Three Golfers with OSU Ties Aim for U.S. Open Appearance

May 19, 2009

Corvallis, Ore. - Former Beaver James Allenby shot a 4-under-67 Monday at the U.S. Open qualifying tournament at the Langdon Farms Golf Club in Aurora, Ore., to take medalist honors. Allenby, who lettered for head coach Brian Watts' team in 2007 and `08, earned one of six spots available for the 36-hole sectional on June 8 at the Tumble Creek Golf Club in Roslyn, Wash.

Allenby is the school's career scoring leader, averaging 71.3 per his 67 rounds as a Beaver. In early October of 2007 he won the Washington Husky Invitational with a two round total of 6-under-par 138. The Langley, B.C. native also holds the third-lowest three-round total in OSU history when he posted a 12-under 204 at the 2007 NCAA West Regional Championships.

Allenby is one of three of the six players to advance who have OSU ties. Current Beaver Diego Velasquez, a two tournament winner in the recently completed season, tied for second with a 69. The senior (next season) from Columbia joins four-year letterwinner Vincent Johnson (2005-08) as the Beaver representatives. Johnson, who missed the cut by one shot in February's PGA's Northern Trust Open, fired a 1-under par 70.

The three aim to qualify for the U.S. Open which starts June 18 at Bethpage State Park's Black Course in Farmingdale, New York.

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