Men's Golf Wraps Up Road Trip at ASU Thunderbird Invitational

April 10, 2003

EUGENE, Ore. - After top four finishes in each of their last two tournaments, the Oregon men's golf team concludes its current road trip at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational Friday and Saturday at the par-72, 7,037-yard Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz. Teams will play two rounds Friday and one Saturday.

The Ducks finished third at last month's Oregon Duck Invitational and took fourth at the Western Intercollegiate played earlier this week in Santa Cruz, Calif.

'We seem to playing some of our better golf at the right time of the season,' said coach Steve Nosler. 'But ASU always has a national-level field and a top five finish would be quite an accomplishment.'

Half of the nation's top 10 teams are among the 18-team field, including No. 2 Texas, No. 4 Arizona, No. 5 Nevada-Las Vegas, No. 7 Texas Christian and No. 10 UCLA. Also in the field are No. 17 New Mexico, No. 22 Arizona State, Brigham Young, Colorado, Houston, Oklahoma, Oregon, Oregon State, Pepperdine, San Diego State, Stanford, USC and Washington State.

Senior John Ellis, averaging 71.8 strokes per round, will again lead the Oregon contingent. He will be joined by Albany, Ore., senior Chris Carnahan (73.3), junior Mike Sica (74.0), freshman Gregg LaVoie (74.6), North Bend, Ore., freshman Kyle Johnson (74.0) and Eugene junior Jimmy White (75.1).

Last season at ASU, the Ducks finished fourth as Carnahan took third at 11-under 205 and Ellis tied for 31st at 2-under 214.

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