OSU Ties For 11th At Ashworth Invitational

March 1, 2005

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif.- - The Oregon State men's golf team finished the Ashworth Collegiate Tuesday tied for 11th within a talented field at the par-71 North Ranch Country Club. The Beavers posted a team total of 892 for the three-round tournament.

'Our ball striking and poor putting were the differences today,' said OSU head coach Brian Watts.

Senior Cameron MacKenzie, after posting two even-par rounds on Monday, carded a 4-over 75 on Tuesday and finished tied for 17th in his first varsity tournament of the 2004-05 season. MacKenzie recorded four birdies on the day, including two in his even-par front nine, but struggled on the back nine and finished the tournament with a 4-over 217.

Freshman Tim Sundseth posted the best round on the day for the Beavers with a 1-over 72, including three birdies and four bogeys. Sundseth placed tied for 52nd with a total of 228.

'Cam played pretty well for the tournament,' added Watts, 'and Tim played solid golf. He got into some trouble but was able to get out of it and keep his score around par.'

Senior Brad Simpson continued his consistent play with a final-round 74, earning him a tie for 37th at 223.

Tennessee saw its four-stroke lead cut in half Tuesday but pulled out the victory with an even-par 852. BYU took second and host USC placed third.

Georgia Southern's Aron Price, after a brilliant second-round 64 on Monday, came into the final round with a three-stroke lead and fired a 1-under 70 Tuesday to take the individual title with a 10-under 203. Tennessee's Ross McGowan took second with a 5-under 208.

Freshman Vincent Johnson rebounded from a second-round 81 and fired a 76 Tuesday, finishing tied for 59th with a 230.

Sophomore Mitch Gillis completed the tournament at 241.

OSU will play next in the Northwest Classic, March 19 in Bandon, Ore.

'We know what we need to work on and have a couple weeks to prepare,' Watts said.

'We have a lot of work to do to get ready to compete against teams like Georgia Tech and BYU.'

TEAM SCORES (PAR 284/852)

1. Tennessee 284-279-289--852; 2. BYU 291-280-283--854; 3. USC 287-280-294--861; 4. Georgia Southern 286-285-294--865; 5. California 296-290-284--870; 6. Washington 293-301-284--878; 7. Stanford 299-285-296--880; 8. Pepperdine 305-287-291--883; 9. UC-Riverside 297-299-289--885; 10. Fresno State 298-302-288--888; 11. Vanderbilt 301-293-298--892; 11. Oregon State 295-300-297--892; 13. UC-Irvine 305-297-282--894; 14. Washington State 314-299-299--912; 15. Oregon 303-313-305--921.

INDIVIDUAL SCORES (PAR 71/213)

1. Aron Price, Georgia Southern 69-64-70--203; 2. Ross McGowan, Tennessee 69-67-72--208; 3. James Lepp, Washington 71-68-71--210; 4. Ron Harvey Jr., BYU 72-70-69--211; 5. Michael Putnam, Pepperdine 74-68-70--212.

OREGON STATE SCORES

T17. Cameron MacKenzie 71-71-75--217; t37. Brad Simpson 74-75-74--223; t52. Tim Sundseth 77-79-72--228; t59. Vincent Johnson 73-81-76--230; 78. Mitch Gillis 85-75-81--241.

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