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Oregon men’s golf misses cut at NCAA Championships

It was too little too late for the Oregon’s men’s golf team at the NCAA Championship Monday.

Oregon carded a field-leading nine-under third round in a last ditch effort to make the eight-team cut, but finished in 14th place at 12-over overall.

Throughout the holiday weekend, Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kansas was pounded with thunderstorms and heavy rain, causing numerous delays to the 36-team field.

No. 3 Stanford was one team that wasn’t fazed by the inclement weather. The Cardinal ran away with the preliminary rounds, shooting 13-under to take the number one seed in match play starting Tuesday.

The Cardinal were led by the world’s second-ranked amateur golfer Cameron Wilson at the top of the leaderboard.

Wilson watched his three-stroke lead on Georgia Tech’s Ollie Schniederjans disappear in the second round, but he played even par for nearly the entire third round before birdying on the 17th hole to take the lead with one hole to go. Wilson put himself in prime position to win the individual title with a green-in-two, but missed his par putt on 18 to finish the round tied with Schniederjans at two-over.

With things tied up in first place, the duo embarked on a two-man playoff to decide the individual title.

Both golfers had their chances to lock up the title in the first two holes but missed birdie putts to prolong the playoff.

On the third playoff hole, the par five No. 17 hole, Schniederjans’ tee shot landed well left of the fairway in dense rough. He quickly went into damage control and whacked a low shot back into the middle of the fairway before hitting the ball into the center of the green on his third shot. Schniderjans missed a difficult birdie putt to finish the hole at even par.

Meanwhile, Wilson calmly chipped up to the green to set up a manageable birdie putt. With the pressure on, Wilson sank the putt to take the individual title.

UCLA and South Carolina also provided some late drama as the Bruins climbed over the Gamecocks into the top eight in the final three holes. Nearly every Bruin nailed difficult high-pressure putts to secure their spot in match play.

Oregon’s Zach Foushee was one of the bigger surprises of the tournament, shooting two-under and five-under in the first and third rounds respectively, but a poor six-over second round cost Foushee a chance at competing for the individual title. Foushee finished in a 10-way-tie for 19th place having climbed up from 75th overall entering the final round.

Foushee wasn’t the only Duck to struggle in the second round. Both Foushee and Jonathan Woo shot six-over while Thomas Lim’s five-over and Sulman Raza’s four-over left Oregon on the outside looking in during the final round.

Brandon McIver finished second on Oregon’s scorecard, scoring three-over. Lim and Raza shot six-over and nine-over respectively.

While the team’s season is officially over, McIver and Ryann Ree will have a shot to end their seasons on a high note on June 2 at the Emerald Valley Golf Course in Creswell, Oregon for the U.S. Open sectional qualifying round.

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Oregon men’s golf freshman Thomas Lim named to 2014 PING All-West Region Team

Following his standout performance at NCAA Regionals held at the Eugene Country Club, Thomas Lim was named to the PING All-West Region team.

The All-Region teams are voted on by the Golf Coaches Association of America and feature 157 golfers from six regions. Lim was the only Duck to make the list, while Pac-12 foe Washington has four golfers on the team. Stanford and UCLA both had two golfers named.

Lim averaged a per-round score of 72 in his freshman campaign, earning him Pac-12 All-Freshman honors to go along with the All-Region team. At the Eugene regional, Lim shot a 4-under 66 in the final round to finish second behind top amateur golfer Patrick Rodgers at even-par.

Lim will lead Oregon in the NCAA Championship rounds at the par-70 Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kansas, which start May 23 and lead up to the final round on May 28.

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Oregon men’s golf finishes one-stroke behind winner Stanford, advances to NCAA Championships

Zach Foushee brushed aside struggles with his swing all season. Thomas Lim shot a 66, four-under Saturday despite having strep throat. Jonathan Woo responded with an even par the day after he scored an eight-over, and Brandon McIver remained consistent throughout, resulting in a second place finish for Oregon men’s golf at the NCAA West Regional.

