Beavers Earn NCAA Championship Birth

May 22, 2010

BREMERTON, Wash. - The Oregon State men's golf team advanced to the 2010 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships June 1-7 at The Honors Course in Chattanooga, Tenn. with its fourth place finish Saturday at the NCAA Gold Mountain Regional. It is the first time to the national tournament since the 2000-01 season.

The Beavers began the day in fifth place, just at the cut line, and needed to hang on if not improve and that is just what they did. The team finished the third and final round Sunday with a 1-over par score that was good enough for the fourth place finish, the best regional finish in school history.

Oregon State will be making its ninth trip to the NCAA Championships and the first under nine-year head coach Brian Watts who has led his teams to five regional appearances.

'It's a very big day for our program,' Watts said following the final round. 'Our guys finished strong out there today and hit the shots when they needed to and hit the putts when they needed to. The adrenaline was definitely going out there today and it's going to be an experience that will last with them for a lifetime.'

The Beavers were three to four shots back of the cut line when they made the turn and Watts knew that if they made a few birdies at the par-5 11th they were going to have a good chance and that is exactly what they did. Four out of the five competitors made birdie with the fifth making a par.

'Alex Moore hit a great shot on 17 that he almost holed out but was able to tap in for birdie while, almost at the same time, Paul Peterson tapped in for birdie on 18,' Watts said. 'It was at that time when I realized that if we just needed the rest of our guys to par out the final two holes and we had made it. The guys rose to the occasion and took advantage of it.'

Sophomores Alex Moore and Morten Madsen had the low rounds of the day for the Beavers when they both shot 1-under 71s in the final round. Madsen got out to a quick start recording two birdies in his first three holes before dropping a stroke on the par-4 fourth to go back to 1-under. He hit a total of four birdies on the day before finishing at 1-under.

Moore was at 1-over with six holes to play before he hit birdies on the par-5 14th and the par-4 17th to end the round at one under. He finished tied for 29th at 6-over for the tournament which led the team.

Senior Paul Peterson recorded his third birdie of the day on his final whole of the tournament to finish 1-over for the round and 11-over for the tournament.

Senior Diego Velasquez recorded 14 pars on the day along with one birdie to finish 2-over for the day and finished tied for 40th for the tournament. Fellow senior Mike Barry shot a 6-over 78 to finish 6-over for the tournament and finished tied for 36th overall.

'We feel fortunate as a team to be where we are,' Watts said. 'The team has worked very hard to be in this place and we're looking forward to the opportunity ahead of us.'

The Beavers will have a little over a week off to practice and get ready for the NCAA Championships June 1-6 at The Honors Course in Chattanooga, Tenn.

TEAM LEADERBOARD
1. Washington (286-283-275) 844; 2. Southern California (297-289-287) 873; 3. San Diego (294-292-288) 874; 4. Oregon State U. (291-296-289) 876; 5. Illinois (293-292-292) 877; 6. Middle Tennessee St. (299-294-286) 879; 7. Eastern Michigan U. (303-294-283) 880; 8. Colorado State Univ. (291-298-292) 881; 9. VCU (302-293-290) 885; t10. New Mexico (309-291-288) 888; t10. SMU (307-294-287) 888; 12. Loyola College (308-304-292) 904; 13. Fresno State (318-302-294) 914.

INDIVIDUAL LEADERBOARD
1. Richard Lee, Washington (72-68-68) 208; 2. Chris Williams, Washington (73-72-65) 210; t3. Darren Wallace, Washington (70-69-72) 211; t3. Espen Kofstad, Denver, U. of (69-71-71) 211; t5. Lanto Griffin, VCU (74-69-70) 213; t5. Gunner Wiebe, San Diego (72-70-71) 213.

4. Oregon State U. (291-296-289) 876 - Individual Results
t29. Alex Moore, Oregon State U. (73-77-71) 221; t36. Morten Madsen, Oregon State U. (80-71-71) 222; t36. Mike Barry Oregon State U. (73-71-78) 222; t40. Diego Velasquez, Oregon State U. (72-77-74) 223; 53. Paul Peterson, Oregon State U. (73-81-73) 227.

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