Beavers Seek NCAA Championships Berth this Week

May 18, 2010

CORVALLIS - The Oregon State men's golf team is set to head north to the Gold Mountain Regional in Bremerton, Wash. to compete for a chance to go to nationals. Oregon State enters the tournament as the fourth seed, and will need to remain in the top five to advance. The 2009-10 season has one of the most successful in program history, and the team is expecting to continue with a quality finish.

THE COURSE - Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, Wash. Gold Mountain is a par-72 course that will play approximately 7,104 yards. The event will be three rounds of 18 holes each, and will take place May 20-22.

'I think it's definitely an advantage for us,' head coach Brian Watts said. 'Knowing the golf course and having played there several times in the last few years will help us at regionals. Not getting on a plane, traveling, and changing time zones, and not having to adjust to a different type of grass will all play factors that I expect to be advantageous for us.

'There are many different hole locations on this course because it's so undulated, so knowing where to miss around the greens is to our advantage. The guys will have a really good game plan in place because of our knowledge of the golf course and if they can execute the plan, they are going to have great results.'

THE FIELD -
Teams (seeded in the following order):
1. Washington (Pac-10 Conference)
2. USC
3. Illinois (Big Ten Conference)
4. Oregon State
5. San Diego
6. Colorado State (Mountain West Conference)
7. Middle Tennessee
8. SMU
9. New Mexico
10. Fresno State
11. Eastern Michigan
12. VCU
13. Loyola (Md.) (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference)

Individuals
1. Espen Kofstad, Denver
2. Austin Graham, UC Davis
3. Brandon Crick, Nebraska
4. Gabe Maier, Wyoming
5. Rodolfo Cazaubon, North Texas
6. Kyle Peterman, Western Illinois
7. Ben Blundell, Oklahoma
8. Kevin Tucker, Washington State
9. Nathan Sutherland, Miami (Ohio)
10. Carlos Ortiz, North Texas

THE STAKES - Teams that finish in the top five of the regional, and the top individual not on one of those teams will advance onto the NCAA Division I National Championships. Nationals will be held at The Honors Course in Chattanooga, Tenn., June 1-5.

PREVIOUS TOURNAMENT - The Beavers rallied in their final 18 holes to claim fifth place at the Pac-10 Championships in Tempe, Ariz. Led by seniors Diego Velasquez (4-under 280, 16th place) and Mike Barry (3-under 281, 19th place) the Beavers were able to bypass two other teams on the final day.

LAST YEAR - The Beavers finished in 10th place at the NCAA West Regional in Daly City, Calif. Paul Peterson led the Beavers with (79, 69, 67) 215, which tied for 27th place.

TEEING UP FOR THE BEAVERS -
Diego Velasquez / Senior / 5-7 / Bogota, Colombia / Gimnasio Los Caobos

2009-2010: On pace to break OSU single-season scoring average with a 70.00 average... Second all-time Oregon State career scoring average with 72.06... Third all-time for Oregon State top 10 finishes for career with 12, as well as single-season (09-10) with 7... Third all-time rounds played for Oregon State with 134... Ranked 1st nationally by GolfStat.com, 5th by Golfweek.com... Won the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate with a 10-under 206... Finished in 3rd at Giustina Memorial Classic with a 7-under 209... Finished in 3rd at Alister MacKenzie Invitational with a 7-under 135... Finished in 3rd at Battle at the Beach with a 7-under 206.

Mike Barry / Senior / 6-4 / Medford, Ore. / North Medford HS / University of San Diego
2009-2010: On pace to finish the season with the third all-time Oregon State single-season scoring average with 71.42... Tied for fifth top 10 finishes in a single-season with 5... Finished 3rd at the Western Intercollegiate with a 4-under 206... Finished 6th at the Giustina Memorial Classic with a 4-under 212... Finished 6th at the Battle at the Beach with a 6-under 207... Finished 8th at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational with 5-under 208.

Paul Peterson / Senior / 5-10 / Salem, Ore. / Sprague HS
2009-2010: On pace to finish the season sixth on the OSU single-season scoring average list with a 72.30 average - he also holds fifth spot (71.85) in 2008-09... Fifth all-time on OSU's career scoring average at 73.05... Tenth all-time for OSU career top 10 finishes with 8... Tied for 11th for rounds played in a career with 104... Finished 14th at the Giustina Memorial Classic with a 1-over 217... Finished in 16th at the Duck Invitational with a 3-over 219.

Morten Madsen / Sophomore / 6-2 / Silkeborg, Denmark / Silkeborg Gymnasium
2009-2010: Tied for 12th on OSU's single-season scoring average with 72.70 (also holds 8th spot for 2008-09 average of 72.41)... Fourth on career scoring average list with 72.58 average... Finished in 4th at Giustina Memorial Classic with a 6-under 210... Finished in 11th at Saint Mary's College Invitational with a 4-over 220... Finished 15th at Duck Invitational with a 2-over 218.

Alex Moore / Sophomore / 5-8 / Richland, Wash. / Hanford HS
2009-2010: Season scoring average of 72.50... Shot a season low 69 during third round of US Intercollegiate... Finished 13th at Giustina Memorial Classic with a 1-under 215... Finished 26th at Battle at the Beach with a 2-over 215... Finished 28th at the Western Intercollegiate with an 8-over 218.

RECORD SEASON - The Beavers have been re-writing the record books all season long as four golfers have climbed into the top 10 lists on numerous Beaver records. The team has also been ranked in the top 25 nationally for virtually the entire season. The team tied for first place at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate, with Diego Velasquez finishing as the top individual, winning by an unheard of seven strokes. Velasquez and Mike Barry both reach the top five for a low individual score in 4 rounds with Velasquez at 4-under 280 (third) and Barry at 3-under 281 (fifth), both scores recorded at the Pac-10 Championships. Morten Madsen and Barry each had single rounds of 6-under 65s, which is one stroke off of the school record 64 held by Tim Mickelson, set in the Spring of 2000. This is the fourth year in a row that the Beavers will head to an NCAA Regional. They have not qualified for nationals since 2001, where they finished in 12th.

HEAD COACH - Brian Watts is in his tenth year as the Beavers head coach, and his 13th overall with the program. He was an assistant coach for the men's and women's teams from 1995-97 and 1999-01. He led the Beavers to a third-place finish at the 2002 Pac-10 Championships.

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