Men's Golf Concludes Fall Season With Eighth Place Finish In Hawai'i

Nov. 3, 2004

KAHUKU, Haw.- -

The Oregon State men's golf team wrapped up the fall season Wednesday with an eighth place finish at the Turtle Bay Intercollegiate at the par-72 Turtle Bay Resort Palmer course. The Beavers finished with a three-round total of 884.

Freshman Vincent Johnson led the team and tied for 22nd with a 4-over 220, which included a second-round 6-under 66, tied for the tournament low.

Senior Brad Simpson finished two strokes behind Johnson and tied for 30th overall.

'I'm not quite sure what happened today,' OSU head coach Brian Watts said.

'We got off to a fairly decent start but then struggled on the back nine and never got back on track.'

Host Hawai'i fired the low team round of the day and overtook second-round leader UNLV to earn the victory. The Warriors carded the only team total under par with a 2-under 862 and beat second-place UNLV by three strokes. UC-Riverside came in third.

Hawai'i was led by Cody Wolfenbarger, who took individual medalist honors with a 10-under 206. Wolfenbarger was the only player who finished in the top five to post a final round score under par. Brendan Steele of UC-Riverside and Bucky Coe of San Diego tied for second, six strokes back.

Sophomore Mitch Gillis tied for 38th with a 223 and sophomore Ryan Gilmour finished right behind with a 224, earning him a tie for 43rd.

Gilmour fired the only final round under par for the Beavers and was one of only four golfers to post 71, the low round of the day.

Sophomore Jonathan Green finished with a 232.

'I told the guys that it's only one round of golf. We had a lot of great things happen this fall and I want them to remember that,' added Watts.

The Beavers played in five tournaments this fall and placed second or better in three of those, including two wins.

OSU now has a few months off before the spring season commences at the USC Invitational, Feb. 28-Mar. 1 in Westlake Village, Calif.

'We have a lot to work on, but I think this experience may be a blessing in disguise. It will help us target our weaknesses as we try to work them out over the break,' concluded an optimistic Watts.


1. Hawai'i 291-276-295--862; 2. UNLV 286-278-301--865; 3. UC-Riverside 287-281-298--866; 4. San Diego 298-281-297--576; 5. Central Oklahoma 287-294-297--878; 5. Santa Clara 299-279-300--878; 7. St. Mary's 292-285-302--879; 8. Virginia 289-290-305--884; 8. Oregon State 295-281-308--884; 10. Tulane 300-285-304--889; 10. Washington State 297-292-300--889; 12. Idaho 296-295-301--892; 13. Weber State 304-284-311--899; 14. CSU-Stanislaus 308-289-304--901; 15. Portland 299-295-308--902; 16. Hawai'i-Hilo 309-286-313--908; 17. Hawai'i B 303-296-311--910; 17. Osaka Gakuin 302-297-312--911; 19. San Francisco 307-317-321--945.


1. Cody Wolfenbarger, Hawai'i 69-66-71--206; 2. Brendan Steele, UC-Riverside 67-73-72--212; 2. Bucky Coe, San Diego 70-69-73--212; 4. Jong Yoon, Santa Clara 73-67-73--213; 4. Travis Whisman, UNLV 69-70-74--213.


T22. Vincent Johnson 74-66-80--220; t30. Brad Simpson 72-72-78--222; t38. Mitch Gillis 71-73-79--223; t43. Ryan Gilmour 78-75-71--224; t82. Jonathan Green 82-70-80--232.