Beavers third after two rounds at Giustina Memorial

Sept. 28, 2009

CORVALLIS - The Oregon State men's and women's golf teams have combined to rest in third place at the third annual Giustina Memorial Classic after two rounds of play Monday at Trysting Tree Golf Club. Diego Velasquez and Cara Freeman are also in third place in the individual standings of the men's and women's divisions respectively.

OSU along with men's and women's teams from nine other schools are participating in the unique, combined competition.

On the men's side, Oregon State currently stands second at 565, four shots behind Washington State and four shots ahead of Civil War rival Oregon. The men were led by Velasquez's opening round 68 as all five OSU players played well. The Beavers posted only one round over par on Monday and all five are in the top 20 in the individual standings.

At the end of Monday, the OSU women are third at 620, 22 shots behind Oregon. Freeman's score of (74-76) 150 led the Beavers and leaves her eight shots behind the leader.

After two rounds of play, the lead on the men's side is held by Trent Sanders of Washington State with a score of 8-under-par 136. On the women's side, Kendra Little of Oregon leads with a score of 2-under-par 142.

Washington State takes the lead into the final round of action as the Ducks have a combined total of 1167, 15 strokes ahead of Washington State and 18 head of Oregon State.

Other OSU scores for the men included Mike Barry shooting a (71-71) 142 good for ninth, Morten Madsen tied for 10th with a (71-72) 143, Alex Moore tied for 15th with a (72-72) 144, and Paul Peterson is in 19th with (75-70) 145. Other OSU women's scores include Brittany Stewart (77-79) and Whitney French (76-80) tied for 14th with a 156; Christy Fogerty (78-80) 158; Lauren Archer (80-80) 160.

The final round of 18 will be played on Tuesday, Sept. 29, with staggered tee times set to start at 7:45 a.m. The Beavers will begin teeing off at 8:12 on the first hole.

The Giustina Memorial Classic marks the first point opportunities in the 2009-10 Civil War Series between Oregon State and the University of Oregon.

Oregon State head coaches Brian Watts and Risë Lakowske designed the tournament in Nat Giustina's honor. The tournament pairs the men's and women's teams from each school in a combined competition against the other schools. Team play in foursomes that include one male and one female from each school.

The memorial tournament is to honor the life of Natale B. 'Nat' Giustina, who played a fundamental role in the creation of Trysting Tree Golf Club. The Oregon State alumnus was a prominent figure in the OSU community, serving on the OSU Alumni Association board and the Board of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Combined Team Results:
1. Oregon - 1167
2. Washington State - 1182
3. Oregon State - 1185
4. Nevada - 1196
5. Cal Poly - 1211
6. Wyoming - 1217
7. Boise State - 1224
8. Portland - 1233
9. Hawai'i - 1242
10. South Carolina - Upstate - 1255

Men's Individual Leaders: 1. Trent Sanders, Washington State (68-68) 136; 2. Jared Becher, Nevada (66-71) 137; t3. Diego Velasquez, Oregon State (68-70) 138; t3. Josh Gallman, USC Upstate (70-68) 138; t3. Austin Hurt, Washington State (68-70) 138.

Women's Individual Leaders: 1. Kendra Little, Oregon (73-69) 142; 2. Juanita Rico, Wyoming (72-75) 147; 3. Cara Freeman, Oregon State (74-76) 150; t4. Ali Thompson, Washington State (79-72) 151; t4. Cheyenne Hickle, Oregon (73-78) 151; t4. Maddy Fletcher, Cal Poly (73-78) 151.

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