Velasquez Wins, Beavers Tie for First at BOT Intercollegiate
Oct. 18, 2009
JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. -
Diego Velasquez won the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate at The Ridges and the No. 13 Beavers tied for first with No. 21 Tennessee to their second first place finish of the season.
The Vols and Beavers each shot final round scores of 294 to finish at 3-under-par (286-281-294) 861. Tennessee was declared the winner based on head-to-head scoring for each teams' fifth player.
'We had our chances today to win outright but we made too many mistakes,' head coach Brian Watts said. 'We gave ourselves the opportunities but couldn't capitalize. We're a little disappointed with the finish today, but it just shows the growth of this team and the program that we're disappointed with tying for first at such a great event.'
For Velasquez, the BOT Intercollegiate is his third career win after recording a pair of victories last year. Velasquez used a 2-under-par 70 to keep the pressure on the field and finished the tournament at 10-under, seven strokes ahead of a triumvirate of players.
'I knew I just had to make pars today and people behind me had to catch up,' Velasquez said. 'I eagled No. 8 and that really helped me keep some momentum. On the back I was even, which is what I wanted to do.'
'Diego has been playing great golf for more than a month,' Watts said. 'He's been playing phenomenal golf and to beat the number one player in the country (Matt Hill from North Carolina State) is a great accomplishment.'
The weather on the 7,147-yard, par 72 The Ridges Golf and Country Club wreaked havoc on the players throughout the three-day, 54-hole tournament but the Beavers and Velasquez were undaunted leading the tournament from wire-to-wire.
Mike Barry finished tied for 20th place with a 2-over par 218, while Morten Madsen finished tied for 25th at 3-over. Paul Peterson shot a 2-under 70 Sunday to move to 5-over-par for the tournament and Jonnie Motomochi wrapped up his week at 10-over.
'Overall this was a great tournament for us and a good experience,' Watts said. 'This has allowed us to compare ourselves to a lot of east coast teams that we'll see in the postseason. Hopefully we'll have the opportunity to come back to Tennessee in late May for the NCAA Championships.'
After playing two tournaments in the last week, the Beavers will have a couple weeks away from competition before playing at the St. Mary's College Invitational, Nov. 9-10.
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t1. Tennessee (287-280-294) 861; t1. Oregon State (286-281-294) 861; 3. Virginia (290-282-291) 863; 4. Virginia Tech (290-287-289) 866; 5. Duke (290-296-283) 869; 6. East Tennessee State (294-287-293) 874; 7. Wake Forest (290-290-295) 875; 8. Missouri (287-289-300) 876; 9. North Carolina (299-285-293) 877; 10. North Carolina State (297-297-288) 882; 11. UNC-Wilmington (290-293-302) 885; 12. Kent State (297-287-302) 886; 13. Auburn (300-291-297) 888; 14. Coastal Carolina (295-295-302) 892; 15. UAB (306-305-301) 912.
1. Diego Velasquez, Oregon State (66-70-70) 206; t2. Garland Green, Virginia Tech (71-71-71) 213; t2. Darren Renwick, Tennessee (74-67-72) 213; t2. Matt Hill, North Carolina State (71-71-71) 213; t5. Josh Brock, UNC-Wilmington (69-70-75) 214; t5. Rhys Enoch, East Tennessee State (72-71-71) 214; t5. Mikey Moyers, Virginia Tech (73-71-70) 214; t5. Jack Fields, North Carolina (71-70-73) 214; t5. Brendan Gielow, Wake Forest (72-70-72) 214; t5. Ben Kohles, Virginia (70-71-73) 214.
t1. Oregon State (286-281-294) 861; - Other Individual Results
t20. Mike Barry, (73-67-78) 218; t25. Morten Madsen, (74-68-77) 219; t34. Paul Peterson, (75-76-70) 221; t53. Jonnie Motomochi, (73-76-77) 226.
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