ERIE, Colo. — Spencer Tibbits had a fine start to his college career as he led the Oregon State men’s golf team on the opening day of the Mark Simpson Invitational.
Tibbits, a freshman from Vancouver, Wash., shot a bogey-free, 4-under 68 Monday in his first collegiate round and followed that with an even-par 72 in the afternoon to put him in a tie for ninth place with a 4-under 140.
The Beavers sit in fifth place in the 20-team field with a 5-under 285-286--571 at the par-72, 7,676-yard Colorado National Golf Club.
Host Colorado leads the two-day, 54-hole tournament with a 15-under 561. Wyoming is second with a 13-under 563, Utah third with an 11-under 565 and Air Force fourth, and only one shot ahead of Oregon State, with a 5-under 570.
On Tuesday there will be a staggered shotgun format. Live scoring is available at golfstat.com.
“Overall, I thought for our first day of competition this season, we played well,” Oregon State head coach Jon Reehoorn said. “The guys were in control and were poised. We didn’t putt particularly well as we missed a number of birdie opportunities.”
Junior Trevor Yu and sophomore Shawn Lu are both tied for 27th place with an even-par 144, as Yu was steady with a pair of 72’s and Lu finished the 36-hole day with 73-71.
Senior Jonas Liebich had a solid afternoon round to move into a tie for 41st with a 1-over 74-71—145.
Freshman Keaton Gudz also made his Oregon State debut and finished the day with a 2-over 72-74—146 for a tie for 49th place.
Spencer Painton of Colorado had the round of the day, a 7-under 65, to help him hold the clubhouse lead through 36 holes with a 9-under 135