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David Fink
Courtesy: Scobel Wiggins/Oregon State Athletics 
Menís Golf Opens Strong At Erin Hills
Courtesy: Athletic Communications
Release: 10/06/2013
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ERIN, Wis. – The Oregon State men’s golf team had four players around even par in the first round of the three-day, 54-hole Erin Hills Intercollegiate on Sunday to put the Beavers in a tie for fourth place in the 14-team field.

Senior David Fink, junior Alex Franklin and sophomore Brian Jung all fired an even-par 72, and freshman Kevin Murphy added a 1-over 73 at the par-72, 7,234-yard Erin Hills Golf Course to give the Beavers a 1-over 289.

Stanford jumped out to a commanding lead after carding an 8-over 280, while UCLA and SMU are tied for second with a 2-under 286. Michigan and Northwestern are tied for fourth with Oregon State, and Oklahoma and host Marquette are a stroke back with a 2-over 290.

Oregon State golfers got off to a slow start with no one in red figures when they made the turn. Part of that was the tough golf course, which will host the 2017 U.S. Open, and part was the fact they didn’t get a full practice round in on Saturday due to inclement weather.

Fink started his round with a birdie but took four consecutive bogeys between the fifth through eighth holes to put him at 3 over. He settled down with six straight pars and then birdied three of the last four holes, including one on the par-5 18th, for his even-par round.

Franklin had a cleaner scorecard with eight pars and a bogey on the front, before getting to 1 under with birdies on the par-4 11th and par-5 14th holes. He took a bogey on the par-4 17th to finish with a 72. Jung was 2 over going out but had three birdies and a bogey coming in to also open with an even-par score.

Murphy reeled off 11 straight pars to start the day before carding a birdie on the par-4 12th. After a bogey on the 13th, he got another birdie to get back to red numbers but bogeyed the 16th and 18th holes for a 1-over 73.

T4 Oregon State 289 289
T17 Alex Frankin (2) 72 72
T17 David Fink (3) 72 72
T17 Brian Jung (4) 72 72
T33 Kevin Murphy (1) 73 73
T54 Conner Kumpula (5) 76 76

Freshman Conner Kumpula, who was making his collegiate debut, was even through nine holes with a birdie and bogey, but had five bogeys on the back side with a lone birdie to finish with a 4-over 76.

Only 16 players in the 81-person field finished the opening round under par, leaving Fink, Franklin and Jung in a tie for 17th place and Murphy in a tie for 33rd.

The second round of the 54-hole event begins with tee times at 8:30 a.m. CT (6:30 a.m. PT) on Monday off the first hole.

Course:Erin Hills Golf Course: Blue tees     Par 72 - 7234 Yards
current
position
team scoring rounds total
score
to par thru today 1
1
8 Stanford
-8 F   -8 280 280
T2
3 UCLA
-2 F   -2 286 286
T2
22 SMU
-2 F   -2 286 286
T4
  Michigan
+1 F   +1 289 289
T4
  Oregon State
+1 F   +1 289 289
T4
35 Northwestern
+1 F   +1 289 289
T7
27 Oklahoma
+2 F   +2 290 290
T7
  Marquette
+2 F   +2 290 290
9
  St. John's
+4 F   +4 292 292
T10
  Wisconsin
+7 F   +7 295 295
T10
  Wisconsin-Green Bay
+7 F   +7 295 295
12
  Michigan State
+12 F   +12 300 300
13
  DePaul
+19 F   +19 307 307
14
  Northern Illinois
+26 F   +26 314 314
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