Men's Golf

Gueant Named PING All-Region

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Oregon sophomore Tom Gueant earned PING All-West Region honors following a strong 2021 season, the Golf Coaches Association of America announced Saturday.
 
Gueant led the team with a 71.45 scoring average and shot par or better in 18 of his 31 rounds this season while shooting in the 60s six times. His season scoring average is also the ninth-best in a single season in school history. He turned in four top-10 finishes – after having just two in his career prior to this year – and delivered a counting score in all but one round this season.
 
The native of France turned in back-to-back third-place finishes at the Duck Invitational and The Goodwin on the way to earning Pac-12 Golfer of the Month honors. He matched an Oregon program record with an 8-under 62 in the final round of The Goodwin to finish the week 9 under and just a shot out of a playoff. Earlier that week, Gueant led the way for the Ducks with a third-place finish at 3 under in the Duck Invitational at Eugene Country Club.
 
Gueant capped off the season by turning in a solid week at the NCAA Cle Elum Regional, finishing tied for seventh at 1 under, highlighted by a 3-under 68 in round one to lead the way for the Ducks. This is Gueant’s first career all-region selection while making it six straight seasons that Oregon has had at least one player named to the PING all-region team.
 

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Season Ends at NCAA Regionals

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CLE ELUM, Wash. – Oregon saw its season come to an end after finishing in 10th place at the NCAA Cle Elum Regional following a 17 over final round on Wednesday at the Tumble Creek Club. Tom Gueant led the way individually for the Ducks, coming in tied for 11th at 1 under after shooting a 1-over 72 to close.
 
“Tough final two days,” said head coach Casey Martin. “I really felt like we were going to play well, but the course and conditions were a bit too much. I am disappointed with the outcome, but also excited for these guys and the future.”
 
How It Happened: Gueant struggled on his opening nine, making just one birdie to go along with three bogeys and a triple to do out with a 5-over 41. He turned in a flawless back nine, going bogey free with four birdies to shoot a 4-under 31 coming home. Gueant’s back nine was highlighted by a stretch of three straight birdies from holes 14 through 16.
 
Nate Stember turned in the next best Oregon round, shooting a 4-over 75 with five bogeys and a birdie. Owen Avrit had an up-and-down day on the way to a 5-over 76, making four birdies, five bogeys and a pair of doubles. Yuki Moriyama was the final counting score for the Ducks with a 7-over 78.
 
Ducks On The Leaderboard:
9. Oregon – 282-293-301 — 876 (+24)
T7. Tom Gueant – 68-72-72 — 212 (-1)
T52. Owen Avrit – 73-75-76 — 224 (+11)
T47. Yuki Moriyama – 71-76-78 — 226 (+13)
T40. Craig Ronne – 76-70-83 — 229 (+16)
73. Nate Stember – 70-85-75 — 230 (+17)

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Ducks in the Hunt for Top-5 Spot at Regionals

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CLE ELUM, Wash. – Oregon remained within striking distance of the top five heading into the final round of the NCAA Cle Elum Regional after shooting 9 over to move to ninth place after round two at the Tumble Creek Club.
 
The Ducks go into the final 18 holes seven shots out of fifth place at 7 over for the tournament, needing to finish in the top five to move on to the NCAA Championships. Tom Gueant continues to lead the way for Oregon, sitting in a tie for seventh individually at 2 under.
 
How It Happened: Craig Ronne turned in the low round of the day for the Ducks, shooting a 1-under 70. He opened his round with a birdie at the par-4 10th hole but gave a shot back with a bogey at 13. After four straight pars he birdied the par-4 18th to make the turn at 1 under, but bogeyed the par-4 opening hole to start the front nine. Ronne got to 2 under with birdies at five and seven but bogeyed the eighth to drop back to 1 under.
 
Gueant remained in the top 10 individually by shooting a 1-over 72. He turned in an up-and-down back nine to start his round, making birdies at the par-5 14th and 15th holes to get to 1 under before dropping shots at 16 and 18 to make the turn at 1 over. Gueant made nine pars on the front nine to end the day 1 over.
 
Owen Avrit shot a 4-over 75 and Yuki Moriyama turned in a 5-over 76 to finish as the other two counting scores for the Ducks.
 
Ducks On The Leaderboard:
9. Oregon – 282-293 — 575 (+9)
T7. Tom Gueant – 68-72 — 140 (-2)
T40. Craig Ronne – 76-70 — 146 (+4)
T47. Yuki Moriyama – 71-76 — 147 (+5)
T52. Owen Avrit – 73-75 — 148 (+6)
73. Nate Stember – 70-85 — 155 (+13)
 
Up Next: The Ducks close out play at the NCAA Cle Elum Regional Wednesday.

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Ducks in Sixth After Round One at Regionals

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CLE ELUM, Wash. – Oregon sits in sixth place after shooting 2 under in the opening round of the NCAA Cle Elum Regional at the Tumble Creek Club Monday, led by Tom Gueant’s 3-under 68 which puts him in a tie for fourth after 18 holes.
 
The Ducks are four shots behind co-leaders Wake Forest and San Francisco and just two shots outside the top five. The top five teams in each regional advance to the NCAA Championships.
 
“We had a solid day,” said head coach Casey Martin. “We are in position if we play well and I feel like we are due for a breakthrough round. I’m hoping it’s tomorrow.”
 
How It Happened: Gueant got off to a fast start, making birdies at his first two holes before giving a shot back at 13. He followed with back-to-back birdies at 14 and 15 to get to 3 under, before picking up another shot at the par-4 18th to make the turn at 4 under. Gueant cooled off a bit on the front nine, however, making just one birdie at the par-4 third hole to go along with a pair of bogeys to get him in the clubhouse with a 3-under 68.
 
