WAIKOLOA, Hawaii — The Oregon State men’s golf team opened its spring season with a 15th-place finish at the 27th Annual Amer Ari Invitational on Saturday.
The Beavers played much better in the second and third rounds, finishing the three-day, 54-hole tournament with a 12-over 302-287-287—876 at the par-72, 7,074-yard Waikoloa Kings’ Course.
Freshman Spencer Tibbits led Oregon State for the fifth time in as many tournaments this season, finishing in a tie for 51st place with a 1-over 74-72-71—217.
Junior Trevor Yu finished in 71st place with a 4-over 74-72-74—220, sophomore Shawn Lu was a stroke back with a 5-over 76-70-75—221 to finish in a tie for 72nd and sophomore Kyosuke Hara got better each round to finish in a tie for 78th with a 7-over 78-73-72—223.
Freshman Keaton Gudz fired a career-best 2-under 70 in the final round that moved him into a tie for 98th place with a 13-over 80-79-70—229. His previous best score was an even-par 72 in his first collegiate round at the Mark Simpson Invitational.
Senior Jonas Liebich competed as an individual and finished in a tie for 75th place with a 6-over 72-75-75—222.
Oklahoma State won the 18-team title with a 47-under 817 and Justin Suh of USC claimed medalist honors with a 13-under 203.
The Beavers have a month off before returning to action on March 3-4 at the Desert Mountain Collegiate in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The Beavers wrapped up the regular season at Osborn Aquatic Center on Saturday with a 143-93 loss to Utah.
Seniors Emma Osowski and Noemie Midrez were honored before the meet.
Junior Arianna Letrari posted the first event win of the day as she clocked 2 minutes, 2.56 seconds in the 200 butterfly for the top spot, besting Utah by less than a half-second. Letrari added a top time of 57.12 in the 100 fly for her second event win of the day and anchored the final leg of the 400 free relay that took second in scoring at 3:34.96.
Sophomore Felicia Anderson had a win in the 200 back at 2:03.26, a quarter-second faster that the second-place finisher, and was edged out in the 100 back as her time of 56:04 put her in second behind Sarah Lott from Utah at 55.77.
Freshman Fernanda Rodriguez narrowly missed out on the top spot on the podium in the 100 breast as her time of 1:06.86 was two seconds shy of the leader, putting her in second place.
Midrez added a second-place finish in scoring in the 100 free at 54.80, while Osowski went 2-3 with freshman Riley Neal in scoring in the 500 free. Osowski took third at 5:26.10, while Neal finished second at 5:11.96.
Oregon State will take the next few weeks off before returning to the pool in the Pac-12 Championships starting on Feb. 21.