No. 24 Men's Golf Finishes Fourth at Battle at the Beach

Feb. 16, 2010

NEWPORT COAST, Calif. - Oregon State's 24th-ranked men's golf team finished fourth at the Battle at the Beach Tuesday afternoon. After leading the field for the first two days, the Beavers couldn't keep up the pace in the final 18 holes as the tournament host, No. 14 UCLA was 7-under par on the final day to win the tournament.

The final day hole locations were more difficult, as predicted by head coach Brian Watts, and proved to be the difference at the Battle at the Beach. Overall the Beavers played well in the tournament and displayed their depth with four different players finishing with at least one sub-par round.

The Beavers finished the tournament with a score of 5-under (348, 355,357) 1060. Senior Diego Velasquez tied for third best individual score with a 7-under (66, 72, 68) 206, just one stroke behind Chris Williams of Washington and David Lingmerth of Arkansas.

Oregon State also had a solid tournament from seniors Mike Barry, who was 1-over Tuesday and finished at 6-under (66, 69, 72) 207, and Paul Peterson, who finished at even par (73, 69, 71) 213 in his first event since returning from a shoulder injury in the fall.

The rest of the Beavers finished above par. Sophomore Alex Moore shot 3-over on Tuesday to finish at 2-over (69, 72, 74) 215. Freshmen Nick Sherwood was also 3-over Tuesday and finished at 8-over (74, 73, 74) 221, and sophomore Morten Madsen finished the third day with his best round of the tournament at 1-over to finish at 10-over (76, 75, 72) 223.

The Beavers have next week off before competing at the USC Intercollegiate in Westlake Village, Calif., March 1-2.

TEAM LEADERBOARD
1. UCLA (354, 353, 348) 1055; t2. Arkansas (349, 361, 346) 1056; t2. Washington (353, 351, 352) 1056; 4. Oregon State (348, 355, 357) 1060; 5. San Diego State (352, 367, 351) 1070; 6. Arizona State (359, 363, 352) 1074; 7. Colorado State (361, 361, 354) 1076; 8. Texas-Arlington (364, 351, 364) 1079; 9. Long Beach State (358, 369, 367) 1094; 10. Tennessee (373, 360, 364) 1095; 11. Notre Dame (366, 364, 366) 1096; 12. Colorado (369, 365, 363) 1097; 13. San Francisco (373. 368, 372) 1113; 14. UC Davis (375, 368, 370) 1113.

TOP INDIVIDUALS
t1. David Lingmerth, Arkansas - (70, 71, 64) 205; t1. Chris Williams, Washington - (69, 65, 71) 205; t3. Diego Velasquez, Oregon State - (66, 72, 68) 206; t3. Pontus Widegren, UCLA - (70, 72, 64) 206; t3. Jamie Marshall, Arkansas - (71, 70, 65) 206.

OTHER OREGON STATE INDIVIDUAL SCORES
t19. Paul Peterson - (73, 69, 71) 213; t26. Alex Moore - (69, 72, 74) 215; t51. Nick Sherwood - (74, 73, 74) 221; t58. Morten Madsen - (76, 75, 72) 223.

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