Velasquez Shoots Course Record, Beavers 16th at NCAA Championships

June 3, 2010

OOLTEWAH, Tenn. -

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The Oregon State men's golf team move up the leader board to tie for 16th place at the NCAA Championships at The Honors Course hosted by Chattanooga. Senior Diego Velasquez played an incredible round Thursday tying the competition course record with a 6-under 66 to finish fourth as an individual.

Velasquez caught fire on the front nine Thursday knocking down birdies back-to-back-to-back-to-back on holes four through seven. His strong play continued through the back nine adding a pair of birdies and never recording a blemish on his scorecard. His fourth place finish is the best in OSU history.

'Today was awesome,' Velasquez said. 'I felt like my game has been right there throughout the tournament. Today, the putts finally went in.'

The Beavers got out to a good start opening the round at 3-under through three holes. Then after making a few bogeys, they once again found a rhythm and shot 5-under on holes 11 through 14 on their way to finishing the final round with a 1-under 287.

'We went out with the intent to be aggressive and take a few more chances knowing we needed to make a lot of birdies to move up the leader board,' head coach Brian Watts said. 'I'm really proud of these guys. They played hard and fought to the end. Today we went out there with nothing to lose and played a relaxed round. I really encouraged them to focus on enjoying each shot and the whole experience.'

After the completion of round two Oregon State was in 21st place. The Beavers rallied behind Velasquez's course record 66, to shoot a final round 287 which led to a tournament score of 11-over par (295-293-287) 875. The Beavers had the opportunity to finish their final round in the morning and could only wait in anticipation for the afternoon tee times to finish.

'We knew that it would be a long shot for us to have a chance to make match play,' Watts said. 'But we enjoyed watching the leader board all afternoon. The team had a great experience and will have memories that will last a lifetime. We were able to finish ahead of many top programs in the country and they should be very proud of that.'

Sophomores Morten Madsen and Alex Moore fired third round 73's for the Beavers and freshman Nick Sherwood came through with a 3-over 75.

Velasquez, who sunk a difficult downhill 10-footer on the 18th to tie the competition course record, etched his name in the record books with Alex Ching, of San Diego, and Henry Smart, of Virginia, who also tied the record in Wednesday's round. In addition, Oregon's Jake Dukeminier also tied the record in today's afternoon wave. The foursome joined Michael Sim and Ryan Blaum who had previously established the record at the 2004 Southern Amateur.

'It is such a great way for Diego to finish his collegiate career,' Watts said. 'I'm really proud of the way he played all week and to go out this way is great.'

Read Diego Velasquez's live chat conducted immediately following his round this afternoon at GolfWeek.com.

TEAM LEADERBOARD
1. Oklahoma State (283-284-283) 850; 2. Florida State (283-279-292) 854; 3. Georgia Tech (290-282-286) 858; 4. Washington (289-288-283) 860; 5. Oregon (284-294-283) 861; 6. Augusta State (287-288-288) 863; 7. Texas Tech (302-285-280) 867; t8. Stanford (292-288-288) 868; t8. Arizona State (286-292-290) 868; t8. San Diego (294-282-292) 868; t11. Florida (287-289-293) 869; t11. Virginia (300-280-289) 869; 13. 13. Texas A&M (285-304-282) 871; 14. North Florida (292-293-287) 872; 15. USC (295-290-289) 874; t16. Oregon State (295-293-287) 875; t16. Clemson (286-291-298) 875; t16. UCLA (294-286-295) 875; 19. Illinois (304-285-287) 876; 20. Kent State (292-293-292) 877; t21. UNLV (294-292-293) 879; t21. Texas (290-296-293) 879; 23. California (293-294-293) 880; 24. LSU (303-290-290) 883; t25. Baylor (294-295-295) 884; t25. Tennessee (297-292-295) 884; t27. Duke (296-297-296) 889; t27. TCU (302-296-291) 889; 29. Penn State (301-298-299) 898; 30. Georgia Southern (297-299-309) 605.

TOP INDIVIDUALS
1. Scott Langley, Illinois (70-68-68) 206; t2. Alex Ching, San Diego (69-66-73) 208; t2. Peter Uihlein, Oklahoma State (69-68-71) 208; 4. Diego Velasquez, Oregon State (71-72-66) 209; 5. Henrik Norlander, Augusta State (68-69-73) 210; t6. John Peterson, LSU (73-68-70) 211; t6. Drew Kittleson, Florida State (70-70-71) 211; t6. John Hahn, Kent State (72-70-69) 211; t9. Eugene Wong, Oregon (69-72-71) 212; t9. Chris Williams, Washington (72-71-69) 212; t9. Paul Haley, Georgia Tech (70-69-73) 212; t9. Gregor Main, UCLA (71-69-72) 212.

OTHER OREGON STATE INDIVIDUAL SCORES
4. Diego Velasquez (71-72-66) 209; t72. Morten Madsen (77-71-73) 221; t90. Alex Moore (79-71-73) 223; t128. Mike Barry (71-79-79) 229; t139. Nick Sherwood (76-80-75) 231.

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