Placing just one stroke behind third ranked Stanford, Oregon men’s golf -evident benefactors of playing at the Eugene Country Club – moved from fifth to second over the course of the three-day event and advanced to the NCAA Championships, which will be held in Hutchinson, Kan. from May 23-27.

Leveling off on the final day of competition has been somewhat of a theme for the group throughout 2014, however Saturday proved to be different and the Ducks roared back from an 11-shot deficit to come within just one stroke of Stanford. Thru holes 16-18, Oregon was in striking distance, but a few unlucky breaks on the putting green allowed Stanford to hold on. Overall, Oregon’s final scorecard was 276-280-285-860 (+14) and the team had three players finish in the top-ten individually.

“Everybody was big, it was a big week for us,” head coach Casey Martin said. “Hopefully its showing that we’re learning and maturing. The kids have some talent so its good to see.”

Foushee became the headed storyline of the tournament after being 1-under par after the first two days, prompting him to be in the marquee group Saturday that featured the number one amateur player in the world, Patrick Rodgers.Rodgers would go onto win the event individually, but for Oregon, Foushee’s 215(+5), a tie for eighth individually, was in his eyes the best golf he’s played all year.

“The beginning of the year I was going through some struggles with my swing and was thinking too much about the mechanics,” Foushee said following his 76 (+6) in the third round.”I just forgot about it and played the game I love to play.”

Dismissing the thought process, Foushee routinely shot off the tee without practicing his swing Saturday.

“That’s kind of my routine,” the sophomore said. “My dad always taught me shooting free throws doesn’t take a lot of time, don’t think about it, so I brought it over to golf.”

McIver also finished in a tie for eighth, while Thomas Lim finished second individually after his performance Saturday improved his overall score to even-par.

With three players finishing in the top ten, it was no mystery as the rounds continued that the breadth of familiarity the Ducks had with this course was unmatched.

“I think it played a really good factor,” McIver said. “I mean especially off the tee hitting some of those lines. Some of those teams aren’t used to the way the hill look with the big trees, narrow fairways. I think just off the tee was an advantage and the greens with how fast they are and knowing where certain pins were and slopes around them and how severe they were.”

Woo finished with a 220 (+10) on the tournament, but his 70 (E) played a huge role in the Ducks’ late surge on Saturday. Sulman Raza battled with some inconsistencies throughout the day and tournament, placing 39th individually with a score of 224 (+14).

With a birth into the NCAA Championships, the Ducks now head to Hutchinson Kan. with an exceeded level of confidence and the mindset to create some damage.

“We want to go compete and try to win, that’s what we’re going to do,” Martin said.”Obviously we’re not the favorite, but stranger things have happened, who won basketball this year what seed were they. Stranger things have happened and we’re going to go out there and go battle.”

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Photos: Oregon men’s golf bounces to third on day two of the NCAA West Regionals

After finishing the first round of the NCAA Men’s Golf West Regionals tied for fifth with a final team score of 289 (+9), the Oregon Ducks looked to increase their chances of making an appearance to the 2014 NCAA Tournament. During Friday’s round, the Ducks advanced to third place after the team scored an even par 280. Oregon sophomore Zach Foushee shot a team best of 68 (2-under-par) on Friday, bouncing from tied for 14th to tied for second in individuals. Collegiate No. 3 and Stanford junior Patrick Rodgers continued to dominate the competition on Friday and still has a commanding lead at six shots better than the next competitor. Rodgers now stands at 7-under-par.

