Men's Golf To Finish Fall Season In Hawai'i
Oct. 30, 2004
CORVALLIS, Ore.- -
TEEING OFF: The Oregon State men's golf team will be in Kahuku, Haw. Mon.-Wed., Nov. 1-3 for the Turtle Bay Intercollegiate at the par-72 Links at Turtle Bay Resort. Teams will play 18 holes per day for a total of 54 and the best four of five scores will be counted on a daily basis. Golfers will tee off in a double-tee format for the first two rounds and will have a shotgun start for the final round. Team and individual ties will be broken by sudden death playoff.
THE FIELD: Joining Oregon State will be host Hawai'i (Green), Hawai'i (White), UH-Hilo, CS-Stanislaus, Central Oklahoma, Idaho, Osaka, Portland, Saint Mary's, Santa Clara, UC-Riverside, UNLV, San Diego, San Francisco, Tulane, Virginia, Washington State, and Weber State.
THE COURSE: The Links at Turtle Bay Resort has two courses, the Palmer Course and the Fazio Course. The Palmer plays to 7,199 yards and the Fazio to 6,535 yards, and both carry a par of 72. Teams will play on the Palmer Course for the first and final rounds and on the Fazio for the second round.
LAST YEAR AT THE TURTLE BAY: Host Hawai'i and South Carolina shared the team title with totals of 891. Robert Svensson of South Carolina took individual medalist honors with a 2-under 214. This will be Oregon State's first year competing in this tournament.
TOURNAMENT OUTLOOK: The Beavers have placed second or better in three of four tournaments this year, including two wins. They were poised to win at the Wolf Pack Classic before severe weather canceled the final round. Head coach Brian Watts is optimistic about concluding the fall season with a win: 'We are looking forward to finishing off the fall on a positive and hope to be in contention going into the final round Wednesday. We have three guys who haven't been to Hawai'i before, so it will be a great experience for them. Looking at the scores from last year it looks like the golf courses are extremely tough and even par is a great number if the wind is blowing. We are used to extreme conditions so we are going prepared for anything.'
Ryan Gilmour (So., Canby, Ore.) (71.70/68/10 rds.) Ryan tied for first at the rain-shortened Wolf Pack Classic with a 5-under 139... withdrew from the second round of last week's Alister MacKenzie due to a tonsil abscess, but first first and final rounds of 68 and 69, respectively... began his season in impressive fashion with a 1-under 215 at the Northwest Collegiate Classic, good enough to place him tied for 12th.
Brad Simpson (Sr., Vancouver, Wash.) (72.36/67/11 rds.) Brad most recently tied for tenth at the Wolf Pack Clasic with a 2-under 142... tied for fifth at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational to lead the Beavers with a 2-under 211, including a career-low 67 in the final round... tied for 23rd at the Husky invite with a 7-over 223.
Vincent Johnson (Fr., Portland, Ore.) (73.18/68/11 rds.) Vince tied for 25th at the Wolf Pack Classic... placed tenth at the Alister MacKenzie after posting an even-par 213... began his collegiate career impressively at the Northwest Collegiate Classic by firing a 5-under 211 and placing 4th.
Mitch Gillis (So., Williams Lake, B.C.) (72.82/71/11 rds.) Mitch most recently tied for 25th at the Wolf Pack Classic... tied for 19th at the Alister MacKenzie with a 4-over 217... posted a career-low 215 at the Northwest Collegiate Classic and tied for 12th place overall.
Jonathan Green (So., Sisters, Ore.) (73.55/65/11 rds.) Jonathan tied for 27th at the Alister MacKenzie... opened the 2004 fall season with his first collegiate win at the Collegiate Classic. His 13-under 203 set both school and tournament records and his opening-round 65 is a personal best.
COACHING STAFF AT A GLANCE:
Brian Watts is in his fourth year at the helm of the Oregon State program, and has his team poised for success again in 2004-05. With a host of young talent and savvy veterans in the lineup, Watts' squad is both deep and skilled. Watts served five seasons as the assistant for the men's and women's squads prior to becoming head coach, helping the men's team to 12th place at the 2001 NCAA Championships.
Anjeanette Brown (formerly Dabbs) returns to Oregon State as the men's assistant. Brown, an All-Pac-10 selection in 1998 and 1999, is one of the most successful golfers in OSU history. Brown shares OSU's lowest single round (69), and is the last women's golfer to claim an individual tournament win, earning medalist honors in the 1997 Pepperdine Wave Invitational. She helped the Beavers to the 1998 NCAA Championships. Prior to her return to OSU, Brown served as the director of youth programs for the Colorado Golf Association in Denver since 2001.