Men's Golf Finishes Third at Duck Invitational

March 24, 2009

Eugene, Ore. - The Oregon State men's golf team finished in third place Tuesday at the Duck Invitational in Eugene, Ore., just four shots back of in state rival and host team Oregon.

The stakes were high going into the final round at the Duck Invitational with one point was up for grabs in the Civil War Series presented by the Northwest Dodge Dealers.

'You always hate to lose,' Oregon State men's golf head coach Brian Watts said. 'Golf is like any other sport, when you're on your home course you're expected to win. We had our chances today, it's unfortunate that we weren't able to pick up a point for Beaver Nation today but we'll see if we can't get both of them next year.'

Oregon State came into the final round with two stroke lead over rival Oregon who imploded during the second round going 16-over par in the second round.

The Beavers could not hold their lead and finished the third round at 3-over and finished five strokes back of the Ducks.

Freshman Morten Madsen continued to stroke the ball well and recorded his best finish of his young career, a tie for seventh. After shooting back-to-back 1-over 73's he shot an even par 72 in the final round.

'He had a transition between playing golf in Europe and playing golf here,' Watts said. 'It's a little bit different here with the conditions. He's defiantly making progress in his game and the more comfortable he gets the better his numbers are going to be. I expect him to continue his good play.'

Redshirt freshman Alex Moore, playing as an individual, had his best finish of his career as he tied for fifth. After going 3-over in round one he shot a 2-under round two and an even par round in the final round to finish at 1-over.

'It's always a little different playing as an individual because there's a little more freedom as opposed to playing as a part of the team,' Watts said. 'I know anything around par these last few rounds has been a really good number and he had it going again today. In the last two rounds he played very solidly.'

Paul Peterson shot a 1-under 71 in the final round to tie for seventh along with Madsen. After posting a double-bogey on the par-5 six he bounced back with birdies on seven, 13, and 16.

Jonnie Motomochi and Jesse Schutte both finished tied for 27th by each shooting 2-over in the final round.

Diego Velasquez finished tied for 39th at 11-over.

Alex Williams and Tyler Simpson, both playing as individuals, finished tied for 47th and 53rd respectively.

The University of Washington Took home the first place trophy being the only team to finish below par for the event at 5-under. Washington's Nick Taylor took home the individual title finishing at 5-under.

The Ducks now have an 8.5-5.5 point lead in the Civil War Series pending what the Oregon State women's golf team did Tuesday who also had a point up for grabs this week.

The Beavers are back out on the road this weekend when they start the three-day Western Intercollegiate March 29-31 in Santa Cruz, Calif.'We're looking forward to playing this next weekend,' Watts said. 'We're going to get out there and get a couple of days of hard work in and get ready to tee it up again.'

TEAM LEADERBOARD1. Washington (285-296-278) 859;2. Oregon, U. of (286-304-284) 874;3. Oregon State U. (292-296-290) 878;4. Colorado (298-297-291) 886;5. UC Davis (300-303-288) 891;6. Pepperdine (303-290-300) 893;7. Washington State U. (291-309-295) 895;8. UAB (300-300-296) 896;9. Idaho, Univ. of (299-304-296) 899;t10. Pacific, U of (307-308-298) 913;t10. Portland, U. of (313-301-299) 913;t12. Utah, Univ. of (311-304-301) 916;t12. St. Mary's-California (304-309-303) 916.

INDIVIDUAL LEADERBOARD1. Nick Taylor, Washington (70-73-68) 211;2. Jack Dukeminier, Oregon, U. of (69-73-70) 212;3. Richard Lee, Washington (75-73-67) 215;4. Andrew Putnam, Pepperdine (74-70-72) 216;t5. Daniel Miernicki, Oregon, U. of (67-78-72) 217;t5. Alex Moore,* Oregon State U. (75-70-72) 217.

3. Oregon State U. (292-296-290) 878; - Other Individual Resultst7. Morten Madsen (73-73-72) 218;t7. Paul Peterson (73-74-71) 218;t27. Jonnie Motomochi (73-76-74) 223;t27. Jesse Schutte (76-73-74) 223;t39. Diego Velasquez (73-77-77) 227;t47. Alex Williams* (75-82-72) 229;t53. Tyler Simpson* (78-83-70) 231.

*Indicates playing as an individual

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