Beavers Host Inaugural Northwest Shootout

May 1, 2004


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NEXT UP: Three of the best teams on the West Coast compete in the inaugural Northwest Shootout, a one-day, 36-hole event in Sunriver, Ore., at Crosswater, rated one of the 'Top 100 courses in America' by Golf Digest (1999-2000). UCLA, ranked third nationally, and No. 25 Washington join Oregon State for the Shootout. First-round action begins at 8:30 a.m., Monday, May 3, and the second round is slated for a 2 p.m. start. Team scores will consist of the lowest five scores from each six-member team in each round.

OSU'S LINEUP: The Beavers' lineup features Brad Simpson (jr., 73.61 avg.), Sean Deacon (sr., 73.8), Cameron MacKenzie (jr., 75.6), Jonathan Green (fr., 75.68), Mitch Gillis (fr., 76.33), and Jay Ross (fr., 77.0). A young squad, OSU has only one senior - Deacon - two juniors, a sophomore and four freshmen.

LAST ACTION: The Beavers finished eighth at the Pacific-10 Conference Championships at The Gallery course in Marana, Ariz. OSU shot 1,521 over four rounds, and topped Washington State and Stanford. Junior Brad Simpson posted an 8-over 296 to tie for 14th, while senior Sean Deacon tied for 28th at 302. Arizona claimed the team and individual titles, with Henry Liaw earning medalist honors with a 9-under 279. Arizona won by five strokes over Arizona State, whileUCLA finished third and Washington fourth. Here's a look at the Pac-10 Championships:

1. Arizona 1,450; 2. Arizona State 1,455; 3. UCLA 1,470; 4. Washington 1,476; 5. USC 1,479; 6. California 1,494; 7. Oregon 1,513; 8. Oregon State 1,521; 9. Washington State 1,541; 10. Stanford 1,562.

WHERE THEY RANK (with Golfweek rankings): Host Oregon State is 92nd in the 289-team Golfweek poll. UCLA is third and Washington 25th. In District VIII, UCLA is No. 1, Washington No. 7 and OSU No. 15; the top 12 will be in position to advance to the NCAA Regional Championships May 20-22.

FINAL GO-ROUND: Senior Sean Deacon will play in what is likely his final collegiate event Monday. The Scottsdale, Ariz., native holds OSU's record for lowest three-round score, shooting an 8-under 205 at the 2001 Northwest Classic to earn the win as a sophomore. Deacon had three top-10 finishes for his career. He was active in OSU's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and after his junior year, Deacon was selected to attend the prestigious NCAA Leadership Conference.

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 reins 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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