Beavers, Velasquez Finish Second at Saint Mary's Invite

Nov. 10, 2009

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. - Senior Diego Velasquez finished second and led the No. 12 ranked Oregon State men's golf team to a second place finish at the Saint Mary's College Invitational Tuesday.

Velasquez, who finished third or better in all fourth tournaments this fall, posted a second round 2-under par 70 this morning before wrapping up the event with an even par 72 to earn the silver medal finish (70-70-72) 212.

'Diego continued to play solid golf this week,' head coach Brian Watts said. 'He's making very few mistakes. He's comfortable, confident and relaxed on the course. He's in a great place mentally which sets him apart. He's mentally tougher and disciplined and calm out there.'

The two-day, 54-hole tournament was originally scheduled to consist of 36 continuous holes on Monday with a final round of 18 set for Tuesday. However, play on the 6,857-yard, par 72 Poppy Hills Golf Course was suspended midway through Monday's second round forcing the field to finish early Tuesday before completing the tourney in the afternoon.

OSU finished the second round in first, one stroke ahead of San Diego and Nevada, behind the play of Velasquez, who posted a 2-under 70 for the round, and freshman Nick Sherwood, who fired an even par 72. The Beavers, who led the tournament with 173 pars in the tournament, remained steady through the final round but couldn't keep pace with Nevada which took the four-stroke victory.

'We were playing well early in the day,' Watts said. 'Mike (Barry) was great early and Nick (Sherwood) was solid. We had an opportunity to win this tournament but made a few mistakes, but Nevada played well today and outplayed us.'

Mike Barry finished tied for ninth place with a 3-over par 219, while Morten Madsen finishe tied for 11th at 4-over 220. Sherwood finished tied for 28th at 9-over 225 and Jonnie Motomochi was 13-over.

'This has been a great fall season for our program,' Watts said. 'But we have lots to work on over the next couple months. I'm pleased with how the fall season went and we'll continue to get better, but for now we're ready for some time off.'

The Beavers, who have completed their fall season, return to the course Feb. 3-5 for the University of Hawai'i-Hilo Invitational.

'We've had several guys have a lot of success this fall,' Watts said. 'But we wouldn't be where we're at without Diego's great play. Our next step is for some more guys to take another step forward in order for us to compete for any sort of championship in the spring.'

For the latest on Oregon State men's golf check back at www.osubeavers.com.

TEAM LEADERBOARD
1. Nevada (291-290-288) 869; 2. Oregon State (287-293-293) 873; 3. San Diego (287-294-294) 875; 4. Denver (285-298-298) 881; 5. UC Irvine (296-296-293) 885; 6. Pacific (303-292-295) 890; 7. San Francisco (297-297-300) 894; t8. Saint Mary's (CA) (294-303-305) 902; t8. Memphis (301-299-302) 902; 10. Fresno State (297-307-299) 903; 11. UC Santa Barbara (301-300-303) 904; 12. Marquette (308-303-297) 908; 13. Wisconsin (305-298-306) 909; t14. Loyola Marymount (302-307-303) 912; t14. Portland (300-304-308) 912; 16. Cal Poly (298-308-310) 916.

INDIVIDUAL LEADERBOARD
1. Domingo Jojola, San Francisco (71-69-69) 209; 2. Diego Velasquez, Oregon State (70-70-72) 212; 3. Espen Kofstad, Denver (67-74-73) 214; t4. John Chin, UC Irvine (73-73-69) 215; t4. Ben Murray, San Diego (70-69-76) 215; t4. Scott Brace, San Diego (71-75-69) 215; 7. Scott Smith, Nevada (76-72-68) 216; 8. Daniel Cone, Saint Mary's (73-73-72) 218; t9. Jared Becher, Nevada (75-68-76) 219; t9. Mike Barry, Oregon State (71-77-71) 219.

2. Oregon State (287-293-293) 873; - Other Individual Results
t11. Morten Madsen, (71-74-75) 220; t28. Nick Sherwood, (77-72-76) 225; t48. Jonnie Motomochi, (75-79-75) 229.

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