BYU men's golf captures third at Cleveland Classic

WESTLAKE VILLAGE -- Despite rough weather and a less-than-perfect finish, the BYU men's golf team powered past two top-10 teams Tuesday, snagging third place at the Cleveland Golf Classic.

The No. 20 ranked Cougars (286-289-297--872), playing through wind and cold, finished ahead of No. 3 UCLA (293-291-291--875) and 8th-ranked Arizona State (285-302-288--875). Texas (281-278-288--847), ranked No. 15 nationally, ran away with the tournament by shooting 5-under-par overall.

BYU head coach Bruce Brockbank said he was pleased with the outcome, but feels his team can still play much better.

"We beat some really good teams," Brockbank said. "But, we should have been at least five shots better."

Individually, the Cougars had three players finish in the top-20. Sophomore Oscar Alvarez (68-73-74--215) and junior Todd Miller (71-72-72--215) both tied for ninth place while freshman Jake Ellison (72-69-75--216) faded in the final round, but still came away with 14th. Junior Greg Machtaler (75-75-77--227) and freshman Clay Ogden (78-77-76--231) rounded out the Cougars' five.

Texas' Matthew Rosenfield (67-68-73--208) was the Classic's top individual, shooting a 5-under-par 208.

Brockbank said he was happy with his team's success, but wants his team to be more mentally tough.

"The results look good on paper," he said. "But, we're in a funk and we need to play better."

BYU finished sixth at the Cleveland Classic in 2003 while UCLA came away with the top spot.

The Cougars rest until March 15-16, when they will compete in the Morris Williams Invitational in Austin, Texas.

Cleveland Golf Classic      Westlake Village, Calif.

March 1-2, 2004 North Ranch Golf Course

Par: 71 Yardage: 6815

Fin. Name Score

T 3 BYU 286-289-297--872 (+20)

T 9 Oscar Alvarez 68-73-74--215 (+2)

T 9 Todd Miller 71-72-72--215 (+2)

T 14 Jake Ellison 72-69-75--216 (+3)

T 58 Greg Machtaler 75-75-77--227 (+14)

T 73 Clay Ogden 78-77-76--231 (+18)

Fin. Team Score

1 Texas 281-278-288--847

2 Southern California 283-286-293--862

T 3 TCU 285-295-292--872

T 3 Brigham Young Univ. 286-289-297--872

5 California, U. of 290-291-293--874

T 6 Arizona State U. 285-302-288--875

T 6 UCLA 293-291-291--875

8 Tennessee, Univ. of 279-303-294--876

T 9 Stanford University 294-299-288--881

T 9 Alabama, U. of 280-299-302--881

T 11 Oregon State U. 292-284-315--891

T 11 Pepperdine 298-300-293--891

13 Washington 298-297-297--892

14 Arkansas, U. of 292-297-306--895

15 Illinois 296-300-302--898

16 Oregon, U. of 296-304-301--901

17 Notre Dame, U. of 297-310-311--918

Fin. Name School Score

1 Matthew Rosenfeld Texas 67-68-73--208

T 2 Jeff Bell Texas 72-68-69--209

T 2 Jason Hartwick Texas 71-67-71--209

T 2 Peter Tomasulo California, U. of 69-69-71--209

5 Chez Reavie Arizona State U. 72-73-67--212

T 6 Alejandro Canizares Arizona State U. 67-75-71--213

T 6 Michael Putnam Pepperdine 72-69-72--213

8 Scott Oxandaboure Southern California 68-70-76--214

T 9 Oscar Alvarez Brigham Young Univ. 68-73-74--215

T 9 Steve Conway UCLA 74-72-69--215

T 9 Adam Meyer TCU 67-74-74--215

T 9 Todd Miller Brigham Young Univ. 71-72-72--215

T 9 Zack Miller Stanford University 72-73-70--215

T 14 Lars Brovold Alabama, U. of 68-72-76--216

T 14 Jake Ellison Brigham Young Univ. 72-69-75--216

T 14 Scott Gustafson Notre Dame, U. of 73-68-75--216

T 14 Tyler Ley Southern California 72-73-71--216

T 14 Ross McGowan Tennessee, Univ. of 69-74-73--216

T 19 Scott Carlyle California, U. of 73-70-74--217

T 19 Andrew Dahl Arkansas, U. of 71-74-72--217

T 19 John Merrick UCLA 71-78-68--217