Men's Golf Heads South For The Alister MacKenzie Invitational
SCHEDULE: Oregon State plays in the 2003 Alister Mackenzie Invitational Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 13-14 at Meadow Club in Fairfax, California. Teams are scheduled to play 36 holes Monday and 18 Tuesday 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 at 7:25 a.m. on Monday and 8:00 a.m. Tuesday.
THE FIELD: Joining Oregon State (ranked 82nd in the latest Golfweek poll) will be fellow Pac-10 schools California (22), Oregon (96), Stanford (74), and UCLA (5), as well as Fresno State (98), Illinois (36), Michigan (116), Nevada-Reno, UNC Greensboro (107), Northwestern (72), Pacific (60), Purdue (80), San Jose State (131), UC Irvine (50), and USF (118).
THE COURSE: Meadow Club, playing to 6,585 yards and carrying a par of 71, hosts the tournament.
LAST TIME AT THE ALISTER MACKENZIE: Fresno State won the team title at the inaugural event in 2002. The Bulldogs posted a 54-hole total of 841. Fresno State's Nick Watney was the individual medalist with a 11-under total of 202. Oregon State shot an 868 to place eighth. Sean Deacon led OSU at last year's event, firing a 4-under 209.
THE LINEUP: Oregon State will field one team for the event. This team will be made up junior Brad Simpson, senior Sean Deacon, freshman Ryan Gilmour, junior Cameron MacKenzie, and sophomore Brian Kelley.
Ryan Gilmour (Fr., Canby, Ore.) (72.17/67/6 rds.) Ryan began his college career impressively with a 6-under 210, which is fifth all time, including a first-round 67, which is the fourth lowest round all-time, at the Northwest Collegiate Classic.
Brad Simpson (Jr., Vancouver, Wash.) (73.17/70/6 rds.) Most recently, Brad posted a 4-over 220 at the Husky Invitational, earning him a tie for eighth... carded a total score of 219 (3-over) at the Northwest Collegiate Classic.
Sean Deacon (Sr., Scottsdale, Ariz.) (73.17/70/6 rds.) Sean posted a 1-over score of 217 most recently at the Northwest Collegiate Classic.
Brian Kelley (So., San Diego, Calif.) (74.33/69/6 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.
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.
Mitch Gillis (Fr.-RS, Williams Lake, B.C.) (75.5/72/6 rds.) Mitch started off the year by shooting a 3-over 219 at the Northwest Collegiate Classic.
Jonathan Green (Fr., Sisters, Ore.) (75.17/72/6 rds.) Jonathan recently began his college career at the Northwest Collegiate Classic, shooting an 8-over 224.
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.
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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