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Pilots Tie for Second Place at Vandal Fall Classic

Sept. 26, 2006

MOSCOW, Idaho - The Portland Pilots men's golf team combined for a tournament-low 280 in the second round and finished tied for second place with a five-under 859 at the Vandal Fall Classic at the University of Idaho Golf Course on Tuesday. Four Pilots, led by senior Kevin Beavers who finished in a tie for seventh place at 3-under par, placed in the top 20 at the three-round, 12-team tournament.

After opening with a 294 during the first round on Monday, three Pilots shot par or better during the second round, moving the Pilots into third place behind British Columbia and tournament host Idaho. In the final round on Tuesday, Portland bettered BC by nine strokes with a 285, but was unable to catch the Vandals, who closed with a 283 to win the team title.

Both UP and British Columbia finished with a team score of 859 (-5), while Idaho totaled 853 (-11). Boise State (864) finished fourth and Weber State (868) placed fifth.

Boise State's Nick Travers took home medalist honors by firing an 11-under par 205 for the tournament. He closed with two straight 67's on the par-72 course and finished four strokes better than second-place finisher Nic van Vuuren (209) of Utah Valley State.

After opening with a 75, Beavers (pictured) closed with a 67 and a 70 to finish with a 213, eight strokes off the pace. Freshman Thomas Robertson continued his solid play this fall by tying for 12th place with a one-under 215. Robertson also opened with a 75, before closing with a 67 and a 73. Junior Joel Johnson tied for 14th with an even-par 216 (69-72-75) and senior Jake Easterly's one-over 217 (75-73-69) was good for a tie for 19th place. Junior Zach Thompson tied for 57th with a 229 to conclude the scoring for the Pilots.

Portland sophomore Brad Blakley and freshmen Nick Nieto and Ryan Morkert competed at the tourney as individuals. Blakley tied for 55th (228), Nieto tied for 60th (232) and Morkert tied for 67th (239).

The Pilots return to the course at the Northwest Collegiate Classic next week (Oct. 2-3) at Trysting Tree Golf Course in Corvallis, Ore.

Vandal Fall Classic - Final Results

University of Idaho Golf Course (Moscow, Idaho) - Par 72 - 6,602 yards

Team Scores: 1. Idaho (287-283-283) 853; t2. Portland (294-280-285) 859; t2.British Columbia (281-284-294) 859; 4. Boise State (291-284-289) 864; 5. Weber State (293-283-292) 868; 6. Gonzaga (288-291-292) 871; 7. Utah Valley State (290-285-298) 873; 8. Utah State (299-287-295) 881; 9. Idaho State (296-294-299) 889; 10. Dixie State (300-296-296) 892; 11. Whitworth (298-299-298) 895; 12. Columbia Basin (311-314-306) 931.

Individual Leaders: 1. Nick Travers, Boise St. (71-67-67) 205, -11; 2. Nic Van Vuuren, UVSC (71-66-72) 209, -7; t3. Preston Otte Utah State (70-70-70) 210, -6; t3. Brett Jessen, Weber St. (70-67-73) 210, -6; t5. Trevor Loe, Gonzaga (68-69-74) 211, -5; t5. Gabriel Wilson, Idaho (75-70-66) 211, -5.

Portland Scores: t7. Kevin Beavers (75-68-70) 213, -3; t12. Thomas Robertson (75-67-73) 215, -1; t14. Joel Johnson (69-72-75) 216, E; t19. Jake Easterly (75-73-69) 217, +1; t57. Zach Thompson (77-79-73) 229, +13.