Men's Golf Wraps Fall Season at La Quinta

Nov. 1, 2002

EUGENE, Ore. - The Oregon men's golf team will conclude its fall season by competing in the Prestige Monday and Tuesday at the 6,756-yard, par 72 La Quinta Mountain course.

Oregon will send its most experienced team of the fall with seniors Chris Carnahan of Albany, Ore., and John Ellis of San Jose, Calif., anchoring the squad. Mike Sica, a junior from San Francisco, will be playing in his third straight event for the Ducks, while this will be two in a row for junior Jimmy White, a product of South Eugene High School. Gregg LaVoie, a freshman from Pasco, Wash., will play No. 5 for Oregon.

'It wasn't planned to have all our upperclassmen going, but it just worked out that way in qualifying,' said coach Steve Nosler. 'Everybody who is playing this week has experience except LaVoie, but that doesn't always matter all that much.'

Defending champion Washington heads the 18-team field that also includes Air Force, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, Colorado, Kansas, Oregon, Pacific, Pepperdine, Rice, San Diego, Stanford, Texas Christian, UCLA, Vanderbilt and Yale.

'This is a strong field, especially among teams in our district from the West,' said Nosler. 'It would be extremely beneficial for us to play well, and if we beat all the teams from our district, we have a very good chance of winning.'

Teams will play 36 holes Monday and 18 Tuesday at the course which is part of the PGA West campus that is frequented by the PGA Tour. In last year's Prestige that was played at Palm Desert, the Ducks finished a disappointing 12th, but received a solid effort from Carnahan who tied for eighth at 6-under 210.

'This is a course that will punish errant shots,' said Nosler. 'It's very tight and you'll find lots of rocks and desert off the fairways. But I also feel if you keep the ball in the fairway, you can really score on this course.'

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