The final round of the 2014 NCAA Men’s Golf West Regional will begin at 7:30 a.m. at Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Oregon on Saturday, May 17th, 2014 

Oregon freshman Thomas Lim tees off on the first hole to start Friday's round. The Oregon men’s golf team hosts the second day of the NCAA West Regionals at the Eugene Country Club on Friday, May 16, 2014. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)

Oregon freshman Thomas Lim tees off on the first hole to start Friday’s round. The Oregon men’s golf team hosts the second day of the NCAA West Regionals at the Eugene Country Club on Friday, May 16, 2014. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)

Oregon junior Jonathan Woo warms up on the practice range before the start of Friday's round. The Oregon men’s golf team hosts the second day of the NCAA West Regionals at the Eugene Country Club on Friday, May 16, 2014. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)

Oregon junior Jonathan Woo warms up on the practice range before the start of Friday’s round. The Oregon men’s golf team hosts the second day of the NCAA West Regionals at the Eugene Country Club on Friday, May 16, 2014. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)

North Florida sophomore Taylor Hancock tees off on the second hole. The Oregon men’s golf team hosts the second day of the NCAA West Regionals at the Eugene Country Club on Friday, May 16, 2014. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)

North Florida sophomore Taylor Hancock tees off on the second hole. The Oregon men’s golf team hosts the second day of the NCAA West Regionals at the Eugene Country Club on Friday, May 16, 2014. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)

Oregon sophomore Sulman Raza chips onto the green on the second hole. The Oregon men’s golf team hosts the second day of the NCAA West Regionals at the Eugene Country Club on Friday, May 16, 2014. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)

Oregon sophomore Sulman Raza chips onto the green on the second hole. The Oregon men’s golf team hosts the second day of the NCAA West Regionals at the Eugene Country Club on Friday, May 16, 2014. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)

Houston senior Welsey McClain watches his ball fly towards the green from the rough on the second hole. The Oregon men’s golf team hosts the second day of the NCAA West Regionals at the Eugene Country Club on Friday, May 16, 2014. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)

Houston senior Welsey McClain watches his ball fly towards the green from the rough on the second hole. The Oregon men’s golf team hosts the second day of the NCAA West Regionals at the Eugene Country Club on Friday, May 16, 2014. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)

Oregon freshman Thomas Lim and assistant coach Van Williams visualize the shot from the bunker on the fourth hole. The Oregon men’s golf team hosts the second day of the NCAA West Regionals at the Eugene Country Club on Friday, May 16, 2014. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)

Oregon freshman Thomas Lim and assistant coach Van Williams visualize the shot from the bunker on the fourth hole. The Oregon men’s golf team hosts the second day of the NCAA West Regionals at the Eugene Country Club on Friday, May 16, 2014. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)

Players putt on the fifth green. The Oregon men’s golf team hosts the second day of the NCAA West Regionals at the Eugene Country Club on Friday, May 16, 2014. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)

Players putt on the fifth green. The Oregon men’s golf team hosts the second day of the NCAA West Regionals at the Eugene Country Club on Friday, May 16, 2014. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)

North Florida junior Joey Petronio hits his ball out of the bunker on the fourth hole. The Oregon men’s golf team hosts the second day of the NCAA West Regionals at the Eugene Country Club on Friday, May 16, 2014. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)

North Florida junior Joey Petronio hits his ball out of the bunker on the fourth hole. The Oregon men’s golf team hosts the second day of the NCAA West Regionals at the Eugene Country Club on Friday, May 16, 2014. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)

Houston senior Wesley McClain and Oregon sophomore Sulman Raza walk down the fairway on the sixth hole. The Oregon men’s golf team hosts the second day of the NCAA West Regionals at the Eugene Country Club on Friday, May 16, 2014. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)

Houston senior Wesley McClain and Oregon sophomore Sulman Raza walk down the fairway on the sixth hole. The Oregon men’s golf team hosts the second day of the NCAA West Regionals at the Eugene Country Club on Friday, May 16, 2014. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)

Oregon junior Jonathan Woo hits his ball out of the bunker on the fifth hole. The Oregon men’s golf team hosts the second day of the NCAA West Regionals at the Eugene Country Club on Friday, May 16, 2014. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)

