March 21, 2000
The 20th-ranked Washington men's golf team captured its first victory of the 2000 season, winning the Oregon Duck Invitational by one stroke over the host school. The Huskies finished with a three round total of 857, one stroke off the school record 856 set in 1998, while Oregon came in second at 858.
Oregon State's Anthony Arvidson took medalist honors after winning a one-hole playoff and finishing at 4-under 212 over Lucas Horrobin of San Jose State. Husky team captain Scott Kral and sophomore Troy Kelly were one stroke back, tied for third place at 3-under 213.
The Huskies set the table for their victory after firing a school record low first round Monday, finishing the first 18 at 276, besting the old record of 279 set in 1993. They shot 287 in the second round and finished with a 294 over the final 18 holes.
Washington's effort was buoyed by top 20 finishes from freshman Derek Berg, who came in at 1-over 217 for 13th place and sophomore Gordy Scutt, who was one stroke back in 15th at 218. Another freshman, John Robertson, was not far behind in a five-way tie for 26th with a total of 5-over 221.
"We really started the tournament off right," head coach O.D. Vincent said of the Huskies' first round. "The energy spread through the team and everybody just fed off that. We were excited to see ourselves at the top of the leaderboard, with four guys at 69 after the first round. Our mindset after that was to just take it lower and lower.
"This is a good sign for us," Vincent continued. "It's means there is a lot more to come. Every tournament we play gets us better prepared for the NCAAs. We gained a tremendous amount of confidence as a team. We learned that we can shoot low as a team. We learned how to relax and just play. Nobody was nervous about where we stood. In fact, at the end of the day, we were a little bit disappointed that we didn't lower our scores further. But I told the team there aren't too many opportunities to be team champions in your college career. We feel good about winning. There's nothing like it."
Oregon Duck Invitational
Shadow Hills Country Club, Eugene, Ore.
Par 72, 6,783 yards
Final Results: 1. WASHINGTON 857, 2. Oregon 858, 3. Oregon State 863, 4. Pacific 866, 5. San Diego State 868, 6. San Jose State 885, 7T. Colorado State, Wyoming 887, 9. Long Beach State 893, 10T. Oregon-B, Nevada 896, 12. Hawaii 899, 13. Portland State 902, 14T. Portland, Washington State 905
Top Finishers: 1. Anthony Arvidson (OSU) 212 (won a 1-hole playoff), 2. Lucas Horrobin (SJST) 212, 3T. Troy Kelly, Scott Kral 213, 5T. David Hearn (WYO), T.J. Duncan (UO), Jason Preeo (UOP) 214, 8T. John Lepak (OSU), Jason Higton (UOP) 215, 10T. Lars Johansson (SDSU), Aaron Byers (UO-B), Matt Genovese (UO) 216.
Husky Finishers: 3T. Troy Kelly 69-72-72--213, Scott Kral 69-69-75--213, 13T. Derek Berg 70-74-73--217, 15T. Gordy Scutt 69-72-77--218, 26T. John Robertson 69-78-74--221.