Barry, Tibbits Advance At NCAA National Championship
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Carson Barry and Spencer Tibbits have the opportunity to win an NCAA National Championship individual title after advancing to an additional 18 holes of stroke play.
Barry and Tibbits were both among the top nine players from teams not advancing on Sunday and will play 18 holes on Monday for the 72-hole individual crown.
As a team, the Beavers finished in 23rd place with a 42-over 286-296-300--882 at the par-70, 7,289-yard Grayhawk Golf Club and weren't among the top 15 teams to advance.
This season marks the first time since 2010, and only the fourth time since 1967, that Oregon State reached the NCAA National Championship. The Beavers' best-ever finish at the prestigious collegiate golf event is 11th place in 1959. They finished 25th in 1994, tied for 12th in 2001 and tied for 16th in 2010.
"Not the day we were looking for but I'm so proud of this group," Oregon State head coach Jon Reehoorn said. "They've achieved a ton the last two years and have made it so much fun to show up to work each and every day.
"I'm excited for Carson and Spencer and their opportunity to play another day to see what they can do tomorrow."
Barry played some of his best golf of the season against the top collegiate golfers in the country, posting an even-par 69-67-74--210 that has him in a tie for 12th place. He dropped in 11 birdies through the first three rounds, tied for the 11th most in the 156-player field.
Tibbits shot a 7-over 69-72-76--217 and defeated Benjamin Shipp of North Carolina State in a two-for-one playoff to claim the final individual spot. Both players were tied for 50th place overall entering the playoff.
Oregon State All-America Diego Velasquez owns the best finish by a Beaver golfer at the NCAA Championship, fourth place in 2010, when the stroke-play format was 54 holes. He finished with a 7-under 209 at The Honors Course in Ooltewah, Tenn., three strokes behind medalist Scott Langley of Illinois (10-under 206).
Live scoring for Monday's final stroke-play round is available at golfstat.com.
The NCAA National Championship is the final tournament as Beavers for Kyosuke Hara and Shawn Lu, who both returned for their super senior season after last year was cut short due to COVID-19. They were teammates at Moanalua High School in Honolulu, Hawai'i and combined to play 254 rounds during their five years at Oregon State.
"I'm thankful for everything Shawn and Kyosuke have given our program," Reehoorn said. "They have helped get us to a point where we can compete with the best teams in the country and have raised the expectations for what is possible at Oregon State."
Lu concluded the NCAA Championship with a 15-over 77-74-74--225. He played 129 rounds at Oregon State, posted nine top-10 finishes, including the individual title at the Hampton Intercollegiate in 2019, and carded 39 sub-par rounds.
Hara played the first two rounds of the NCAA Championship and posted scores of 76-83. He played 125 rounds for the Beavers, had three top-10 finishes and shot 26 rounds in red figures. His best finish was a tie for third place at the Bandon Dunes Championship in 2020.
Jackson Lake played all three rounds for Oregon State and finished with a 21-over 72-83-76--231.
Mateo Fuenmayor played his first round of the NCAA National Championship for the Beavers on Sunday and finished with a 9-over 79, including a birdie on the very difficult par-4, 520-yard 18th hole.
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