Oregon junior Jonathan Woo hits his ball out of the bunker on the fifth hole. The Oregon men’s golf team hosts the second day of the NCAA West Regionals at the Eugene Country Club on Friday, May 16, 2014. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)

Oregon sophomore Brandon McIver tees off on the sixth hole. The Oregon men’s golf team hosts the second day of the NCAA West Regionals at the Eugene Country Club on Friday, May 16, 2014. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)

Oregon sophomore Brandon McIver tees off on the sixth hole. The Oregon men’s golf team hosts the second day of the NCAA West Regionals at the Eugene Country Club on Friday, May 16, 2014. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)

Oregon sophomore Zach Foushee lines up his putt on the fifth green. The Oregon men’s golf team hosts the second day of the NCAA West Regionals at the Eugene Country Club on Friday, May 16, 2014. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)

Oregon sophomore Zach Foushee lines up his putt on the fifth green. The Oregon men’s golf team hosts the second day of the NCAA West Regionals at the Eugene Country Club on Friday, May 16, 2014. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)

The tee box markers are adorned with the Oregon Duck logo for the NCAA Men's Golf West Regional. The Oregon men’s golf team hosts the second day of the NCAA West Regionals at the Eugene Country Club on Friday, May 16, 2014. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)

The tee box markers are adorned with the Oregon Duck logo for the NCAA Men’s Golf West Regional. The Oregon men’s golf team hosts the second day of the NCAA West Regionals at the Eugene Country Club on Friday, May 16, 2014. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)

North Florida junior MJ Maguire walks across the bridge to the green on the sixth hole. The Oregon men’s golf team hosts the second day of the NCAA West Regionals at the Eugene Country Club on Friday, May 16, 2014. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)

North Florida junior MJ Maguire walks across the bridge to the green on the sixth hole. The Oregon men’s golf team hosts the second day of the NCAA West Regionals at the Eugene Country Club on Friday, May 16, 2014. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)

Oregon junior Jonathan Woo converses with a coach as he walks to the ninth tee box. The Oregon men’s golf team hosts the second day of the NCAA West Regionals at the Eugene Country Club on Friday, May 16, 2014. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)

Oregon junior Jonathan Woo converses with a coach as he walks to the ninth tee box. The Oregon men’s golf team hosts the second day of the NCAA West Regionals at the Eugene Country Club on Friday, May 16, 2014. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)

North Florida junior MJ Maguire tees off on the seventh hole. The Oregon men’s golf team hosts the second day of the NCAA West Regionals at the Eugene Country Club on Friday, May 16, 2014. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)

North Florida junior MJ Maguire tees off on the seventh hole. The Oregon men’s golf team hosts the second day of the NCAA West Regionals at the Eugene Country Club on Friday, May 16, 2014. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)

The Oregon men’s golf team hosts the second day of the NCAA West Regionals at the Eugene Country Club on Friday, May 16, 2014. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)

The Oregon men’s golf team hosts the second day of the NCAA West Regionals at the Eugene Country Club on Friday, May 16, 2014. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)

Oklahoma junior Michael Gellerman tees off on the eighth hole. The Oregon men’s golf team hosts the second day of the NCAA West Regionals at the Eugene Country Club on Friday, May 16, 2014. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)

Oklahoma junior Michael Gellerman tees off on the eighth hole. The Oregon men’s golf team hosts the second day of the NCAA West Regionals at the Eugene Country Club on Friday, May 16, 2014. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)

Stanford junior Patrick Rodgers scopes out the distance to the pin on the eighth hole. The Oregon men’s golf team hosts the second day of the NCAA West Regionals at the Eugene Country Club on Friday, May 16, 2014. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)

Stanford junior Patrick Rodgers scopes out the distance to the pin on the eighth hole. The Oregon men’s golf team hosts the second day of the NCAA West Regionals at the Eugene Country Club on Friday, May 16, 2014. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)

