Men's Golf Tied for 20th at NCAA Championships
June 1, 2010
OOLTEWAH, Tenn. -
The Oregon State men’s golf team got off to a tough start Tuesday at the NCAA Championships at The Honors Course near Chattanooga, Tenn. Seniors Diego Velasquez and Mike Barry led the way at 1-under-par.
The Beavers stumbled out of the gate at 5-over-par beginning the round teeing off into the wind on the 490-yard, par-4, 10th hole. However, the Beavers were able to remain patient and found a rhythm to play the rest of the round at a near-par pace finishing the day at plus-7.
“I expected before we started that par was going to be a good number on this course, and it looks like that might hold up to be true,” head coach Brian Watts said. “In the first round, we were just trying to shoot something around par to stay in (contention) and not make too many mistakes. This golf course can just eat you up if you make a couple mistakes in a row.
“The Honors Course is a great championship golf course,” Watts said. “It is relentless out there, every hole is demanding and the greens are fast and undulated. Players can’t let up and if they make a mistake they just have to try to salvage par or no worse than bogey. It’s tough.”
OSU finished the first round 7-over with a team score of 295, which ties for 20th and is eight strokes out of eighth place – the cut line to reach match play later in the week. Oklahoma State and Florida State are tied for first with scores of 5-under 283.
Velasquez and Barry carded strong rounds with each finishing at 1-under. Barry, who bogeyed on 10 and 12 to sit at plus-2 after three holes, didn’t return to even par until the 17th after recording back-to-back birdies. His third birdie of the day – on the 3rd hole – and 13 pars left him tied for 25th. Velasquez recorded five birdies on the day, only one fewer than the leaders for the day.
“Diego and Mike played solid. They kind of kept us in it today,” Watts said. “We had three other guys who were on a rollercoaster out there, but they eventually put a few holes together and got a rhythm going after a rough start. I’ll take what we shot today and we’ll build from there tomorrow. We worked on our putting this afternoon and we’ll keep working. We played the difficult holes well, they’re all difficult, but the hardest holes we played well.”
Madsen started the tournament with a double bogey and found himself at 5-over through five holes, before he corrected his course and played par golf the rest of the way. Sherwood also got off to a choppy start with four bogeys in the first seven holes before settling in the rest of the way.
The Beavers will be back on the course Wednesday for the second round of the NCAA Championships as they’ll tee off from the first tee at 12:30 p.m. ET.
t1. Oklahoma State 283; t1. Florida State 283; 3. Oregon 284; 4. Texas A&M 285; t5. Arizona State 286; t5. Clemson 286; t7. Florida 287; t7. Augusta State 287; 9. Washington 289; t10. Texas 290; t10. Georgia Tech 290; t12. Stanford 292; t12. Kent State 292; t12. North Florida 292; 15. California 293; t16. Baylor 294; t16. UNLV 294; t16. San Diego 294; t16. UCLA 294; t20. USC 295; t20. Oregon State 295; 22. Duke 296; t23. Georgia Southern 297; t23. Tennessee 297; 25. Virginia 300; 26. Penn State 301; t27. Texas Tech 302; t27. TCU 302; 29. LSU 303; 30. Illinois 304.
t1. Jesper Kennegard, Arizona State – 68; t1. Henrik Norlander, Augusta State – 68; t3. Seath Lauer, Florida State – 69; t3. Luke Hopkins, Clemson – 69; t3. Pontus Widegren, UCLA – 69; t3. Phillip Choi, Florida – 69; t3. Alex Ching, San Diego – 69; t3. Wes Roach, Duke – 69; t3. Ryan O’Rear, Baylor – 69; t3. Eugene Wong, Oregon – 69; t3. Peter Uihlein, Oklahoma State – 69; t3. Lance Lopez, Texas – 69.
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