– The Oregon State men's golf team concluded the competitive Amer Ari Invitational in a tie for 14th place on Saturday.
The Beavers shot an 8-over 292-284-296--872 at the par-72, 7,074-yard Waikoloa Kings' Course in their first tournament of the spring season.
The 21-team field featured 11 teams ranked among the top 40 in the latest golfstat.com rankings. No. 18 Texas Tech pulled away to win the team title with a 44-under 820, while No. 7 USC finished second with a 36-under 828 at the three-day, 54-hole tournament.
"It was not our best today," Oregon State head coach Jon Reehoorn
said. "We knew heading into the day we would be playing one man short, and on top of that, Conner has been playing through a shoulder injury.
"As a team we've got some work to do to get ready for Pepperdine. We need to do a better job of controlling our golf ball off the tee and hitting our intended start lines on par-3's. It's a long season and we will keep getting better."
Junior Jonas Liebich
fired a 2-under in the final round to jump 18 spots up the leaderboard and finish in a team-best tie for 50th with an even-par 75-71-70--216.
"Jonas was really good today," Reehoorn said. "I was excited to see him bounce back the last two days after a disappointing opening round."
Senior Kevin Murphy
finished a stroke back of Liebich with a 1-over 72-71-74--217 to finish in a tie for 56th place. Seniors Calum Hill
and Conner Kumpula
both finished in a tie for 70th place with a 4-over 220. Hill had scores of 73-73-74 and Kumpula went 73-69-78.
Freshman Shawn Lu
didn't play the final round due to an injury after opening the tournament 74-75.
Rico Hoey of USC, Jared Du Toit of Arizona State and Fredrik Nilehn of Texas Tech all tied with a 16-under 200. Nilehn took medalist honors after winning the playoff.
The Beavers have more than three weeks off before returning to action at the Southwestern Invitational in Westlake Village, Calif., which will be held on Monday, Feb. 27 and Tuesday, Feb. 28.
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