NORTH PLAINS, Ore. – Juniors Conner Kumpula and Kevin Murphy both fired an even-par 71 in the first round of the Nike Golf Collegiate Invitational at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club on Sunday to lead the Oregon State men's golf team at the three-day, 54-hole tournament.
The Beavers shot a 4-over 288 at the par-71, 6,834-yard Ghost Creek Golf Course to sit in 13th place in competitive field that features all 15 teams from Power 5 conferences.
The second and third rounds will be played at the par-72, 7,015-yard Witch Hollow Golf Course. Oregon State will start its second round on the 10th hole at 9:10 a.m. on Monday and be paired with Ohio State and Arizona. Live scoring is available at golfstat.com.
“It was a tough start today, but the guys did a nice job of staying mentally strong and finding a way to make a handful of birdies on the back nine,” Oregon State head coach Jon Reehoorn said. “I'm not sure we were ready or adjusted to the colder weather this morning and it created some indecision in how far the clubs were flying. I think the indecision led to some mistakes we just haven't made the first two events of the year.
“We are playing a different course tomorrow. The most important thing will be to adjust to the speed of the greens at Witch Hollow. We have an advantage in having been able to see the course when others have not.”
Kumpula made the turn at even before taking a double-bogey on the par-3 11th hole. He rallied with birdies on the par-5 15th and par-3 16th to finish with a 71. Murphy equaled Kumpula with four birdies in his round, including a chirp on the par-5 15th to also shoot a 71. Both players are tied for 32nd place on the individual leaderboard.
Junior Calum Hill and senior Chris Tedesco each posted a 2-over 73 to make up the Beavers' opening round score. Hill had a team-high five birdies and Tedesco finished the day with four to put both golfers in a tie for 53rd place. Sophomore Jonas Liebich was a stroke back with a 3-over 74 for a tie for 61st place.
Wake Forest shot a 15-under 269 to hold the clubhouse lead by three strokes over USC and Stanford, which both opened with a 12-under 272. Davis Womble has a two-stroke advantage over four players after carding an impressive 7-under 64,