Ducks Shoot Second Straight Seven-Over, Stand Seventh

May 16, 2003

AUBURN, Wash. -- The Oregon men's golf team shot a 7-over 295 for the second consecutive day at the NCAA West Regional to remain in contention for its first bid to the NCAA Championships in four years. The Ducks' two-round score of 590 left Oregon seventh with one round remaining at the 7,183-yard, par-72 Washington National Golf Course. The top 10 teams advance to the NCAA Championships May 28-30 at Oklahoma State.

Playing in rain showers that were heavy at times and caused one delay Friday, Chris Carnahan's even-par 72 led the Ducks to the best team round of the afternoon session. The senior captain from Albany, Ore., atoned for his opening round 80 by birdieing three of his last nine holes to reach level par.

Also scoring for Oregon were senior John Ellis, who had his second straight 1-over 73, freshman Gregg LaVoie, who carded a 74, and junior Mike Sica with a 76. Overall for the tournament, Ellis and LaVoie were tied for 19th at 2-over 146.

'I think we got the brunt of the weather today,' said Oregon coach Steve Nosler. 'To have played ourselves into a position where we are in contention for a bid to nationals under very, very tough conditions makes me extremely pound of these guys. Carnahan came back and had a real nice round today and all the guys hung in there pretty tough.'

Starting on No. 10 Friday, the Ducks were seven over through their first nine holes, but played second half of their round at even par, with five birdies, three by Carnahan, and five bogeys.

UCLA's John Merrick shot a course record 67 to help the Bruins jump out to a nine stroke lead at 5-under 571. Arizona was second at 580, with New Mexico next at 583, Nevada-Las Vegas at 585 and Georgia at 586. Arizona State led the second five at 587, followed by Oregon at 590, USC and UC Irvine at 593 and Washington and San Diego State at 594. Denver at 595 and Texas-El Paso at 598 were also within striking distance of the top 10.

New Mexico's Michael Letzig held the individual lead after two rounds at 7-under 137. Chris Nallen of Arizona was next at 139, while David Denham of Georgia and UCLA teammates Merrick and Steve Conway were tied for third at 142.

The Ducks begin Saturday's final round off the first hole at 7:57 a.m.

NCAA West Regional
Washington National Course
Auburn, Wash.
Second Round
7,183-Yard, Par-72

TEAM SCORES - 1, UCLA, 291-280-571. 2, Arizona, 295-285-580. 3, New Mexico, 294-289-583. 4, Nevada-Las Vegas, 296-289-585. 5, Georgia, 297-289-586. 6, Arizona State, 299-288-587. 7, Oregon, 295-295-590; 8 (tie), USC 304-289-593; UC Irvine, 300-293-593. 10 (tie), Washington 308-286-594; San Diego State, 302-292-594. 12, Denver, 295-300-595. 13, Texas-El Paso, 300-298-598. 14 (tie), Oregon State, 304-300-604; Colorado State, 306-298-604. 16 (tie), Old Dominion, 302-303-605; Fresno State, 302-303-605. 18, Pepperdine, 299-307-606. 19, California, 301-306-607. 20, Stanford, 316-298-614. 21 (tie), Xavier, 308-308-616; Brigham Young, 317-299-616. 23, Navy, 318-301-619. 24, Austin Peay, 312-314-626. 25, Oral Roberts, 319-310-629. 26, Central Connecticut State, 330-310-640. 27, Loyola (Md.), 332-327-659.

OREGON FINISHERS - 19 (tie), John Ellis, 73-73-146; Gregg LaVoie, 72-74-146. 65 (tie), Mike Sica, 75-76-151. 73 (tie), Chris Carnahan, 80-72-152. 89 (tie), Kyle Johnson, 75-80-155.

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