Men's Golf Travels To Seattle for the Husky Invitational

Sept. 26, 2003


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SCHEDULE: Oregon State plays in the 2003 Husky Invite Monday-Tuesday, Sept. 29-30 at Gold Mountain Golf Complex in Bremerton, WA. Teams are scheduled to play 36 holes Monday and 18 Tuesday for a total of 54. Teams consist of six players, with the lowest five scores counting toward the team total in each round. Groups will tee off at 7:30 a.m. each day.

THE FIELD: Joining Oregon State will be fellow Pac-10 members California (ranked 1st in the GolfWeek poll), UCLA, Oregon (119), Washington (91,host), and Washington State, as well as Brigham Young, Fresno State, San Diego State (39), and Tohoku Fukushi (Japan).

THE COURSE: Gold Mountain Golf Complex, playing to 7,035 yards and carrying a par of 72, hosts the tournament.

LAST TIME AT THE HUSKY INVITATIONAL: Washington won the team title in 2001, the last year the event was held, holding off Washington State by seven strokes. The Huskies posted a 54-hole total of 1,099 using a play six, score-five format. Gordy Scutt was the individual medalist with a 5-under total of 211. Oregon State shot a 1,130 to place ninth.

THE LINEUP: Oregon State will field one team for the event. This team will be made up of freshman Ryan Gilmour, sophomore Brian Kelley, senior Sean Deacon, redshirt freshman Mitch Gillis, junior Brad Simpson, and freshman Jonathan Green.

PLAYER NOTES:Ryan Gilmour (Fr., Canby, Ore.) (70.0/67/3 rds.) Ryan began his college career impressively with a 6-under 210 at the Northwest Collegiate Classic... won the 2002 Oregon Golf Association State Match Play and Stroke Play Championships... shot a school record 65 as a junior at Forest Hills.

Brian Kelley (So., San Diego, Calif.) (71.0/69/3 rds.) Brian carded a career-best 3-under 213 at the Northwest Collegiate Classic, good enough to earn him a tie for eight place, also a career best.

Sean Deacon (Sr., Scottsdale, Ariz.) (72.33/70/3 rds.) Sean posted a 1-over score of 217 most recently at the Northwest Collegiate Classic... holds the school's three-round scoring record with a 205 in the 2001 Northwest Classic... earned his first career win at the Northwest Classic in 2001, where he shot a school record 205 (8-under).

Mitch Gillis (Fr.-RS, Williams Lake, B.C.) (73.0/72/3 rds.) Mitch started off the year by shooting a 3-over 219 at the Northwest Collegiate Classic... member of B.C.'s victorious 2001 Junior America's Cup team.

Brad Simpson (Jr., Vancouver, Wash.) (73.0/73/3 rds.) Most recently, Brad carded a total score of 219 (3-over) at the Northwest Collegiate Classic... had a low round of 66 with a low two-round score of 137 at South Mountain Junior College.

Jonathan Green (Fr., Sisters, Ore.) (74.67/72/3 rds.) Jonathan recently began his college career at the Northwest Collegiate Classic, shooting an 8-over 224... won individual state title as a sophomore in 2001 at Sisters High School.

Jay Ross (Fr., Beaverton, Ore.) (79.67/77/3 rds.) Jay's first tournament of the year resulted in a total score of 239... was first-teamall-state in 2001 and team MVP in 2002 at Southridge High School.

Cameron MacKenzie (Jr., Vancouver, B.C.) Cameron has yet to see action this year... averaged 75.84 strokes in 13 rounds with a low of 69 in 2002... tied for sixth at the Pac-10 Championships in 2002.

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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