OSU Remains In 10th In Walla Walla

April 26, 2005

WALLA WALLA, Wash.- - The Oregon State men's golf team was unable to move up the leaderboard Tuesday in the third round of the Pac-10 Championships and stayed in 10th place at the Walla Walla Country Club. The Beavers posted a third-round team score of 7-over 362 and have a total of 1,091 with one round to play.

'We played much better today, though we gave away a few shots coming in,' said Coach Brian Watts. 'But we made much better decisions on the course, had improved ball-striking and put the ball in play off the tee'

Freshman Vincent Johnson posted the low round on the day for the Beavers with a 1-under 70, including five birdies, with two coming in the last four holes. Johnson is tied for 23rd along with senior Brad Simpson, who fired an even-par 71. Both have three-round totals of 3-over 216.

Freshman Ryan Gilmour gave away two shots on his last two holes but finished with a 4-over 75 and is tied for 28th at 217.

Senior Cameron MacKenzie was questionable this morning due to an errant shot striking his wrist while on the practice green Monday evening. He fired a 3-over 74 -- including a 1-under back nine -- and is tied for 33rd at 218.

'We weren't even sure he'd play until a half hour before his tee time,' said Watts. 'He really gutted it out today for the team.'

Arizona State overtook UCLA to claim the team lead behind the strength of five players at par or better. The Sun Devils hold a three-stroke lead over the Bruins at 1,058. Stanford is third, 15 strokes back.

Arizona State's Pat Moore carded a 2-under 69 to maintain his individual lead and take a four-stroke advantage to the final day with a 10-under 203. Stanford's Rob Grube and Washington's Eric Olsen are tied for second. Grube had the low round on the day with a 5-under 66.

Freshman Jeremiah Oliver is tied for 53rd after posting a 1-over 72 and sophomore Mitch Gillis is 60th.

'We're only 10 shots out of sixth and we can make a move tomorrow,' said an enthusiastic Watts.

'We know if we shoot a good number they'll have to take a good look at our team and consider us for regionals.'

The final round begins Wednesday morning at 8 a.m.

TEAM SCORES (PAR 355/1065)

1. Arizona State 351-358-349--1,058; 2. UCLA 352-355-354--1,061; 3. Stanford 363-359-351--1,073; 4. Arizona 356-366-352--1,074; 5. Washington 371-353-351--1,075; 6. Oregon 369-357-355--1,081; 7. USC 362-352-368--1,082; 7. California 353-361-368--1,082; 9. Washington State 359-358-366--1,083; 10. Oregon State 363-366-362--1,091.


1. Pat Moore, Arizona State 67-67-69--203; 2. Rob Grube, Stanford 69-72-66--207; 2. Eric Olson, Washington 70-69-68--207; 4. Kevin Chappell, UCLA 67-70-71--208; 4. Michael Jensen, California 69-68-71--208; 4. Nathan Lashley, Arizona 68-72-68--208.


T23. Vincent Johnson 74-72-70--216; t23. Brad Simpson 72-73-71--216; t28. Ryan Gilmour 70-72-75--217; t33. Cameron MacKenzie 71-73-74--218; t53. Jeremiah Oliver 76-76-72--224; 60. Mitch Gillis 83-84-81--248.

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