Best Round of the Tournament Lifts Ducks to Eighth

April 29, 2001

STANFORD, Calif. - The third-best round of the day, a 351, was enough to lift the 23rd-ranked Oregon men's golf team into eighth place after the final round of the Pacific-10 Championships Sunday at the 6,786-yard, par 71 Stanford Golf Course.

The 351, which was Oregon's best round of the tournament, gave Oregon a 1440 total that was two strokes better than California in ninth and seven better than tenth place Oregon State. USC held off six-time defending champion Arizona State by four strokes to win the team title with a 1400. Arizona was eight stokes back in third, followed by Washington at 1411, UCLA at 1430, Stanford at 1438 and Washington State at 1439.

Junior Aaron Byers and sophomore John Ellis both finished strong for the Ducks and placed among the league's top 20 individuals. Byers' final round 70 gave him a 283 total to tie for 12th with six other golfers, among them Eugene native Jeff Quinney of Arizona State. Ellis fired a final round 69 to lift him into a three-way tie for 19th at 285.

Two other Oregon golfers also finished in the black numbers Sunday as freshman Mike Sica had a 69 and senior Matt Genovese carded a 70. The two finished the tournament tied for 49th at 296.

Oregon will return to action for the NCAA West Regional, held May 17-19 at Trysting Tree in Corvallis, Ore.

Pacific-10 Conference Championships
Stanford Golf Course
Stanford Calif.
Final Round
6,786 Yards, Par-71

TEAM SCORES - 1, USC, 346-347-358-349-1400. 2, Arizona State, 347-350-361-346-1404. 3, Arizona, 352-351-350-355-1408. 4, Washington, 359-348-351-353-1411. 5, UCLA, 357-347-362-364-1430. 6, Stanford, 354-355-368-361-1438. 7, Washington State, 358-356-366-359-1439. 8, Oregon, 363-364-362-351-1440. 9, California, 357-358-356-371-1442. 10, Oregon State, 364-366-361-356-1447.

OREGON FINISHERS - T12, Aaron Byers, 68-73-72-70-283. T19, John Ellis, 71-70-75-69-285. T34, Chris Carnahan, 75-71-71-73-290. 48, Brandon Harnden, 75-77-70-73-295. T49, Matt Genovese, 74-76-76-70-296, Mike Sica, 79-74-74-69-296.

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