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Donald Kay leads Oregon men’s golf to eighth place finish at the Amer Ari Invitational

The Oregon Ducks men’s golf team finished in eighth place at 4-under par in the Amer Ari Invitational in Waikoloa, Hawaii. The event was the first tournament of the spring season for the Ducks.

Oklahoma State (-47) won the three-day tournament and the USC Trojans (-27) were the highest finishing Pac-12 team.

After posting back-to-back rounds of 4-under, freshman Donald Kay shot one under on Saturday to end with a team-best 9-under par, earning him a ninth-place finish.

Sophomore Norman Xiong finished 5-under par after shooting 2-under on the final day. However, he opened the event with a 5-over par on Thursday, finishing last among Oregon’s starting lineup.

He bounced back by putting together one of his best performances as a Duck in round two. He made six birdies and an eagle to help tie his career-low score with 8-under. His score was the lowest score of any golfer at the tournament during the second round.

The team finished tied for fifth entering the final day of the tournament before falling back in the standings.

Junior Edwin Yi shot an even-par on Friday and Saturday to finish 1-under par in the tournament. His was just one of two Ducks to finish 1-under par, ending with an opening round 1-under and finish with the third-best Oregon score from the weekend.

Junior Ryan Gronlund shot 1-under in the final round to put him at 1-over par overall. He birdied four times but was hindered by a double bogey on the seventh hole and a bogey on hole 15.

Freshman Thomas Mulligan posted a career-low 1-over in the opening round but struggled through the second round and third rounds. He shot 4-over par on Friday and ended the event 7-over par overall to round out the team’s starting-five lineup.

Sophomores Teddy Oitzman (+17) and Roberto Lebrija (+18) were golfing as individuals and their scores did not contribute to Oregon’s place in the standings.

The Prestige is the next tournament for the Ducks, which will take place in La Quinta, California. The three-day event tees off on Feb. 19.

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What to know in Oregon fall sports

With the 2015 athletic season underway and seven Oregon teams in action, there’s no shortage when it comes to sports.

Although some Oregon fans might think the world is over after the football team’s blowout loss Saturday night, there’s still plenty of optimism to be had regarding other sports.

Here’s a breakdown of each fall sport and its national ranking:

Football (2-2, 0-1 in Pac-12): Entering the fifth week of the season, the Ducks are in very unfamiliar territory. Oregon is 2-2 and has yet to win a game against a Power Five conference. The quarterback situation is extremely murky because there seems to be no answer between Vernon Adams Jr. and Jeff Lockie. Both have played and both have struggled more than succeeded. Defensively, DeForest Buckner has been a terror on the defensive line but the secondary is having coverage and tackling issues. The season is far from over but the Ducks must regroup before the schedule ramps up in the middle of October.

No. 18 Volleyball (7-4, 1-1 in Pac-12): The Ducks have yet to play a home game this year, starting with 11 straight games on the road. Oregon began the season with nine games over 12 days that spanned four different states. Senior Martenne Bettendorf, sophomore Taylor Agost and freshman Lindsey Vander Weide have led Oregon’s offensive attack on the outside while junior Kacey Nady and freshman Lauren Page hold down the middle. Vander Weide notched 25 kills in her first Pac-12 game last week against Oregon State. Junior libero Amanda Benson and senior defensive specialist Chelsey Keoho anchor the defense.

Women’s Soccer (3-6, 0-1 in Pac-12): It’s been a rough preseason for the Ducks but they seemed to have turned the tide with their most recent efforts. After securing back-to-back wins over Air Force and Portland State, Oregon opened up Pac-12 play with a 1-0 loss to UCLA in Los Angeles. Even though it was a loss, it was a much better result than last year’s 5-0 thrashing. Head coach Kat Mertz has her team playing good defense, allowing eight goals thus far. The offense has only scored six goals, all coming from different players.

