Men's Golf Finishes Eighth At Pac-10 Championships

April 28, 2004

MARANA, Ariz.- - The Oregon State men's golf team finished eighth Wednesday at the Pac-10 Championships at The Gallery at Dove Mountain Golf Course. The Beavers posted their best team total in the final round with a 373 and finished eight strokes behind Oregon with a 1,521.

Junior Brad Simpson fired a solid 1-over 73 in his final round and led OSU overall, placing in a tie for 14th with an 8-over 296.

Senior Sean Deacon, playing in his last Pac-10 championship tournament as a Beaver, struggled in his final round and posted an 81 despite having four birdies on the day. He finished in a tie for 28th at 302.

'We competed well today, but unfortunately could not make up enough ground,' said head coach Brian Watts.

'The guys fought hard on this difficult course and got progressively better.

'We played well in the final round and I think that shows some character from our guys.'

Arizona, after trailing Arizona State by nine strokes coming into today, stormed back in the final round to take the team title over the Sun Devils by five strokes. The Wildcats posted a total score of 10-over 1,450. Defending champion UCLA came in third.

Arizona's Henry Liaw fired the only sub-70 round on the day to claim individual medalist honors with a 9-under 279. 2003 NCAA individual medalist Alejandro Canizares and Chez Reavie, both from Arizona State, tied for second at 5-under 283.

Freshman Ryan Gilmour carded the low round of the day for the Beavers with an even-par 72, including three birdies, earning him a tie for 42nd with a 309.

Junior Cameron MacKenzie, who tied for sixth at last year's Pac-10s, finished with a 312.

Freshman Jonathan Green capped off his first Pac-10 championship with a 314, including a final-round 74, and sophomore Brian Kelley posted a 317 after carding a 75 in his final round.

'We have a lot of work to do before next season,' said Watts. 'Working on ball management and mental toughness will be our main goals.

'We have one more tournament next week and we'll see if we can end the season on a high note.'

The Beavers finish out the season on May 3rd at the Northwest Shootout in Sunriver, Ore.

TEAM SCORES (PAR 360/1,440)

1. Arizona 357-363-365-365-1,450; 2. Arizona State 357-363-356-379-1,455; 3. UCLA 371-364-352-383-1,470; 4. Washington 365-373-368-370-1,476; 5. USC 378-371-364-366-1,479; 6. California 377-380-363-374-1,494; 7. Oregon 368-384-373-388-1,513; 8. Oregon State 387-379-382-373-1,521; 9. Washington State 389-374-385-393-1,541; 10. Stanford 383-385-402-392-1,562.


1. Henry Liaw, Arizona 69-70-72-68-279; 2. Alejandro Canizares, Arizona State 71-72-66-76-283; 2. Chez Reavie, Arizona State 69-70-70-74-283; 4. Brock Mackenzie, Washington 67-68-77-72-284; 5. Travis Johnson, UCLA 74-69-68-75-286; 5. Chris Nallen, Arizona 70-69-75-72-286.


T14. Brad Simpson 77-71-75-73-296; t28. Sean Deacon 71-76-74-81-302; t42. Ryan Gilmour 79-79-79-72-309; 48. Cameron MacKenzie 81-75-77-79-312; t49. Jonathan Green 79-78-83-74-314; 53. Brian Kelley 82-83-77-75-317.

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