Next Up For Men's Golf Is U.S. Intercollegiate

April 14, 2004


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THIS WEEK: The Oregon State men's golf team continues its push toward NCAA Regional Championship qualification this weekend, April 17-18, at the U.S. Intercollegiate at the par-71 Stanford Golf Course in Stanford, California.

After a disappointing showing at the Thunderbird Invitational last week, the Beavers are looking for a good overall performance against a tough field, including two top-ten teams, to build some momentum going into the upcoming Pac-10 Championships.

'With this being the last tournament before the Pac-10s, we're in a position for a strong finish,' said head coach Brian Watts.

'This is a great course where you must manage the ball to be able to score well, and I think the squad is prepared to shoot some low scores.'

Brad Simpson (jr.), Sean Deacon (sr.), Ryan Gilmour (fr.), Mitch Gillis (fr.), and Cameron MacKenzie (jr.) will comprise OSU's lineup for this tournament.

Simpson and Deacon both finished in the top 30 at last week's Thunderbird Invitational in Tempe and finished under par for the tournament. Simpson tied for 20th and Deacon tied for 28th.

Neither Gilmour, Gillis, nor MacKenzie played last week. Gillis' last outing was at the Duck Invitational where he posted his season-low score of 218 and finished in a tie for eighth with teammate Jonathan Green, also his best finish of the season.

MacKenzie also recorded his best finish of the year at the Duck Invite, tying for 11th.

UCLA won the team title at last year's Intercollegiate with a team total of 840, 10 strokes ahead of Oklahoma State. San Diego State's Mark Warman took home individual medalist honors with a total of 206, edging out Oregon's John Ellis and UC-Irvine's Jeff Coburn by one stroke. Oregon State did not participate in this tournament last year.

Play begins Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m. with a shotgun start. Teams will play 36 holes on Saturday and the final 18 on Sunday, beginning again at 8:00 a.m. with a shotgun start.

'This tournament could really help put us in position for NCAAs,' said Watts.

COMPLETE FIELD: California, Fresno State, Long Beach State, Oregon, Oregon State, Portland, San Diego, San Diego State, San Francisco, San Jose State, Santa Clara, Stanford (host), Texas, UC-Irvine, UC-Riverside, UCLA, UOP, and Washington State.

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.

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