Cougar Men in Sixth After Two Rounds at Giustina Memorial Classic

Sept. 17, 2007

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Washington State men's golf team finished the first two rounds of the Giustina Memorial Classic in sixth place Monday, on the par-72, 7030 yard Trysting Tree Golf Club. The Cougar men fired a two round total of 570 (-6) and are only three strokes behind fifth place UC Irvine.

Leading the Cougar contingent thus far is freshman Nick Ellis who posted a two round total of 140 (-4), good for a tie at eighth. Sophomore Nick Grigsby also finished the first two rounds in the top 10 and only one stroke behind his teammate Ellis. Grigsby is 3-under par and goes into round two with a total score of 141.

Sophomore Kevin Tucker also finished both rounds under par and remains in a tie for 16th with his score of 143 (-1). Sophomore Austin Hurt and senior Jordan Mason finished the first day of play at 6-over and round out the Cougar scorers.

'The men played solid for being such a young team,' head coach Walt Williams said. 'Only one player traveling this week has ever played this course before the tournament. They are all playing good solid golf and I know these young men are going to get better as the season progresses.'

After the first round of the day, the Cougar men fired a total score of 287 (-1), good for fifth place. Ellis (69) and Grigsby (71) started the tournament under par and continued their success into round two. Both men remained in the top ten during the opening rounds of play.

As a team combined score for both the men and women, the Cougars sit in second place behind Pacific-10 rival Oregon State. The men and women are only eight strokes behind and look to continue there success into Tuesday.

The final round of the Giustina Memorial Classic begins Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 7:45 a.m.

WSU Results: T8. Nick Ellis (69-71--140, -4); T10. Nick Grigsby (71-70--141, -3); T16. Kevin Tucker (73-70--143, -1); T38. Austin Hurt (78-72--150, +6); T38. Jordan Mason (74-76--150, +6).

The Field: 1. Oregon State (283-274--557, -19); 2. Oregon (277-285--562, -14); T3. Portland (281-285--566, -10); T3. Fresno State (286-280--566, -10); 5. UC Irvine (290-277--567, -9); 6. Washington State (287-283--570, -6); 7. Boise State (290-281--571, -5); 8. UC Riverside (292-291--583, +7); 9. Idaho 296-299--595, +19); 10. Idaho State (295-307--602, +26).

Top Five Individuals: T1. Troy Merritt, Boise State (68-67--135, -9); T1. Vincent Johnson, Oregon State (68-67--135, -9); 3. Jack Dukeminier, Oregon (68-68--136, -8); 4. James Allenby, Oregon State (68-69--137, -7); 5. Jake Wagner, Portland (69-69--138, -6).

Combined Top Five Team Scores: 1. Oregon State (Men: 557, Women: 599) 1156; 2. Washington State (Men: 570, Women: 594) 1164; 3. Oregon (Men: 562, Women: 603) 1165; 4. UC Irvine (Men: 567, Women: 601) 1168; 5. Boise State (Men: 571, Women: 612) 1183.

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