What a way to finish the Fall season. In a sudden-death playoff the team captured our first win of the season at the Pacific Invitational. In what was a back and forth battle all day between Colorado St. and Nevada, play in regulation came down to the last three holes (2 par reachable tough par 5’s and a par 3 over water) and the team performed great. With our counting scores playing the combined 12 holes at -2 we were able to make up a few shot difference to force a playoff with Nevada-Reno.
From there the team played the par 5, 18th hole to perfection with 4 birdies and 1 par while Nevada made 3 birdies, a bogey, and a double bogey. The biggest putt of the playoff came from freshman, Scott Kim, who made about a 20 foot putt for birdie. As you can see in the video below, it is a good thing it hit the hole, but it went in and that is all that matters!
With one birdie in from Kim, David Fink made a nice two putt for par and then Nick Sherwood tapped in for birdie after executing a chip shot from just right of the green for eagle to perfection. With one group complete the standings were Oregon State -2, Nevada -1.
With a one shot advantage, both Matt Rawitzer and Alex Moore found the fairway off the tee and had a chance to go for the green in two. From 260 yards out Matt hit his three wood to just short right of the pin on the first cut of the rough. With a difficult shot in front of him, Matt hit it to about 5 feet. With one Nevada player making bogey and another having made double bogey in the first group, if Matt made this putt we would clinch the victory.
It was a great putt by Matt as it broke about 4 inches from right to left and was very slick. With the win secured, Alex made it four birdies with a 2 foot straight uphill putt after making a great first putt from behind the hole just off the green.
A day after it being over I am more impressed with the way the guys handled their emotions during the playoff. Never once was there any doubt that they each thought we would not win. It was awesome to watch them perform at such a high level under the pressure. This experience will definitely provide us with great confidence to draw upon the next time we find ourselves in a similar situation. Yesterday we learned a lot about our team and now we need to continue to build on this and work hard to prepare ourselves for a strong spring season.
We also learned as a team this trip that we are not very good at picking movies. If you are considering watching “In Time,” dont’ waste your time. As Nick Sherwood said as we walked out the theater, you will soon be asking for the time back you just wasted watching this movie.
Here is a link to the final results. Our next event will be February 1-3 at the Amer Ari Invitational in Hawaii.