OOLTEWAH, Tenn. - The Oregon State men's golf team got off to a tough start Tuesday at the NCAA Championships at The Honors Course near Chattanooga, Tenn., and is in 20th place in the 30-team field after the opening 18 holes.

The Beavers were 5-over par early but steadied later in the round and finished at 7-over par 295. The Beavers trail opening-round co-leaders Florida State and Oklahoma State by 12 strokes heading into today's second 18-hole round.

OSU is eight strokes out of eighth place, the cut line to reach match play on Friday. The Beavers are tied with USC.

"I expected before we started that par was going to be a good number on this course, and it looks like that might hold up to be true," coach Brian Watts said. "In the first round, we were just trying to shoot something around par to stay in (contention) and not make too many mistakes.

"This course can just eat you up if you make a couple mistakes in a row. It is relentless out there, every hole is demanding and the greens are fast and undulated. Players can't let up and if they make a mistake they just have to try to salvage par or no worse than bogey. It's tough."

Diego Velasquez and Mike Barry shot one-under 71s and are tied for 25th place in the medalist race.

"Diego and Mike played solid. They kind of kept us in it," Watts said. "We had three other guys who were on a rollercoaster, but they eventually put a few holes together and got a rhythm going after a rough start.

"I'll take what we shot (Tuesday) and we'll build from there (today). We worked on our putting this afternoon and we'll keep working. We played the difficult holes well, they're all difficult, but the hardest holes we played well."

Freshman Nick Sherwood shot a 4-over 76; sophomores Morten Madsen carded a 5-over 77 and Alex Moore finished at 7-over.

The Beavers start today at 9:30 a.m., from the first tee.

NCAA golf championships

TEAM SCORES: Oklahoma State 283; Florida State 283; Oregon 284; Texas A&M 285; Arizona State 286; Clemson 286; Florida 287; Augusta State 287; Washington 289; Texas 290; Georgia Tech 290; Stanford 292; Kent State 292; North Florida 292; California 293; Baylor 294; UNLV 294; San Diego 294; UCLA 294; USC 295; Oregon State 295; Duke 296; Georgia Southern 297; Tennessee 297; Virginia 300; Penn State 301; Texas Tech 302; TCU 302; LSU 303; Illinois 304.

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS: t1. Jesper Kennegard, Arizona State 68; t1. Henrik Norlander, Augusta State 68; t3. Seath Lauer, Florida State 69; t3. Luke Hopkins, Clemson 69; t3. Pontus Widegren, UCLA 69; t3. Phillip Choi, Florida 69; t3. Alex Ching, San Diego 69; t3. Wes Roach, Duke 69; t3. Ryan O'Rear, Baylor 69; t3. Eugene Wong, Oregon 69; t3. Peter Uihlein, Oklahoma State 69; t3. Lance Lopez, Texas 69.

OSU SCORES: t25. Diego Velasquez 71. t25. Mike Barry 71. t103. Nick Sherwood 76. t119. Morten Madsen 77. t139. Alex Moore 79

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