Beavers Share Lead At MacKenzie Invitational

Oct. 11, 2004

FAIRFAX, Calif.- - Oregon State freshman Vincent Johnson fired a two-round 3-under 139 Monday to lead the Beavers, who are tied for first place with one round to play of the Alister MacKenzie Invitational at the par-71 Meadow Club. Johnson is tied for third overall.

Three other Beavers are tied for 17th at 144. Brad Simpson, Mitch Gillis, and Jonathan Green are each 2-over after a consistent day for OSU.

Sophomore Ryan Gilmour shared the lead after round one with a 3-under 68, but was pulled off the course during the afternoon round when OSU head coach Brian Watts deemed him unfit to play due to health reasons. He was taken to a local hospital and later treated for a tonsil abscess.

'He gutted it out,' Watts said after Gilmour endured the first round battling exhaustion and dehydration.

'He definitely wants to play tomorrow, so we'll see how he's feeling in the morning.'

Northwestern is tied with Oregon State for the lead at 3-under 565. Purdue is alone in third, three strokes behind.

Cal Poly's Travis Bertoni holds the individual lead with a 6-under 136 after two sub-70 rounds and maintains a one-stroke advantage over David Merkow of Northwestern.

'We're in a position to win, which is what we needed to do,' said a confident Watts.

The final round begins Tuesday morning at 8:00 a.m.


1. Oregon State 282-283--565; 1. Northwestern 282-293--565; 3. Purdue 288-280--568; 4. California 291-288--569; 5. Kansas State 292-280--572; 5. Cal Poly 284-288--572; 7. Oregon 291-289--580; 8. Illinois 289-292--581; 9. Washington 290-299--589; 10. San Francisco 299-292--591; 11. Pacific 289-303--592; 12. Stanford 299-294--593; 13. San Jose State 306-288--594; 14. Nevada 300-295--595; 14. Long Beach State 296-299--595.


1. Travis Bertoni, Cal Poly 69-67--136; 2. David Merkow, Northwestern 70-67--137; 3. Bobby Bennett, Purdue 71-68--139; 3. Vincent Johnson, Oregon State 69-70--139; 5. Duncan Street, San Francisco 71-69--140; 5. Dillon Dougherty, Northwestern 70-70--140; 5. J.J. Scurich, Cal Poly 68-72--140; 5. Kyle Dowden, California 68-72--140.


T3. Vincent Johnson 69-70--139; t17. Brad Simpson 74-70--144; t17. Mitch Gillis 73-71--144; t17. Jonathan Green 72-72--144; Ryan Gilmour 68-WD.

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