<b>Golfers tied for ninth after first round in Arizona</b>

Feb. 3, 2003

TUCSON, Ariz. - The Oregon men's golf team is tied for ninth after the first round of play in the Ping Arizona Intercollegiate Tournament, played Monday at the 6,793 yard, par-71 Arizona National Golf Course. The second round of play was suspended due to darkness.

All five Ducks scored between 71 and 73 on Monday. Junior Jimmy White, a Eugene native and South Eugene High School graduate, led the Ducks with a season low round of par-71, the second lowest score of his career, as well. Freshman Gregg LaVoie also carded a 71 for Oregon to tie White for 22nd overall. Justin St. Clair, a Springfield native from Thurston High School, recorded a career low round of 72. Finishing up for the Ducks were seniors John Ellis at 72 and Chris Carnahan with a 73.

'Our guys played pretty well for our opening tournament, especially with two freshmen,' said coach Steve Nosler. 'We left a lot of shots out there on the course, but we're not that far off.'

UCLA led after one round at 273, followed by Arizona (276) and Pepperdine (280). Oregon and Arizona State were tied for ninth at 286. Individually, Reid Hatley of Arizona and Roy Moon of UCLA led the pack at 6-under.

Oregon will continue with the second and final round of the tournament Tuesday.

Ping Arizona Intercollegiate
Arizona National Golf Course
Tucson, Arizona
6,793 Yards, Par-71

TEAM SCORES - 1, UCLA, 273. 2, Arizona, 276. 3, Pepperdine, 280. 4 (tie), USC, 282; UC Irvine, 282. 6, Long Beach State, 283. 7 (tie), Arizona (B), 285; Wake Forest, 285. 9 (tie), Oregon, 286; Arizona State, 286. 11, New Mexico, 287. 12, Houston, 291. 13, California, 292. 14, Texas-El Paso, 293. 15, Tulsa, 301. 16, Fresno State, 306.

OREGON FINISHERS - 22 (tie), Gregg LaVoie, 34-37-71; 22 (tie), Jimmy White, 34-37-71. 31 (tied), John Ellis, 36-36-72; 31 (tie), Justin St. Clair, 36-36-72. 45 (tie), Chris Carnahan, 36-37-73.

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