Beavs, Ducks earn bids to national tourney

BREMERTON, Wash. — Oregon State senior Mike Barry shot a 6-over 78 to finish 6 over for the tournament and finished tied for 36th overall at the NCAA Gold Mountain Regional.

Buoyed by the efforts of the Medford native and his teammates, the Beavers finished fourth as a team to earn their first trip to the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships since the 2000-01 season. The championships will be June 1-7 at The Honors Course in Chattanooga, Tenn.

The Beavers wrapped up the third and final round Sunday with a 1-over par score that was good enough for the fourth-place finish, the best regional finish in school history.

Oregon State will be making its ninth trip to the NCAA Championships and the first under nine-year head coach Brian Watts, who has led his teams to five regional appearances.

"It's a very big day for our program," Watts said following the final round. "Our guys finished strong out there today and hit the shots when they needed to and hit the putts when they needed to. The adrenaline was definitely going out there today and it's going to be an experience that will last with them for a lifetime."

Sophomores Alex Moore and Morten Madsen had the low rounds of the day for the Beavers when they both shot 1-under 71s in the final round. Madsen got out to a quick start recording two birdies in his first three holes before dropping a stroke on the par-4 fourth to go back to 1-under. He hit a total of four birdies on the day before finishing at 1-under.

Moore finished tied for 29th at 5 over for the tournament, which led the team. Madsen tied with Barry at 6 over, while senior Diego Velasquez finished tied for 40th at 7 over.

Washington won the team title with an 844 total, paced by individual winner Richard Lee's 8-under-par 208. USC (873), San Diego (874), Oregon State (876) and Illinois (877) rounded out the top five.

DUCKS WIN REGIONAL — At Santee, Calif., after an uncharacteristic sixth-place finish at the Pac-10 Championships three weeks ago, the Oregon men's golf team validated its top-seed status and No. 1 national ranking by by running away from the field at the NCAA Southwest Regional tourney.

The Ducks claimed their first-ever regional championship, shooting 2-under 286 in the final round to finish at 6-over 870, 10 strokes clear of runner-up Augusta State.

Oregon advances to the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships for the third straight year, thanks to a great team performance highlighted by a pair of top 3 efforts from Daniel Miernicki and Isaiah Telles.

Miernicki shot 2-under 214, closing with a 73 to finish one shot behind medalist Nick Delio of Cal State Northridge, while Telles fired a 5-under 67 in Round 3, climbing into a tie for third at 1-under 215.

Jack Dukeminier tied for 14th at 5-over 221 and Andrew Vijarro tied for 21st at 7-over 223.

Emphasizing the strength of the team, Pac-10 co-Golfer of the Year Eugene Wong, Oregon's No. 1, was fifth on the squad at 9-over 225.

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