PALM DESERT, Calif. – David Fink is on fire. There’s no other way to look at it.
The senior shot a 5-under 67 in the second round of the Wyoming Cowboy Desert Intercollegiate on Saturday and sits in first place in the 128-player field with an 8-under 69-67--136. Ryann Ree of Oregon is second with a 7-under 137 and four players are two strokes back with a 6-under 138.
The final round of the three-day, 54-hole tournament begins at 7 a.m. on Sunday. There is no live scoring available.
As a team the Beavers shot a 5-under 283 for the second straight day at the par-72, 7,305-yard Classic Club and are tied for third with Idaho with a 10-under 566. Oregon leads the 23-team field with a 21-under 555 and Colorado is second with a 20-under 556.
“We played solidly from tee to green today,” Oregon State head coach Jon Reehoorn said. “Not a whole lot was going our way, but David, Alex, Scott and Kevin all did a great job of finishing their rounds. One of our goals today was to handle the slow play better and make sure we kept consistent focus and intensity throughout the day. It is very hard to have any kind of rhythm when a round takes six hours, and the guys did a great job today. We've got to continue to do the same things tomorrow and go get it from the start.”
Fink, a senior from Kailua, Hawai'i, has shot four consecutive scores in the 60’s after carding a 5-under 67 and 6-under in the final two rounds of the Amer Ari Invitational and a 3-under 69 and 5-under 67 in the first two rounds of the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate. He now has 42 sub-par rounds in his career with 28 of those coming in his junior and senior season.
He looks to win his first collegiate tournament after finishing second at the Gifford Collegiate and Amer Ari Invitational as a junior and the Alister MacKenzie Invitational earlier this season.
Junior Alex Franklin and freshman Kevin Murphy are both tied for 31st place with a 1-under 143, as Franklin went 72-71 and Murphy posting 70-73 over the two rounds. Junior Scott Kim is tied for 50th with a 2-over 74-72--146 and sophomore Brian Jung is tied for 74th with a 6-over 72-78--150.