Men's Golf Third After Day One at Pac-10s
April 27, 2009
Seattle, Wash. – Senior Alex Williams and junior Paul Peterson are both tied for fifth place at the Pac-10 men’s golf championship and lead the third place Oregon State team into the third round Tuesday at the Seattle Golf Club.
Co-caption Williams has seen limited action during the spring season but did not let that bother him as he came out shooting with a team low 2-under par 68 in the opening round.
“We knew even par would be a good score today,” Oregon State men’s golf head coach Brian Watts said. “Alex (Williams) always seems to rise to the occasion. He totally plays within himself. Alex has a tendency to play better on difficult courses because he is patient. He did a great job today.”
Williams followed his first round performance with an even par 72 in the second round of the day. He had five birdies through the two rounds and is tied for fifth place with a score of 140 (68-72).
Peterson also mirrored his scores in the first and second rounds going 1-under in the first round and 1-over in the second and is also in fifth place at 140 (69-71).
The Beavers came out well in the first round shooting a 4-over 364 and took the first round lead into the clubhouse. They came out in the second round and struggled a little bit early in the second round thanks to winds picking up and more difficult pin positions.
“They hung in there and stayed patient and stuck to the game plan,” Watts said. “I felt like we had a good game plan going into today and the executed it very well in the first round.”
Freshman Morten Madsen came out in his first Pac-10 Championship and shot a 1-over 141 (72-73) and is tied for seventh. He struggled a bit out of the gate and was 5-over through his first six holes of the first round.
Madsen then pulled it together and rattled off four birdies in his next five holes and birdied his final hole of the round to finish 1-over. He added five more birdies in the second round.
Junior Diego Velasquez had a rough first round where he shot at one point six bogies in a row. He found his stroke in the second round and shot a 2-over in the second round. He sits tied for 44th at 9-over with a 153 (79-74)
Moore did have the only eagle on the day for the Beavers on the par-5 18th hole.
The Beavers are 10 strokes behind leader and host team Washington. Oregon sits in second place just six strokes behind the Beavers. Washington’s Darren Wallace heads all golfers at 2-under for the tournament.
“Overall for the day I’m very pleased with where we’re at,” Watts said. “We’re not going to change anything going into tomorrows round. Hopefully we’ll go out there and execute our game plan.”
Oregon State is paired with either Arizona State or Stanford University in the third round with tee times starting at 8:48 a.m.
“You can’t win the golf tournament in the first day, they know that,” Watts said. “We definitely put ourselves in position to give ourselves and opportunity to do some thing special.”
1. Washington (365-360) 725; 2. Oregon, U. of (366-363) 729; 3. Oregon State U. (364-371) 735; t4. Arizona State U. (375-362) 737; t4. Stanford University (366-371) 737; 6. California, U. (372-369) 741; 7. Southern California (371-374) 745; t8. Arizona (374-375) 749; t8. UCLA (371-378) 749; 10. Washington State U. (390-378) 768.
1. Darren Wallace, Washington (70-72) 142; t2 Chris Killmer, Washington (71-72) 143; t2. Daniel Miernicki, Oregon, U. of (74-69) 143; t2. John Murphy, California, U. of (69-74) 143; t5. Paul Peterson, Oregon State U. (71-73) 144; t5. Alex Williams, Oregon State U. (70-74) 144.
3. Oregon State U. (364-371) 735; - Other Oregon State Scores
t53. Jonnie Motomochi (73-83) 156.