Beavers Advance To NCAA National Championship
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Oregon State men's golf team had its best-ever finish at an NCAA Regional and advanced to the NCAA National Championship for the first time in 11 years on Wednesday.
The Beavers finished in a tie for second place at the NCAA Albuquerque Regional after posting a 16-under 281-275-292--848 at the par-72, 7,555-yard UNM Championship Course. Their best previous finish at a regional was fourth place in 2010.
The top five teams at the regional punched their ticket to the NCAA National Championship, which will be held at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., from Friday, May 28 to Wednesday, June 2. Other teams advancing from the NCAA Albuquerque Regional were Texas Tech (26-under 838), Arizona State (16-under 848), Oklahoma (13-under 851) and San Diego (12-under 852).
This is the first time Oregon State has advanced to nationals since 2010 and just the fourth time since 1967. The Beavers made the NCAA National Championship nine previous times in school history -- 1950, 1959, 1960, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1994, 2001 and 2010.
Oregon State was the No. 7 seed in the NCAA Albuquerque Regional but played its best golf of the season in a 14-team field that included eight teams ranked among the top 47 by Golfstat.com.
"This group has been so much fun to coach the last two years," Oregon State head coach Jon Reehoorn said. "They make my job so easy. They show up to practice every day and put in the work. Throw on top of that losing last year due to COVID and it adds another element for our seniors who came back for this exact reason."
Spencer Tibbits and Shawn Lu, who both received All-Pac-12 honors this season, led the way for the Beavers. Tibbits finished in a tie for fourth place with a 9-under 69-66-72--207 and Lu finished in a tie for 10th with a 6-under 69-70-71--210.
Tibbits finished in a tie for 31st at the 2019 NCAA Myrtle Beach Regional, while Lu finished in a tie for 43rd place.
Carson Barry bounced back after a tough opening round to finish in a tie for 26th place with a 1-under 76-68-71--215. He had an eagle and 13 birdies during the three-day tournament.
Jackson Lake shot a 2-over 68-72-78--218 to finish in a tie for 36th place and Kyosuke Hara finished in a tie for 58th with a 9-over 75-71-79--225.
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