– The Oregon State men's golf team opened its spring season with a 15th place finish at the 27th Annual Amer Ari Invitational on Saturday.
The Beavers played much better in the second and third rounds, finishing the three-day, 54-hole tournament with a 12-over 302-287-287--876 at the par-72, 7,074-yard Waikoloa Kings' Course.
"We put ourselves behind the 8-ball after round one and did a pretty good job the last two rounds," Oregon State head coach Jon Reehoorn
said. "We had chances to have two solid rounds but didn't execute some easy shots, especially on the par-5's.
"We've got some things to work on over the next three weeks and it begins with our commitment to each shot and belief in out abilities."
Freshman Spencer Tibbits
led Oregon State for the fifth time in as many tournaments this season, finishing in a tie for 51st place with a 1-over 74-72-71--217.
Junior Trevor Yu
finished in 71st place with a 4-over 74-72-74--220, sophomore Shawn Lu
was a stroke back with a 5-over 76-70-75--221 to finish in a tie for 72nd and sophomore Kyosuke Hara
got better each round to finish in a tie for 78th with a 7-over 78-73-72--223.
Freshman Keaton Gudz
fired a career-best 2-under 70 in the final round that moved him into a tie for 98th place with a 13-over 80-79-70--229. His previous best score was an even-par 72 in his first collegiate round at the Mark Simpson Invitational.
Senior Jonas Liebich
competed as an individual and finished in a tie for 75th place with a 6-over 72-75-75--222.
Oklahoma State won the 18-team title with a 47-under 817 and Justin Suh of USC claimed medalist honors with a 13-under 203.
The Beavers have a long break before returning to action on Monday, Feb. 26 and Tuesday, Feb. 27 at the Southwestern Invitational in Westlake Village, Calif.
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