Pacific-10 Championships On Deck For Men's Golf
April 24, 2005
CORVALLIS, Ore.- -
TEEING OFF: With a shot at an appearance in the NCAA Regional Championships on the line, the Oregon State men's golf team looks for low scores at the 46th Pacific-10 Conference Championships, Mon.-Wed., April 25-27 in Walla Walla, Wash.
Each team will be comprised of six golfers, with the top five individual scores from each team counting toward the team total each round. Two rounds will be played Monday, while Tuesday and Wednesday will yield one round each for a total of 72 holes.
Teams will begin Monday at 7 a.m. at both the first and 10th tees of the par-71, 6,606-yard Walla Walla Country Club.
Oregon State (ranked 61st in the latest Golfweek Index) will face off against Pac-10 foes, including five teams ranked in the top 30 nationally. These are USC (14), UCLA (16), Arizona State (17), Arizona (24), and Washington (29), as well as Stanford (50), Oregon (66), California (75), and Washington State (105, host).
'I think the guys are ready to play,' said Coach Brian Watts. 'It's a fairly short course with small greens that requires good iron play to get the ball close to the hole, but it's in great shape. We are eager to play.'
Arizona won last year's Pac-10s by five strokes over rival Arizona State. It was the closest margin of victory at the Pac-10s since 2001.
The Wildcats' Henry Liaw claimed individual medalist honors with a 9-under 279.
OSU finished eighth, led by Simpson, who tied for 14th.
Simpson, Gilmour, and MacKenzie all participated in last year's tournament, while Oliver, Gillis, and Johnson will be competing in their first conference championship tournament.
The Beavers opened the fall season in a big way with a victory at the Northwest Collegiate Classic. In five fall tournaments, OSU earned two team titles and placed second or better in three appearances.
Gilmour claimed the top individual honor at the Wolfpack Classic and sophomore Jonathan Green set both school and tournament records with a victory at the Collegiate Classic. Gilmour also holds the low stroke average on the team with a 73.0 while Green fired the low round on the year with a 7-under 65 in his first round of the season.
MacKenzie, Simpson, and Johnson all have posted top-10 finishes on the season as well.
The NCAA West Regional Tournament will be held at Stanford Golf Course, May 19-21. NCAA Championships will take place at Caves Valley Golf Course in Baltimore, Md., June 1-4 (hosted by Loyola College).
'A good showing here will give us an opportunity to participate in the postseason,' said Watts.
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.