Diego Velasquez

Diego Velasquez

Player Profile

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Bogota, Colombia

High School:
Gimnasio Los Caobos

Height:
5-7

05/07/2013

David Fink Selected To All-Pac-12 Men's Golf Second Team

David Fink Selected To All-Pac-12 Men's Golf Second Team

Diego is featured in the Corvallis Gazette-Times, 10/21/2009 - OSU's Velasquez on quest to be the best

Diego is featured in The Oregonian,5/20/2010 - Diego Velasquez leads Beavers after finding his wayfrom Bogota to Corvallis

OSU 2009-10: PING First Team All-American, the first in OSU history ... PING All-Region ... All-Pac-10 First Team ... Played in 13 out of 14 tournaments ... Finished the season with a 70.31 scoring average, which sets the single season record for Oregon State ... Ended his career with a 72.06 scoring average, second is OSU history ... Won the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate by seven strokes (-10, 206) ... Finished fourth at the NCAA Championships (-7, 209) ... Set the competition course record at The Honors Course with a third round 6-under 66 at the NCAA Championships ... Notched eight top 10 finishes in 2009-10, tying for the school record ... Ended his career with 13 top 10 finishes, which ranks second in OSU history ... Finished second at the Saint Mary's College Invitational (-4, 212) ... Finished third at the 2009 Giustina Memorial Classic (-7, 209) ... Tied for third at the rain-shortened Alister MacKenzie Invitational (-7, 135) ... Tied for third at the Battle at the Beach (-7, 206) ... Tied for fourth at the Duck Invitational (-4, 212) ... Tied for sixth at the U.S. Intercollegiate (-3, 207) ... Fired a 5-under 66 in the opening rounds at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate and again at the Battle at the Beach.

OSU 2008-09: Competed in 11 out of the 12 team tournaments ... Was named an honorable mention to the All-Pac-10 team ... Finished with a scoring average of 72.79 ... Career scoring average of 72.73 places him third on the Oregon State all-time scoring average list ... Won his first collegiate individual title at the Giustina Memorial Classic (-8, 208) ... Won another individual title at the 63rd Annual Western Intercollegiate (E, 210) ... Only the third player in Oregon State history to record more than one win in a season ... Lowest round was a 4-under 66 during the second round of the 63rd Annual Western Intercollegiate.

OSU 2007-08: Played in three of four fall tournaments in his second season at OSU ... Best finish was a tie for fifth at the Husky Invitational (+1 145) ... Tied for the lowest round of any Beaver with a 66 in the opening round of the Alister MacKenzie Invitational ... Tied for 12th at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational (-6 207) ... Tied for 11th at the Pac-10 Championships (+2 286) ... Tied for 17th at both UH Hilo Invitational and the U.S. Intercollegiate ... Finished the season with a scoring average of 72.70.

OSU 2006-07: Had one of the best freshman seasons in school history, ending up sixth all-time at OSU with a 72.70 stroke average ... Was the only Beaver to appear in all 12 tournaments ... Finished below par in four tournaments ... Best finishes were a tie for third at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational (-5 208) and a tie for eighth at the OSU NW Collegiate Classic (+1 217) ... Had a 6-under 210 at the Pacific Coast Collegiate (tied for 17th place), which ties for the ninth-best three-round score in school history ... Tied for 31st at the Pac-10 Championships (+5 293) and tied for 53rd at the NCAA West Regional (-4 212) ... His best round of the season was a 5-under 67 in the second round of the NCAA West Regional.

JUNIOR/AMATEUR GOLF: As an amateur, ranked as high as No. 2 in the country in his native Colombia ... Twice played at the Callaway Junior World Golf Championships, including a tie for 38th in 2005 ... Won the 2006 Pueblo Viejo Open ... Took part in the 2005 Junior Masters in Buffalo, N.Y., and was the first seed in the qualifying round.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Gimnasio Los Caobos in Bogota in 2006 ... Earned Athlete of the Year honors in both of his two years there ... Spent his freshman and sophomore years at Granbury (Texas) High School ... Qualified as an individual for the state championships his freshman year ... Team won district and regional titles his sophomore year ... Also played soccer.

PERSONAL: Born in Bogota, Colombia ... Son of Marta Helena Rivas and Luis Velasquez ... Father is a real estate developer ... Also lived in England for two years when he was younger ... Majoring in liberal studies ... Chose to attend Oregon State because "of the nice atmosphere that surrounds the university, the practice facilities, the great coach, the great guys on the team and lastly because I'm sure it's going to help me fulfill my goals."

FAVORITES: Also enjoys listening to music and watching movies ... Favorite golfers are Tiger Woods, Luke Donald and Retief Goosen ... Favorite course is the south course at Torrey Pines ... Favorite clubs are the driver and 7-iron ... Favorite movie is The Butterfly Effect ... Favorite TV show is That 70s Show ... Favorite music groups are U2 and Dashboard Confessional ... Favorite foods are Italian and Colombian .... Favorite thing about golf is "how challenging this sport is, and the motivation you feel to get better every day."

CAREER STATISTICS LOW LOW TOP BEST SEASON RDS STRK AVG. 18 54 10 FINISH 2006-07 37 2,690 72.70 -5 -6 2 t3rd (Alister MacKenzie) 2007-08 30 2,181 72.70 -5 -6 1 t5th (Husky Invitational) 2008-09 34 2,475 72.79 -4 -8 2 1st (Giustina Memorial & Western Intercollegiate) 2009-10 39 2,742 70.31 -6 -10 8 1st (Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate) Career 140 10,088 72.06 -7 -10 13 1st

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