Fink, Franklin Advance To NCAA Regionals
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Senior David Fink and junior Alex Franklin were both selected as individuals to compete at the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships, which will be held May 15-17 at the Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Ore.
The Oregon State men’s golf team narrowly missed out on making its eighth consecutive trip to postseason play.
“It’s disappointing that we didn’t make it,” Oregon State head coach Jon Reehoorn said. “We knew going into Pac-12’s that we needed to have a good tournament and unfortunately we didn’t play well in the third round. I think it hurts more to know that we were that close to getting in. It’s hard, but we need to figure out how to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
“I’m very excited for David and Alex,” Reehoorn said. “David gets to extend his college career with another tournament. He did everything he could in the final round of the Pac-12 Championship to help us have a shot to get in. Alex had a solid season and this will help him out heading into next year.”
The six regionals will consist of a three-day, 54-hole tournament with 13 teams at three of the regions and 14 teams at the other three. The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each regional will advance to the NCAA Championships at the Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan., which begins on Friday, May 23.
Fink led Oregon State this season with a scoring average of 72.65, while Franklin was second at 73.00. Fink, who has been with the Beavers for five years, fired 15 sub-par rounds this past season, including a career-best 6-under 66, and finished second at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational. Franklin, who joined Oregon State this past fall, shot seven under-par rounds, including a 5-under 67, and posted a career-best seventh-place finish at the Mark Simpson Invitational.
As a team, the Beavers had another successful season with five top-5 finishes, including winning the team title at the Duck Invitational in Eugene in late March. Individually, Fink earned All-Pac-12 Second Team honors for the second straight year and Kevin Murphy was named All-Pac-12 Freshman Honorable Mention.
Eugene Country Club – Eugene, Oregon – Individuals
1. Cody Blick, San Jose State
2. Kyle Westmoreland, Air Force
3. David Fink, Oregon State
4. Owen Taylor, Sacramento State
5. Byron Meth, Pacific
6. Tyler Torano, Loyola Marymount
7. Cory McElyea, San Francisco
8. Pete Fernandez, California Irvine
9. Alex Franklin, Oregon State
10. Frederick Wedel, Pepperdine