Now that the fall season is in the books we thought it would be a good time to reflect on the season and let you know the current happenings with the program. In the future we look forward to providing weekly updates on the team so stay tuned for more news!
Our fall season began September 20th with the Kikkor Golf Husky Invitational held at Washington National in Auburn, WA. The team got off to a slow start the first round but battled back and improved each round to eventually end up in sixth place at 10-over par for the tournament. Individually, Jonnie Motomochi led the way for the Beavers as he posted a one-under 215, good enough for a 14th place finish. For the full recap click here .
We were then off to Mexico for the Cabo Collegiate which was played October 2-4 at Querencia GC. This tournament was an absolute blast to be a part of. It’s not too often you get to travel to Mexico for a golf tournament. What made the trip really special were the accommodations we had while we were down there, thanks to OSU Golf Alum Steve Smith. Steve was gracious enough to let the team stay at his amazing house right on the beach for the week of the tournament. The guys spent their off-time (when they weren’t busy with homework) swimming in the pool and ocean along with chipping and putting on his private practice green. Querencia GC is a phenomenal facility and the guys were just as spoiled during their time there. We once again got off to a slow start in the tournament as we opened with 297 and 296. Fortunately we saved our best golf for the final round again, as we closed with a four under-par 284 to move ahead of a few teams and finish in third place. Morten Madsen closed with a three under-par 69 to lead the team with his 11th place finish. For the full recap click here.
Our next event was the Alister MacKenzie Invitational held at the Meadow Club in Fairfax, CA October 18-19. This year the course got some rain prior to the tournament which softened up the course and made scoring much easier. Our focus for this tournament was to be aggressive from the start and go out there expecting to make lots of birdies. We were able to make those birdies and did a fairly good job of carrying that on for the duration of the tournament. We shot rounds of 273, 277, and 275 for a 27 under-par total and another third place finish. The 27 under-par broke the previous school record for lowest team score and we were able to go the whole tournament without having to count an over par score! Alex Moore had a couple outstanding rounds to start the tournament as he opened with 66, 65. He struggled during the final round as he shot 74 but still finished tied for ninth place. Sophomore Nick Sherwood had a great event also as he posted rounds of 67, 71, 68, good for an 11th place finish. Jonnie Motomochi had another top 20 finish as he ended up in 16th place with rounds of 71, 70, and 67. For the full recap click here.
Our last event of the fall season was the Pacific Invitational in Stockton, CA on November 1-3. The host course was Brookside Country Club which played as a 6,757 yard par-71. We started the tournament with a solid seven under-par round that left us in 2nd place, five shots back of the lead. We felt confident that we could improve on our first round score, but unfortunately weren’t able to get anything going in the final two rounds of play. The guys really struggled on the greens and our lag putting wasn’t good, which led to way too many three-putts. We finished the tournament at six under-par and were fortunate to end up in second place. Individually Alex Moore and Jonnie Motomochi led the Beavers with top 10 finishes. They both finished in a tie for seventh place at five under-par. For the full recap click here.
All things considered we are pleased with the progress the guys made this fall. We lost four seniors to graduation last year and our younger guys did a great job of stepping up and taking over for them. We look forward to them building upon what the team was able to do last year and with this year’s squad having no seniors, the future of the program is looking good.
Also in recent news, November 10th marked the early signing period for the National Letter of Intent. This is the time when schools are able to officially sign student athletes to become part of their programs. We are extremely excited to have signed two athletes who will be joining our program in the fall of 2011. Brian Jung from Coquitlam, BC and Scott Kim from Richland, WA officially signed NLI’s last week. You can read more about Brian and Scott here.
That’s the update on the program for now. Be sure to check back as we will be sure to update you often on all the happenings in Beaver Golf!