Cardinal Men In Ninth At Oregon Duck Invitational

March 21, 2005

Eugene, Ore. - The Stanford men's golf team shot rounds of 289 and 296 on the first day of competition at the Oregon Duck Invitational men's golf tournament, played Monday at the par-72, 6,854-yard Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Oregon. Their two-round total of 585 (+9) puts them in ninth place overall.

Georgia Tech carded a pedestrian 291 in the opening round, but then played like the nation's No. 2 team with a 7-under 281 Monday afternoon for a 572 total. The Yellow Jackets have a two stroke lead on Oregon and Washington, who were tied for second at 2-under 574. San Diego State (575), Nevada (577) and Pepperdine (579) were all within seven strokes of the lead.

Individually, Michael Putnam of Pepperdine used a sizzling 66 during the afternoon round to grab the tournament lead at 8-under 136. Justin Madison of San Jose State was second at 138, while Roberto Castro of Georgia Tech and James Lepp of Washington were tied for third at 139.

For the Cardinal, freshman Teddy Collins fired rounds of 69 and 76 (145) to tie for 21st individually. Teammate Zack Miller is tied for 25th with a two-over par 146 after carding rounds of 71 and 75 today. Rob Grube checks in tied for 46th with a 149 (72-77) along with teammate Matt Savage (77-72). Senior Kevin Blue is tied for 53rd heading into tomorrow's final round with a 150 (77-73).

The final round gets underway at 8 a.m. Tuesday morning.

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