Men's Golf To Participate In PING/ASU Thunderbird Invitational

April 11, 2001

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WHAT'S ON TAP: Oregon travels to Tempe, Ariz., to participate in the PING/ASU Thunderbird Invitational, April 13-14 at Karsten Golf Course (par 72, 7,027 yards).

THE FIELD: Nine of the nation's top 30 teams will compete in this year's PING/ASU Invitational, including No. 10 Oklahoma, No. 11 New Mexico, No. 12 USC, No. 14 Oklahoma State, No. 15 Arizona State, No. 16 Brigham Young, No. 25 Arizona, No. 27 Oregon and No. 30 UNLV. Rounding out the field are California, Cal State-Northridge, Fresno, Houston, Oregon State, Pepperdine, Stanford, Texas, UCLA, UTEP, Virginia and Washington, with Arizona and Arizona State having added a second team.

OREGON IN THE PING/ASU THUNDERBIRD INVITATIONAL:The Ducks finished in a tie for fifth at last year's tournament, which was won by host Arizona State. Oregon shot a 862 composite, compared to the Sun Devils' 846. Senior Andrew Treadway paced the Ducks, shooting a two-under 214, and Ryan Lavoie tallied an even-par 216 over three rounds.

Aaron Byers Jr.-1V Albany, Ore. (Linn-Benton CC)
John Ellis So.-TR San Jose, Calif. (Gavilan CC)
Matt Genovese Sr.-1V Boulder, Colo. (Boulder HS)
Chris Carnahan So.-1V Albany, Ore. (West Albany HS)
Mike Sica Fr.-RS San Francisco, Calif. (St. Ignatius HS)

NOSLER QUOTES: 'This will be a great experience for us. We are going to be playing against an abundance of high ranked teams. Hopefully we will be able to rise to the occassion and compete well against this field of great teams. This will definitely be a big test for us.'

WESTERN INTERCOLLEGIATE RECAP: Oregon complied a three-round total of 850 to place first in the 55th annual Western Intercollegiate, held April 2-3 in Santa Cruz, Calif. The win marked Oregon's first tournament victory since hosting the Oregon Duck Invitational in 1999. The Ducks finished 17 strokes ahead of second-place Washington, their largest margin of victory since 1991's Robert Holmes Collegiate Invitational. Chris Carnahan and John Ellis finished the tournament at even-par 210 and tied for third overall, and Matt Genovese tied for 10th, with a six-over 216.

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