No. 6 Men’s Cross Country: The men of Oregon began their season with a resounding victory in the Bill Dellinger Invitational on Pre’s Trail at Alton Baker Park in Eugene on Sept. 11. Oregon’s top five runners took places 1 through 5 for 15 points, good enough for a 31-point victory over second-place Gonzaga. Edward Cheserek won his ninth race in his last 10 attempts. Oregon’s second through fifth place runners all finished within one second of Cheserek, showing the Ducks’ tremendous depth.

No. 7 Women’s Cross Country: Just like the men, the women started out their season with a victory in the Bill Dellinger Invitational on Sept. 11. Oregon, led by Alli Cash and Waverly Neer, battled Gonzaga for much of the race, but the depth of the Ducks eventually wore down the Bulldogs for 23 points and the win. Oregon was running short-handed as veteran runners Molly Grabill, Annie Leblanc and Maggie Schmaedick didn’t participate.

No. 12 Men’s Golf: The Ducks have participated in one tournament this year and they emerged with a tie for first place with rival Washington. At the Husky Invitational, Oregon sat in a tie for second place after the first two rounds, but a 2-under showing on the final day pushed the Ducks to the top. Sulman Raza finished fifth overall with a 1-over (214) while Thomas Lim saved his best for last. Lim shot a 2-under on the final day to help him finish seventh with a 3-over (216) for the tourney.

No. 23 Women’s Golf: The women have played in two tournaments thus far. After taking sixth place in the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational in New Mexico, the Ducks finished third in the East-West Match Play in Wisconsin on Sept. 20. Oregon then had two match play efforts and won both matches. The Ducks defeated Michigan 4-1 on Sept. 21 then beat Colorado 3-2 the next day. Senior Caroline Inglis continues to be Oregon’s No. 1 player while Kathleen Scavo and Petra Salko provide depth for the Ducks.

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Quick Hits: Survivor of alleged sexual assault and UO reach settlement, Mariota trophy unveiled

– University of Oregon President Michael Schill wrote in an email sent campus-wide Tuesday that the university and the survivor of an alleged sexual assault have settled their Title IX lawsuit. The alleged sexual assault involved three Oregon men’s basketball players who were subsequently kicked off the team and banned from campus. The survivor dismissed Oregon men’s basketball head coach Dana Altman from a civil lawsuit on Saturday, according to DuckTerritory.com, the UO affiliate of CBS Sports.

The survivor, Jane Doe, said in a statement, “I am so glad to have this case behind me today and to be able to focus on my studies. I am very grateful for the outpouring of support that I have received from students, faculty, and other organizations. The response from the UO community has been remarkable and I know that the increased awareness around these issues on our campus can only serve to help us.”

Schill said in the email, “I do not believe any of our coaches, administrators, or other university personnel acted wrongfully, nor do I believe that any one of them failed to live up to the high moral standards that we value and that they embody in their work every day.”

– Mariota’s Heisman Trophy was unveiled in a permanent display in the lobby of the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex on Tuesday. The trophy sits atop a base designed by Nike that has eight layers, honoring the number 8 that Mariota wore as a Duck and the eight Hawaiian islands. Each layer represents something in Mariota’s life, including his family, his Hawaiian roots, his teammates and coaches at Oregon, and Autzen Stadium, his collegiate home field. The Oregon Athletic Department posted a picture of the display on Instagram:

Thank you, Marcus. #GoDucks #WinTheDay (Click link in profile.)

A photo posted by Oregon Ducks (@goducks) on Aug 4, 2015 at 12:09pm PDT

– Jim Wyatt of TitansOnline.com, the official website of the Tennessee Titans, wrote about his observations of Marcus Mariota during Titans training camp on Monday. In a night scrimmage, Wyatt noted that Marcus Mariota once again played “mistake free-football,” giving up zero interceptions.  The former Oregon quarterback hasn’t changed his nice-guy persona either. According to Wyatt, Mariota signed autographs for nearly an hour after practice, and later tracked down ESPN.com’s Paul Kuharsky to apologize for almost hitting him with an errant pass during practice. “I’m thinking that was a first,” Wyatt wrote.

