Men's Golf To Compete At Nelson Invite
Oct. 28, 1999
THIS WEEK: The Washington men's golf team heads to Stanford this week for the 1999 Nelson Invitational. The annual tournament is part of the Rolex Collegiate tour, and takes place on the par 71, 6,756 yard Stanford Golf Course for the fourth year. The three-day 54-hole tournament runs Fri., Oct. 29 through Sun. Oct. 31. Eighteen holes will be played each day in a five-score-four format.
THE FIELD: Washington is one of six nationally ranked teams competing. The teams and their ranked individuals are as follows: Arkansas, No. 21 Arizona, No. 6 Arizona State (No.12 Paul Casey, No. 20 Matt Jones), Colorado, Colorado State, Duke, Florida Southern, Fresno State, Kansas, Michigan, Nebraska, No. 23 North Carolina State, No.2 Northwestern (No.1 Luke Donald, No.22 Wes Daley), Penn State, Stanford, Stetson, No. 25 TCU, Tulsa, No. 17 Washington (No. 18 Troy Kelly), Wyoming. All rankings are based on the Oct. 6 MasterCard Collegiate Golf Poll.
Colorado State enters as two-time defending tournament champions. Northwestern's Luke Donald was the individual medalist in 98, with a 2-under 205.
THE LINEUP: Here is a look at the tentative lineup for the Nelson Invitational:
Name Cl. Hometown Rds Str Avg. Low 1. Troy Kelly So. Bremerton, WA (C. Kitsap) 8 580 72.5 70 2. Scott Kral Sr. Victoria, B.C. (Belmont) 8 595 74.3 71 3. Gordy Scutt So. Victoria, B.C. (Spectrum) 8 594 74.2 71 4. John Robertson Fr. Olympia, WA (Tumwater) 8 630 78.7 75 5. Derek Berg Fr. Duvall, Wash. (Cedarcrest) 5 381 76.2 75Coach: Husky alumnus O.D. Vincent enters his fifth season as head coach of the Washington men's program.
LAST TOURNAMENT: The Washington men took fourth place for a second time this fall in the Windon Memorial Classic, Oct 4-5. The Chicago tournament was held at the par 71, 6,726 yard Conway Farms Golf Club. Kent claimed the team title after scoring a total of 877. Individual medalist honors went to defending NCAA champion Luke Donald of Northwestern, who completed the three-day, 54-hole course in 208 strokes. Washington's top finishers, Troy Kelly and Scott Kral, tied for fifth with 217 after the final round.
Team Standings: 1. Kent 877, 2. Northwestern 881, 3. Stanford 882, 4. WASHINGTON 888, 5. Toledo 889, 6. Minnesota 890, 7T. USC 894, Duke 894, North Florida 894, 10. Kansas 897, 11. Purdue 907, 12. Swedish National Team 908, 13. Vanderbilt 911, 14. Texas A&M 912, 15. Pepperdine 914.
Top 5 Finishers: 1. Luke Donald (Northwestern) 208, 2T. Ben Curtis (Kent), James McLean (Minn.) 214, 4. Danny Sahl (Kent) 215, 5T. Troy Kelly (UW) Kevin Stadler (USC), Scott Kral (UW) 217.
Washington Finishers: 5T. Troy Kelly 73-71-73--217, Scott Kral 71-71-75--217, 17T. Gordy Scutt 71-71-79--223, 50T. Aaron Martin 77-78-76--231, 70T. John Robertson 79-80-85--244.
About Washington: The Husky men's golf team put together its best performance in school history last year, finishing fourth in the team standings while then-freshman Troy Kelly finished tied for second individually at the NCAA Championships. The Huskies also captured three event titles to go with their school-record fourth-place showing at the NCAAs. Head coach O.D. Vincent shared Pac-10 coach of the year honors with ASUs Randy Lein. A record four Huskies were named to the all-Pac-10 team, led by Kelly, who became the first Husky freshman since 1988 to receive first-team all-conference honors. Kelly's second-place tie at the NCAAs was the best finish ever for a Husky mens golfer, eclipsing Vincent's 19th-place in 1988.