WAIKOLOA, Hawai’i – The Oregon State men’s golf team opened its spring season with a 14-over 302 at the 27th Annual Amer Ari Invitational on Thursday.
The Beavers played better on the final nine holes at the par-72, 7,074-yard Waikoloa Kings’ Course to move into a tie for 15th place in the 18-team field.
The second round of the three-day, 54-hole tournament begins at 7:30 a.m. Hawai’i time (9:30 a.m. PT) on Friday and live scoring is available at golfstat.com.
“Not the start we were looking for today,” Oregon State head coach Jon Reehoorn said. “This course goes in stretches of tough and easy holes. We started on the tougher holes in good conditions, made some sloppy bogeys and then let it carry over.
“We did some good things, but in tennis terms, we made way too many unforced errors. In order for us to play well the next two days we need to clean up those errors inside 100 yards that are just giving away shots.”
Junior Trevor Yu and freshman Spencer Tibbits both led the Beavers with a 2-over 74, as each player dropped in three birdies.
Sophomore Shawn Lu carded a 4-over 76 and Kyosuke Hara shot a 6-over 78 to make up Oregon State’s opening round score.
Senior Jonas Liebich, who is competing as an individual, had four birdies that helped him post an even-par 72.
Texas holds a one-stroke lead over Oklahoma State after posting a 9-under 279 and Georgia Tech’s Tyler Strafaci has the individual lead with a 6-under 66.