Men's Golf Concludes Season At Pac-10s

April 27, 2005

WALLA WALLA, Wash.- - In a disappointing end to a promising season, the Oregon State men's golf team finished 10th Wednesday in the Pacific-10 Conference Championships at the par-71 Walla Walla Country Club. The Beavers posted a four-round total of 1,461.

'We got off to a great start today,' said Coach Brian Watts, 'but the wind picked up on about the 10th hole and we just fell apart.

'It's unfortunate because we were moving up the leaderboard early on.'The Beavers were led by both youth and experience as freshman Vincent Johnson and senior Brad Simpson fired final-round even-par 71s and finished tied for 19th with totals of 3-over 287. This was Simpson's last collegiate tournament.

'Brad played well and brought it back near the end of his round, but overall it was a real struggle today,' Watts said.

Sophomore Ryan Gilmour posted a 3-over 74 and tied for 31st at 7-over 291.

Washington capitalized on poor rounds by UCLA and Arizona State to storm into a tie with the Sun Devils for first place at 1,425, then were declared champions as a result of their cumulative six-man team total in the final round. The Huskies finished with a four-round total of 5-over 1,425.

Washington's Eric Olsen fired a 2-under 69 and claimed individual medalist honors by one stroke over Arizona's Nathan Lashley. Olsen posted a total of 8-under 276.

Senior Cameron MacKenzie finished tied for 48th in his final collegiate appearance, freshman Jeremiah Oliver tied for 57th, and sophomore Mitch Gillis placed 60th.

Watts was disappointed that the seniors had to go out on such a sour note.

'They're going to be greatly missed,' he said. 'It's unfortunate that Cam's (MacKenzie) career was filled with injuries and I know that he wasn't able to reach his potential due to them. I think that his career would have been much more successful here without all the injuries.

'He's a great young man and I know he'll be successful in whatever path he takes from here.'

Simpson will be back next season to help out with the team.

'Brad's going to be involved with the program and still contribute even though his eligibility is up. He's a positive Influence and it will be great to have him around to help the younger guys.'

After a record-breaking fall season, the Beavers were never quite able to perform well during the spring season. After two victories and one second-place finish in the autumn, OSU couldn't manage a finish higher than ninth in six spring tournaments.

'We never got anything going this spring,' added Watts. 'It's unfortunate to have such a great fall season and not make the NCAAs.

'This spring we had plenty of opportunities but never took advantage.'

Now the focus shifts to learning from this spring season and developing the younger players.

'We need to take a good look in the mirror and figure out what's wrong and then work hard this summer.

'The younger guys need to learn from this experience and understand that we need to be consistent to win golf tournaments.'

TEAM SCORES (PAR 355/1,420)

1. Washington 371-353-351-350--1,425; 2. Arizona State 351-358-349-367--1,425; 3. Arizona 356-366-352-354--1,428; 4. UCLA 352-355-354-371--1,432; 5. Oregon 369-357-355-355--1,436; 6. Stanford 363-359-351-365--1,438; 7. USC 362-352-368-362--1,444; 7. California 353-361-368-367--1,449; 9. Washington State 359-358-366-375--1,458; 10. Oregon State 363-366-362-370--1,461.

INDIVIDUAL SCORES (PAR 71/284)

1. Eric Olson, Washington 70-69-68-69--276; 2. Nathan Lashley, Arizona 68-72-68-69--277; 3. Pat Moore, Arizona State 67-67-69-76--279; 4. Rob Grube, Stanford 69-72-66-76--281; 5. Brandon Beck, California 69-69-72-72--282; 5. Justin St. Clair, 70-72-69-71--282.

OREGON STATE SCORES

T19. Vincent Johnson 74-72-70-71--287; t19. Brad Simpson 72-73-71-71--287; t31. Ryan Gilmour 70-72-75-74--291; t48. Cameron MacKenzie 71-73-74-80--298; t57. Jeremiah Oliver 76-76-72-80--304; 60. Mitch Gillis 83-84-81-74--322.

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