Beavers Take On Tough Field At Ashford Collegiate
Feb. 26, 2005
CORVALLIS, Ore.- -
TEEING OFF: The Oregon State men's golf team travels to a wet Westlake Village, Calif. for the Ashford Collegiate Invitational, Mon.-Tues., Feb. 28-Mar. 1. Teams are scheduled to play 36 holes on Monday and the final 18 on Tuesday. Scoring will be done in a play five-score four format. Monday's rounds will begin at 7:30 a.m. with a shotgun start and tee times for Tuesday commence at 7:45 a.m. off holes one and ten.
THE FIELD: Joining Oregon State (ranked 40th in the latest Golfweek poll) will be Brigham Young (10), Pepperdine (33), Stanford (49), Tennessee (23), Washington (20), Washington State (82), Georgia Southern (27), Oregon (77), California (73), Vanderbilt (44), UC-Riverside (38), Fresno State (70), UC-Irvine (50), and host USC (8).
THE COURSE: The 6,815-yard North Ranch Country Club will play host to the tournament and carry a par of 71.
THE TOURNAMENT: Texas won last year's tournament by 15 strokes over host USC with a 5-under 847. Oregon State tied with Pepperdine for 11th at 891. The Longhorns' Matthew Rosenfeld claimed individual medalist honors with a 5-under 208. Brad Simpson tied for 43rd and Cameron MacKenzie tied for 51st.
SPRING SEASON OUTLOOK: The Beavers placed second or better in three of five tournaments this past fall, including two wins, and the JV squad finished fifth in last week's Winter Championship. The team is now ranked 40th in the nation (Golfweek) and is poised to continue a successful season. The Beavers have 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 complemented the Beavers' strong performances.
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.
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.
Tim Sundseth (Jr., Redmond, Ore.) (77.20/76/5 rds.) Tim most recently tied for 14th at the Winter Championship... opened his Division-I college career at the Northwest Collegiate Classic last fall.
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.
Cameron MacKenzie (Sr., Vancouver, B.C.) (75.0/72/2 rds.) Cameron played his first tournament of the 2004-05 season at the Winter Championship and tied for seventh with a 6-over 150, leading the Beavers.
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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