Oklahoma junior Michael Gellerman watches his ball fly towards the green from the rough on the ninth hole. The Oregon men’s golf team hosts the second day of the NCAA West Regionals at the Eugene Country Club on Friday, May 16, 2014. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)

Oklahoma junior Michael Gellerman watches his ball fly towards the green from the rough on the ninth hole. The Oregon men’s golf team hosts the second day of the NCAA West Regionals at the Eugene Country Club on Friday, May 16, 2014. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)

Stanford junior Patrick Rodgers lines up his putt on the eighth hole. The Oregon men’s golf team hosts the second day of the NCAA West Regionals at the Eugene Country Club on Friday, May 16, 2014. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)

Stanford junior Patrick Rodgers lines up his putt on the eighth hole. The Oregon men’s golf team hosts the second day of the NCAA West Regionals at the Eugene Country Club on Friday, May 16, 2014. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)

Photos: Oregon men’s golf finish day one of NCAA West Regionals fifth in team standings

The Oregon men’s golf team opens up day one of the NCAA West Regionals on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at the Eugene Country Club. The Ducks will host 12, top-ranked competitors which include: No. 3 Stanford, No. 10 Houston, No. 15 Oklahoma, No. 22 South Carolina, No. 27 Baylor, No. 34 Liberty, No. 47 Tennessee, No. 51 North Florida, No. 58 East Tennessee State, No. 64 Chattanooga, No. 116 Wichita State and No. 151 Northern Colorado. Oregon, seventh-seed in the West Regional, looks to make a return to the NCAA Tournament after failing to make an appearance in 2013.

Next for the Ducks is day two of the NCAA West Regional hosted at the Eugene Country Club on Friday, May 16, 2014.

Oregon sophomore Brandon McIver hits a chip shot out of the bunker on the 6th hole. The Oregon men's golf team opens up day one of the NCAA West Regionals on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at the Eugene Country Club. (Andrew Seng/Emerald)

Oregon sophomore Brandon McIver hits a chip shot out of the bunker on the 6th hole. The Oregon men’s golf team opens up day one of the NCAA West Regionals on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at the Eugene Country Club. (Andrew Seng/Emerald)

Tennessee freshman Jack Smith tees off the third tee box. The Oregon men's golf team opens up day one of the NCAA West Regionals on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at the Eugene Country Club. (Andrew Seng/Emerald)

Tennessee freshman Jack Smith tees off the third tee box. The Oregon men’s golf team opens up day one of the NCAA West Regionals on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at the Eugene Country Club. (Andrew Seng/Emerald)

Oregon freshman Thomas Lim takes a stroke under penalty of one stroke after his golf ball lands in the water hazard near the 6th hole. The Oregon men's golf team opens up day one of the NCAA West Regionals on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at the Eugene Country Club. (Andrew Seng/Emerald)

Oregon freshman Thomas Lim takes a stroke under penalty of one stroke after his golf ball lands in the water hazard near the 6th hole. The Oregon men’s golf team opens up day one of the NCAA West Regionals on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at the Eugene Country Club. (Andrew Seng/Emerald)

Tennessee freshman Jack Smith hits a putt shot on the 6th green. The Oregon men's golf team opens up day one of the NCAA West Regionals on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at the Eugene Country Club. (Andrew Seng/Emerald)

Tennessee freshman Jack Smith hits a putt shot on the 6th green. The Oregon men’s golf team opens up day one of the NCAA West Regionals on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at the Eugene Country Club. (Andrew Seng/Emerald)

Tennessee senior Danny Keddie tees off the 6th hole. The Oregon men's golf team opens up day one of the NCAA West Regionals on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at the Eugene Country Club. (Andrew Seng/Emerald)

Tennessee senior Danny Keddie tees off the 6th hole. The Oregon men’s golf team opens up day one of the NCAA West Regionals on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at the Eugene Country Club. (Andrew Seng/Emerald)

