No. 23 Beavers Prepare for Western Intercollegiate

April 16, 2010

CORVALLIS - The 23rd ranked Oregon State men's golf team is set to head to Santa Cruz, Calif. for its final tune-up before the Pac-10 Championships. The Western Intercollegiate, hosted by San Jose State, will bring together several powerful Pac-10 teams along with others from around the country.

The Beavers, who sport a 100-40-2 regular season record (reaching the 100-win mark in the regular season for the first time in the program's history), are riding a wave of momentum that began after a rain-soaked 20-over par opening round of the U.S. Intercollegiate last Sunday. The Beavers then rallied back to a fourth place finish, recording the second-best score of the second round and the top score on the final day.

'For us, it's a matter of how we are starting tournaments and not how we are finishing them,' head coach Brian Watts said. 'In previous years we would move down the leaderboard instead of moving up. Every day is its own day, and every hole is its own hole, and shot by shot, and at the end of the day, we'll add them up. We're still looking for that time when all of the guys play well at the same time. Like I've said since the beginning of the year, once we find the five guys, or the six guys that all play well at the same time, this team can beat anyone in the country.'

This week's tournament will be a little different for the Beavers, as several of the usual faces will be noticeably absent from the lineup. Senior Diego Velasquez, currently ranked No. 1 in the nation for scoring average, will miss this week's competition due to illness and senior Paul Peterson as well as sophomore Morten Madsen will remain in Corvallis to focus on the Pac-10 Championship coming later this month.

Instead the Oregon State will be represented by a less experienced lineup of players seeking a spot in the lineup at Pac-10's. Seniors Mike Barry and Tyler Simpson, sophomores Casey King, Alex Moore and Jonnie Motomochi and freshman Nick Sherwood will play at the Western Intercollegiate.

'For us, as a coaching staff, it's good to see these guys compete before we select the final six guys to go to Pac-10's the week after,' Watts said. 'It's one of those deals where they are going to have an opportunity. Whoever steps up and competes and gets the ball in the hole is probably going to be in the lineup for us.'

The Western Intercollegiate is played at the Pasatiempo Golf Course, a course designed by renowned course architect Alister MacKenzie. Pasatiempo is a 6,615-yard, par-70 course. The tournament is a play six-count five and will have a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Teams will play 36 holes Saturday and 18 on Sunday.

The field for the Western Intercollegiate includes Boise State, Hawai'i, Michigan State, New Mexico State, Oregon, Pacific, San Jose State, Tulsa, UC Irvine and UCLA.

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