Men's Golf Travels to Hawaii

Feb. 10, 2003

EUGENE, Ore. - The Oregon men's golf team heads to Hawaii for the second event of the spring Wednesday through Friday at the TaylorMade/Waikoloa Intercollegiate in Waikoloa, Hawaii. The three-round tournament will be played on Waikoloa's two courses, the par-72, 6,594 Kings' Course and the par-70 6,566 Beach Course.

Seven of the nation's top 25 teams will be in Hawaii, including No. 3 Texas Christian, No. 12 UCLA, No. 18 Pepperdine, No. 20 Arkansas, No. 21 Georgia Tech, No. 23 Baylor and No. 25 Washington. The rest of the 26-team field includes Air Force, Arizona State, Fresno State, Hawaii, host Hawaii-Hilo, Houston, Kansas, Lamar, Mississippi, Nagoya (Japan), Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Oregon State, Rhode Island, Stanford, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and USC.

The Ducks will send seniors John Ellis, who tied for 33rd last week at Arizona, and Chris Carnahan, juniors Jimmy White and Mike Sica and freshman Gregg LaVoie to Hawaii. Ellis is averaging 71.9 strokes per round to lead the team, while Carnahan is at 73.2, White 74.2, LaVoie 74.9 and Sica 75.0,

'I thought we had a pretty good performance out of our seniors last week,' said coach Steve Nosler. 'This is our longest trip of the year, and I think we have a pretty competitive group going to Hawaii.'

The Ducks are coming off last week's 14th place finish at Arizona where Ellis (33rd), Carnahan (38th) and White (47th) all posted top 50 finishes.

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