OSU Moves Up To Fourth At Turtle Bay

Nov. 2, 2004

KAHUKU, Haw.- -

Freshman Vincent Johnson led the Oregon State men's golf team Tuesday by firing a 6-under 66 as the Beavers moved up to fourth place after the second round of the Turtle Bay Intercollegiate. Johnson is now tied for sixth with a two-round 4-under 140.

'Vince had a great round today,' said head coach Brian Watts. 'He had only 25 putts and a lot of birdies.'

On a day that saw many more rounds under par on the easier and shorter Fazio course, Johnson's 66 was tied for the low round of the day and tournament. This is also Johnson's career-low collegiate round.

Oregon State fired a 7-under 281 as a team and sits at even-par with a two-day total of 576.

'It wasn't easy, but we played solid today,' added Watts.

'The wind increased as the day went on and I am really impressed how the guys would rebound from bogies with birdies.'

Senior Brad Simpson and sophomore Mitch Gillis are just four strokes behind Johnson at even-par 144. They are tied for 17th overall.

First-round leader UNLV held on to its advantage Tuesday and maintains a slim three-stroke lead over host Hawai'i with a 12-under 564. UC-Riverside is in third at 568.

Cody Wolfenbarger of Hawai'i used a second-round 66 to surge into the lead and holds a two-stroke advantage over Liam Hendregan of St. Mary's with a 9-under 135.

Sophomore Jonathan Green, after posting an 80 on Monday, came out firing and carded a 2-under 70 on Tuesday. He is tied for 76th with a 152.

Sophomore Ryan Gilmour posted a 75 and has a two-round total of 153.

'We need a few guys to step up tomorrow and shoot under par,' Watts said about Wednesday's final round.

'The Palmer course is difficult in itself, and if the wind blows like it is supposed to tomorrow, even par will be great as a team.

'The guys are in good spirits and we had a good practice this afternoon, so we're ready to come out tomorrow and compete and are happy to be in the final group.'

The tournament concludes Wednesday as the final round shifts back to the longer Palmer course. Teams will tee off in the morning with a shotgun start.

TEAM SCORES (PAR 288/576)

1. UNLV 286-278--564; 2. Hawai'i 291-276--567; 3. UC-Riverside 287-281--568; 4. Oregon State 295-281--576; 5. St. Mary's 292-285--577; 6. Santa Clara 299-279--578; 7. San Diego 298-281--579; 7. Virginia 289-290--579; 9. Central Oklahoma 287-294--581; 10. Tulane 300-285--585; 11. Weber State 304-284--588; 12. Washington State 297-292--589; 13. Idaho 296-295--591; 14. Portland 299-295--594; 15. Hawai'i-Hilo 309-286--595; 16. CSU-Stanislaus 308-289--597; 17. Osaka Gakuin 302-297--599; 17. Hawai'i B 303-296--599; 19. San Francisco 307-317--624.

INDIVIDUAL SCORES (PAR 72/144)

1. Cody Wolfenbarger, Hawai'i 69-66--135; 2. Liam Kendregan, St. Mary's 71-66--137; 3. Brandon Hillpot, UC-Riverside 73-66--139; 3. Bucky Coe, San Diego 70-69--139; 3. Travis Whisman, UNLV 69-70--139.

OREGON STATE SCORES

T6. Vincent Johnson 74-66--140; t17. Brad Simpson 72-72--144; t17. Mitch Gillis 71-73--144; t76. Jonathan Green 82-70--152; t82. Ryan Gilmour 78-75--153.

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