– Oregon men’s golf released its 2015-16 schedule on Monday. The Ducks will play in four fall tournaments, including the Nike Golf Intercollegiate at Pumpkin Ridge in Portland, Ore. on Oct. 5-7. Spring tournament highlights include the Oregon State Invite in Canby, Ore. from March 21-22 and the Western Intercollegiate in Santa Cruz, Calif. from April 11-13. Finally, the Ducks will host the much-anticipated 2016 NCAA Championships May 27 – June 1 at the Eugene Country Club.

– Two-time NCAA champion and former Oregon star runner Mac Fleet is scheduled to compete in the Flotrack Throwdown track meet in Portland’s Duniway Park on Saturday, according to Ken Goe of The Oregonian/OregonLive.com. Fleet will run the mile, as will Eugene-based runners Pat Casey, Jordan McNamara and Hassan Mead, as well as former Oregon runner Colby Alexander.

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Oregon women’s golf: Ducks win Peg Barnard Invitational at Stanford

After playing in a field that included four teams ranked ahead of it, Oregon women’s golf (No. 36) won the Peg Barnard Invitational, shooting eight strokes over par (576).

The Pac-12 teams who participated in the tournament included Stanford (No. 3), California (No. 34) and Colorado (No. 35).  Stanford finished fourth in the tournament. UC Davis (No. 30) also played, finishing three strokes behind Oregon in second place.

Paige Lee of UC Davis won the individual tournament, shooting 5-under (137).

Oregon freshman Kelsey Ulep finished third in the standings (2-under, 140), while Cassy Isagawa tied for fourth (1-under, 141). Ulep also notched the highest number of birdies of anyone in the tournament with ten and had the lowest, scoring average on par-three holes (2.70). Since Isagawa played as an individual throughout the tournament, her performance did not factor in the team’s overall score.

Cathleen Santoso finished close behind Ulep at even par (142). Caroline Inglis (6-over, 148), Marcella Pranovia (6-over, 148) and Cali Hipp (7-over, 149) competed over the weekend, as well.

The Ducks thrived on par-three holes, shooting even par and besting the rest of the field by four strokes in the category.

In the first round on Saturday morning, the Ducks shot 8-over (292), and sat second out of twelve in the standings at the end of the day. Cathleen Santoso and Ulep led the charge, both shooting 1-under (70).

Ulep birdied three out of her final four holes on the day, finishing with five overall in the tournament. Santoso finished with four as the Ducks led the field with 15 as a team.

Oregon’s best performance of the day, however, didn’t even count towards its overall score.

Isagawa recorded a 2-under (69) in her lowest round of the season. She competed in this round as an individual – a score that doesn’t contribute to the team score. She managed to sink three birdies and just one bogey for the day.

“We have lots of experience on this golf course and we are looking forward to getting after it tomorrow,” Scott said to GoDucks.com.

Get after it, they did.

On the tournament’s final day, the Ducks shot even par (284). Ulep once again led Oregon with another 1-under (70), while Santoso fired a 1-over (72). Ulep managed to record the same number of birdies (5) as well.

Caroline Inglis (even par, 71), Marcella Pranovia (2-over, 73) and Cali Hipp (even par, 71) improved their scores by a combined 15 strokes from day one.

The Ducks once again led the field in birdies with 15. They posted the third-most pars in the entire tournament with 110.

(Find both individual and team leader boards, as well as stats here.)

Oregon will head to Peoria, Arizona, to play in the Westbrook Invitational from Feb. 22-23.

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Oregon men’s golf finishes third at Amer Ari Invitational

Oregon men’s golf came up just short of its fifth straight tournament win at the Amer Ari Invitational on Saturday. The No. 2 Ducks finished with a three round score of 35-under – three strokes behind the tournament winner, No. 25 Arizona State – at the par 72 Waikoloa King’s Course in Hawaii.

Each of the top four teams came from the Pac-12. No. 19 Washington finished second at 36-under and No. 15 USC tied with Oregon for third at 35-under.