The Oregon men's golf team opens up day one of the NCAA West Regionals on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at the Eugene Country Club. (Andrew Seng/Emerald)

The Oregon men’s golf team opens up day one of the NCAA West Regionals on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at the Eugene Country Club. (Andrew Seng/Emerald)

Oregon sophomore Sulman Raza smirks after hitting a putt shot in the 6th green. The Oregon men's golf team opens up day one of the NCAA West Regionals on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at the Eugene Country Club. (Andrew Seng/Emerald)

Oregon sophomore Sulman Raza smirks after hitting a putt shot in the 6th green. The Oregon men’s golf team opens up day one of the NCAA West Regionals on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at the Eugene Country Club. (Andrew Seng/Emerald)

Tennesse sophomore Michael Nagy hits a chip shot out of a bunker on the 6th hole. The Oregon men's golf team opens up day one of the NCAA West Regionals on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at the Eugene Country Club. (Andrew Seng/Emerald)

Tennesse sophomore Michael Nagy hits a chip shot out of a bunker on the 6th hole. The Oregon men’s golf team opens up day one of the NCAA West Regionals on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at the Eugene Country Club. (Andrew Seng/Emerald)

Oregon sophomore Brandon McIver tees off the 6th hole. The Oregon men's golf team opens up day one of the NCAA West Regionals on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at the Eugene Country Club. (Andrew Seng/Emerald)

Oregon sophomore Brandon McIver tees off the 6th hole. The Oregon men’s golf team opens up day one of the NCAA West Regionals on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at the Eugene Country Club. (Andrew Seng/Emerald)

Oregon sophomore Zach Foushee walks down the third fairway. The Oregon men's golf team opens up day one of the NCAA West Regionals on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at the Eugene Country Club. (Andrew Seng/Emerald)

Oregon sophomore Zach Foushee walks down the third fairway. The Oregon men’s golf team opens up day one of the NCAA West Regionals on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at the Eugene Country Club. (Andrew Seng/Emerald)

Tennesse sophomore Michael Nagy tees off the third tee box. The Oregon men's golf team opens up day one of the NCAA West Regionals on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at the Eugene Country Club. (Andrew Seng/Emerald)

Tennesse sophomore Michael Nagy tees off the third tee box. The Oregon men’s golf team opens up day one of the NCAA West Regionals on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at the Eugene Country Club. (Andrew Seng/Emerald)

North Florida junior Joey Petronio lines up his next putt shot on the 6th green. The Oregon men's golf team opens up day one of the NCAA West Regionals on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at the Eugene Country Club. (Andrew Seng/Emerald)

North Florida junior Joey Petronio lines up his next putt shot on the 6th green. The Oregon men’s golf team opens up day one of the NCAA West Regionals on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at the Eugene Country Club. (Andrew Seng/Emerald)

Eugene Country Club provides added benefit for Oregon men’s golf in NCAA Regionals

After missing the cut by just two strokes at the NCAA Regionals in 2013, Oregon men’s golf is in much better position to make a stab at the NCAA Championships this year, especially considering that Eugene Country Club, a course that the team typically trains at, will play host to it.

Ranked in the top 100 courses in the U.S. by Golf Digest and in the top 100 Modern courses by Golfweek, the Eugene Country Club is one of the more “unique” golf courses,  as sophomore Brandon McIver puts it. Certain elements — such as firmer than average greens and narrow playing surfaces — will play into the game when a contingent of teams vying for a spot in the NCAA Championships compete from May 15-17.

“It’s pretty tough,” head coach Casey Martin said in reference to the difficult elements the course presents. “It’s narrow, big trees, there’s a lot of visceral things about it. It’s very fair, but it is a little bit difficult, very challenging, so it’s going to be big test for us and everybody else.”

Oregon comes into the regional seeded seventh out of 12 teams. With a leveled pool of talented teams, eight of which are ranked in the top-50, it won’t be as if the Ducks will coast for the tournament’s entirety.

