Beavers Tied for Seventh Through 36 Holes at Pac-10 Championships
April 26, 2010
TEMPE, Ariz. -
It was an up-and-down day for the Oregon State men's golf team, ranked 23rd in the nation, during day one of the Pac-10 Championships at the Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz. All six of OSU's golfers shot par or better in at least one round on Monday.
Mike Barry led the Beavers on the first day of the conference tournament shooting a 5-under 66 in the afternoon round to finish the day tied for 25th at 2-under (74-66) 140. Barry's second round 66 included seven birdies and an eagle on the par 5 17th hole.
"The course was set up pretty easy for the first round, beautiful weather, no wind, but we just didn't take advantage," head coach Brian Watts said. "We played a little anxious, trying to hard to make things happen. Then the guys saw their placement after the first round and knew they had to make a lot of birdies. They played really well in the early in the second round and were 12-under at one point but we seemed to just run out of steam and made a few too many mistakes at the finish. I think the heat took a toll on a lot of guys in the field today."
Jonnie Motomochi also came back in the second round with a much stronger effort shooting six birdies to finish the round at 2-under 69 and 3-over (76-69) 145 for the day. No. 1-ranked Diego Velasquez was the only other Beaver to card a score in the 60's with a 2-under 69 opening round, but Velasquez ended the day at 1-under with a (69-72) 141.
Sophomores Morten Madsen and Alex Moore each shot par for the day with matching 71's in both rounds. Moore tallied three birdies in each round to go with a total of 25 pars while Madsen converted seven birdies and an eagle - also on the 17th hole - on the day.
Paul Peterson got the day started on the right foot with three birdies in the first five holes and finished the opening round at 1-under and finished the day at 1-over (70-72) 142.
No. 1 Stanford leads the tournament at 35-under (330-345) 675. Individually, Jesper Kennegard, from Arizona, leads at 13-under (63-66) 129.
The Pac-10 Championships are April 26-28th at the Karsten Golf Course, a course the Beavers played earlier this month - April 2-3 - for the ASU Thunderbird Invitational. The tournament is a three-day, 72-hole event with a two rounds of 18 holes played on Monday and single rounds of 18 played on Tuesday and Wednesday. The course is a 7,057-yards and plays as a par-71.
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