March 25, 2003
EUGENE, Ore. -
Oregon's John Ellis and Brock Mackenzie of Washington shared the individual title, while Arizona caught Washington to split the team title Tuesday in the final round of a rainy Oregon Duck Invitational, played at the 6,854-yard, par-72 Eugene Country Club. UC Davis, which entered the final round in fifth place, shot its highest round of the tournament to finish in a tie for 10th for Stanford.
Ellis came from three strokes down to tie Mackenzie with a birdie on the par-5, 492-yard 16th hole. The two All-America candidates both parred the last two holes and finished tied atop the leader board at 9-under 207. Ellis, a senior from San Jose, Calif., had a 2-under 70 Tuesday as he picked up his first collegiate victory since winning the Husky Invitational during the fall of his sophomore season. Mackenzie, a junior from Yakima, Wash., closed with a 73 after tying an NCAA record with a 60 in Monday's second round.
Arizona's Ricky Barnes, the defending U.S. Amateur champion, had an eight-foot putt on 18 that would have given his sixth-ranked Wildcats the team title and given himself a share of the individual crown, but his try ran past the hole. Still, Barnes finished third at 8-under 208 after a 69 Tuesday, and the Huskies and Wildcats shared the team title at 6-under 858. No playoffs for the team or individual titles were held due to the rain and standing water on the greens.
The Aggies were 7-over par as a team after Monday's two rounds, but shot a 22-over par, 310, on Tuesday to finish the three-round event at 893, 35 strokes of the lead. As one of two Division II schools in the 16-team event, UC Davis, as it did much of last season, defeated four Division I schools that are currently ranked among the nation's top 100 teams.
Individually, the Aggies were led by junior Jay Westerlund who finished the tournament tied for 14th at 3-over par, 219. Junior Scott Gordon was a shot back at 220 and tied for 23rd while sophomore Eric Restrepo, who one week earlier captured his first collegiate tournament at the Sacramento State Invitational, finished in a tied for 39th at 7-over par, 223. Juniors Josh Williams and Chris Kilkenny concluded the tournament tied for 82nd at 236.
UC Davis will next be in action on Monday when it hosts the Aggies Invitational at El Macero Country Club. Play will includes 36 holes on Monday followed by a final 18 holes on Tuesday.