OSU Hosts Northwest Collegiate Classic Sept. 25-26

Sept. 19, 2003


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SCHEDULE: Oregon State hosts the 2003 Northwest Collegiate Classic Thursday-Friday, Sept. 25-26 at Trysting Tree Golf Club. Teams are scheduled to play 36 holes Thursday and 18 Friday for a total of 54. Teams consist of five players, with the lowest four scores counting toward the team total in each round. Groups will tee off hole 1 at 7:53 a.m. and from hole 10 at 7:48 a.m. each morning.

THE FIELD: In addition to Oregon State, Cal Poly, Winthrop, New Mexico State, Portland, UC-Riverside, Washington State, UC-Irvine, San Jose State, Long Beach State, Oregon and Cal State-Northridge will compete.

THE COURSE: Trysting Tree Golf Club, playing to 7,026 yards and carrying a par of 72, hosts the tournament.

RESULTS: Results will be available on the Oregon State athletics website, www.osubeavers.com after the completion of each round and will be faxed to each school's sports information department.

LAST TIME AT THE NORTHWEST COLLEGIATE CLASSIC: Oregon State did not host the Classic last year; the tournament was played most recently at Mallard Creek Golf Club in Lebanon, Ore., in September of 2001. Oregon won that event at the par-71 track, shooting an 843. OSU's Sean Deacon won his first individual title by shooting a school-record 205.

THE ROSTER AT A GLANCE: Sean Deacon is the lone returning senior on this year's squad. He averaged a career-best 73.53 strokes in a career-high 28 rounds last year.

Also back are letterwinners Brian Kelley and Cameron MacKenzie. Kelley's best finish last year was a tie for eighth at the Rocky Mountain Invitational, where he shot a 1-over 217. MacKenzie returned from a wrist injury in time for the Pac-10 Championships, where he tied for sixth with a 1-over 289.

Redshirts Jay Ross and Mitch Gillis return as well, both of whom are freshmen this year.

New to the team are highly-touted players Ryan Gilmour, Jonathan Green and Brad Simpson. Gilmour and Green hail from Oregon, and Simpson is a transfer from South Mountain Junior College in Arizona.

HEAD COACH Brian Watts: Brian Watts enters his third season as the head men's golf coach at Oregon State after spending three seasons as the assistant for both the men's and women's programs at OSU. With Watts at the helm, the Beavers returned to postseason action last year and are poised to continue their tradition of excellence for years to come.

Watts brings to the program a wealth of experience from his years on professional tours, but equally important is his understanding of Northwest recruiting and the use of OSU's state-of-the-art facilities.

Prior to taking the reigns at OSU, Watts helped both the men's and women's teams advance to their respective NCAA West Regional Championships as an assistant during two different stints. The highlight came at the end of the 2000-01 campaign when the men's squad used a run late in the year to advance to the NCAA Championships for the third time in the school's history. With Watts' help, the Beavers made the cut for the first time, and ended their season with a 12th-place finish at the NCAAs.

ASSISTANT COACH Angie Cates: Beginning her third season, Cates brings a wealth of experience to Oregon State University as the assistant coach for both the men's and women's golf programs.

A 1998 Washington State University graduate, Angie was a three-time All-American Scholar and Academic All-Pac-10 selection. She also competed on the Pac-10 All-Star USA team in Asia. In 1997, she won both the Seattle City Championship and the Washington State Championship. Subsequently, she was granted a sponsor's exemption to play in the LPGA Safeco Classic in Seattle that same year.

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