SUNCADIA, Wash. – The Oregon State men's golf team put itself in great position to win its 38th title in school history after shooting a pair of 5-over 289's on Monday to hold a five-stroke lead through 36 holes at the Husky Invitational.
Pac-12 teams hold down the top four spots in the 14-team field, led by Oregon State's 10-over 578. Oregon and Washington are tied for second with a 15-over 583, and USC is fourth with a 16-over 584.
The final round of the two-day, 54-hole tournament will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday with tee times off the first and 10th holes. Live scoring is available at BirdieFire.com.
Junior Conner Kumpula is tied for third place after posting a 4-under 71-67--138 at the par-71, 6,887-yard Tumble Creek Club. Corey Pereira of Washington and Sean Crocker of USC hold the clubhouse lead with a 5-under 137 and Oregon's Aaron Wise is tied with Kumplua with a 4-under 138.
Junior Kevin Murphy sits in fifth place by himself with a 1-over 69-74--143.
Kumpula had six birdies and two bogeys in the second round to fire a career-best 4-under 67 and keep him within one stroke of the lead. His previous career-best score was a 1-under 71, which he shot twice last season. His best career finish is a tie for 17th place at the Husky Invitational two years ago.
Senior Chris Tedesco is tied for 23rd place with a 7-over 75-74--149. Junior Calum Hill and sophomore Jonas Liebich are both tied for 32nd with a 9-over 151 with Hill going 74-77 in his first tournament with the Beavers and Liebich posting scores of 77-74.
“From top to bottom it was a team performance today,” Oregon State head coach Jon Reehoorn said. “Conner was spectacular, and while not at his best, Calum found a way to shoot a score of 74 in the morning when he missed the first 11 greens in regulation.
“As a team we need to keep doing the same things tomorrow and know that where we are on the leaderboard doesn't matter. We can't draw up a defense to stop any other team.
“Last week, in the final round, we had the mentality that we needed to chase somebody down in front of us and the guys went out and did it. If we play with the same confidence and poise, I know these guys will play well. It will be fun to watch.”
The tournament also includes a Husky Individual, which is being played at the par-72, 7,112-yard Prospector Golf Course. Five Oregon State golfers are competing in this event and their results are: 4. Brian Jung 73-74--147 (+3); t26. Tyler Carlson 81-77--158 (+14); t26. Brent Grant 80-78--158 (+14); t33. Trevor Yu 84-77--161 (+17); 39. Tom Kerkvliet 83-83--166 (+22). Live scoring is available at this link.