Brandon McIver tied Texas’ Scottie Scheffler for third on the individual leaderboard at 13-under. The nation’s top collegiate golfer Cheng-Tsung Pan from Washington scored a 17-under to win the event.

Oregon did make a late push to win the event in the third round. Aaron Wise scored a team best five-under, while McIver and Jonathan Woo both scored four-under in the final round. The team’s 16-under 272 was the fourth best score in the third round.

Wise finished at seven-under on the event and in a three-way tie for No. 23 overall. Zach Foushee scored six-under and Woo finished at three-over. No. 11 Thomas Lim ended the third round at even par, and scored five-under for the tournament.

Although the Ducks’ undefeated streak will end with the third place finish, Oregon was still impressive at the event. After two months off, the Ducks had a top three finisher and were just three strokes away from forcing a playoff with Arizona State.

Oregon shouldn’t lose much respect from the polls considering the overall strength of the event. The Ducks finished ahead of multiple top tier teams, such as No. 4 Texas, No. 7 UCLA and No. 13 Auburn.

The Ducks will return to Eugene for a week of practice before heading to La Quinta, California for The Prestige at PGA-West February 5-7.

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Oregon men’s golf breaks through at Ka’anapali and takes No. 1 rank

If going undefeated wasn’t good enough, breaking an NCAA record pushed the Oregon men’s golf team over the top.

Oregon’s dominant performance at the blustery Ka’anapali Golf Course proved that the men’s golf team was ready to make the jump to No. 1 in the Golf Coaches Association of America Coaches poll, marking the highest ranking in program history.

Oregon shot a ridiculous 30-under in the opening, setting a new NCAA record, as confirmed by Golfweek and Golfstat, for the lowest single round score.

Freshman Aaron Wise shot 5-under-par 66 in the opening round, a score that would normally put him at the top of the leaderboard, but was dropped from the record round.

“In the team meeting after the round, I kind of jokingly called him out,” head coach Casey Martin said. “’Look Aaron, you’re not helping the team, it’s a real disappointment.’”

Joke or not, Wise challenged himself to make the cut.

In the third round, Wise shot a team best 6-under-par 65, putting him in prime position to win the event outright. With one hole to go, North Florida’s M.J. Maguire sank a birdie putt to tie the score with Wise and force a playoff.

It took just one hole to decide it as Wise nailed a birdie putt to win his first collegiate event, marking the second time this season a freshman has come through in the clutch for the Ducks.

“A lot of that comes from the way we practice with the team,” Wise said. “We have a lot of competitions and the rounds we play always come down to the last few holes, we have to make a few putts and we feel like when we’re in those situations in tournaments, we’re used to it. We’re able to draw on the experience we get from our practices and perform the shot properly.”

Oregon is 4-0 for the first time in program history, owns the best record in all of college golf and now holds the NCAA record for the best round in history. However, those accomplishments won’t mean much if Oregon can’t perform well in the postseason. But right now, Martin isn’t worried about things so far down the line.

“We don’t talk about that,” Martin said. “They know where they’re ranked and what that means, but for these guys, if all five of them can just keep chipping away and get better, then look out.”

If Oregon does find itself making the cut at the NCAAs later this season, it will be because of a strong mixture of experienced upperclassmen and talented freshmen carrying their own weight the whole way.

“There’s no one guy on our team that sticks out as someone who is overly cocky or arrogant or anything like that,” junior Brandon McIver said. “Everyone comes to practice with a mentality to get better. Be humble, take what you get and if you work hard we know everything else will take care of itself.”

The Ducks will take a month off before heading back into the tournament circuit in February. When they do tee off, it will be into uncharted territory as the nation’s top team.

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No. 2 Oregon men’s golf shatters program record in first round at Ka’anapali

The No. 2 Oregon men’s golf team shot a record breaking 30-under 254 in their opening round at the par-71 Ka’anapali Classic on Friday.

