Beavers tied for Second at the NCAA Gold Mountain Regional

May 20, 2010

BREMERTON, Wash. - The Oregon State men's golf team got off to a good start and is tied for second at the NCAA Men's Golf Gold Mountain Regional at the Gold Mountain Golf Course in Bremerton, Wash. Senior Diego Velasquez is tied for eighth at even par at the end of the first round.

The Beavers had to wait out a 90-minute rain delay before getting out on to the course but once they did they got out to a quick start. They started out on the back-nine teeing off of the 10th tee to start the day. They had the lead at 4-under par right as they made the turn onto the front-nine but then the wind and the rain started to play more of a part.

'Today was really dictated by the weather,' Oregon State men's gold head coach Brian Watts said following the first round. 'We started really well as a team getting off to some low scores and then the weather hit. The rain and the wind picked up and we were just trying to hang on at that point. We made our turn onto the front nine where we made a few mistakes but were able to get some back to close out the round.'

Several of the first few holes that the Beavers faced after making the turn were directly into the wind and the rain which made an already long course even longer and theirs scores elevated a little but they were able to hang rally late to secure their tie for second.

The Beavers finished the first round 3-over with a team score of 291 which is good enough for a tied for second with Colorado State University. Host school Washington is in first place with a 2-under score of 286.

Velasquez got out to a quick start going 5-under through his first six holes before he ran into the weather. He only had two bad holes but hit the ball well under adverse conditions. He finished tied for eighth after shooting an even par 72.

'The day went well,' Velasquez said. 'I think we definitely have an advantage over other teams when it comes to the bad weather. I hit the ball really well today and started really well going five under through the first six. All we can do tomorrow is just to go out there and play one shot at a time and stay patient which is key in tournaments like this.'

Senior Paul Peterson, redshirt senior Mike Barry and sophomore Alex Moore all finished tied for 15th after shooting 1-over 73's. Sophomore Morten Madsen finished tied for 65th with an 8-over 80.

Velasquez and Peterson were two of only five players to record an eagle during the first round and are at the top of the list in par-5 scoring at 3-under. Barry leads all competitors with 15 pars during the first round. Moore recorded 13 pars during the round.

'We feel good about where we are at,' Watts said. 'We came into the event knowing that we were going to have to take it one day at a time and one shot at a time. The weather is supposed to be bad again tomorrow so we're just going to have to stay in there and stay patient.'

The Beavers will be back out rain or shine Friday for the second round of the NCAA Gold Mountain Regional at the Gold Mountain Golf Club. They will tee off on the front-nine for the second round starting at 9:10 a.m. and will be matched up with Washington and Colorado State.

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Team Leaderboard
1. Washington (286); t2. Colorado State Univ. (291); t2. Oregon State U. (291); 4. Illinois (293); 5. San Diego (294); 6. Southern California (297); 7. Middle Tennessee St. (299); 8. VCU (302); 9. Eastern Michigan U. (303); 10. SMU (307); 11. Loyola College (308); 12. New Mexico (309); 13. Fresno State (318).

Individual Leaderboard (Top Five)
t1. Dustin Morris (Colorado State U.) 69; t1. Espen Kofstad (Denver, U. of) 69; t3. Darren Wallace (Washington) 70; t3. Luke Guthrie (Illinois) 70; t3. Brandon Crick (Nebraska) 70.

t2. Oregon State U. (291) - Individual Results
t8. Diego Velasquez (72); t15. Mike Barry (73); t15. Paul Peterson (73); t15. Alex Moore (73); t65. Morten Madsen 80.

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