Beavers Finish Seventh at ASU Thunderbird Classic

April 3, 2010

TEMPE, Ariz. -

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The Oregon State men's golf team, ranked 22nd in the nation by Golf World, completed the ASU Thunderbird Classic with a seventh place finish at 1-under par (292-280-279) 851 moving up the leader board two spots during the final round.

The Beavers finished with a final round of 5-under 279, which was one of the best rounds of the day.

OSU was led by senior Mike Barry who carded a 6-under 65 on his was to tying for eighth place at 5-under (74-69-65) 208.

'Mike played very well today,' head coach Brian Watts said. 'He was in control of his game and kept the few mistakes to a minimum. His 65 today was important for the team and will give him some confidence heading into the rest of the spring.'

Seniors Diego Velasquez and Paul Peterson were also able to shoot under par final rounds, as they each shot 1-under par 70. Velasquez wrapped up the tournament in 16th place at 2-under (73-68-70) 211, while Peterson finished in a tie for 45th at (73-74-70) 217.

The ASU Thunderbird featured nine teams ranked in Golf World's top 25, of which the Beavers finished ahead of three - No. 9 UNLV, No. 11 Arizona State, and No. 24 California. No. 6 Washington won the tourney at 13-under (287-284-268) 839.

The Thunderbird was a two-day, 54-hole tournament held at the par-71, 7,057-yard Karsten Golf Course. Karsten is also the host of the Pac-10 Championships later this month.

'With Pac-10's coming up at this course later this month, this tournament was great for all of the schools to get a good feel for the course and get prepared for the conference tournament.'

'This team has the ability to achieve some very special things. When they all play well at the same time, they can compete with any team in the country. It hasn't happened yet, but we're looking forward to the time when it does. You're going to see a few different lineups going into the final two regular season tournaments. We want to give everyone a chance to compete and see who is going to step up in the tournaments and earn those last few spots.'

For the latest on Oregon State men's golf check back at The Beavers will be back in action at the U.S. Intercollegiate at the Stanford Golf Course, April 10-12.

1. Washington (287-284-268) 839; 2. UCLA (281-277-283) 841; 3. USC (278-278-286) 842; t4. Oregon (287-282-277) 846; t4. Arizona (278-276-292) 846; t4. Stanford (281-290-275) 846; 7. Oregon State (292-280-279) 851; t8. Arizona State (291-276-289) 856; t8. UNLV (289-286-281) 856; t8. San Diego State (282-290-284) 856; t11. Colorado State (294-287-276) 857; t11. UC Irvine (290-279-288) 857; 13. California (288-294-285) 867; t14. BYU (295-288-290) 873; t14. Washington State (291-285-297) 873; 16. Denver (292-301-297) 890.

t1. Chris Williams, Washington (72-69-64) 205; t1. J.J. Spaun, San Diego State (69-66-70) 205; t3. Andrew Cooley, San Diego State (66-74-67) 207; t3. Nick Taylor, Washington (70-70-67) 207; t3. John Chin, UC Irvine (72-64-71) 207; t3. Eugene Wong, Oregon (69-68-70) 207; t3. Matthew Giles, USC (70-68-69) 207

t8. Mike Barry (74-69-65) 208; t16. Diego Velasquez (73-68-70) 211; t45. Paul Peterson (73-74-70) 217; t49. Morten Madsen (72-69-77) 218; t79. Casey King (77-76-74) 227.

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