997 Pepperdine Wave Invitational. She helped the Beavers to the 1998 NCAA Championships. Prior to her return to OSU, Brown served as the director of youth programs for the Colorado Golf Association in Denver since 2001.

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