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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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Brandon McIver Excels Through Summer 2014

The 2014 summer has been scorching for Ducks golfer Brandon McIver. After finishing his 2014 sophomore season as second on the team with a final score average of 71.95,  McIver has thrived in multiple summer amateur tournaments as well as competing in the 2014 US Open and the 2014 US Amateur Championships. While McIver is already well known and respected …

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 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 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)

Oregon men’s golf: rough outing Tuesday leaves group in third place at Duck Invitational

In a tournament the team played host to, the Oregon men’s golf team continued its subpar play of late into the final round of the Duck Invitational, finishing third place at the par-72, 7,165-yard Emerald Valley Golf Course in Eugene, Or.

Oregon won the tournament in 2013, but due to windy conditions throughout, the group could not find its stroke Tuesday and shot a 12-over par for the day, finishing 20-over for the tournament. The finish was disappointing, considering the Ducks headed into the day just two strokes behind the eventual winner, Oregon State.

Sulman Raza, who continues to improve through the spring season, finished in a tie for sixth individually with a scorecard that read 70-73-75 (2-over 218) over the three rounds played Monday and Tuesday. Brandon McIver finished just two strokes behind Raza.

Sophomore Zach Foushee carded a 6-over 222 for the tournament and freshman Thomas Lim finished close behind with a 8-over 224. Jonathan Woo struggled the most out of the five-man group, posting a score of 17-over 233.

Oregon’s next tournament will be this weekend at The Goodwin in Palo Alto, Calif. The first round will tee off on March 28 and run until March 30.

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Oregon Ducks Men’s Golf Earns Second at St. Mary’s Invitational

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Oregon Ducks men’s golf took to the road once more this year and got a second-place prize at just their second meet of the year. The team score was led by sophomore Brandon McIver who carded a three-round score of 71-75-74 to finish tied for 12th place with a +4/220.

McIver started strong with the 71, which was tied for the third top finish in that first round, but had more trouble with the second round and carded a 75. The 74 wasn’t especially pretty, as three of the top five golfers finished that round with a 69, but it got the job done for the team round.

The Ducks finished 30 points behind Cal, but just two strokes ahead of third-place San Diego.

The Ducks sent one individual golfer in Zach Foushee who shined after a possibly disappointing first meet. The sophomore took a 71 first round and a 70 third round to overcome a 76 second round and tie for sixth place with a +1/217.

Thomas Lim improved from a 78 first round to tie for 19th with a +5/221. Jonathan Woo and Rak Cho both carded 10-over par and finished tied for 42nd. And Ryann Ree rounded out the Ducks team score, tying for 48th with just 11 over par.

Head coach Casey Martin’s comments afterward to GoDucks.com:

[gn_quote style=”1″]“It’s hard to say, we made more birdies today which overcame our mistakes, but we’re still making too many mistakes,” he said. “Having said that, a second place finish is a step in the right direction.”[/gn_quote]

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