Men's Golf Travels to 57th Annual Western Intercollegiate

April 4, 2003

EUGENE, Ore. - The Oregon men's golf team heads the to 57th annual Western Intercollegiate with a chance to secure its place in the upcoming NCAA West Regional. Thirteen teams from District 8 who are vying for a bid to the Regional will be in action Monday and Tuesday on the 6,445-yard, par-70 Pasatiempo Country Club in Santa Cruz, Calif.

The District 8 teams in competition include No. 11 UCLA, No. 19 Washington, California, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, Long Beach State, Oregon Oregon State, Pacific, San Jose State, Santa Clara and Stanford. The other five teams in the field are Cal State Stanislaus, Hawaii, Kansas, Nevada and Texas-El Paso.

'It going to be really important to play well with so many teams from District 8 in the field,' said coach Steve Nosler, whose team is coming off a third place finish at last week's Oregon Duck Invitational. 'We're actually in pretty good shape as far as a bid to regionals is concerned, but we could really lock it up with at good showing at Pasatiempo.'

Senior John Ellis, who moved up to 46th nationally in the individual rankings following his tie for first at the Oregon Duck Invitational, will play No. 1 for the Ducks. He's averaging 71.5 strokes per round this season and the San Jose, Calif., native tied for third at Pasatiempo two years ago.

Senior Chris Carnahan, who has a 73.3 season stroke average will play No. 2 for Oregon. The Albany, Ore., native has also had success at Pasatiempo, tying Ellis for third two years ago and tying for 14th as a freshman. Rounding out the Oregon quintet are freshman Gregg LaVoie (74.3 stroke average), junior Mike Sica (74.5 stroke average) and freshman Kyle Johnson (74.0 stroke average). Johnson, from North Bend, Ore., earned a spot in the varsity five after tying for eighth as an individual at the Oregon Duck Invitational. He will be returning to the varsity five for the first time since the Oct. 7-8 Club Grove Intercollegiate.

Pasatiempo has been kind to the Ducks in recent years. Oregon won the team championship there in 2001. The victory came around a fourth place showing in 2000 and a sixth place finish last season.

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