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Pilots Finish Strong at NW Collegiate Classic

Oct. 3, 2006

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Portland senior Kevin Beavers fired a one-under par 71 in the final round of the Northwest Collegiate Classic to lead the Pilots to a ninth place finish at Trysting Tree Golf Club. Portland combined for a final round score of 297 and totaled 900 for the three-round tournament, which concluded on Tuesday.

Beavers, who finished tied for seventh place last week at the Vandal Fall Classic in Moscow, Idaho, improved each round and finished with a 222 (+6). Teammate and fellow senior Jake Easterly finished three stokes back with a 225 (+8), good for a tie for 29th place.

The Oregon Ducks claimed the team title and individual medalist honors, as Matt Ma shot a final-round 69 and finished at seven-under par (210). Washington's Zach Bixler, playing as an individual, fired a 73 during the final round to finish two strokes back of Ma. Oregon's Andrew Leneve, who also competed as an individual, was third with a three-under 213.

The Ducks placed three golfers in the top 20 and easily won the team title with a 867. Nine strokes back was San Francisco, who placed second with an 876. Saint Mary's (881), tournament host Oregon State (884) and UC Irvine (888) rounded out the top five of the 10-team tourney.

After opening with a 77, Beavers carded a 74 and a 71 to lead the Pilots. Easterly finished with a 71 and 74. Junior Joel Johnson, who tied for 49th, was Portland's next top finisher with a 228, followed by freshman Thomas Robertson (231) in 56th place and junior Zach Thompson (234) in 64th.

UP sophomore Brad Blakley, who competed as an individual, shot a 240.

As a team, Portland opened with a 309 before coming in with a 294 and a 297. The Pilots were only six strokes back of sixth place.

The Pilots next take the course at the Santa Clara Invitational at Silver Creek Country Club in San Jose, Calif., on Oct. 23-24. Portland concludes its fall scheduled at the Bill Cullum Invitational in Simi Valley, Calif., on Oct. 30-31.

Northwest Collegiate Classic - Final Results

Trysting Tree Golf Course (Corvallis, Ore.) - Par 72 - 7,040 yardsTeam Scores: 1. Oregon (288-288-291) 867; 2. San Francisco (296-291-289) 876; 3. Saint Mary's (289-300-292) 881; 4. Oregon State (291-296-297) 884; 5. UC Irvine (298-291-299) 888; 6. Long Beach State (290-299-305) 894; 7. San Diego (295-303-297) 895 ;8. Washington State (293-305-298) 896; 9. Portland (309-294-297) 900; 10. College of Charleston (303-299-307) 909.

Individual Leaders: 1. Matt Ma, Oregon (67-74-69) 210, -6; 2. *Zach Bixler, Washington (69-70-73) 212, -4; 3. *Andrew Leneve, Oregon (74-70-69) 213, -3; t4. Chris Collins, Wash. St. (70-75-70) 215, -1; t4. *Jonathan Green, Oregon St. (78-69-68) 215, -1. (*competed as an individual)

Portland Scores: t20. Kevin Beavers (77-74-71) 222, +6; t29. Jake Easterly (78-71-76) 225, +9; t43. Joel Johnson (78-75-75) 228, +12; t56. Thomas Robertson (76-74-81) 231, +15; t64. Zach Thompson (82-77-75) 234, +18; 70. *Brad Blakley (81-77-82) 240, +24. (*competed as an individual)