Men's Golf Travels to Hawaii for Taylor Made/Waikoloa Intercollegiate

Feb. 12, 2002

Eugene, Ore. - The Oregon men's golf team travels to Hawaii for the 12th Annual Taylor Made/Waikoloa Intercollegiate, Wednesday, Feb. 13 - Friday, Feb. 15 in Kona, Hawaii. 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 6,594-yard, par-72 Waikoloa Kings' Course.

Seven teams ranked among the nation's top 25 are included in the 24-team field, highlighted by No. 1 Georgia Tech, No. 7 Texas Christian and No. 9 Southern California. Also in the field are No. 10 Fresno State, No. 14 Washington, No. 15 Oklahoma and No. 22 Pepperdine. Last week, Fresno State captured the team title at the Ping Arizona Intercollegiate.

'It's a pretty competitive field,' said Oregon coach Steve Nosler, who is in his tenth season with the Ducks. 'Last week Sica and Heniff pulled through for us. If the whole team can play at that level, we can beat some of these teams we're competing against for NCAA Regional seeding.'

The same Duck squad finished tied for 11th last week at the Ping Arizona Intercollegiate in Tucson, Ariz. Ellis proved Oregon's top finisher, tying for 22nd and Sica tied a career-low with a final round of 69. Sica finished the tournament tied for 29th with rounds of 72-75-69-216.

Last year at the Kings' Course, Oregon finished fourth, 11 strokes behind tournament champion Texas. The Ducks finished behind No. 16 Texas and No. 19 Texas Christian and above No. 3 Georgia Tech, No. 5 Southern California, No. 8 Brigham Young, No. 16 (tie) San Diego State, and No. 18 Oklahoma. Then-sophomore Ellis led Oregon, tying for 10th and shooting the team tournament-low round (71) on the final day (77-76-71-224).

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