Oregon’s previous single round record was 17-under 267, set in 2009, but this performance shattered that record by 13 strokes, a notable margin of improvement for the nation’s newest elite golf program.

Obviously, all of Oregon’s golfers were on point today. Brandon McIver led the entire field with a 9-under 62, the best single round scorecard for a Duck since 2010. Jonathan Woo finished the first round in a three-way tie for second at 8-under 63, while Zach Foushee finished right behind Woo at 7-under 64. Freshmen Hurly Long and Aaron Wise finished at 6-under 65 and 5-under 66 respectively to round out the scorecard.

North Florida sits 15 strokes behind Oregon in second place, putting the Ducks in prime position to win their fourth straight event and potentially move into the No. 1 ranking.

Play resumes tomorrow at 10 a.m. PT at the Royal Ka’anapali Golf Course.

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No. 2 Oregon men’s golf climbs the polls after hot start

Oregon men’s golf is now ranked in the top five of all three national polls after its best start since 2011.

The Ducks received five first-place votes in last week’s Golf Coaches Association of America Coaches Poll, climbing 11 spots from their previous ranking to No. 3. Golfstat’s rankings have Oregon at No. 2, while the Ducks are No. 5 in the Golfweek’s Sagarin ratings.

Oregon is one of just two teams that have won three tournaments this fall. Top ranked University of Illinois is the only other program that has accomplished that feat, but Illinois has already played in four tournaments while Oregon has maintained a perfect record through its first three outings.

Two of the teams Oregon topped in wins, UCLA and USC, have two tournament wins of their own, noticeably boosting Oregon’s strength of schedule. Golfweek ranked Oregon’s schedule at No. 19, while Golfstat placed Oregon’s comparative record at No. 3, overall.

“They really want to compete against the elite level teams,” head coach Casey Martin said. “We’re grateful that we are off to a good start.”

It’s just the second time in program history that Oregon has won three fall tournaments, marking a significant change of pace for the younger Ducks.

“It’s different from my first years when we kind of struggled as a team for a majority of our tournaments,” junior Brandon McIver said. “It’s nice to come out confident that we can do really well and prove to everyone that we have the potential and the talent along with the coaching staff to take this season and make the most of it.”

McIver is just one part of a now-experienced group of Oregon golfers that have not only carried the team up the leaderboards, but to victories over quality opponents.

Sophomore Thomas Lim leads the team with a 70.11 stroke average, while junior Zach Foushee is second with a 71.89 average and freshman Hurly Long comes in third at 72.11. McIver is tied with freshman Aaron Wise for fourth on the team with a 72.22 average.

Lim’s performance has attracted plenty of national attention. Golfweek ranked Lim No. 20 in the individual collegiate poll, making him the Pac-12′s third best golfer.

“I really want to start competing with teams like Texas and Oklahoma State and Alabama because those schools in their conferences are always powerhouses,” Lim said. “That’s where we need to be to have a chance at a national championship.”

With only three events under their belts, there is a lot of time for the Ducks to climb even higher in the polls, or fall out of relevance.

The Ducks will look to solidify their spot in the rankings as they head to Hawaii this week for the first annual Ka’anapali Classic Nov. 7-9 for the final event before their midseason break. The tournament will pit them against multiple competitive west coast programs as well as No. 25 Clemson.

Pac-12 play will ramp up in February when Oregon heads to California and Arizona before returning home for the Duck Invitational at the Eugene Country Club March 23-24.

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Oregon finishes ninth in Pac-12 Preview

Oregon finished ninth in the Nanea Pac-12 Preview in Hawaii on Monday and Tuesday with a score of 912 (+36). Senior Caroline Inglis’ score of 218 (-1) finished fifth in the individual leader board, nine strokes off the lead.

The field consisted of eleven Pac-12 schools as well as Hawaii since Utah does not have a team. The conference boasts four teams that are ranked in the top ten of the Golfstat.com rankings.

