Men's Golf Opens Season at Ping Arizona

Feb. 3, 2002

EUGENE, Ore. - The Oregon men's golf team opens the 2002 spring season at the Ping Arizona Intercollegiate, Monday, Feb., 4 and Tuesday Feb. 5 in Tucson, Ariz. The Ducks will send seniors Aaron Byers and Chris Heniff, juniors John Ellis and Chris Carnahan and sophomore Mike Sica into action on the at the 6,900-yard, par-71 Raven Golf Course.

Eight teams ranked among the nation's top 25 are included in the 20-team field, highlighted by No. 4 Oklahoma State, No. 7 USC and No. 11 Fresno State. Also in the field are No. 13 Washington, No. 16 New Mexico, No. 19 South Carolina, No. 23 Arizona and No. 25 Pepperdine.

'It's a pretty good field,' said Oregon coach Steve Nosler, who is in his tenth season with the Ducks. 'We had some very good practice rounds leading up to this tournament and if we continue to play like that, we can beat some of these teams we're competing against for NCAA Regional seeding.'

This same Duck team had good success in fall tournaments, winning the Northwest Collegiate Classic at Mallard Creek in Lebanon and finishing fifth at both the Husky Invitational and the Pepperdine Intercollegiate.

Individually, Ellis is Oregon's top golfer with a 72.4 strokes per round average in the fall, while Carnahan (72.7) and Byers (72.9) were right behind.

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