Oregon Men's Golfers Invited to Play in Japan's Topy Cup

July 16, 2003

EUGENE, Ore. -- The University of Oregon men's golf team has been invited to participate in the 2003 Topy Cup (pronounced TOE-pee) Sept. 9-11 in Tanagura, Japan. The Toby Cup is an annual event that matches eight Japanese universities against four from the United States. This year, Arkansas, Duke and Washington will join the Ducks in representing the USA.

It is Oregon's first appearance in the Topy Cup, which will also be the Ducks' 2003-04 season opener.

'It is a tremendous honor to be one of four colleges invited to play in the Topy Cub,' said Oregon coach Steve Nosler. 'The Japanese love American golf and really go out of their way to make this a first class tournament.'

Teams will play three rounds, one each day, at the par-72, 7,086-yard Tanagura Country Club.

The Ducks will send three players from the team that finished 22nd at the 2003 NCAA Championships in May -- senior Mike Sica, who had a hole-in-one at the NCAA West Regional, and sophomores Kyle Johnson (North Bend, Ore.) and Gregg LaVoie (Pasco, Wash.). Senior Jimmy White, a South Eugene High School graduate, is also scheduled to compete, with the final spot to be filled by one of Oregon's returning sophomores or redshirt freshmen.

'It will certainly be a challenging way to begin our season, but it should really be a terrific experience for these guys,' said Nosler. 'We got noticed because of the success we had at the end of the season and it's a very nice reward. But we need to keep working hard this summer and go into that competition with some momentum.'

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