Beavers Equal Lowest Sub-Par Score In School History
SANTA ROSA, Calif. – The Oregon State men's golf team equaled the lowest single-round sub-par score in school history, a 16-under 344, in the third round of the Pac-12 Championship on Tuesday.
The 16-under 344 by Oregon State was seven strokes better than the second-best score of the day, a 9-under 351 by California.
The record-tying round moved the Beavers into fourth place, and into contention for a conference title, with a 16-under 357-363-344--1,064 at the par-72, 6,785-yard Mayacama Golf Club.
With 18 holes to play, Arizona leads with a 29-under 1,051, Arizona State is second with a 25-under 1,055 and Oregon is third with a 17-under 1,063.
The fourth and final round will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday and live scoring is available at golfstat.com.
"What a day," Oregon State head coach Jon Reehoorn said. "To have all six guys at par or better and tie the school record for a single round in a 6-count-5 format is an amazing effort. It's fun to watch them play at such a high level, with confidence and belief, and just keep getting after it.
"These guys will be ready to go tomorrow and do everything they can to chase down the leaders."
Shawn Lu led the third-round charge, firing a 6-under 66 that included two eagles and five birdies that moved him 13 spots up the leaderboard and into eighth place with a 7-under 69-74-66--209. His eagles came on the par-5, 568-yard ninth and par-5, 537-yard 15th holes.
The two sub-par rounds this week give Lu 36 in his career. He has seven career top-10 finishes with his best finish at the Pac-12 Championship being a tie for 41st place in 2018.
Spencer Tibbits reeled off five consecutive birdies in the middle of his third round that helped him post a 4-under 68 and move into a tie for ninth place with a 6-under 72-70-68--210.
In his four-year Oregon State career, Tibbits has 13 top-10 finishes and 50 rounds in red figures. His best finish at the Pac-12 Championship is a tie for 27th place as a freshman in 2018.
Competing in his first-ever Pac-12 Championship, Jackson Lake has improved his score each round and jumped into a tie for 13th place with a 4-under 73-70-69--212.
Kyosuke Hara has posted a pair of 1-under 71's after opening the tourney with a 1-over 73 that has him in a tie for 26th place with a 1-under 215. His best finish at the Pac-12 Championship is a tie for 13th place as a sophomore in 2018.
Carson Barry and Mateo Fuenmayor are both playing in their first Pac-12 Championship. Barry carded a 2-under 70 in the first and third rounds to sandwich a 78 that has him in a tie for 36th place with a 2-over 218. Fuenmayor has worked around a tough second round to give him a 12-over 74-82-72--228 and a tie for 62nd place.
Below is a look at Oregon State's six lowest single-round sub-par scores in school history:
344 (-16) -- Pac-12 Championship (Spring 2021)
272 (-16) -- Amer Ari Invitational (Spring 2016)
345 (-15) -- Pac-10 Championship (Spring 2000)
270 (-14) -- Alister MacKenzie Invitational (Fall 2016)
274 (-14) -- Guistina Memorial Classic (Fall 2007)
274 (-14) -- Northwest College Classic (Fall 2004)
Oregon State golfers who have won the Pac-12 Championship include Bob Allard in 1969 (shared with Bruce Osborne of USC and S. Adelman of Stanford) and Scott Masingill in 1971. Alex Moore lost to Martin Trainer of USC in a seven-hole playoff in 2011.
The Oregon State record in a four-round Pac-12 Championship is a 13-under 275 by Tim Mickelson in 2000.
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