Men's Golf Travels To Long Beach For Del Walker Collegiate

Nov. 3, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore.- -

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SCHEDULE: The Oregon State men's golf team will be in Long Beach, Calif. for the Del Walker Collegiate Classic Thursday and Friday, Nov. 6-7. 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.

THE FIELD: Joining Oregon State (ranked 52nd in the latest Golfweek poll) will be fellow Pac-10 school Arizona JV, as well as Texas-San Antonio (42), North Texas (65), Lamar (71), Long Beach State (79, host), Cal Poly (92), CS Northridge (93), San Jose State (97), UC Riverside (100), Pacific (110), and UC Santa Barbara (129).

THE COURSE: Virginia Country Club, playing to 6,631 yards and carrying a par of 72, hosts the tournament.

LAST TIME AT THE DEL WALKER: Arizona won the team title at the event in 2002, then called the 49er Collegiate Classic. The Wildcats posted a 5-over 869 to nudge out North Texas by two strokes. San Jose State's Bobby Peters was the individual medalist with a 7-under total of 209. Oregon State did not participate in the tournament last year.

THE LINEUP: Oregon State will field one team for the event as well as one individual competitor. The team will include sophomore Brian Kelley, freshman Ryan Gilmour, senior Sean Deacon, junior Brad Simpson, and junior Cameron MacKenzie. Freshman Jonathan Green will compete individually.

PLAYER NOTES:

Brian Kelley (So., San Diego, Calif.) (72.56/67/9 rds.) Brian carded a career-best 6-under 207 at the Alister MacKenzie, good enough to earn him a tie for fifth place, also a career best.

Ryan Gilmour (Fr., Canby, Ore.) (71.78/67/9 rds.) Ryan recently shot an even-par 213 to finish in the top 20 at the Alister MacKenzie... began his college career impressively with a 6-under 210, tying him for the fifth all-time lowest three-round total, including a first-round 67, which is the fourth lowest round all-time, at the Northwest Collegiate Classic.

Sean Deacon (Sr., Scottsdale, Ariz.) (72.11/68/9 rds.) Sean most recently fired a season-best 3-under 210 at the Alister Mackenzie, good enough to place him in the top ten... posted a 1-over score of 217 at the Northwest Collegiate Classic.

Brad Simpson (Jr., Vancouver, Wash.) (73.56/68/9 rds.) 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.

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.

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.

Mitch Gillis (Fr.-RS, Williams Lake, B.C.) (75.11/72/9 rds.) Mitch started off the year by shooting a 3-over 219 at the Northwest Collegiate Classic.

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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