Men’s Golf Rolls To Third In California
FAIRFAX, Calif. – Brian Jung and Tyler Collier each fired a 5-under 66 during 36 holes of play at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational on Monday to lift the Oregon State men’s golf team into third place. The final round of the two-day, 54-hole tournament is slated for Tuesday.
The Beavers shot a 10-under 274 in the morning at the par-71, 6,734-yard Meadow Club, equaling the sixth-best single-round score in school history, and followed that with an impressive 6-under 278 in the afternoon to sit in third place in the 16-team field with a 16-under 552.
Arizona State leads the tourney with a 19-under 549 and host California is second with a 17-under 551. The third and final round will be a shotgun start beginning at 8:15 a.m. on Tuesday and live scoring is available on golfstat.com.
“From start to finish, the team played very solidly,” Oregon State head coach Jon Reehoorn said. “This morning there was no wind and the course played about as easy as it could. This afternoon the wind blew 15-20 miles-per-hour and our play was awesome in the conditions.”
|4||Tyler Collier (2)||69||66||135|
|T9||Brian Jung (4)||66||72||138|
|T24||Alex Franklin (1)||69||72||141|
|T49||Kevin Murphy (3)||70||75||145|
|T59||Scott Kim (5)||78||68||146|
Jung fired a career-best 5-under 66 in the morning that included five birdies and 13 pars, which betters the 5-under 67 he shot in his first collegiate tournament, the Mark Simpson Invitational in the fall of 2012. He added four more birdies in the afternoon but also took five bogeys to shoot a 1-over 72 and finish the day with a 4-under 138 for a tie for ninth place.
Collier has been on fire of late, as he carded a 2-under 69 in the morning and a career-best 6-under 66 in the morning to put him in fourth place with a 7-under 135. His eagle and two birdies in the first round and ridiculous seven birdies in the second round have him just two shots out of the lead with only Yannik Paul of Colorado (9-under 133), Max Rottluff of Arizona State (8-under 134) and Sebastian Crampton of Cal (8-under 134) ahead of him on the leaderboard.
A native of Chico, Calif., Collier has shot in the 60’s in three of his last four rounds after firing a previous career-best 3-under 67 in the second round of the Itani Quality Homes Collegiate in Pullman, Wash., two weeks ago.
“It’s fun to watch Tyler play,” Reehoorn said. “You never know how he is doing; he always looks the same. The one thing you know is that he shows up expecting to play well and believes he can compete with anyone.”
Senior Alex Franklin was steady, but not spectacular as he has been lately, as he sits in a tie for 24th place with a 1-under 69-72--141. Sophomore Kevin Murphy is tied for 49th with a 3-over 70-75--145 and senior Scott Kim bounced back with a 3-under 68 in the morning to move 21 spots up the leaderboard into a tie for 59th with a 4-over 146.
“It was great to see that it was a total team effort today,” Reehoorn said. “The round by Scott this afternoon was huge after such a disappointing start. It would have been easy for him to pack it in and feel sorry for himself, but he rebounded with a great round for the team.”
The Oregon State school record for a three-round tournament is a 27-under 825 at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational in 2010 and the best single-round mark is 15-under at the 2000 Pac-10 Championship.