Duck Men Seek Second Straight Upper Division Finish at Pac-10 Tournament
April 25, 2003
EUGENE, Ore. - With the Pac-10 men's golf championships days away, the Oregon men's golf team appears to be peaking at the right time of the season. The Ducks have finished in the top five in three of their last four events heading into the Pac-10 tournament that will be held Monday through Wednesday at the 6,736-yard, par-72 Oakmont Country Club in Glendale, Calif. Teams will play two rounds Monday and one each on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Live stats will be available for the Pac-10 Championships at www.golfstat.com.
Oregon will be led by senior John Ellis, who is among the Pac-10's best golfers with six top-10 finishes on the season and a 71.4 stroke average. The San Jose, Calif., native tied for first at last month's Oregon Duck Invitational and tied for second at last week's U.S. Intercollegiate at Stanford.
Several current Ducks have experience in the conference championships as well. Senior Chris Carnahan, who will play No. 2 for Oregon, will be participating in his fourth Pac-10 tournament. The Albany, Ore., native tied for 12th last year when the championships were hosted by Oregon State and holds a 72.9 season stroke average. His efforts helped the Ducks take fifth a year ago.
Two other golfers, Ellis and junior Mike Sica, will be appearing in their third Pac-10 tournament. Ellis tied for 19th last year after tying for seventh as a sophomore. Sica, who tied for 49th both last year and two seasons ago in Pac-10 play, will be at No. 3 for the Ducks. He has a 73.8 stroke average.
The other half of Oregon's lineup will be making their Pac-10 debuts. Freshman Gregg LaVoie is fourth with a 74.0 stroke average, while a pair of local products hold down the final two spots. North Bend freshman Kyle Johnson will be at No. 5 with a 74.1 stroke average and Eugene's Jimmy White, a junior, is sixth at 74.6.
Arizona is the highest-ranked team in the field, coming in at No. 6. UCLA is next at No. 11, while Arizona State, which won six straight championships between 1995 and 2000 is ranked 16th. No. 20 Washington is the only other ranked team in the field, but just outside the top 25 are two-time defending champ USC, California and Oregon.
The Ducks and Huskies will be paired together for the first two rounds and will tee off at 8:18 a.m. Monday.
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