Jonathan Woo, who cracked the top 10 in both regionals he competed in as a freshman and sophomore, is even hoping that the team will grab a spot in this year’s NCAA Championships hosted in Hutchinson, Kansas and finish in the top three due to the circumstance they’re under.

“I think a good goal for us would be to finish in top three just because it is our home course and we know so much about it” said Woo, the lone upperclassman competing.

Woo’s statement is not an elevated expectation for this group’s fate this weekend by any means. Oregon has continually practiced at the Eugene Country Club this last month and will have a breadth of familiarity unlike any other team competing.

“We know Eugene well,” Martin said. “We’ve been playing there a lot. It’s going to be a really wonderful event and we’re excited to be hosting. Hopefully we can play our best golf and advance through.”

As a demanding course, the Eugene Country Club plays the mind game that Oregon’s golfers have played with each other this season. It was consistently veliminated throughout the season, however, with examples pointing to Sulman Raza and Woo’s emergence during separate points this season.

For the sophomore McIver, who has been arguably the Ducks’ most consistent golfer this season, the anxiety of playing in tournaments is a trait that he feels that he has calmed since January.

“There’s always a level of anxiousness,” McIver said. “We’ve improved on relaxing in tournaments … I’ve seen a lot more improvement.”

McIver also noted how this team seems ready to peak at the end of the year, citing that the prospect of playing in an environment the team is so familiar with can only enhance the already great chance the Ducks have this weekend.

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Oregon women’s golf’s season ends at NCAA Regionals

Oregon women’s golf had one of the best third-round team scores of the entire 24-team field but couldn’t make it all the way back to the qualifying cut as the Ducks’ season came to an end at Tumble Creek Club at Suncadia Resort on Saturday.

The Ducks made up a bit of ground a day before, climbing from 23rd to 17th in the second round, and despite shooting 21-over in the third — the best score amongst non-qualifying teams — Oregon finished 14th overall and 20 strokes back of the eight-team cut.

Outside of one golfer, every Duck had an improved or stable third round score. Cassy Isagawa shot six-over for the second time in as many rounds while Marcella Pranovia trimmed four strokes off her second round score to also finish six-over.

After going from an even-par first round score to seven-over in the second round, Caroline Inglis found her stride again. The Eugene native shot three-over in the final round to finish in a five-way tie for 22nd place on the individual leaderboard, the top spot among her teammates.

Cathleen Santoso was the one Duck not to improve her score, shooting six-over after turning in a three-over score the day before.

Pranovia provided the day’s biggest highlight as she eagled the par-5 No. 15 hole and birded No. 16 to help get her score back on track early. Santoso sunk 13 pars, second only to Inglis, who made 14 pars to lead the team.

Three of the eight teams to qualify for the Super Regionals next weekend were Pac-12 teams as No. 1 USC (12-over) held off No. 11 Washington (13-over) and No. 6 Arizona State (25-over) to win the Regional. ASU’s Noemi Jimenez (three-under) leapfrogged USC’s SooBin Kim (one-under) to take the top individual score.

Despite the disappointing end to the season, Oregon finished the year with a team round average of 298.6, a new program record. Cassy Isagawa, Cathleen Santoso and Carlonie Inglis’ season round averages ranked third, fourth and fifth in program history, as well.

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Oregon women’s golf still outside looking in at NCAA West Regional qualifiers

In day two of the NCAA West Regionals on Friday, women’s golf made a bit of ground in the 24 team field, however they still have a way to go to have a chance at making the eight team cut.

After shooting 23-over on Thursday, the Ducks shot 26-over in the afternoon slot at the par 72 Tumble Creek Club at Suncadia Resort. While Oregon didn’t improve its raw score, it climbed six spots to finish the second round in 17th place.

