CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State men’s golf team opens its spring season earlier than usual when it tees it up at the 14-team Arizona Intercollegiate Monday and Tuesday in Tucson, Ariz.
The Beavers look to carry the momentum from a successful fall season into their first of seven spring tournaments before the Pac-12 Championships.
FIELD (14): Oregon State, Arizona, BYU, California, Cal State Fullerton, George Washington, James Madison, Loyola Marymount, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Pacific, UC Riverside, USC and UTEP.
COURSE: The tournament will be held at the par-71, 7,262-yard Sewailo Golf Club.
BEAVERS’ LINEUP: Oregon State will go with a lineup of senior David Fink, junior Alex Franklin, sophomore Brian Jung and freshman Conner Kumpula and Kevin Murphy. Fink, Franklin and Murphy played in all four fall tournaments, while Jung played in three and Kumpula played in two.
Name – 2013-14 Fall Scoring Average
David Fink – 71.75 (12 rounds)
Alex Franklin – 72.25 (12 rounds)
Kevin Murphy – 72.33 (12 rounds)
Scott Kim – 73.67 (9 rounds)
Brian Jung – 74.22 (9 rounds)
Brett Johnson – 74.33 (3 rounds)
Conner Kumpula – 74.67 (6 rounds)
Tyler Carlson – 75.00 (3 rounds)
Kevin Chen – 76.00 (6 rounds)
Chris Tedesco – 76.33 (3 rounds)
FORMAT: Two-day, 54-hole tournament with 36 holes on Monday and 18 holes on Tuesday. The top-four individuals from each five-member team with the lowest scores for each 18-hole round constitute the scoring members for that given round.
TEE TIMES: There will be a shotgun start at 7 a.m. PT (8 a.m. MT) both days. The second round on Monday will begin at approximately 11:30 a.m. PT (12:30 p.m. MT).
QUOTING HEAD COACH JON REEHOORN:
“This is the earliest we have ever started to my knowledge, but I’m really excited about how it has worked out. The guys have been working hard and are excited to get the year going. Hopefully this event serves as great preparation for our trip to Hawai’i, but we need to take care of business in Tucson.
“I am really looking forward to watching David Fink. He has done a great job leading a young group and he cares so deeply about our success.
“We didn’t have many under-par rounds from our top three guys in the fall until Cal, and we posted a very good finish. These three – David, Alex and Kevin – have the ability to take this team a long way.”
A LOOK BACK AT THE FALL: Oregon State finished in third place in three of its four fall tournaments – Kikkor Husky Invitational, Mark Simpson Invitational and Alister MacKenzie Invitational – and seventh at the Erin Hills Intercollegiate.
Individually, the Beavers had a player in the top 10 in three of the four tournaments with Alex Franklin finishing in a tie for seventh at the Kikkor Husky Invitational, Kevin Murphy placing seventh at the Mark Simpson Invitational and David Fink finishing second at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational.
Fink was sensational at the Alister MacKenzie 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)
As a team, Oregon State shot its best round on the final day of the fall’s last event when it posted an 8-under 280 to move up from a tie for sixth place into third. The Beavers had three under-par rounds and Fink led the team with six rounds in red figures.