WSU Finishes Seventh at Duck Invitational

March 24, 2009

EUGENE, Ore. - The Washington State men's golf team finished in seventh place at the par-72, 7,033-yard Eugene Country Club. The Cougars posted a team score of 895, four strokes back of the top five.

Sophomore Nick Ellis and junior Austin Hurt led the Cougars. Ellis carded a 70 (-2) in the first round and a 77 (+5) in the second round. In the final round he posted a 76 (+4) for a three-round score of 223 (+7). Hurt moved up 17 positions in the final round after posting a score of 69 (-3). Ellis and Hurt each finished in a tie for 27th place, only one stroke out of the top 25.

Freshman Trent Sanders was even in the final round to post a three-round score of 227 (+11).

'We didn't play as well as a team today as we would have liked, but Austin and Trent played great!' said WSU Head Coach Walt Williams.

Junior Kevin Tucker finished with a three-round score of 229 (+13).

Wrapping up the Cougar scorers were freshman Paul Mitzel who posted a 234 (+18) and junior Nick Grigsby who competed as an individual carded a 229(+13).

'We still need to get four scores together and I think we'll get there now that our home course is open,' said Williams. 'Hopefully the weather starts warming up for practice.'

Next up for the Cougars is the Stevinson Ranch Invitational, April 6-7 in Stevinson, Calif.

Oregon Duck InvitationalMarch 23-24, 2009Eugene Country ClubPar 72, 7,033 yardsFinal Results

WSU Results: T27. Nick Ellis (70-77-76-223, +7), T27. Austin Hurt (74-80-69-223, +7), T39. Trent Sanders (79-76-72-227, +11), T47. Kevin Tucker (75-76-78-229, +13), T70. Paul Mitzel (72-82-80-234, +18), *T47. Nick Grigsby (76-76-77-229, +13).

Team Results: 1. Washington (859, -5), 2. Oregon (874, +10), 3. Oregon State (879, +15), 4. Colorado (886, +22), 5. UC Davis (891, +27), 6. Pepperdine (893, +29), 7. WSU (895, +31), 8. UAB (896, +32), 9. Idaho (899, +35), T10. Pacific (913, +49), T10. Portland (913, +49), T12. Utah (916, +52), T12. St. Mary's-California (916, +52).

Top Five Individuals: 1. Nick Taylor, Washington (70-73-68-211,-5), *2. Jack Dukeminier, Oregon (69-73-70-212, -4), 3. Richard Lee, Washington (75-73-67-215, -1), 4. Andrew Putnam, Pepperdine (74-70-72-216, E), T5. Daniel Miernicki, Oregon (67-78-72-217, +1), *T5. Alex Moore, Oregon State (75-70-72-217, +1).

*Individual Players

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