Men's Golf Opens Spring Season Up North

Feb. 18, 2005

CORVALLIS, Ore.- -

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TEEING OFF: The Oregon State men's golf team heads to Auburn, Wash., Feb. 21-22 for the Washington National Winter Championship. The 54-hole tournament begins Monday at 8:00 a.m. with a modified shotgun start and continues Tuesday at 7:45 a.m with a shotgun start. Teams will play 36 holes Monday and 18 on the final day. Scores will count in a play five-score four format.

THE FIELD: Joining Oregon State will be host Washington, Gonzaga, Idaho, Oregon, Portland, St. Martin's, Washington State, and Western Washington.

THE COURSE: Washington National Golf Club will play host to the tournament. It will carry a par of 72 and play to 7,300 yards.

OSU'S LINEUP: OSU will send its JV squad to this tournament. It will consist of junior Tim Sundseth, freshman Clayton Moe, sophomore Jay Ross, senior Cameron MacKenzie, and freshman Jeremiah Oliver.

THE TOURNAMENT: This is the inaugural year for the event and will be a B-team event for the Huskies as well as the Beavers.

SPRING SEASON OUTLOOK: The Beavers placed second or better in three of five tournaments this past fall, including two wins. The team is now ranked 42nd in the nation (Golfweek) and is poised to continue a successful season. The Beavers claimed two individual titles from Ryan Gilmour and Jonathan Green and ten top-20 individual finishes. Senior Brad Simpson played in all five fall tournaments and leads the team with a 72.71 stroke average. Green fired the low round of the year with a 65 at the Northwest Collegiate Classic en route to his first collegiate victory. Solid play from sophomore Mitch Gillis and freshman Vincent Johnson complimented the Beavers' strong performances.

BEAVERS IN THE RANKINGS: According to data from www.golfstat.com, the Beavers rank first in the nation in total short game with a .644 rating and tenth in subpar shots per round at 3.35. Sophomore Ryan Gilmour is ranked fifth individually in putts on greens in regulation (GIR) with 1.735 and eighth in subpar strokes per round at 4.54. Sophomore Mitch Gillis is fifth individually in total short game with a rating of .737.

PLAYER NOTES:

Ryan Gilmour (So., Canby, Ore.) (72.38/68/13 rds.) Ryan tied for first at the rain-shortened Wolf Pack Classic with a 5-under 139... withdrew from the second round of the Alister MacKenzie due to a tonsil abscess, but shot 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.

Brad Simpson (Sr., Vancouver, Wash.) (72.71/67/14 rds.) Brad finished the fall season with a tie for 30th at the Turtle Bay Intercollegiate... tied for tenth at the Wolf Pack Clasic with a 2-under 142... 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.

Vincent Johnson (Fr., Portland, Ore.) (73.21/66/14 rds.) Vince most recently tied for 22nd at the Turtle Bay Intercollegiate, including a 6-under in his second round... tied for 25th at the Wolf Pack Classic... 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.

Mitch Gillis (So., Williams Lake, B.C.) (73.14/71/14 rds.) Mitch tied for 25th at the Wolf Pack Classic... 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.) (74.36/65/14 rds.) Jonathan tied for 27th at the 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.

Clayton Moe (Fr., Longview, Wash.) (71.0/71/3.) Clayton began his college career at the Northwest Collegiate Classic with a 3-under 213, earning him a tie for eighth.

Mitch Gillis (So., Williams Lake, B.C.) (73.14/71/14 rds.) Mitch tied for 25th at the Wolf Pack Classic... 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.

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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