Simpson Named Men's Golf MVP

June 29, 2004

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

Brad Simpson was recently named the Most Valuable Player of the Oregon State men's golf team by his teammates, head coach Brian Watts announced Tuesday.

Simpson made an immediate impact in the OSU lineup as a junior transfer from South Mountain Junior College in Phoenix, Ariz. He posted two top-10 finishes and placed 28th or better in six of OSU's 10 tournaments.

Among Simpson's top finishes were a second-place showing at the Oregon Duck Invitational and eighth at the Husky Invitational - just the second tournament of his Division I career.

'When I first arrived at OSU, I figured I could help the team right away, but I wasn't thinking down the line about a MVP,' Simpson explained. 'I thought I could contribute and have a decent season.'

Simpson will step in to a leadership role as one of two seniors on the 2004-05 squad.

'We'll be young again next year except for Cameron (MacKenzie) and me,' Simpson said. 'We have a couple newcomers who should help as well. I'm looking forward to helping lead this team and doing everything I can to help us win.'

Simpson averaged 73.87 strokes in 33 rounds last season.

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