Men's Golf Hosts Oregon Duck Invitational

March 19, 2003

EUGENE, Ore. - The nation's top-ranked college golfer -- Vanderbilt's Brandt Snedeker -- and reigning U.S. Amateur champion Ricky Barnes of Arizona highlight potentially the best field ever for the 2003 men's Oregon Duck Invitational. The tournament will be played Monday and Tuesday at the 6,854-yards, par-72 Eugene Country Club with an 8 a.m. shotgun start both days.

'We've had some good fields in the past,' said Oregon coach Steve Nosler. 'But this one very well could be the best yet with some great individuals and five top-25 teams. It will be a challenge for us to play within ourselves and not get caught up competing against the No. 1 player in the nation or the U.S. Amateur champ.'

Barnes' Wildcats are the top-ranked field in the team, coming at No. 7 in the latest Golfweek poll. Also in the field are No. 10 UCLA, No. 17 Northwestern, No. 21 Pepperdine and No. 23 Vanderbilt. The rest of the 16-team field includes UC Davis, Hawaii-Hilo, Michigan State, Nevada, Oregon, Oregon State, San Diego State, San Jose State, Stanford, Washington and Washington State.

All eight Ducks who are not redshirting this season will be in action. Seniors John Ellis and Chris Carnahan (Albany, Ore.), juniors Jimmy White (Eugene, Ore.) and Mike Sica and freshman Gregg LaVoie will comprise the varsity five, while redshirt freshman Chris Dukeminier (Eugene, Ore.), Kyle Johnson (North Bend, Ore.) and Justin St. Clair (Springfield, Ore.) will compete as individuals.

Oregon won last year's Duck Invitational, played at Shadow Hills, by a stroke over Washington State.

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