Ducks look to continue impressive spring run at U.S. Intercollegiate

April 17, 2002

EUGENE, Ore. - The Oregon men's golf team looks to extend its string of consecutive top six finishes to five Saturday and Sunday at the U.S. Intercollegiate, hosted by Stanford on the Cardinal's 6,835-yard, par 71 on campus golf course. Teams will play 36 holes on Saturday and 18 on Sunday.

The Ducks will send the same five golfers who have produced four straight top six finishes. Senior Aaron Byers will be at the No. 1 spot with a 72.1 strokes per round average. He will be joined by juniors John Ellis (72.7 spr) and Chris Carnahan (73.2 spr), senior Brandon Harnden (73.8 spr) and sophomore Mike Sica (75.3 spr).

'We've been on a busy schedule, but I think we're mature enough to be ready to play at Stanford,' said Oregon coach Steve Nosler.

In the past six weeks, Oregon has finished second at the Cleveland Southwest Invitational March 4-5, won the Oregon Duck Invitational March 25-26, took sixth at the Western Intercollegiate April 8-9 and was fourth at last week's ASU Thunderbird Invitational.

'I feel very confident with the way our five guys have been competing,' said Nosler. 'We need to keep our momentum going for Pac-10s and then the NCAA Regionals.'

This week's field is headlined by No. 9 USC and No. 19 San Diego State. Two other participants, Oregon and Washington State, are just outside of this week's Golfweek/Sagarin top 25. The rest of the 16-team field includes California, UC Irvine, Long Beach State, Pacific, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose State, Santa Clara, Stanford, Texas Tech and UCLA.

This is the last regular season event of the spring for the Ducks. The postseason begins April 25-27 with the Pac-10 Championships at Trysting Tree in Corvallis, Ore. The NCAA West Regional will be held May 16-18 at New Mexico.

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