Ducks Lead by One After Two Rounds of the Northwest Collegiate Classic

Sept. 10, 2001

LEBANON, Ore. - With four golfers in the top 10, the University of Oregon men's golf team shot a 5-under-par 565 Monday to take a one stroke lead over Washington State after two rounds of the Northwest Collegiate Classic, being played at the par-71, 6,693-yard Mallard Creek Golf Course. Tuesday's final round tees off at 8 a.m.

Senior Aaron Byers, from nearby Albany, shot a 2-under 140 with rounds of 69 and 71and was tied for fourth behind Sean Deacon of Oregon State at 137, Michael Jurgensen of Oregon State at 138 and Brandon Mullen of Texas-Arlington at 139.

'The course is in pretty good shape,' said Byers, whose highest career finish, a tie for third, came at the 2001 Duck Invitational. 'If you know where to hit it off the tee, it's a pretty easy short iron to the green. But you can't try to overpower the course.'

Defending Northwest Collegiate Classic individual champion Chris Carnahan, a junior from Albany, led a trio of Ducks tied for ninth at even par 142. Carnahan had rounds of 68-74, while junior John Ellis shot 74-68 and senior Brandon Harnden 73-69. Sophomore and Eugene native Jimmy White, competing as an individual, was tied for 17th with a 70-73-143.

As a team, Oregon's 283-282 rounds were enough to hold off Washington State, which finished the day with a 4-under 566. Oregon State was five stokes off the pace at 570, followed by Texas-Arlington at 572 and Denver at 576. Defending team champion Nevada was 16 strokes back in eighth place with a 581.

'I didn't think we did anything too spectacular today, we just played up to our ability,' said Oregon coach Steve Nosler. 'We let a few strokes slip away at the end, but just about everybody did that.'

'We talked about putting ourselves in a position to win and now that we've done that, we are not going to be satisfied with second place. We've got to go out there and finish this thing.'

The Ducks are trying to win their first Northwest Collegiate Classic since tying for first with UCLA and Washington at Trysting Tree in 1998. Oregon hasn't won this tournament outright since edging Stanford by a stroke in 1991 at Trysting Tree, when it was a spring event. It would also mark the second win in the last six tournaments for the Ducks, who won by 17 strokes at last spring's Western Intercollegiate in Santa Cruz, Calif.

Northwest Collegiate Classic
Mallard Creek Golf Course
Lebanon, Ore.
Second Round
6,693 Yards, Par-71

TEAM SCORES - 1, Oregon, 283-282-565. 2, Washington State, 286-280-566. 3, Oregon State, 283-287-570. 4, Texas-Arlington, 286-286-572. 5, Denver, 285-289-574. 6, Cal State Bakersfield, 288-288-576. 7, Long Beach State, 288-291-579. 8, Nevada, 289-292-581. 9, Louisiana-Monroe, 287-295-582. 10, Oregon State B, 296-287-583. 11, UC Irvine, 294-291-585. 12, San Jose State, 296-290-586. 13, Portland, 300-296-596. 14, Portland State, 303-303-606.

TOP 10 - 1. Sean Deacon, Oregon State, 70-67-137. 2, Michael Jurgensen, Oregon State, 70-68-138. 3, Brandon Mullen, Texas-Arlington, 69-70-139. 4 (tie), Aaron Byers, Oregon, 69-71-140, Dustin White, Washington State, 71-69-140, Tommy Hart, Denver, 67-73-140. 7 (tie), Luke Main, Texas-Arlington, 68-73-141, Kevin Klebe, Cal State Bakersfield, 69-72-141, 9 (tie), Chris Carnahan, Oregon, 68-74-142, John Ellis, Oregon, 74-68-142, Brandon Harnden, 73-69-142, Jon Reehorn, Washington State, 71-71-142, John Witherall, San Jose State, 72-70-142, Torey Edwards, Long Beach State, 70-72-142, Jeremy Taylor, Washington State, 73-69-142, Mike Lavery, UC Irvine, 73-69-142.

OTHER OREGON FINISHERS - 17 (tie), Jimmy White, 70-73-143. 56 (tie), Chris Heniff, 73-78-151. 63, Ben Auten, 74-79-153.

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