Men’s Golf Prepared For Fall Season
CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State men’s golf team will open its fall season when it travels to Burlington, Iowa for Golfweek’s Conference Challenge, which will feature a squad from 12 different conferences in an event that will be competed Sunday through Tuesday.
The Beavers will play three tournaments over the next three weeks, including two in the State of Washington, before wrapping up their 2014 fall campaign at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational in Sonoma, Calif., in mid-October.
FIELD (CONFERENCE): Oregon State (Pac-12), Austin Peay (OVC), Eastern Michigan (MAC), Iowa (Big Ten), LSU (SEC), Richmond (Atlantic 10), San Jose State (Mountain West), Southeastern Louisiana (Southland), SMU (AAC), Texas State (Sun Belt), UTEP (Conference USA) and Xavier (Big East).
COURSE: The tournament will be held at the par-72, 7,222-yard Spirit Hollow Golf Course.
BEAVERS’ LINEUP: Oregon State will go with a lineup of senior Alex Franklin, junior Tyler Carlson, sophomores Conner Kumpula and Kevin Murphy, and freshman Jonas Liebich. The 11-member team played four rounds of qualifying to determine the lineup for the fall’s first event.
FORMAT: Three-day, 54-hole tournament with 18 holes each day. The top-four individuals from each five-member team with the lowest scores for each 18-hole round constitute the scoring members for that given round.
TEE TIMES: There will be tee times off the first and 10th holes at 9 a.m. CT (7 a.m. PT) on Sunday and Monday, and a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. CT (6:30 a.m. PT) on Tuesday.
LIVE SCORING: There will be live scoring on golfstat.com.
QUOTING OREGON STATE HEAD COACH JON REEHOORN: “Starting a new season is always fun. We really don’t have a clear-cut leader on the team; nobody is really the number one guy. So it’s just a matter of who is going to take the lead and go for it.
“I don’t know a lot about the course we are playing in this tournament. I know that the course is really good and pretty hard. It’s going to demand some pretty good play. LSU and SMU are there -- both teams were in the top 30 in the nation last year -- so the strength of field should be very good.
“We always try to start the beginning of the year with a wide-open qualifying. I say if you’re a freshman or a senior it doesn’t matter. We start at zero. I think it just worked out that the qualifying was really tight this year and the pressure that the guys felt for those top five spots. It’s not anything I can create in practice. From that standpoint and getting them ready for the opening tournament, it was perfect.
“My hope is that the whole team will step up to replace David Fink. I think they should all hopefully be battling for that number one spot. In the end, it doesn’t matter who number one is. I know they all want to be number one and be the guy. But I think if all of them come together as a team, we will be better for it.”