Men's Golf Opens Season at Windon Memorial Classic

Sept. 27, 2002

EUGENE, Ore. - The Oregon men's golf team will open the 2002-03 fall season by sending two seniors and three freshmen to the Windon Memorial Classic Monday and Tuesday at the 6,750-yard, par-72 Glen View Club in Glenview, Ill.

It's a non-traditional season opener for the Ducks, with only two other teams from the West Coast - Stanford and UC Davis - among the 12 in the field. Traditional powers Duke, Louisiana State and Oklahoma State await Oregon, as do Florida State, Georgia Southern, Houston, Kent State, North Florida and host Northwestern. This is the Ducks' first appearance in the Windon Memorial Classic.

'It's going to be great to start the season,' said Oregon coach Steve Nosler, who is entering his 11th campaign in Eugene. 'The field looks pretty strong and I think it's interesting to play some teams that we don't usually see on a completely different venue from what we're accustomed to.'

Seniors John Ellis and Chris Carnahan will hold the top two spots for the Ducks. Ellis, from San Jose, Calif., ranked second on the team with a 72.7 stroke average last season and is coming off a summer that saw him advance to the round of 64 at the U.S. Amateur championship. Carnahan, from Albany, Ore., had an up-and-down junior season, but did have five top 10 finishes. He was third on the team with a 73.4 stroke average.

The surprise of qualifying rounds leading up to the season opener was the emergence of three freshmen who will round out the Oregon quintet. Two redshirt freshmen - both local products - will make their Duck debuts after sitting out the 2001-02 season. Kyle Johnson, a multi-sport start at North Bend High School, will play No. 3 for Oregon, while Eugene's Chris Dukeminier, a Sheldon High grad, will play No. 4. The fifth starter for the Ducks is Gregg LaVoie, a true freshman from Pasco, Wash., and the younger brother of former Duck letterman Ryan LaVoie (1997-2000).

'It's unusual to have three freshmen playing in a season opener, but that's who came out on top in qualifying and they deserve a chance to show what they can do.' said Nosler.

The remainder of the 2002-03 team, who will not be in competition this weekend, includes juniors Mike Sica, a native of San Francisco, Calif., and South Eugene grad Jimmy White, and freshmen Matt Amen (Anaheim, Calif.), Matt Ma (Aiea, Hawaii), Dustin Pewarchuk (Victoria, B.C.) and Justin St. Clair, a redshirt from Springfield's Thurston High.

Teams will play two rounds of the Windon Memorial Monday and one on Tuesday

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