Beavers Finish Fifth at Pac-10 Championships

April 28, 2010

TEMPE, Ariz. -

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The No. 23 Oregon State men's golf team battled through an up-and-down day to finish fifth at the Pac=1- Championships at Arizona State.

The Beavers got off to a strong start teeing off from the 10th hole in Wednesday's final round getting to 20-under par, for the tournament, through five holes. However, holes 15 through 18 wreaked havoc on the Beavers' scorecards as the six OSU golfers combined to shoot 10-over.

'We got off to a great start, but midway through the round we made a few mistakes and our putts wouldn't fall,' head coach Brian Watts said.'It was an up-and-down performance but we hung in there. It certainly wasn't our best performance and we all know there is a lot of room for improvement. But overall, finishing fifth in a great conference and beating a couple top five teams is something we can be happy with.'

After making the turn, the Beavers' counting scorers re-grouped and played the final nine holes of the tournament at even par despite the tougher playing conditions and tied for the fourth-best team score of the day.

'The wind was calm in the morning but picked up throughout the day. The course played a lot tougher today because of the tough pin placements and a little breezier than we'd been seeing.'

Diego Velasquez led Oregon State on Wednesday with a 2-under 69 to finish the tournament at 4-under (69-72-70-69) 280 and tied for 16th place, the Beavers' best finish in the tournament. Paul Peterson and Alex Moore carded even par 71's on Wednesday while Mike Barry was 1-over to finish the tournament in 19th place at 3-under (74-66-69-72) 281. Jonnie Motomochi was 3-over to complete the scoring for the Beavers and Morten Madsen finished at 7-over Wednesday.

Washington came back from seven strokes down to win the Pac-10 Championships for the second straight year at 34-under (338-352-340-353) 1383 three strokes ahead of Stanford. Individually, California's Eric Mina won the tournament at 16-under (65-68-67-68) 268.

The Pac-10 Championships were April 26-28th at the Karsten Golf Course, a course the Beavers played earlier this month - April 2-3 - for the ASU Thunderbird Invitational. The tournament is a three-day, 72-hole event. Two rounds of 18 holes were played on Monday and single rounds of 18 were played on Tuesday and Wednesday. The course is a 7,057-yards and plays as a par-71.

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1. Washington (338-352-340-353) 1383; 2. Stanford (330-345-348-363) 1386; 3. USC (340-349-356-351) 1396; 4. Arizona State (337-351-348-365) 1401; 5. Oregon State (355-349-346-357) 1407; t6. Oregon (351-352-346-360) 1409; t6. California (347-357-352-353) 1409; 8. UCLA (340-353-351-370) 1414; 9. Arizona (351-358-346-366) 1421; 10. Washington State (361-361-359-357) 1438.

1. Eric Mina, California (65-68-67-68) 268; 2. Jesper Kennegard, Arizona State (63-66-67-73) 269; 3. Richard Lee, Washington (64-70-68-68) 270; t4. Gregor Main, UCLA (68-69-64-72) 273; t4. Joseph Bramlett, Stanford (66-66-66-75) 273.

t16. Diego Velasquez (69-72-70-69) 280; 19. Mike Barry (74-66-69-72) 281; t31. Paul Peterson (70-73-71-71) 285; t31. Morten Madsen (71-71-65-78) 285; 39. Alex Moore (71-71-74-71) 287; t42. Jonnie Motomochi (76-69-71-74) 290.

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