Rain Forces Cancellation Of Final Round Of Western Intercollegiate

March 29, 2005

Santa Cruz, Calif. - Two rain showers in a six-hour period including one at the start of the third round forced cancellation of the third and final roundof the 59th annual Western Intercollegiate men's golf tournament.

The University of Oregon, the leader after 36 holes of the teamcompetition, and J.J. Scurich, tops among the 90 players in the field, were declared champion and medalist, respectively.

'(This morning) The greens became completely saturated and madethem unplayable. With the accumulation of rain from the last week, there was nowhere for the water to go,' said San Jose State coach and tournament director John Dormann.

In college golf, 36 holes of competition qualifies as a a countabletournament for season records and post-season consideration.Oregon finished with a total of 582 on the par 70, 6,445-yardPasatiempo Golf Course. Kansas at 584, UCLA at 586, Stanford at 589, and UC Irvine at 590 round out the top five teams.

Host San Jose State finished seventh at 592 while California tied fortenth at 598. Pacific, 17th at 607, and Santa Clara, 18th at 612, also were in the 18-team tournament.

Cal Poly's J.J. Scurich finished as the only player under par with his138. UCLA's David Im, at even par 140, was second. Kevin Ward ofKansas and Matt Ma of Oregon tied for third at 141. Long Beach State'sJeremy Keller fired a hole-in-one on the eighth hole in the March 28afternoon round en route to a 67, the day's low score, and tied with Garrett Sapp of UC Irvine for fith place at 142.

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