Tucker Moves up Leaderboard in Third Round of Pac-10 Championships

April 29, 2008

FAIRFAX, Calif. - Washington State redshirt sophomore Kevin Tucker posted a 72 (+1) in the third round of the 2008 Pacific-10 Conference Men's Golf Championships, Tuesday, moving into a tie for 11th place.

Tucker moved up six places in the third round, as he began the day in a tie for 17th. His three-round total of 214 (+1) at the par-71, 6,686-yard Meadow Club has him only two strokes back of the top 10 heading into Wednesday's fourth and final round. In six tournaments this spring Tucker has three top 10 finishes and five top 25 finishes.

'Tucker continues to play very well and he is creeping up towards the top 10,' WSU Head Coach Walt Williams said.

Freshman Nick Ellis rebounded from a shaky first day of competition to post a 73 (+2) in the third round, giving him a 54-hole total of 232 (+19).

'Ellis had a solid round today, as did Nick Grigsby and Austin Hurt,' Williams said.

Grigsby, a sophomore, posted a 75 (+4) Wednesday, while Hurt, also a sophomore, carded a 76 (+5). After three rounds of play Hurt has a 227 (+14), Grigsby has a 229 (+16), senior Jordan Mason has a 230 (+17) and redshirt freshman Xavier Dailly has a 236 (+23).

'The wind made it tough for everybody today, but we were able to gain some ground on Stanford and Arizona,' Williams said.

The Cougars are in 10th place as a team with a score of 1,126 (+61). Live stats for the final round of the Pac-10 Championships are available at www.golfstat.com, and final results will be posted at www.wsucougars.com.

'With these young guys we want to go out tomorrow and prove that we will be a force to be reckoned with next year,' Williams said. 'These young players are getting their first or second taste of the big time and this experience will pay dividends down the road.'

Pacific-10 Conference ChampionshipsApril 28-30, 2008Meadow Club; Fairfax, Calif.Par 71, 6,686 yardsResults After Rounds 3 of 4

WSU Results - T11. Kevin Tucker (68-74-72--214, +1), T50. Austin Hurt (73-78-76--227, +14), T53. Nick Grigsby (77-77-75--229, +16), T55. Jordan Mason (74-75-81--230, +17), T57. Nick Ellis (81-78-73--232, +19), 59. Xavier Dailly (77-76-83--236, +23).

Team Results - 1. Southern California (1,069; +4), 2. Arizona State (1,071; +6), 3. California (1,079; +14), 4. UCLA (1,081; +17), 5. Stanford (1,087; +22), T6.Washington (1,094; +29), T6.Oregon State (1,094; +29), 8. Arizona (1,095; +30), 9. Oregon (1,096; +31), 10. Washington State (1,126; +61).

Top Five Individuals - 1. Kevin Chappell, UCLA (70-68-71--209, -4), T2. James Byrne, Arizona State (71-72-67--210, -3), T2. George Gandranata, California (69-70-71--210, -3), T2. Matthew Giles, Southern California (69-70-71--210, -3), T2. Rob Grube, Stanford (70-68-72--210, -3), T2. Creighton Honeck, Arizona (69-69-72--210, -3).

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