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WAIKOLOA, Hawaii — Trevor Yu fired a 3-under 69 to lead the Oregon State men’s golf team in the first round of the 28th Annual Amer Ari Invitational on Thursday.

The Beavers opened their spring season with a 3-under 285 at the par-72, 7,074-yard Waikoloa Kings’ Course and are tied for 12th place with two rounds to play.

No. 1 Oklahoma State leads 18-team field with a 21-under 267 and the Cowboys’ Zach Bauchou has the individual lead with a 9-under 63.

“It’s been a while since we’ve played in a tourney,” coach Jon Reehoorn said. “We made a few mental errors to get the round started, but I’m really pleased how they battled throughout the day. I’m looking forward to the next 36 holes and getting better with each round.”

Yu started on the 16th hole and opened the round with back-to-back birdies. He dropped in four more birdies on the front nine of the course before finishing his day with six consecutive pars to put him in a tie for 20th place.

A senior from Vancouver, B.C., Yu competed in one tournament this past fall, the Showdown In The Rockies as an individual, and finished in a tie for 40th place with a 9-over 73-77-75—225. He has now recorded eight sub-par rounds in his four-year Oregon State career.

“Trevor played a really solid round today from tee to green,” Reehoorn said. “He’s worked really hard over the winter to get his swing into shape to compete and I’m sure it is nice for him to see it pay off.”

Freshman Sean Kato also finished in red figures, shooting a 1-under 71 with four birdies that has him in a tie for 41st place.

Junior Kyosuke Hara carded an even-par 72, sophomore Spencer Tibbits was a stroke back with a 1-over 73 and junior Shawn Lu completed the first round with a 2-over 74.

Freshman Nolan Thoroughgood is competing as an individual and posted the best score of his collegiate career, a 5-under 67 that included eight birdies, to put him in a tie for seventh place. He competed in three tournaments this past fall and shot six sub-par rounds, including a 2-under 68 at the Maui Jim Intercollegiate.

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