Wolf Pack Classic Next Up For Men's Golf

Oct. 17, 2004

CORVALLIS, Ore.- -

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TEEING OFF: The Oregon State men's golf team will be in Reno, Nevada Mon.-Tues., Oct. 18-19 for the 28th annual Wolf Pack Golf Classic at the par-72 Wolf Run Golf Club. The top four scores from each five man team will count toward the team total. Two rounds will be played Monday and the final round begins Tuesday morning. Teams tee off at 8:00 a.m. both days with a shotgun start.

THE FIELD: Joining Oregon State will be Nevada (host), Air Force, Boise State, Denver, Fresno State, Hawai'i, Lamar, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose State, UCLA-B, UCSB, Utah, UTEP, Washington State, Wichita State, and Wyoming.

THE COURSE: Wolf Run Golf Club will host the event. It carries a par of 72 and plays to a lengthy 7,100 yards.

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

LAST YEAR AT THE WOLF PACK CLASSIC: Denver took home the team title with an 18-under 846. Utah's Garrett Clegg earned individual medalist honors with an 11-under 205, just one stroke ahead of Hawai'i's Matthew Kodama and UTEP's Chris Baryla. Oregon State last participated in this tournament in 1998 and won by three strokes over Oregon.

TOURNAMENT OUTLOOK: OSU is coming off a win at last week's Alister MacKenzie Invitational and two wins in three tournaments for the season. The Beavers are getting strong leadership from senior Brad Simpson, who tied for fifth at the Alister MacKenzie, as well as consistent performance from Mitch Gillis, Ryan Gilmour, and Vincent Johnson. Oregon State vaulted to 42nd in the latest Golfweek rankings after last week's win and are looking to repeat this week against a large, competitive field.

PLAYER NOTES:

Brad Simpson (Sr., Vancouver, Wash.) (72.67/67/9 rds.) Brad tied for fifth at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational to lead the Beavers with a 2-under 211, including a career-low 67 in the final round... tied for 23rd at the Husky invite with a 7-over 223.

Ryan Gilmour (So., Canby, Ore.) (72.25/68/8 rds.) Ryan withdrew from the second round of last week's Alister MacKenzie due to a tonsil abscess, but fired first and final rounds of 68 and 69, respectively... began his season in impressive fashion with a 1-under 215 at the Northwest Collegiate Classic, good enough to place him tied for 12th.

Mitch Gillis (So., Williams Lake, B.C.) (72.78/71/9 rds.) Mitch tied for 19th at the Alister MacKenzie with a 4-over 217... posted a career-low 215 at the Northwest Collegiate Classic and tied for 12th place overall.

Jonathan Green (So., Sisters, Ore.) (72.78/65/9 rds.) Jonathan tied for 27th at last week's Alister MacKenzie... 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.) (73.22/68/9 rds.) Vince most recently placed tenth at the Alister MacKenzie after posting an even-par 213... 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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