PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Shawn Lu fired a career-best 7-under 64 to lead the Oregon State men's golf team in the second round of the Saint Mary's Invitational on Tuesday.
Lu, a sophomore from Honolulu, had five birdies, an eagle on his final hole and no bogeys to shoot a 64 and move 59 spots up the leaderboard into a tie for 22nd place with an even-par 78-64–142. His previous best round was a 5-under 66 at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational earlier this fall.
The 7 under equals the third-lowest score in program history and is only two strokes off the school record held by Alex Moore and Jonas Liebich (9-under 63).
"Shawn had his mind in place that he was going to bounce back after yesterday, and it was great to see him do it," OSU head coach Jon Reehoorn said. "To finish with a birdie and make a 10-foot putt for eagle on the last hole was special."
The Beavers were 10 under over the final six holes on Tuesday for a late rally that moved them into a tie for 10th place with a 10-over 298-280—578 at the par-71, 7,002-yard Poppy Hills Golf Course.
USC leads the 18-team field by six strokes with a 13-under 555. The Trojans' Justin Suh has a three-stroke advantage for the individual title with a 9-under 133.
The final round of the three-day, 54-hole tournament begins at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday and live scoring is available at golfstat.com.
Sophomore Kyosuke Hara is tied for 22nd with Lu after carding an even-par 71 for the second straight day. He had a clean scorecard in the second round with 16 pars, one birdie and one bogey.
Freshman Spencer Tibbits is one stroke behind Lu and Hara and tied for 26th place with a 1-over 72-71—143. He started the second round with a triple bogey but bounced back with six birdies, including three down the stretch, to finish the day at even.
Junior Trevor Yu is tied for 75th place with a 10-over 77-75—152 and senior Jonas Liebich sits in a tie for 89th with a 13-over 81-74—155.
"As a whole it was nice to see everyone bounce back and be a little better today," Reehoorn said. "After a very disappointing start, Spencer was really good to play the final 14 holes in 4 under.
"We need to continue to play in the same manner tomorrow and finish off the fall season on a high note."