BYU men's golf team finishes third at Tucker Invitational

ALBUQUERQUE -- In their first tournament of the 2003-04 season, the BYU men's golf team finished third at the 48th annual William H. Tucker Invitational Saturday.

BYU bounced back from yesterdays second round 299 and shot the low score of the day with a 286. BYU finished the tournament behind last year's NCAA sixth place finisher Arizona State and 24th place host New Mexico.

"Everyone came back really well today," head golf coach Bruce Brockbank said. "We played consistent, made birdies when we should have, and got up and down when we needed it."

Junior Todd Miller led the way for the Cougars with a 71-74-72--217 (+1), just shy of a top-10 finish.

"I didn't hit it really good this week," Miller said. "I hit it poorly for me, but I shot some decent scores, so I'm excited that I can hit it kind of bad and still shoot some decent scores."

Junior Greg Machtaler (74-74-72--220) and freshman Jake Ellison (70-76-74--220) both barely missed top-20 finishes as they tied for 23rd place (+4). Ron Harvey Jr. earned a top-30 finish 75-76-70--221 (+5) and Oscar Alvarez tied for 46th place (77-75-72--224).

"We had everyone in the game coming down to the last three or four holes," Brockbank said. "It makes a big difference when you have five guys who are all consistent down the stretch."

The men's golf team will have time to practice and rest up before competing again Sept. 29-30 at the Husky Invitational in Seattle, Wash.

3    BYU             290-299-286--875   

T11 Todd Miller 71-74-72--217

T23 Greg Machtaler 74-74-72--220

T23 Jake Ellison 70-76-74--220

T30 Ron Harvey Jr. 75-76-70--221

T46 Oscar Alvarez 77-75-72--224

Top 20 Teams

1. Arizona State U. 282-286-297--865

2. New Mexico, U. 291-287-289--867

3. Brigham Young Univ. 290-299-286--875

4. Texas Tech Univ. 289-290-303--882

5. Texas A&M Univ. 290-298-295--883

6. UNLV 297-289-298--884

7. Toledo, U. 296-293-297--886

8. Arizona, U. 303-292-293--888

9. San Diego State U. 293-295-300--888

10.Pepperdine Univ. 295-297-298--890

11.Texas El Paso, U. 296-303-293--892

12.North Carolina State 304-302-287--893

13.New Mexico JV 299-294-301--894

14.Stanford University 288-300-307--895

15.Colorado, U. 297-304-298--899

16.New Mexico State U. 298-307-298--903

17.Baylor University 303-295-305--903

18.Colorado State Univ 294-302-308--904

19.Hawaii, Univ. of 305-303-306--914

20.Air Force 305-308-312--925

Indiv. Top 20

1. Ian Medlocky UNM JV 72-69-70--211

2. Matthew Kodamay Hawaii 68-69-76--213

3. William Haddrelly Texas Techy 70-67-77--214

4. Fernando Mechereffey NC State 73-73-69--215

5. Ben Flam Arizona St 70-73-72--215

6. Andrew Parry Texas A&M 73-72-70--215

7. Madalitso Muthiya New Mexico 70-71-74--215

8. Alejandro Canizares Arizona St 67-72-77--216

9. Will Doughtie Baylor 74-70-72--216

10.Jay Reynolds New Mexico 73-71-72--216

11.Todd Miller BYU 71-74-72--217

12.Chris Baryla UTEP 73-71-73--217

13.Oscar Floren Texas Tech 72-73-72--217

14.Doug Batt Toledo 74-72-71--217

15.David Tasker Texas A&M 69-78-71--218

16.Nick Juszczak Arizona 70-74-74--218

17.Jay Choi New Mexico 74-73-72--219

18.Kane Webber Colorado St 71-76-72--219

19.Aaron Choi SanDiego St 74-72-73--219

20.Brad Heaven Toledo 71-72-76--219

21.Chris Nallen Arizona 75-71-73--219

Charlie Beljan New Mexico 76-72-71--219