Ducks Tied for First Among Teams Able to Finish First Round at NCAA West Regional
May 15, 2003
AUBURN, Wash. -- The Oregon men's golf team slogged its way to a 7-over 295 at the first round of the NCAA West Regional, played in rain, hail and thunderstorms Thursday at the 7,183-yard, par-72 Washington National Golf Course.
While not pretty, the 7-over was tied with Denver for the best score among the 12 teams able to complete Thursday's opening round. Playing in wet conditions, but dodging the worst weather of the day, Oregon got an even-par 72 from freshman Gregg LaVoie, a 1-over 73 from senior John Ellis and 75s from junior Mike Sica and freshman Kyle Johnson, a North Bend, Ore., native.
LaVoie, Oregon State's Michael Jurgensen and Chris Piercy of Old Dominion were the clubhouse leaders at even par. A native of Pasco, Wash., LaVoie had three birdies, all on the front nine, and three bogeys for his 72. He became the first Duck true freshman to shoot par in a NCAA Regional. The previous low round by a UO true freshman was Troy Tamiya's 76 in 1989.
'I think our score will hold up pretty well,' said Oregon coach Steve Nosler. 'The weather was horrible, but we had it going pretty good today, especially on the front nine. I'm very proud of the way the guys hung in there and competed today and didn't let the weather bother them.'
As a team, Oregon was even through the first nine holes before the weather took a turn for the worse on the back nine. Sica was even through 12 before bogeying three of his final six holes in the failing weather, and Johnson struggled likewise with the rain, taking a double bogey on 14 and a bogey on 15.
Weather was the dominating influence Thursday, accounting for 3:25 in delays. Teams were late starting due to a 40-minute frost delay and then hail and lightning stopped play for an hour and 40 minutes shortly before 1 p.m. Play resumed at 2:30 and the Ducks and five other teams were able to complete their rounds, but at 3:30 another rain delay ensued, this one lasting 65 minutes.
Six more teams were able to complete their rounds after the final rain delay, but 15 schools, which happen to be the top 15 seeds to the West Regional, will have to finish Tuesday morning.
NCAA West Regional
Washington National Course
NOTE: 15 teams unable to complete the first round due to weather.
TEAM SCORES - Oregon, 295. Denver, 295. Texas-El Paso, 300. Old Dominion, 302. Oregon State, 304. Xavier, 308. Austin Peay, 312. Stanford, 316. Navy, 318. Oral Roberts, 319. Central Connecticut State, 330. Loyola (Md.), 332.
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