Carnahan Leads Ducks to Fourth Place Tie at Western Intercollegiate

April 7, 2003

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - Chris Carnahan shot a 2-over 142 to lead Oregon to a tie for fourth after the first two rounds of the 56th annual Western Intercollegiate, played Monday at the 6,445-yard, par-70 Pasatiempo Golf Course.

Carnahan, a senior from Albany, Ore., had rounds of 72-70 to stand tied for eighth with five other golfers just three strokes back of tournament co-leaders Steve Conway of UCLA and Dan Swanson of Texas-El Paso, who stood at 1-under 139.

No. 10 UCLA jumped out to a 13-stroke lead in the team standings with rounds of 283-280 for a 563 total. UC Irvine has a slim lead on second at 576, followed by UTEP at 577 and Oregon and Pacific at 578. The Ducks had rounds of 291-287 Monday. Stanford was sixth at 581, while surprising Cal State Stanislaus was seventh at 582 and 19th-ranked Washington held eighth at 584.

Junior Mike Sica helped Oregon's cause with rounds of 74-70 that left the San Francisco, Calif., native tied for 16th at 4-over 144. The second round 70 matched Sica's lowest round of the season. Also for the Ducks, senior John Ellis was tied for 26th at 5-over 146, while freshman Kyle Johnson (North Bend, Ore.) was tied for 50th at 151 and freshman Gregg LaVoie was tied for 57th at 152.

The Ducks are trying for their fourth consecutive top six finish at the Western Intercollegiate. The Ducks won the 2001 event, with a fourth place showing in 2000 and a sixth place finish last season.

The final round begins at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

56th Annual Western Intercollegiate
Pasatiempo Golf Course
Santa Cruz, Calif.
First Round
6,445 Yards, Par-70

TEAM SCORES - 1, UCLA, 283-280-563. 2, UC Irvine, 289-287-576. 3, Texas-El Paso, 289-288-577. 4 (tie), Oregon, 291-287-578; Pacific, 292-286-578. 6, Stanford, 290-291-581. 7, Cal State Stanislaus, 288-294-582. 8, Washington, 298-286-584. 9 (tie), San Jose State, 296-292-588; Long Beach State, 295-293-588. 11, UC Riverside, 294-295-589. 12, UC Santa Barbara, 289-304-593. 13 (tie), Kansas, 300-296-596; California, 303-293-596. 15, Nevada, 300-303-603. 16, Oregon State, 300-304-604. 17, Santa Clara, 309-305-614. 18, Hawaii, 320-317-637.

TOP TEN INDIVIDUALS - 1 (tie), Dan Swanson, Texas-El Paso, 69-70-139; Steve Conway, UCLA, 72-67-139. 3 (tie), Matt Hansen, Pacific, 71-69-140; John Merrick, UCLA, 69-71-140. 5 (tie), Brendan Steele, UC Riverside, 73-68-141; Vinnie Poncino, UC Irvine, 75-66-141; Derek Berg, Washington, 69-72. 8 (tie), Chris Carnahan, Oregon, 72-70-142; Travis Johnson, UCLA, 76-66-142; Jeff Coburn, UC Irvine, 71-71-142; Ryan Thornberry, Cal State Stanislaus, 66-76-142; Kevin Blue, Stanford, 68-74-142; Zach Christ, San Jose State, 70-72-142.

OTHER OREGON FINISHERS - 16 (tie), Mike Sica, 74-70-144. 26 (tie), John Ellis, 69-77-146. 50 (tie), Kyle Johnson, 76-75-151. 57 (tie), Gregg LaVoie, 80-72-152.

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