Men's Golf Fights Back in Second Round of U.S. Intercollegiate

April 12, 2010

STANFORD, Calif. - After a rough opening round that was suspended Sunday due to heavy rain, the No. 24 Oregon State men's golf team bounced back at the U.S. Intercollegiate to post the second-best round of the day and is in seventh place heading into the final round Tuesday.

Oregon State finished the first round Monday afternoon at 20-over 300 but fought back the second time around the course posting a score of 5-under 275. Only Arizona State had a better second round, as OSU moved up three places in the afternoon round.

Diego Velasquez leads the Beavers at 1-under (71-68) 139, three strokes off the pace putting him in a tie for seventh place overall. The individual winner of this event receives an exemption to the Reno/Tahoe Open on the PGA Tour later this year.

But it was the improved play of Paul Peterson and Morten Madsen in the second round who combined to cut 17 strokes off their opening rounds. Peterson shot a 3-under 67 in the second round to finish the day 4-over (77-67) 144, while Madsen finished at 6-over (76-69) 146.

'Paul and Morten rattled off a lot of birdies late in the round to really help the team move up the leader board,' head coach Brian Watts said. 'The guys fought back this afternoon and played some great golf which was great to see.'

The U.S. Intercollegiate is a three-day, 54-hole tournament beginning April 11. The final round will be played Tuesday on the 6,727-yard, par-70 Stanford Golf Course.

For the latest on Oregon State men's golf check back at osubeavers.com. Follow the action live at golfstat.com.

TEAM LEADERBOARD
t1. Washington (281-281) 562; t1. San Diego State (287-275) 562; 3. Oregon (286-277) 563; 4. USC (288-276) 564; 5. UCLA (283-283) 566; 6. San Jose State (287-286) 573; 7. Oregon State (300-275) 575; 8. Pepperdine (287-289) 576; 9. Stanford (292-285) 577; 10. Arizona State (309-272) 581; 11. California (298-287) 585; 12. UC Irvine (293-293) 586; 13. San Francisco (304-283) 587; 14. Lamar (300-294) 594; t15. Washington State (297-298) 595; t15. Long Beach State (306-289) 595; 17. Fresno State (307-290) 597; t18. UC Davis (313-287) 600; t18. Denver (307-293) 600; 20. Hawai'i (314-311)625.

INDIVIDUAL LEADERBOARD
1. Nick Taylor, Washington (68-68) 136; t2. Andrew Putnam, Pepperdine (68-69) 137; t2. J.J. Spaun, San Diego State (69-68) 137; t4. Daniel Miernicki, Oregon (70-68) 138; t4. Jay Myers, San Jose State (67-71) 138; t4. John Chin, UC Irvine (66-72) 138.

OREGON STATE INDIVIDUAL SCORES
t7. Diego Velasquez (71-68) 139; t32. Paul Peterson (77-67) 144; t37. Morten Madsen (76-69) 145; t63. Mike Barry (79-71) 150; t91. Alex Moore (76-80) 156.

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