April 19, 2009
Palo Alto, Calif. – The Oregon State men's golf team came into the final round in 12th place and moved up one spot to finish 11th out of 17 Sunday at the U.S. Intercollegiate hosted by Stanford University.
The Intercollegiate had one of the toughest fields that Oregon State has seen all year. There were five top-25 teams and five top-25 individuals playing in the tournament and was a preview of the Pacific 10 Championships which is next up for the Beavers.
The Beavers shot a 5-over par 285 in the final round to finish 13-over for the tournament with an 853 (281-287-285). They struggled through the back nine of the Stanford University Golf course going 14-over in the final round. The Beavers found relief on the front nine however, as they went 1-under as a team.
“It was a struggle at the beginning of the round today,” Oregon State men's golf head coach Brian Watts said following the final round. “Fortunately we had some guys stay patient today and finish off well. Morten (Madsen) finished off by birdying his final three, Diego (Velasquez) made a birdie on his final hole, and Paul (Peterson) eagled his second to last hole. We needed some birdies coming in and the guys stepped up and delivered.”
Junior Paul Peterson came back from a 2-over performance in the second round Saturday to shoot a 2-under 68 in the final round Sunday. Peterson birdied his third, seventh, and 11th holes of the day and eagled his second to last hole. He had three bogies on the day including his final hole, the par-3 eighth. He finished tied for 13th at 3-under with a 207 (67-72-69).
“He (Paul Peterson) played a great round of golf today,” Watts said after following Peterson through the final round. “He had a lot of birdie opportunity and made some beautiful up and downs. He hit the ball well enough to shoot something around 64. He played solid all day today. He gets a little bit better every tournament.
Freshman Morten Madsen started the day on the back-9 and went even. After making the turn to the front nine he started to pick up steam with a birdie on the par-5 first hole. He finished the way all golfers want to finish, by birdying his final three holes to put him at 4-under for the front nine and the round. He finished tied for 34th at 2-over with a 212 (74-72-66).
“He (Madsen) went out today and played a little freer and ha better mindset for the golf course,” Watts said. “We knew it was going to be a demanding day with the golf course tipped out and difficult pin positions and he played solid all day and got three to fall at the end of the round. It was a great day for him.”
Madsen's final round 66 tied his career low which he set in the first round of the Wyoming Cowboy Classic. He finished second at 5-under at the Cowboy.
Junior Diego Velasquez struggled through his first 10 holes going 8-over but birdied the par-5 first hole and his final hole, the par 3 eighth to finish at 6-over for the day and 7-over for the event. He finished tied for 56th with a 217 (71-70-76).
Senior Alex Williams and Freshman Jonnie Motomochi finished tied for 63rd and 76th respectively.
The University of Washington recorded a fairly decisive win by having the lead after every round and beating out second place University of Southern California by 15 strokes.
Washington's Nick Taylor hoisted the individual trophy following the final round by beating out fellow Husky Darren Wallace by only one stroke. Taylor finished with 12-under 198 (69-66-63).
After playing in three tournaments in three weeks the Beavers have a little over a week off until the head up north to Seattle, Wash. for the Pacific-10 Conference Championships April 27-29. They then look to qualify for the NCAA West Regional March 14-16.
“They guys are going to get a few day off to get their legs underneath them and get caught up with school. By the end of the week we will have some good practice time in and be ready for Pac-10's.”
1. Washington (267-270-267) 804; 2. Southern California (277-268-274) 819; 3. Arizona State U. (270-279-275) 824; 4. Stanford University (272-279-278) 829; 5. UCLA (275-275-281) 831; 6. California, U. of (278-281-283) 842; 7. Pepperdine (279-285-281) 845; 8. UC-Irvine (284-277-285) 846; 9. UC Davis (281-280-287) 848; 10. Oregon, U. of (279-280-292) 851; 11. Oregon State U. (281-287-285) 853; 12. Texas (276-282-297) 855; 13. Northwestern (289-282-286) 857; 14. Santa Clara Univ. (291-295-283) 869; 15. Washington State U. (292-285-296) 873; 16. Chico State (293-293-293) 879; 17. St. Andrews, Univ. of (310-301-318) 929.
1. Nick Taylor, Washington (69-66-63) 198; 2. Darren Wallace, Washington (67-69-63) 199; 3. Tze Huang Choo, Washington (65-65-70) 200; t4. Steve Ziegler, Stanford University (68-66-68) 202; t4. Matthew Giles, Southern California (68-63-71) 202; t4. Tim Sluiter, Southern California (69-67-66) 202.
11. Oregon State U. (281-287-285) 853; - Individual Results
t13. Paul Peterson (67-72-68) 207; t34. Morten Madsen (74-72-66) 212; t56. Diego Velasquez (71-70-76) 217; t63. Alex Williams (69-73-78) 220; t76. Jonnie Motomochi (74-76-75) 225.