Men's Golf Wins Giustina Memorial and Teams With Women to Earn Combined Trophy
CORVALLIS, Ore – The Oregon State golf teams took home the championship trophy from the inaugural Giustina Memorial Classic held at Trysting Tree Golf Club.
This unique event featured 10 different teams from around the West Coast, including Oregon, Washington State, and Fresno State. Schools were paired with one man and one woman from each team forming a foursome, and team scores were combined to determine which school won.
Washington State pressured OSU throughout the round, but the Beavers edged the Cougars in the combined scoring by three strokes, 1743-1746.
“It always feels great to win," said head coach Brian Watts said. "We weren’t quite sure what was going to happen with the men and women playing together or how everybody was going to take that. We’ve had a lot of positive feedback on that from the players.”
The Oregon State men’s team led the competition with a score of 843, followed by Fresno State’s score of 851 and three teams tied at 853. The Beavers were led by Vincent Johnson (68-67-70=205) and James Allenby (68-69-69=206), who each posted three sub-par rounds to finish second and third individually.
“To kick off the first tournament of the year this way, it’s a great way to start the season," said Watts. "It was a great opportunity for the men’s and women’s teams to get a little bit closer and know each other a little bit better. I think it’s a tournament that is only going to get better from here on out.”
On the women’s side of the tournament, the Washington State women came out on top with a score of 886, with OSU finishing second with a score of 900. Jessi Gebhardt paced the Beavers with a par-72 on Tuesday finish the tournament with a plus-5 223 to tie for fifth.
Oregon State’s team victories over Oregon secured the first two points of the 2007 Northwest Dodge Civil War Series.
“It means a lot to get these two points. Looking at last year it came down to the very last game. It’s really important for us to get started on the right foot so for us to pick up both points, it’s huge.”
Boise State’s Troy Merritt (68-67-69) won the men’s competition with a score of 12-under-par 204 while Felicia Eastick (74-69-74), of Oregon, earned the win on the women’s side with a score of 1-over-par 217.