Men's Golf Heads to Alister MacKenzie Invitational

Oct. 11, 2002

EUGENE, Ore. - The Oregon men's golf team will play on a course designed by legendary designer Alister MacKenzie, when the Ducks compete at California's inaugural Alister MacKenzie Invitational Monday and Tuesday.

The tournament will be played on the MacKenzie-designed Meadow Club in Fairfax, Calif., with a par 71, 6,585-yard layout. Other MacKenzie course include the Masters' home -- Augusta National, Cypress Point at Pebble Beach, Calif., and Royal Melbourne in Australia.

The Ducks will send a different lineup for the third time in as many events this season, as coach Steve Nosler is giving his younger players a chance to compete.

The two mainstays in the top five, seniors John Ellis and Albany's Chris Carnahan, will play No. 1 and No. 2 respectively for the Ducks. At No. 3, South Eugene graduate Jimmy White, now a junior, will make his fall debut. The fourth and fifth spots go to junior Mike Sica and freshman Justin St. Clair of Springfield, Ore.

'After the two seniors, we've got six or seven guys competing for three spots,' said Nosler. 'Jimmy had a good showing in qualifying, so now he'll get a chance to show what he can do in a tournament.'

Dating back to last season, Oregon has finished in the top 10 in eight straight regular season tournaments. That includes a sixth-place finish last week at Pepperdine and a seventh place showing in the season-opening Windon Memorial Classic.

The 17-team field for the 2002 Alister MacKenzie Invitational includes host California, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara, Colorado, Fresno State, Long Beach State, Nevada, Northwestern, Oregon, Oregon State, Pacific, San Francisco, San Jose State, Stanford, UCLA, Washington and Washington State.

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