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Cougar Men Place Sixth at Giustina Memorial Classic
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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 09/18/2007
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Sept. 18, 2007

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Washington State men's golf team finished the three-round Giustina Memorial Classic, in sixth place, Tuesday, with the help of strong performances from its young standouts. The men finished with a total score of 860 (-4) at the par-72, 7,030-yard Trysting Tree Golf Club.

Led by sophomore Nick Grigsby and freshman Nick Ellis, the Cougars never lost ground as they retained their sixth place finish throughout the entire tournament. Grigsby placed in a tie for eighth and shot in the red numbers all three rounds. He finished with a 4-under par 212. Ellis shared a tie for 14th place, also ending the tournament under par with a score of 215 (-1).

Sophomore Kevin Tucker (T-23rd) cracked the top 25 with his finish at 2-over 218. Sophomore Austin Hurt added a final round score of 2-under and finished in 28th with a 220 (+4). Senior Jordan Mason fired a three-round total of 224 to round out the Cougar squad.

"Austin Hurt played great after a rough first day," head coach Walt Williams said. "The men didn't lose any ground throughout the tournament and I was very proud of the way they played."

As a team combined score, which is a unique scoring system for this event, the Cougar men and women placed second behind Pacific-10 rival Oregon State with a total score of 1,746.

The Cougar men will be ready to tee it up again at the OPUS Husky Invitational, Oct. 1, in Auburn, Wash.

WSU Results: T8. Nick Grigsby (71-70-71--212, -4); T14. Nick Ellis (69-71-75--215, -1); T23. Kevin Tucker (73-70-75--218, +2); 28. Austin Hurt (78-72-70--220, +4); T35. Jordan Mason (74-76-74--224, +8).

The Field: 1. Oregon State (283-274-286--843, -21); 2. Fresno State (286-280-285--851, -13); T3. Portland (281-285-287--853, -11); T3. Oregon (277-285-291--853, -11); T3. UC Irvine (290-277-286--853, -11); 6. Washington State (287-283-290--860, -4); 7. UC Riverside (292-291-290--873, +9); 8. Boise State (290-281-305--876, +12); 9. Idaho (296-299-291--886, +22); 10. Idaho State (295-307-313--915, +51).

Top Five Individuals: 1. Trot Merritt, Boise State (68-67-69--204, -12); 2. Vincent Johnson, Oregon State (68-67-70--205, -11); 3. James Allenby, Oregon State (68-69-69--206, -10); 4. John Chin , UC Irvine (71-68-69--208, -8); T5. Matthew Ryan, Fresno State (71-69-70--210, -6); T5. Joel Johnson, Portland (67-72-71--210, -6).

Combined Top Five Team Scores: 1. Oregon State (Men: 843, Women: 900) 1743; 2. Washington State (Men: 860, Women: 886) 1746; 3. Oregon (Men: 853, Women: 903) 1756; 4. Fresno State (Men: 851, Women: 923) 1774; 5. UC Irvine (Men: 853, Women: 923) 1776.

Washington State Cougars Men's Golf
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