No. 24 Men's Golf Maintains First Place Through 36 Holes

Feb. 15, 2010

NEWPORT COAST, Calif. - The 24th ranked men's golf team maintained first place on the second day of the Battle at the Beach. Oregon State leads the tournament after 36 holes at 7-under (348, 355) 703. The Beavers remain one stroke ahead of No. 6 Washington.

Despite holding the lead, it was a decidedly difficult round according to head coach Brian Watts.

'Today was a frustrating day for us,' Watts said. 'There were points where we had it going pretty well, and then we'd have a double bogey here and there. It's a golf course where there is no let up. Every shot, you've got to be on.'

Leading the way for the Beavers was senior Paul Peterson, just a day after Watts had described him as 'over excited' in his first round after returning from a shoulder injury. Peterson came out Monday and posted a 2-under 69, and is at even par (73, 69) 142 after 36 holes. Playing in his first tournament since his injury, Peterson had a nice day going, even notching an eagle on the eighth hole. The one set back to his day came on the 15th hole when he was stung with a double bogey.

Another strong round from seniors Mike Barry (1-under 70) and Diego Velasquez (E 71) was to be expected, but freshman Nick Sherwood also made his presence known with a 1-under 70.

'I expect (Sherwood) to always be right there around par,' Watts said. 'Because of his game, he doesn't hit the ball far, but he keeps it in play, and keeps it in front of him.'

Rounding out the Beaver's scores were sophomores Alex Moore with a 1-over 72 and Morten Madsen with a 4-over 75.

With the hole positions expected to be more difficult for the final round than in the first two days, Watts expects his players to be facing 10-20 foot putts rather than 5-10. He'll preach patience on the course looking toward Tuesday and hopes to come out on top.

'I can't really complain when they have a shot to win to win the tournament, that's what you play for. We just need to clean up a few things. We lost some shots coming down the line and we put the ball in the wrong positions. We just have got to clean up a few of the mistakes we made today and we'll be fine.'

The Beavers will tee-off the last day of the tournament Tuesday at 8:30 am. Live stats will be available on Golfstat.

The Beavers head into day two of the Battle at the Beach with their first tee time set for 8:30 a.m. Follow the action via live stats at GolfStat.com.

TEAM LEADERBOARD
1. Oregon State (348, 355) 703; 2. Washington (353, 351) 704; 3. UCLA (354, 353) 707; 4. Arkansas (349, 361) 710; 5. Texas-Arlington (364, 351) 715; 6. San Diego State (352, 367) 719; t7. Arizona State (359, 363) 722; t7. Colorado State (361, 361) 722; 9. Long Beach State (358, 369) 727; 10. Notre Dame (366, 364) 730; 11. Tennessee (373, 360) 733; 12. Colorado (369, 365) 734; 13. San Francisco (373. 368) 741; 14. UC Davis (375, 368) 743.

TOP INDIVIDUALS
1. Chris Williams, Washington - (69, 65) 134; 2. Mike Barry, Oregon State - (66, 69) 135; 3. Austin Graham, UC Davis - (68, 69) 137; t4. Colin Featherstone, San Diego State - (68, 70) 138; t4. Diego Velasquez, Oregon State - (66,72) 138.

OTHER OREGON STATE INDIVIDUAL SCORES
T10. Alex Moore - (69, 72) 141; t20. Paul Peterson - (73, 69) 142; t50. Nick Sherwood - (74, 73) 147; t65. Morten Madsen - (76, 75) 151.

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