Ellis Ties for Second at Alister MacKenzie Invitational

Oct. 15, 2002

FAIRFAX, Calif. - Oregon's John Ellis finished a career-best 8-under par to tie for second at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational, Tuesday at the par 71, 6,585-yard Meadow Club. Ellis had rounds of 68-72 Tuesday to go along with his career-best 65 from Monday for a three round total of 205.

The senior from San Jose, Calif., tied with UCLA's Roy Moon and Northwestern's Tom Johnson at 8-under, three strokes behind tournament champion Nick Watney of Fresno State. It was Ellis' highest finish since winning the Husky Invitational as a sophomore.

'John had a very good tournament,' said Oregon coach Steve Nosler. 'It was exciting to have John lead our team and to be in a position to challenge for the individual title. He and Mike Sica really played some solid golf for us.'

As a team, Oregon moved up three spots to fifth in the final standings at 7-over 859, as players had to complete Monday's second round -- suspended due to darkness -- prior to playing their final 18 Tuesday. Fresno State won the event at 11-under 841, followed by UCLA and Northwestern at 844 and host California at 852. Washington followed the Ducks at 862, with Colorado next at 865 and a trio of schools -- Oregon State, Nevada and San Francisco -- tied for eighth at 868.

'Overall, we played pretty fair,' said Nosler. 'The course was playing a lot tougher today due to the wind and some challenging pin placements, but we did ourselves some good down the road by beating a lot of teams from our district.'

Sica also had a strong finish for the Ducks. The junior from San Francisco, Calif., recorded rounds of 71-70 Tuesday to post the best finish of his career, a tie for 12th at 1-under 212. Sica's previous best finish was a tie for 17th at the Western Intercollegiate as a freshman. Junior Jimmy White, a South Eugene grad making his season debut, finished tied for 43rd at 221.

The Ducks wrap up the fall season Nov. 4-5 at the Prestige at Palm Desert in Palm Desert, Calif.

Alister MacKenzie Invitational
Meadow Club
Fairfax, Calif.
Final Round
6,585 Yards, Par-71

TEAM SCORES - 1, Fresno State, 275-277-289-841. 2 (tie), UCLA, 274-278-292-844; Northwestern, 281-274-289-844. 4, California, 276-286-290-852. 5, Oregon, 282-286-291-859. 6, Washington, 288-274-300-862. 7, Colorado, 278-289-298-865. 8 (tie), San Francisco, 273-291-304-868; Oregon State, 285-281-302-868; Nevada, 287-285-296-868. 11, UC Irvine, 272-296-303-871. 12, San Jose State, 296-280-300-876. 13, Washington State, 297-280-301-878. 14, Pacific, 287-302-296-885. 15, Long Beach State, 298-284-308-890. 16, UC Santa Barbara, 293-298-310-901; Stanford, 295-296-310-901.

TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS - 1, Nick Watney, Fresno State, 67-67-68-202. 2 (tie) John Ellis, Oregon, 65-68-72-205; Tom Johnson, Northwestern, 68-65-72-205; Roy Moon, UCLA, 68-68-69-205. 5 (tie), Chad Spencer, Fresno State, 68-69-70-207; Stephen Carroll, Colorado, 68-71-68-207. 7, Michael Wilson, California, 70-68-70-208. 8, Sean Deacon, Oregon State, 68-68-73-209. 9 (tie), Scott Harrington, Northwestern, 70-68-72-210; Brock Mackenzie, Washington, 70-67-73-210; Ryan McDonald, Fresno State, 66-69-75-210.

OTHER OREGON FINISHERS - 12 (tie), Mike Sica, 71-71-70-212. 43 (tie), Jimmy White, 72-73-76-221. 62 (tie), Chris Carnahan, 74-74-77-225; Justin St. Clair, 74-78-73-225.

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