Men's Golf in 12th at U.S. Intercollegiate
April 18, 2009
Palo Alto, Calif.
The Oregon State men’s golf team is in 12th place after the opening two rounds at the U.S. Intercollegiate hosted by Stanford University at the Stanford University Golf Course in Palo Alto, Calif.
The Beavers came out strong in the opening round shooting a 1-over par 281 as a team. The second round seemed to me more challenging as they went 7-over with a 287 to finish in 12th place at 568.
“We got off to a great start; everyone looked great through the first nine holes,” Oregon State men’s golf head coach Brian Watts said.
Junior Paul Peterson started the first round on the 14th tee and birdied his first two holes. He then added three more birdies and two bogies to finish with a 3-under 67. The 67 tied his lowest round of the year.
Peterson had the best score through the two rounds for the Beavers and finished the day tied for 22nd with a 1-under 139 (67-72).
“Paul (Peterson) played awesome in the first round,” Watts said. “He had a great game plan and he executed it well. In the afternoon he hit a few loose shots and was unable to get it up and down but he played really well today. He’s had a great year and I know he’ll come out tomorrow with the same game plan and if he makes a few more putts I’d imagine that he’s going to have a chance to finish in the top-10 or 15.”
Junior Diego Velasquez opened up the first round with a 1-over 71. He struggled through most of the second round but came through at the end. He sat at 3-over with three left to play and proceeded to make three consecutive birdies to finish at even par for the second round. He is tied for 40th at 1-over with a 141 (71-70).
Senior Alex Williams had his best round of the year with a first round 1-under 69. He is tied for 44th at 2-over with a 142 (69-73).
Oregon State looks to make a push up the leaderboard in the final round and is paired with UC-Irvine, UC Davis, and Pepperdine. The final round will again be a shotgun start with tee times set for 7:30 a.m.
“Tomorrow we’re going to go out and we need to get off to a good start and keep giving ourselves opportunities,” Watts said. “Hopefully we can get a few more putts to fall tomorrow and hit some more greens in regulation.”
1. Washington (267-270) 537; 2. Southern California (277-268) 545; 3. Arizona State U. (270-279) 549; 4. UCLA (275-275) 550; 5. Stanford University (272-279) 551; 6. Texas (276-282) 558; t7. Oregon, U. of (279-280) 559; t7. California, U. of (278-281) 559; t9. UC-Irvine (284-277) 561; t9. UC Davis (281-280) 561; 11. Pepperdine (279-285) 564; 12. Oregon State U. (281-287) 568; 13. Northwestern (289-282) 571; 14. Washington State U. (292-285) 577; t15. Santa Clara Univ. (291-295) 586; t15. Chico State (293-293) 586; 17. St. Andrews, Univ. of (310-301) 611.
1. Tze Huang Choo, Washington (65-65) 130; 2. Matthew Giles, Southern California (68-63) 131; 3. Steve Ziegler, Stanford University (68-66) 134; t4. Eric Chun, Northwestern (67-68)135; t4. Ramie Sprinkling, UC Davis (66-69) 135; t4. Erik Flores, UCLA (68-67) 135; t4. Nick Taylor, Washington (69-66) 135; t4. Sean Shahi, UC-Irvine (69-66) 135.
12. Oregon State U. (281-287) 568; - Individual Results