Cougars Finish Fifth at Duck Invitational

March 23, 2010

JUNCTION CITY, Ore. - The Washington State men's golf team finished fifth at the Oregon Duck Invitational Tuesday, held at the par-72, 7,020-yard Shadow Hills Country Club.

The Cougars posted a team total of 370 (+10) finishing one stroke behind border-rival Idaho. No. 3 Oregon was able to hold off the field while No.33 Arkansas and No. 25 Oregon State finished second and third, respectively.

Kevin Tucker and Nick Ellis served as co-leaders for the Cougar contingent, both finishing in a tie for 10th with three-round totals of even-par 216. The event notched Tucker's ninth career top-10 finish, tying him with Chris Collins for sixth-most in WSU history.

Ellis finished the event strong by firing a third-round 71 (-1), moving him up eight spots on the leaderboard. The performance gave Ellis his 19th top-25 finish, putting him in a tie for sixth on WSU's all-time list.

The third and fourth positions for the Cougars were occupied by freshman Hank Frame and senior Nick Grigsby who both carded a 76 (+4) during the final day of competition. Frame finished in a tie for 31st with a tournament-total 222 (+6), Grigsby finished two strokes behind at 224 (+8), good enough for a share of 40th.

Senior Austin Hurt and sophomore Trent Sanders rounded out the WSU lineup with two-day totals of 226 and 235, respectively.

'Tucker and Ellis both had very nice finishes but we were not able to move up today,' said WSU Head Coach Walt Williams. 'Now we will come home and get ready for ASU.'

The Cougars will have over a week to prepare before they make a trip to Tempe, Ariz., for the 38th annual ASU Thunderbird Invitational April 2-3. The 15-team field is arguably the toughest the WSU has faced this season and will include every Pac-10 team.

Oregon Duck Invitational

March 22-23, 2010

Shadow Hills Country Club; Junction City, Ore.

Par-72, 7,020-Yards

Final Results

WSU Results: T10. Nick Ellis (75-70-71--216, E); T10. Kevin Tucker (73-69-74--216, E); T31. Hank Frame (75-71-76--222, +6); T40. Nick Grigsby (76-72-76--224, +8); T49. Austin Hurt (77-74-75--226, +10); T78. Trent Sanders (82-79-74--235, +19).

Team Results: 1. Oregon (1073, -7); 2. Arkansas (1080, E); 3. Oregon State (1088, +8); 4. Idaho (1101, +21); 5. Washington State (1102, +22); 6. Colorado (1108, +28); T7. Pacific (1113, +33); T7. San Francisco (1113, +33); 9. UC Davis (1117, +37); 10. Santa Clara (1119, +39); 11. Portland (1120, +40); 12. San Jose State (1121, +41); 13. UC Riverside (1140, +60).

Top Five Individuals: 1. Daniel Miernicki, Oregon (70-72-67--209, -7); T2. Eugene Wong, Oregon (71-69-71--211, -5); T2. Stefan Richardson, Idaho (68-72-71--211, -5); T4. Diego Velasquez, Oregon St. (72-71-69--212, -4); T4. T.J. Bordeaux, Pacific (69-71-72--212, -4).
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