MacKenzie Leads Beavers In California

Feb. 28, 2005

WASTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif.- - Senior Cameron MacKenzie fired two even-par rounds of 71 Monday and is tied for fifth after the first two rounds of the Ashworth Collegiate at the par-71 North Ranch Country Club. The Beavers are in tenth with a team total of 16-over 595, just one stroke behind Vanderbilt and Washington.

MacKenzie had three birdies in his final nine holes of the day to secure his second 71.

'He's been working extremely hard,' OSU head coach Brian Watts said of MacKenzie. 'A lot of quality practice enabled him to get ready for this tournament and he's playing with a lot of confidence.'

Senior Brad Simpson played consistent golf Monday, carding rounds of 74 and 75. Simpson is tied for 35th with a 149.

'Overall, the guys struggled this afternoon coming in and didn't finish very strong,' noted Watts. 'This is a golf course that's had a bunch of rain and they haven't mowed the rough, and with already tight fairways, the course is playing really tough.

'It was our first competition in four months, so the guys are a little rusty and not quite polished, but I expect them to make a few mistakes.'

Tennessee leads the team standings with a 5-under 563, four strokes ahead of host USC. The Volunteers and the Trojans each have two players in the top five individually.

Georgia Southern's Aron Price carded eight birdies and just one bogey on his way to a second-round 64 and leads all other individuals with a 9-under 133. Tennessee's Ross McGowan is in second at 136.

Freshman Vincent Johnson opened with a 2-over 73, but struggled in the second round and finished the day tied for 58th at 154.

'Vince got off to a great start,' added Watts, 'but struggled after the first nine of the day.'

Freshman Tim Sundseth posted a score of 156 and it tied for 62nd.

Sophomore Mitch Gillis rebounded after an opening-round 85 with a 75 in the second round and posted a total of 160.

'The guys are in good spirits, but are obviously disappointed by how we finished,' said Watts. 'We'll go out tomorrow and play a little more aggressively and hope for the best.'

The final round begins Tuesday morning at 7:45 a.m. off holes one and ten.

TEAM SCORES (PAR 284/568)

1. Tennessee 284-279--563; 2. USC 287-280--567; 3. BYU 291-280--571; 3. Georgia Southern 286-285--571; 5. Stanford 299-285--584; 6. California 296-290--586; 7. Pepperdine 305-287--592; 8. Vanderbilt 301-293--594; 8. Washington 293-301--594; 10. Oregon State 295-300--595; 11. UC-Riverside 297-299--596; 12. Fresno State 298-302--600; 13. UC-Irvine 305-297--302; 14. Washington State 314-299--613; 15. Oregon 303-313--616.

INDIVIDUAL SCORES (PAR 71/142)

1. Aron Price, Georgia Southern 69-64--133; 2. Ross McGowan, Tennessee 69-67--136; 3. James Lepp, Washington 71-68--139; 4. David Skinns, Tennessee 69-72--141; 5. Ron Harvey Jr., BYU 72-70--142; 5. Ben Hayes, USC 76-66--142; 5. Tyler Ley, USC 70-72--142; 5. Greg Machtaler, BYU 73-69--142; 5. Cameron MacKenzie, Oregon State 71-71--142; 5. Michael Putnam, Pepperdine 74-68--142.

OREGON STATE SCORES

T5. Cameron MacKenzie 71-71--142; t35. Brad Simpson 74-75--149; t58. Vincent Johnson 73-81--154; t62. Tim Sundseth 77-79--156; 76. Mitch Gillis 85-75--160.

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