Three Men's Golfers Earn Pac-10 Academic Acclaim

May 28, 2004

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - -

Three Oregon State men's golfers have been recognized by the Pacific-10 Conference on its all-academic teams, as announced Friday by Commissioner Tom Hansen.

Sean Deacon (Scottsdale, Ariz./Saguaro HS) led the way with his second consecutive first-team selection; he was joined by second-team pick Mitch Gillis (Williams Lake, B.C./Columneetza HS) and honorable mention recipient Cameron MacKenzie (Vancouver, B.C./Kitsilano HS).

To be eligible for selection, student-athletes must maintain a 3.0 grade point average and be a starter or significant contributor.

A senior, Deacon carries a 3.66 GPA as a Business major, and was recently selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII second team for the third year in a row.

Deacon wrapped up his career with a second-place finish at the Northwest Shootout on May 3. He totaled four top-10 finishes for his career, and posted a 73.72 average in 33 rounds this season.

Deacon is the most recent Beaver to win a tournament, claiming the individual title at the Northwest Collegiate Classic in the Fall of 2001.

Gillis earned his first conference academic acclaim as a redshirt freshman, posting a 3.84 GPA in Business. Gillis played 17 rounds, averaging 76.1 strokes; his best finish was a tie for eighth at the Duck Invitational.

MacKenzie, a junior, played in 20 rounds and averaged 75.5 strokes while maintaining a 3.11 GPA. MacKenzie recorded his season-best finish of 11th at the Duck Invitational.

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