Ellis in First at Pat Hicks Thunderbird Invitational

Feb. 9, 2009

ST. GEORGE, Utah- The Washington State men's golf team was led by sophomore Nick Ellis after one round today at the par-72, 6,758-yard Sunbrook Golf Course. The Cougars posted a team score of 299 (+11), placing them in fifth place and two strokes out of third place.

'It was really tough out today,' said WSU Head Coach Walt Williams. 'We had a two-hour delay for snow and then later in the round it snowed again but we were able to play through it.'

Ellis was even on the front nine and fired a 33 (-3) on the back nine to finish with a first-round score of 69 (-3). Ellis enters the final day of play in first place by one stroke.

'Ellis's 69 is a phenomenal round and he will have a great opportunity tomorrow to get a nice win,' said Williams.

Juniors Austin Hurt and Nick Grigsby each finished in a tie for 27th place after posting a first round score of 76 (+4).

Junior Kevin Tucker fired a 34 (-2) on the back nine and carded a first-round score of 78 (+6). Freshman Trent Sanders posted an opening-round score of 79 (+7).Representing WSU as individual players are sophomore Xavier Dailly and redshirt freshman Ryan Jones. Dailly and Jones each shot a 75 (+3) and currently sit in a tie for 21st.

WSU will play the final nine-hole second round tomorrow. Final results will be posted at www.wsucougars.com.

'I look for the rest of the guys to play a little better tomorrow and move up in the field!' said Williams.

Pat Hicks Thunderbird InviteFeb. 9-10, 2009Sunbrook Golf CoursePar 72, 6,758 yardsResults after Round One of Two

WSU Results- 1. Nick Ellis (36-33-69, -3), T27. Austin Hurt (41-35-76, +4), T27. Nick Grigsby (40-36-76, +4), T49. Kevin Tucker (40-39-79, +6), T57. Trent Sanders (40-39-79, +7), *T21. Xavier Dailly (38-37-75, +3), *T21. Ryan Jones (36-39-75, +3).

Team Results (Men) - T1. San Jose State (291, +3), T1. Southern Utah Univ. (291, +3), T3. CSU-Northridge (297, +9), T3. Denver, U. of (297, +9), 5. WSU (299, +11), 6. Oral Roberts Univ. (301, +13), T7. Weber State Univ. (305, +17), T7. Dixie State (Utah) (305, +17), 9. Charleston (308, +20), 10. Boise State (313, +25), 11. Utah Vally (316, +28), 13. Utah State (318, +33), 14. Grand Canyon (322, +34).

Top Five Individuals: 1. Nick Ellis, WSU (36-33-69, -3), T2. Erik Jarvey, CSUN (36-34-70, -2), T2. Jeff Evans, Southern Utah (34-36-70, -2), T. 4 Matt McArthur, Southern Utah (36-35-71, -1), T4. Jay Myers, SJSU (35-36-71, -1), T4. Scott Stiles, Oral Roberts (37-34-71, -1).

*Individual Players

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