Beavers combine for third at Giustina; Men collect first
Sept. 29, 2009
The Oregon State men's golf team took the men's team title for the third straight year and the Beavers' men's and women's teams combined to finish third following the final round of the third annual Giustina Memorial Classic held at Trysting Tree Golf Club on Tuesday.
The men entered the final round trailing Washington State by four strokes but four Beavers carded under par scores to drive the Orange & Black to the nine-stroke victory. OSU senior Diego Velasquez finished third to lead the Beavers with a three round score of 7-under-par 209.
"I'm extremely proud of the team," head men's golf coach Brian Watts said. "The opportunity to get a win in the first tournament of the year is encouraging. We had a rough start yesterday but they hung in there and battled. They all stayed patient in tough conditions on the course and with the weather, but they battled hard."
Velasquez's teammates were impressive as well with all five golfers finishing among the top 15 and combining for only one round (out of 15) over par. Sophomore Morten Madsen tallied a 7-under-par 67 Tuesday to finish with a three-round total of 210 to tie for fourth. Senior transfer Mike Barry, who joined Velasquez and Madsen in the top 10, tied for sixth with a (71-71-70) 212.
The OSU women, as a team, carded a final round total of 309 as the Beavers improved on yesterday's second round by six strokes. Today's play left Oregon State with a fourth place finish with a three-round total of 929.
While Velasquez was vying for a trophy on the men's side, Cara Freeman, who was also in his foursome, was contending for top honors on the women's side. Freeman tallied a two-over-par 74 on Tuesday to finish 8-over 224 to tie for third place.
Kendra Little of Oregon captured the individual women's title for the second year in a row with a 72 on the final day for a final score of 2-under, 214. On the men's side, Trent Sanders of Washington State won the individual title with a 71 on the final day for a final score of 9-under, 207.
In the combined competition, Oregon took home the trophy finishing with a combined score of 1,753.
With the Beavers winning the men's side of the tournament and the Ducks taking the women's, the schools split the first two opportunities in the 2009-10 Civil War Series between Oregon State and the University of Oregon.
Oregon State head coaches Brian Watts and Risë Lakowske designed the tournament in Nat Giustina's honor. The tournament pairs the men's and women's teams from each school in a combined competition against the other schools. Teams play in foursomes that include one male and one female from each school.
The memorial tournament is to honor the life of Natale B. "Nat" Giustina, who played a fundamental role in the creation of Trysting Tree Golf Club. The Oregon State alumnus was a prominent figure in the OSU community, serving on the OSU Alumni Association board and the Board of Intercollegiate Athletics.
The OSU women return to action Monday, Oct. 5, when the Beavers travel to Sammamish, Wash., for the Edean Ihlandfeldt Invitational. On the men's side, Oregon State has the week off before traveling to Fairfax, Calif. for The MacKenzie, Oct. 12.
2009 Giustina Memorial Classic Combined Team Results:
1. Oregon - 1753
Men's Team Results: 1. Oregon State (282-283-279) 844; 2. Washington State (277-284-292) 853; 3. Oregon (280-289-288) 857; 4. Nevada (283-289-296) 868; 5. Cal Poly (285-301-283) 869; 6. Boise State (291-301-301) 893; 7. Portland (294-299-303) 896; t8. Wyoming (294-306-299) 899; t8. South Carolina-Upstate (294-297-308) 899; 10. Hawaii (301-306-307) 914.
Women's Team Results: 1. Oregon (296-302-298) 896; 2. Washington State (309-312-300) 921; 3. Wyoming (304-313-309) 926; 4. Oregon State (305-315-309) 929; 5. Nevada (303-321-307) 931; 6. Cal Poly (308-317-310) 935; 7. Hawaii (321-314-317) 952; 8. Boise State (312-320-316) 956; 9. Portland (320-320-316) 956; 10. South Carolina-Upstate (329-335-335) 999.
Men's Individual Leaders: 1. Trent Sanders, Washington State (68-68-71) 207; 2. John Paton, Oregon (69-70-69) 208; 3. Diego Velasquez, Oregon State (68-70-71) 209; t4. Josh Gallman, USC Upstate (70-68-72) 210; t4. Morten Madsen, Oregon State (71-72-67) 210.
Women's Individual Leaders: 1. Kendra Little, Oregon (73-69-72) 214; 2. Juanita Rico, Wyoming (72-75-76) 223; t3. Cara Freeman, Oregon State (74-76-74) 224; t4. Cheyenne Hickle, Oregon (73-78-73) 224; 5. Ali Thompson, Washington State (79-72-75) 226.