After an impressive even par score in round one, Caroline Inglis shot seven-over on Saturday. Inglis turned in four pars to start the round, but suffered a triple bogey on No. 5 and double bogeys on 10 and 11 to push her score up to eight-over. Inglis birdied 15 and 18 to settle her score at seven-over.

Cathleen Santoso turned in Oregon’s best scorecard in the second round as Santoso improved her four-over first round score by one stroke with a three-over 75. Santoso sunk eleven pars on the day.

After a rocky start to her second round, Cassy Isagawa shot one-over on the back nine to hold her score at six-over for the day.

No. 1 USC finished the second round in first place with a three-under overall score. USC’s Kyung Kim and Arizona State’s Noemi Jimenez are currently tied for first on the individual leaderboard at five-under. Inglis is 30th overall at seven-over through the first two rounds.

Wake Forest and Iowa State are currently tied for the final qualifying spot in eighth place at 29-over. Oregon will likely need to trim over 20 strokes off its score in the final round to have a chance at qualifying for the Super Regional Round.

The third and final round will start Sunday morning. Oregon’s tee times have not yet been announced.

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Josh Bidwell Golf Classic 2014

bidwell classicROSEBURG, Ore. — It certainly wasn’t the weather that brought dozens of celebrities out to play golf at the Roseburg Country Club Friday, but an event that’s giving back to the community in a big way.

They aren’t professional golfers, but many playing the game are linked together through a professional sports background.

“Early 2000s to guys who played in the 70s or wherever in between. We’re trying to do more stuff together,” said former Duck Ryan DePalo.

“We sell out every year. We have a waiting list essentially every year,” said former Duck and NFL player Josh Bidwell.

Former NFL pro-punter and former Duck Josh Bidwell is the one aligning the stars.

“Josh is a great individual that we all like to model after. You look up to him and hope you can be like him one day,” said former Beaver and CFL player Alexis Serna.

Bidwell had cancer back in 1999. He says then, he didn’t qualify for NFL medical assistance.

“Every cent was paid for. I had people donate money out of their own personal accounts, I had kids fundraise at schools,” Bidwell said.

He even got help from people in his hometown of Winston. That’s why Bidwell comes back every year to put on the charity golf event.

“So the three ways I was most effected as a child are the three areas we are going to give back to our foundation,” Bidwell said.

All the money raised through this charity tee time will help the community cancer center, youth sports programs and Young Life. An effort these athletes say is worth competing toward.

Although, there’s only one score here worth keeping.

“This year we’ve raise almost $300,000 and $300,000 in this community goes a long way,” Bidwell said.

That $300,000 doesn’t include this year’s totals, which haven’t been calculated yet.

Other stars at the event were NBA star Darrell Imhoff, movie star Gregory Harrison, former Oregon quarterback Joey Harrington and former UO football and basketball player Jordan Kent.

Oregon women’s golf falls behind early at NCAA Regionals

Women’s golf fell behind early during the first round of the NCAA West Regional Tournament at the par 72 Tumble Creek Club at Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum, Washington; finishing the day at 23-over and 23rd overall in the 24-team field on Thursday.

Caroline Inglis’ even-par scorecard was Oregon’s best performance of the day. Cathleen Santoso and Cassy Isagawa shot 4-over and 7-over, respectively. Marcella Pranovia’s 12-over and Raphaela Dyer’s 15-over rounds were the biggest blows to Oregon’s chances at advancing to the super regional round.

Early in her first round, Inglis eagled the No. 12 hole and birdied No. 16 to push her score to 3-under.

No. 1 USC topped the first round leaderboard with a 4-under score. No. 11 Washington finished the day in second at even par while No. 6 Arizona State finished third at 1-over.

Oregon will have two more rounds to catch up on the leaderboard. They’ll be aiming for a top-eight finish, the qualifying mark for the Super Regional tournament. Tennessee and Wisconsin are right on the edge of the cut, tied for seventh overall at six-over, so the Ducks will have their work cut out for them for the rest of the weekend.

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