No. 24 Beavers Set for U.S. Intercollegiate

April 9, 2010

CORVALLIS - The Oregon State men's golf team, ranked 24th in the nation according, will be in California this weekend to participate in the U.S. Intercollegiate hosted by Stanford.

The tournament is a three-day, 54-hole tournament with a round of 18-holes played each day. Play begins Sunday, April 11 and concludes, Tuesday, April 13. Eight teams from the ultra-competitive Pac-10 will be represented at the tournament which will be played at the 6,727-yard, par-70 Stanford Golf Course.

'This is an excellent opportunity for us to work on our short game and to comfortable with hitting out of the rough when you do miss your intended target,' head coach Brian Watts said.

The U.S. Intercollegiate, along with next week's Western Intercollegiate Golf Tournament, are the Beavers final tune-ups for the Pac-10 Championships.

'We're just looking for a couple guys to step it up,' Watts said. 'We're going to try to give them the opportunity to do that at Pasatiempo (Western Intercollegiate, April 17-18) as well as at this tournament. It can be any number of guys that we'll take to Pac-10's. We've got a lot of talent on this team and it will just be a matter of who is playing best at the time.'

As added perk at the U.S. Intercollegiate is that the winner of the event receives an exemption to participate in the Reno-Tahoe Open, a PGA Tour event. This is the only chance for a winner of a collegiate tournament to participate on the PGA Tour.

Reno-Tahoe Open Executive Director Jana Smoley was excited about the opportunites created by the exemption.

'This is such a unique situation for a college athlete in that it offers such an exciting and potentially life-changing reward. It also represents a great opportunity to bring in visitors from sought after West Coast markets in which these athletes attend school.'

Playing this week for Oregon State and competing for the exemption will be seniors Diego Velasquez, Mike Barry and Paul Peterson and sophomores Morten Madsen and Alex Moore.

The tournament field includes No. 12 Arizona State, No. 34 California, Denver, No. 47 Fresno State, Hawai'i, Lamar, Long Beach State, No. 6 Oregon, No. 24 Oregon State, No. 35 Pepperdine, No. 33 San Diego State, San Francisco, San Jose State, No. 2 Stanford, UC Davis, UC Irvine, No. 4 UCLA, No. 14 USC, No. 3 Washington and Washington State.

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