Men's Golf Finishes Season in Tenth Place at NCAA Regional
May 16, 2009
CORVALLIS, Ore – The Oregon State men’s golf team was in striking distance half way through the final round but was unable to mount a comeback and finished 10th at the NCAA West Regional in Daly City, Calif. Saturday.
The Beavers started the third and final round at the Lake Merced Golf Club tied for 10th with UC Davis at 7-over par before posting their second consecutive sub-par round with a 3-under 285 to finish at 4-over at 868 (300-283-285).
“We got off to a great start today,” Oregon State men’s golf head coach Brian Watts said. “I think we just ran out of steam on the back nine but we still made some birdies. We were a few shots out of it and the guys new that, so they were firing at every pin. We gave it our best but unfortunately we came up a few shots short.”
By finishing out of the top-5 in the tournament Oregon State misses out on a trip to the NCAA Division I Championship at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio, hosted by the University of Toledo.
Paul Peterson led the way for the Beavers with a final round 5-under 67 to finish 1-under for the tournament at 215 (79-69-67). The round of 67 matched his lowest round of the season which he had shot twice before.
“HIs (Paul Peterson) approach shots were closer the last two rounds because of his aggressive play. And hopefully he will continue to play that way throughout the summer and into next season.
Peterson got off to a quick start by birdying three out of his first five holes. He added four more birdies during the final round before eagling his last hole of the tournament, the par-5 ninth.
The NCAA West Regional marked the 11th event played for Peterson this year and he finishes the year with a 71.85 scoring average which puts him third on the individual single-season scoring average at Oregon State.
Saturday’s round marked the final collegiate round for senior co-captain Alex Williams who has been with the program for the last four year. Williams finished the tournament tied for 64th at 6-over with a 222 (74-70-78). Williams birdies his last collegiate hole, the par-5 ninth, which bookends his career after he birdies his first collegiate hole four years ago.
“We’re going to miss him (Alex Williams) a lot,” Watts said. “He gave us four great years of working hard with a great attitude. He did everything the right way. He got a lot out of his golf game and made everyone around him better because of his work ethic and his leadership on and off the golf course. We wish him the best and I couldn’t ask for a finer young man to represent the program and the university.”
His contributions came not only on the field but off it as well. Williams was voted co-captain for the second time this year and was named earlier this month to the Pac-10 All-Academic First Team for the third straight year, every year in which he was eligible.
The same season which sees Williams departs the program also sees freshman Morten Madsen enter. Madsen finished tied for 51st in his first NCAA Regional appearance. He finished 4-over with a total of 220 (75-72-73).
Madsen made the final round turn a 1-under for the day after posting birdies on holes seven, eight, and nine. He then went 3-over for his next eight holes before he finished his round with a birdie. The par-5 ninth was the most productive for Madsen, he went 4-under on the ninth over three rounds with two birdies and an eagle.
Madsen joins Peterson on the individual single-season scoring average list with a season scoring average of 72.41.
Alex Moore finished tied for 51st at 4-over along with Madsen after posting a 1-under 71 during the final round. He had a three day total of 220 (77-72-71).
Diego Velasquez finished tied for 62nd at 221 (74-73-74). Velasquez will join Peterson and Madsen on the single-season scoring average list after shooting an average of 72.79 over the season. It is the second time he has made the list.
Arizona State took the NCAA Division I West Regional by posting a 36-under 828 (279-275-274). It was led by Jesper Kennegard who took home the individual title by finishing 12-under for the tournament with a 204 (66-68-70).
Joining Arizona State at the NCAA Championship from the West Regional is the University of Oregon, Texas A&M, the University of San Diego and Southern California. BYU’s Brady Johnson moves on with the individual bid.
The Beavers now look to enjoy some well deserved time off before getting back to the links for individual summer competition.
1. Arizona State U. (279-275-274) 828; 2. Oregon, U. of (282-278-277) 837; 3. Texas A&M University (281-286-273) 840; 4. San Diego, U. of (288-278-283) 849; 5. Southern California (285-284-284) 853; 6. New Mexico (280-292-282) 854; 7. San Diego State (286-287-284) 857; 8. San Francisco, U. of (291-280-292-863; 9. Colorado (291-294-279) 864; 10. Oregon State U. (300-283-285-868); 11. UC-Irvine (289-287-294) 870; 12. Kansas State Univ. (294-292-286) 872; 13. UC Davis (298-285-290) 873.
1. Jesper Kennegard, Arizona State U. (66-68-70) 204; 2. Bronson Burgoon, Texas A&M University (69-72-64) 205; t3. Knut Borsheim, Arizona State U. (69-70-68) 207; t3. Chan Kim, Arizona State U. (71-67-69) 207; t5. Brady Johnson, * Brigham Young Univ. (67-72-69) 208; t5. Eugene Wong, Oregon, U. of (72-71-65) 208.
10. Oregon State U. (300-283-285-868); - Individual Results
*Indicates playing as an individual
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