BYU Places Second at Ashworth Invitational

BYU finishes four golfers in the Top 20 for the fourth time this season

WESTLAKE VILLAGE -- The BYU men's golf team came to life in the final round of the 2005 Ashworth Collegiate Invitational, taking second place as they pulled ahead of No. 8 Southern California and came within two strokes of the tournament champion No. 21 Tennessee.

The Cougars, who began the final round eight strokes back of Tennessee and four strokes back of USC, carded the day's best round of golf with a 1-under-par 283. As has become the custom, BYU started off slow in the final round, shooting six over par in the first four holes, but turned its game around and dropped six strokes to finish the tournament at two over par.

"It was a bit of a roller coaster today," said head coach Bruce Brockbank. "Bottom line, it was pretty impressive how the guys hung in there and finished the way they did, shooting under par. I was pleased with the way they stayed in there and handled the situation."

Senior Ron Harvey, Jr. followed up two great opening rounds yesterday, shooting a 2-under-par 69 in the final round to finish the tournament in fourth place, his best finish this season. During the final round, Harvey carded five birdies, ten pars and three bogeys.

"Ron played great," Brockbank said. "He's our No. 4 golfer and I think the way he played really shows the depth of this golf team. He played great on the toughest course we've played this season."

During the last two tournaments, Harvey has improved on each sequential round. At the John A. Burns Intercollegiate he shot 73-71-69 and at this year's Ashworth Invitational he shot 72-70-69.

"I'm just trying to approach every round separately," Harvey said. "I try to learn from each round and make improvements during the next one."

Senior Greg Machtaler, who finished the tournament in sixth place at even par, had a final round full of ups and downs, carding six birdies, eight pars, two bogeys and two double bogeys (71).

Oscar Alvarez and Jake Ellison completed BYU's team score as they both finished in a 12-place tie at two over par in the tournament. Nick Becker had another difficult day, shooting a final-round 75 and finishing at 11 over par. Todd Miller, who played as an individual, finished the tournament shooting a 7-over-par 220.

This year's tournament marks the fourth time the Cougars have qualified four golfers in the top 20 (Fresno Lexus Classic, Borona Collegiate Cup, Arizona Intercollegiate and Ashworth Collegiate Invitational).

BYU travels to Bandon Dunes, Ore. March 19 to compete in the Northwest Shootout.

North Ranch Country Club -- Par 71 -- 6,815 yards

TEAM RESULTS

1. Tennessee 284-279-289--852

2. BYU 291-280-283--854

3. USC 287-280-294--861

4. Georgia Southern 286-285-294--865

5. California 296-290-284--870

6. Washington 293-301-284--878

7. Stanford 299-285-296--880

8. Pepperdine 305-287-291--883

9. UC Riverside 297-299-289--885

10. Fresno St. 298-302-288--888

T11. Vanderbilt 301-293-298--892

T11. Oregon St. 295-300-297--892

13. UC Irvine 305-297-292--894

14. Washington St. 314-299-299--912

15. Oregon 303-313-305--921

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

1. Aron Price Georgia Southern 69-64-70--203 (-9)

2. Ross McGowan Tennessee 69-67-72--208 (-6)

3. James Lepp Washington 71-68-71--210 (-3)

4. Ron Harvey, Jr. BYU 72-70-69--211 (-2)

T6. Greg Machtaler BYU 73-69-71--213 (E)

T12. Oscar Alvarez BYU 74-70-71--215 (+2)

T12. Jake Ellison BYU 72-71-72--215 (+2)

T43. Nick Becker BYU 77-72-75--224 (+11)

T28. Todd Miller* BYU 76-70-74--220 (+7)

* Competing as an individual

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