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EL MACERO, Calif. — The Oregon State men's golf team battled through 36 holes on Thursday and holds a two-stroke lead atop the leaderboard at the El Macero Classic.

The Beavers shot a 23-over 301-298—599 at the par-72, 6,966-yard El Macero Country Club to lead the 14-team field heading into Friday's final round.

UC Davis is second with a 25-over 601, Fresno State is third with a 27-over 603, Grand Canyon is fourth with a 29-over 605, and Washington State and Seattle U. are tied for fifth with a 31-over 607.

The final round of the two-day, 54-hole tournament begins Friday morning.

Junior Jonas Liebich, senior Kevin Murphy and sophomore Trevor Yu are all in the top 11 after Thursday's rounds.

Liebich shot a 5-over 77 in the morning round but bounced back with a 1-under 71 in the afternoon to put him in a tie for sixth place with a 4-over 148. 

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Murphy also played better in the second round, shooting a 1-over 73, to put him in a tie for eighth place with a 6-over 77-73—150. 

Yu is tied for 11th place with a 7-over 70-81—151. He was 2 over through 11 holes in his morning round before catching fire with two birdies, four pars and an eagle on the par-5, 554-yard 18th to finish with a 2-under 70.

Freshmen Shawn Lu and Kyosuke Hara are tied for 22nd and 44th, respectively, as Lu posted scores of 78-75 and Hara went 77-79 on the opening day.

Ben Corfee of UC Davis and Alex Lee of Fresno State share the individual lead with a 1-over 145.

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