Washington (No. 6) dominated the tournament with a score of 865 (-11) and was the only team to shoot under par for the tournament. UCLA’s Alison Lee took home the individual tournament victory, scoring 209 (-10).

Inglis played fairly consistent throughout the tournament with scores of 72, 73, and 73. She was one of just six players to shoot under par. The key was likely her ability to avoid disastrous holes. Inglis had just twelve bogeys and zero double-bogeys.

The tournament began on Monday with two rounds of eighteen holes. Oregon’s first round was its best, as it recorded a 296 (+4), which placed them in seventh. Inglis’s led the Ducks while Cathleen Santoso and Cali Hipp, who each shot 74s, followed close behind.

The Ducks’ second round score of 311 (+19) represented their worst of the weekend. While Inglis added just one stroke to her previous score, no Duck managed to shoot lower than a 79. The score dropped them into ninth place, where they would eventually finish after shooting 305 (+13) on Tuesday’s final round.

Though Oregon was racked up 24 birdies in the first two rounds, it also notched 96 pars, the least out of any team in the tournament.

Marcella Pranovia played in her first tournament of the season. Though she finsihed last in the tournament with a score of 247 (+28), improved considerably on the final day. After shooting 86 (+13) in the first two rounds, she trimmed eleven strokes to shoot a 75 (+2) on the final day. Pranovia replaced Cassy Isagawa, who shot the best out of any Duck last season, as one of the five to travel to Hawaii.

Oregon now has two months off and will continue its season Feb. 8-9 against Oregon State in the Civil War Match Play Challenge.

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Oregon men’s golf’s Hurly Long is ready for the next big stage

If Tiger Woods started at age 2, then Hurly Long might have a leg up on him. Long is the newest international addition to the Oregon men’s golf team and has been swinging the clubs since he was just 18 months old.

Raised in St. Leon-Rot, Germany, Long has been a star in Europe since he was just a child. At age seven, Long participated in the USKIDS World Championships, which ended up being Long’s big break.

“It made me want more,” Long, a freshman, said. “It motivated me to push harder and do more. It was always my dream to be on tour and be the next Tiger Woods and it was the first moment I realized that I really, really wanted it and I was going to give everything for it.”

Just a few years later, Long was named to the German Junior National Team and played in the prestigious British Boys tournament. Despite his growing reputation in Europe, Long didn’t consider staying in Europe as an option.

“I’ve been planning to go to college for about 15 years now,” Long said. “It was always what I wanted to do. I decided that early because it gives you a ‘Plan B’ if golf doesn’t work out. You have every opportunity in the world to get better here and at the same time, you can get educated and get a good degree.”

To get to the U.S., Long had to be noticed by American coaches. His father, Ted, who is known as the best golf coach in Germany, was instrumental in getting Long’s name circulating in the states. Eventually his father reached out to Oregon head coach Casey Martin, who flew out to watch Long win the Doral Publix Junior title at the Trump National Doral Golf Club in Miami, Florida. The rest is history.

“It was either going to be a coach like most coaches that manage the team with tee times, which is fine – they’re nice guys, good motivators, but maybe not quite so knowledgeable about the game – or Coach Martin,” Long said. “I knew I wasn’t going to get a better coach.”

After a golf filled summer that took Long from tournaments in Germany to Japan and then to Oregon in just a few days, Long has made a noticeable impact on the team, something that very few freshmen have done at Oregon. Last month, Long sunk a critical birdie in the first playoff round against Pac-12 rival USC to win the Itani Homes Collegiate in Pullman, Washington.

“He appears to show signs of being pretty clutch,” Martin said. “He’s been a huge addition, no doubt about it.”

Along with fellow freshman Aaron Wise, a three-time U.S. Amateur qualifier, Long is part of a uniquely experienced recruiting class.

“We don’t really view them as freshmen,” junior golfer Brandon McIver said. “They’re both really mature in their golf game. They’re meshing well with everyone else and their play has been a huge part of our success so far this season.”

Long might have a ways to go before he can catch up to Tiger, but he’s on the right track.

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