OSU Takes Alister MacKenzie Title

Oct. 12, 2004

FAIRFAX, Calif.- -

The Oregon State men's golf team took its second title in three tournaments Tuesday with an impressive win at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational at the par-71 Meadow Club. OSU was the only team to post a three-round total under par at 848.

Senior Brad Simpson led the charge for the Beavers, firing a 2-under 211, including a final-round 67, tying his career low. He finished tied for fifth, his best finish of the year and his second-best finish as a Beaver.

'Brad played well today and had no bogies, which really set the tempo for us,' said OSU head coach Brian Watts.

In an inspiring move, sophomore Ryan Gilmour not only played in the final round Tuesday, but carded a 2-under 69 to help secure the victory for OSU. This came only a day after having minor surgery to remove a tonsil abscess that forced him to withdraw from the second round.

'That guy absolutely gutted it out when he had no business playing at all,' said Watts.

'His teammates and I were very impressed with his will to compete.'

Freshman Vincent Johnson joined Simpson in the top ten after posting an even-par 213, earning him tenth place alone.

Sophomores Mitch Gillis and Jonathan Green provided solid performances as well. Gillis placed in the top 20, tying for 19th, and Green finished tied for 27th.

Oregon State's margin of victory was seven strokes over Purdue (ranked 20th in the latest Golfweek poll) as the Beavers led wire-to-wire. Host California came in third, one stroke behind the Boilermakers.

'It's a nice win for our program and is something we've needed for a long time,' said an ecstatic Watts.

Oregon State was the only team in the tournament to post all three rounds under par.

'To win two of our first three tournaments on two completely opposite courses is incredibly encouraging,' added Watts.

OSU won the Northwest Collegiate title one month ago to open the season.

Dillon Dougherty of Northwestern and Bobby Bennett of Purdue shared individual medalist honors, each with a 6-under 207.

Watts is happy to see this team come together:

'Our hard work is finally paying off and it's encouraging to see these guys compete. The guys expect to play well now and as a result this is one tight-knit and confident group.'

The Beavers play next in the Wolfpack Invitational, Oct. 18-19 in Reno, Nev.

TEAM SCORES (PAR 284/852)

1. Oregon State 282-283-283--848; 2. Purdue 288-280-287--855; 3. California 291-288-287--856; 4. Northwestern 282-293-293--858; 5. Kansas State 292-280-287--859; 6. Illinois 289-292-282--863; 7. Cal Poly 284-288-292--864; 8. Washington 290-299-281--870; 9. Oregon 291-289-295--875; 10. Stanford 299-294-291--884; 11. Pacific 289-303-295--887; 12. San Jose State 306-288-297--891; 13. Nevada 300-295-297--892; 14. San Francisco 299-292-308--899; 15. Long Beach State 296-299-313--908.

INDIVIDUAL SCORES (PAR 71/213)

1. Dillon Dougherty, Northwestern 70-70-67--207; 1. Bobby Bennett, Purdue 71-68-68--207; 3. Alex Prugh, Washington 70-71-69--210; 3. David Merkow, Northwestern 70-67-73--210; 5. Garrett Chaussard, Illinois 71-71-69--211; 5. Travis Bertoni, Cal Poly 69-67-75--211; 5. Brad Simpson, Oregon State 74-70-67--211; 5. J.J. Scurich, Cal Poly 68-72-71--211; 5. Kyle Dowden, California 68-72-71--211.

OREGON STATE SCORES

T5. Brad Simpson 74-70-67--211; 10. Vincent Johnson 69-70-74--213; t19. Mitch Gillis 73-71-73--217; t27. Jonathan Green 72-72-75--219; WD. Ryan Gilmour 68-WD-69.

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