SONOMA, Calif. – The Oregon State men’s golf team posted its best score of the fall season, an 8-under 280, in the final round of the Alister MacKenzie Invitational on Tuesday to finish in third place, and senior David Fink had one of the best three-round scores in school history to finish second overall.
The Beavers started the final round of the two-day, 54-hole tournament in a tie for sixth place but skyrocketed up the leaderboard to finish in third place in the 16-team field with a 14-under 287-283-280--850. It equals the ninth-lowest three-round score in Oregon State history (27-under 825 at this event in 2010 is the all-time record).
It’s the third time in four fall events the Beavers have finished third after doing so at the Kikkor Husky Invitational and Mark Simpson Invitational in September. Oregon State finished seventh at its other fall event, the Erin Hills Intercollegiate, earlier this month.
Great effort by our guys today. Nice way to finish the fall season and build toward January when we begin our Spring season in Tucson.
California won the tournament for the fifth consecutive year, posting a ridiculous 39-under 825 to finish 17 strokes better than second-place UC Davis (17-under 847). BYU and Arizona State rounded out the top five as the schools tied for fourth with a 13-under 851.
Fink was sensational the entire tournament as he finished with a career-best three-round score of 12-under 69-67-68--204. The 12 under equals the third-lowest score in Oregon State history, tying him with James Allenby and just one stroke behind Jonathan Green and two off the school record by Vincent Johnson.
Oregon State All-Time Low Individual Three-Round Scores 14-under 202 -- Vincent Johnson -- Northwest Collegiate Classic (Fall 2005) 13-under 203 -- Jonathan Green -- Northwest Collegiate Classic (Fall 2004) 12-under 204 -- David Fink -- Alister MacKenzie Invitational (Fall 2013) 12-under 204 -- James Allenby -- NCAA West Regional (Spring 2007)
Fink finished second behind Joel Stalter of California, who was a stroke better with a 13-under 64-69-70--203. It’s the third time Fink has finished second after doing so twice last season in his outstanding junior campaign that earned him All-Pac-12 and PING All-Region honors.
Fink dominated the par-72, 7,103-yard Sonoma Golf Club with 17 birdies, which tied him with Stalter for the most in the field, and nothing worse than a bogey -- and just five of those -- over the three rounds. He was first in par-4 scoring at 3.77 and tied for third in par-5 scoring with a 4.33.
Junior Alex Franklin matched Fink with a 4-under 68 in the final round, which included a hole out for eagle on the par-4 12th, while junior Scott Kim and freshman Kevin Murphy each carded an even-par 72 on Tuesday to make up the Beavers’ 8-under final round.
The spectacular third-round score moved Franklin 22 spots up the leaderboard into a tie for 22nd place with a 1-under 73-74-68--215 to equal Murphy, who also finished in a tie for 22nd with a steady 1-under 71-72-72--215.
Kim finished in a tie for 34th place with a 1-over 74-71-72--217 and freshman Kevin Chen was tied for 64th in his second collegiate event with a 9-over 76-73-76--225.
The Beavers open their eight-tournament spring season on Jan. 27 at the Arizona Intercollegiate in Tucson, Ariz.