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Anonymous | Posted: 1 May 2004 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

Cougars Fall in a Playoff at MWC Tournament


BYU's Greg Machtaler, Oscar Alvarez, and Jake Ellison Earn All-MWC Honors

SUNRIVER -- After being tied with New Mexico at the end of play, the BYU men's golf team lost by one stroke on the opening playoff hole in the Mountain West Conference Tournament Saturday in Oregon.

The Lobos played a blistering final round of golf to come back from a three-stroke deficit at the start of the day to have the two teams locked up at 867 apiece.

The tie at the conclusion of three regulation rounds forced Mountain West Conference officials to conduct a playoff that included all five players from the New Mexico and BYU teams. The Lobos stayed hot in the playoff, finishing the extra hole at even par with four players making tough shots. BYU failed to match UNM's performance, carding a 1-over team tally on the hole.

"It came right down to the wire," said BYU head coach Bruce Brockbank. "We got behind but we were able to get it back to a tie. Obviously it was their game to win. We kept missing putts and they kept getting up and down to make par. But I was really pleased with the guys' effort."

These two teams are not strangers to close competition. The two previous conference tournaments have showcased a similar contest between BYU and UNM.

Two years ago they were tied after the second round. BYU ended up winning that tournament in the third round with a solid team score of 291, while UNM dropped to fourth with a less impressive team score of 300.

UNM came back in 2003 to win the title, leaving the Cougars with a sour taste in their mouth after a second-place finish. The rivalry was heightened this weekend with BYU and New Mexico needing a playoff to determine this year's champion.

Saturday's win at Oregon's Crosswater Country Club boosts the Lobos into an automatic spot in the upcoming NCAA Tournament. BYU meanwhile looks forward to a possible at-large bid and rematch with the Lobos in the West Regionals, which will be held at the same Oregon Sunriver Resort in just three weeks.

Cougars Oscar Alvarez and Gary Machtaler finished seventh and eighth, respectively, among individual performers. Alvarez posted a 2-under-par 214 while Machtaler finished one shot behind at 1-under-par 215. New Mexico's top two players, Charlie Beljan and Jay Choi, both tied for fifth with three-day totals of 213.

No one, however, was close to UNLV's Ryan Moore, who finished with a 5-under-par 67 in the final round to claim individual honors at 10-under-par 206. Colorado State's Nolan Martin and San Diego State's Mark Warman finished three strokes back at 209 while CSU's Martin Laird placed fourth at 211.

Three Cougars earned spots on the Mountain West All-Conference golf team, for their outstanding performances. Greg Machtaler, Oscar Alvarez, and Jake Ellison were each honored.

NCAA participants and seedings will be released on Monday, May 10.


1. New Mexico 295-286-286-16*=882

2. BYU 292-286-289-17*=883

3. UNLV 296-290-287=873

4. San Diego State 288-294-292=874

5. Colorado State 289-295-292=876

6. Utah 293-297-289=879

7. Wyoming 307-303-301=911

8. Air Force 320-306-303=929

* - Team playoff hole score after being tied at 867


1. Ryan Moore, UNLV 70-69-67=206

2. Nolan Martin, CSU 72-67-70=209

Mark Warman, SDSU 69-70-70=209

4. Martin Laird, CSU 64-73-74=211

5. Charlie Beljan, UNM 71-71-71=213

Jay Choi, UNM 72-70-71=213

7. Oscar Alvarez, BYU 73-71-70=214

8. Greg Machtaler, BYU 70-74-71=215

9. Spencer Levin, UNM 74-71-73=218

10. Aaron Goldberg, SDSU 74-73-73=220

(Does not include playoff holes)


7. Oscar Alvarez 73-71-70=214

8. Greg Machtaler 70-74-71=215

T11. Ron Harvey Jr. 76-73-72=221

T15. Jake Ellison 77-68-78=223

T18. Todd Miller 73-75-76=224

(Does not include playoff holes)


Anonymous | Posted: 28 Apr 2004 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

MWC Championship Up Next For Cougars


PROVO -- The BYU men's golf team heads to Oregon this weekend to compete for the Mountain West Conference Golf Championship.

The No. 22 Cougars are looking to improve upon their second-place finish in last year's conference championship. The Cougars last won the conference in 2001, something they hope to repeat this year.

BYU recorded 10 top-5 finishes this season, including a first-place finish at the Morris Invitational in Austin, Texas and six third-place finishes on the year. The team hopes to carry that success into the MWC Championship.

"Now's the time for our guys to play well," said BYU head coach Bruce Brockbank. "If we can be consistent and play well, we'll have a shot at bringing home another conference championship."

Sophomore Oscar Alvarez, junior Greg Machtaler and freshman Jake Ellison lead the Cougars into the championship. Each is currently ranked in the top-10 conference leader board.

Alvarez leads the team with a 71.67 stroke average on the year. Machtaler is right behind Alvarez with a 72.27 average. Ellison scored a 65 at the Morris Invitational for the Cougars' lowest single round total of the year.

The Cougars will face stiff competition from No. 14 UNLV, No. 19 New Mexico and No. 26 Colorado State.

The championship will be played from April 29 to May 1 at the Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Ore.

This year marks the fourth time the championship will be played at the resort. The men will play the 72-par, 7,270 yard Crosswater Golf Course. The course is carefully situated among the woods and wetlands surrounding the Deschutes and Little Deschutes Rivers.

The 54-hole tournament will begin each morning at 9:30 with 18 holes played each day. The championship can be followed live by accessing the link on the MWC Golf Championship webpage at TheMWC.com.

The winner of the championship will automatically advance to the NCAA tournament.