Ducks Tied for 11th at Rain-Shortened Cleveland Golf Classic

March 5, 2001

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. -- Senior Matt Genovese shot a 3-over-par 74 Monday to lead the Oregon men's golf team to 11th place after one round of the rain-shortened Cleveland Golf Classic, being played at the 6,815-yard, par-72 North Ranch Country Club. Two rounds were initially scheduled for Monday, but gusty winds and a steady downpour limited play to one round. Continuing poor weather also threatens the final round, which is scheduled to begin Tuesday at 7:30 a.m.

Junior Aaron Byers shot a 4-over 75 to stand tied for 21st, while Brandon Harnden fired a 6-over 77 and was tied for 38th. Oregon State's David Yarnes led the tournament after an opening round of 1-under 70.

'I don't need to make any excuses about the weather,' said Oregon coach Steve Nosler. 'There were 14 other teams out there playing in the same conditions and it's not going to be any easier tomorrow.'

Arizona State led the team competition by shooting a round of 294, followed by Washington and Oregon State at 296. No. 19 Texas Christian fired a 301. Oregon came in at 307.

'The way the conditions are, if we play as well as we are capable of playing as a team, we could be leading at the turn,' said Nosler, whose team is just six strokes out of fourth. 'There is also the possibility it could get rained out and it won't count towards regional rankings, but we don't deserve to get bailed out that easy. I would rather have our guys come out and fight and play their way through this.'

Cleveland Golf Classic
North Ranch Country Club
Westlake Village, Calif.
First Round
6,815 Yards, Par-71

TEAM SCORES - 1, Arizona State, 294. 2 (tie), Washington, 296, Oregon State, 296. 4, Texas Christian, 301. 5, USC, 302. 6 (tie), Fresno State, 304, Houston, 304. 8(tie), New Mexico, 305, California, 305. 10, UCLA, 306. 11 (tie), Oregon, 307, Minnesota, 307. 13, Oklahoma, 309. 14, Brigham Young, 310. 15, Pepperdine, 312.

OREGON FINISHERS - 13 (tie), Matt Genovese, 74. 21 (tie), Aaron Byers, 75. 38 (tie), Brandon Harnden, 77. 66 (tie), Chris Carnahan, 81. 80 (tie), T.J. Duncan, 86.

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