Barry, Tibbits Conclude Play At NCAA National Championship
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Carson Barry and Spencer Tibbits both competed in the final stroke-play round of the NCAA National Championship on Monday.
Barry finished in a tie for 22nd place with a 4-over 69-67-74-74--284 and Tibbits finished in a tie for 52nd place with an 11-over 69-72-76-74--291 at the par-70, 7,289-yard Grayhawk Golf Club.
The two Oregon State golfers advanced as the top nine players not part of advancing teams after the first 54 holes of stroke play.
The Beavers finished the NCAA Championship in 23rd place in the 30-team field with a 42-over 286-296-300--882 at the par-70, 7,289-yard Grayhawk Golf Club on Sunday. The top 15 teams advanced to Monday's additional 18 holes of strokes play.
"The golf course was so difficult today," Oregon State head coach Jon Reehoorn said. "The greens on the back nine were nearly impossible to hold if you were coming out of the rough. Unfortunately, each of Carson's over-par holes on the back nine came from a tee ball in the rough.
"I'm super excited though about the week he had and the confidence he can take from this championship to the next two years," Reehoorn added. "He can play and compete with anyone in the country and now he knows it."
Barry, a junior from Eagle, Idaho, finished the 2021 campaign with three top-10 finishes, 13 sub-par rounds and one of the best placings by an Oregon State golfer in NCAA Championship history. He'll return to Oregon State next season as part of a loaded lineup for Reehoorn and assistant coach Noah Goldman.
"Spencer will leave OSU as one of the best players in program history," Reehoorn said. "From his freshman year until now he brought an amazing work ethic and showed everyone else what it takes to compete at the highest level."
Tibbits concluded his four-year Oregon State career with the second-best scoring average (71.61) and second-most top-10 finishes (14) in program history. On the Beavers' single-season scoring list, he is fifth (71.45, 2019-20), seventh (71.61, 2020-21), eighth (71.65, 2018-19) and tied for 11th (71.85, 2017-18).
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).
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.
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