Nate Stember turned in the other under par round for the Ducks, shooting a 1-under 70 to sit in a tie for 15th. He was 3 over through 10 holes but turned things around over the final eight to get back under par. Stember birdied four of his final six holes, highlighted by three straight birdies from holes four through six to shoot 3 under on the front nine to finish his day.
 
Yuki Moriyama shot an even-par 71 and is tied for 26th. The freshman got hot to start his second nine of the day, getting to 2 under after birdies at one, four and six, but double bogeyed the par-5 eighth hole to drop back to even par.
 
Owen Avrit turned in a 2-over 73 to sit in a tie for 43rd place as the final counting score of the opening round for the Ducks. Craig Ronne shot a 5-over 76 to put him in a tie for 63rd.
 
Ducks On The Leaderboard:
6. Oregon – 282 (-2)
T4. Tom Gueant – 68 (-3)
T15. Nate Stember – 70 (-1)
T26. Yuki Moriyama – 71 (E)
T43. Owen Avrit – 73 (+2)
T63. Craig Ronne – 76 (+5)
 
Notable: Gueant shot his second straight round in the 60s, marking the first time this year he has shot back-to-back rounds in the 60s … Moriyama shot a round of even par or better for the fifth consecutive round … The Ducks were third in the field in par-3 scoring average at 4 over.
 
Up Next: The Ducks play the second round of the Cle Elum Regional on Tuesday starting at 8:20 a.m.

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Ducks Ready for Regionals

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Oregon gets ready to head to NCAA Regionals for the 14th consecutive season, looking to secure a spot in the NCAA Championships when it competes at the Cle Elum Regional May 17-19 at the Tumble Creek Club. The Ducks head into the postseason as the No. 10 seed at the 14-team regional and will start play on Monday at 8:55 a.m. PT. The top five teams at each of the six regionals around the country will advance to the NCAA Championships.

TOURNAMENT INFO
Dates: May 17-19 (one round each day)
Course: Tumble Creek Club (Par 71, 7,069 yards), Cle Elum, Wash.
Format: 5-count-4
Oregon Tee Time: 8:55 a.m. PT Monday
How To Follow: http://results.golfstat.com//public/leaderboards/gsnav.cfm?pg=team&tid=22940

OREGON LINEUP
Tom Gueant
Yuki Moriyama
Nate Stember
Owen Avrit
Craig Ronne
Greg Solhaug (Alternate)

TOP 5 IN THE PAC
Oregon is coming off of a fifth-place finish at the Pac-12 Championships, marking the third time in the last four years that the Ducks have finished in the top five of the conference. Yuki Moriyama was around the individual lead all week long and finished third at 15 under, just one shot out of a playoff. Moriyama’s top-five finish was the first by a Duck at the conference tournament since Wyndham Clark won it in 2017. Tom Gueant and Owen Avrit also placed in the top 20, with Avrit coming in tied for 13th at 6 under and Gueant in a tie for 20th at 5 under. 

THE FIELD (listed in seeding order)
Wake Forest, Pepperdine, Florida, Arizona, San Francisco, Iowa, Washington, East Tennessee State, Utah, Oregon, Mississippi State, Long Beach State, Denver, Sacramento State.

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Gueant, Moriyama Earn Pac-12 Postseason Honors

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A pair of Oregon players earned Pac-12 postseason honors, as Tom Gueant earned second-team recognition and Yuki Moriyama was named to the all-newcomer team the conference announced Thursday. Moriyama also earned honorable mention all-conference recognition while Owen Avrit and Nate Stember were named honorable mention all-newcomers.
 
Gueant led the team with a 71.54 scoring average and shot par or better in 17 of his 28 rounds this season while shooting in the 60s five times. He turned in three top-10 finishes – after having just two in his career prior to this year – and delivered a counting score in all but one round this season.
 
The native of France turned in back-to-back third-place finishes at the Duck Invitational and The Goodwin on the way to earning Pac-12 Golfer of the Month honors. He matched an Oregon program record with an 8-under 62 in the final round of The Goodwin to finish the week 9 under and just a shot out of a playoff. Earlier that week, Gueant led the way for the Ducks with a third-place finish at 3 under in the Duck Invitational at Eugene Country Club.
 
Moriyama finished second on the team with a 71.86 scoring average and led the team with 105 birdies and 13 under par rounds. He really hit his stride over the last seven events of the season, posting a 70.95 scoring average and five top-20 finishes over that stretch. Moriyama also delivered a counting score in all 28 rounds this year.
 
In his most recent start, Moriyama turned in a career week by finishing in third at the Pac-12 Championships. The freshman shot under par in all four rounds and held the lead for a significant stretch of time in the event on the way to finishing 15 under and a shot out of a playoff. He also turned in a top-10 finish at the Bandon Dunes Championship in March by shooting 2 under for the event to place tied for 10th.
 
Stember and Avrit finished third and fourth, respectively, on the team in scoring average and received all-newcomer honorable mention recognition. Stember heads into the postseason with a 72.61 scoring average while Avrit posted a 73.14 stroke average in his first season as a Duck. Both posted a pair of top 20s and a top 10.

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Ducks Secure 14th Straight Regional Selection

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For the 14th straight season, Oregon earned a regional bid with its selection to the NCAA Cle Elum Regional. The Ducks will be the No. 10 seed when they begin NCAA play at Tumble Creek Golf & Country Club, May 17-19.
 
“We’re excited to make it to NCAAs again,” said head coach Casey Martin. “I love the location of the regional we were placed at. We are familiar with the course and will work hard to be ready.”
 
The Ducks are coming off of a top-5 finish at the Pac-12 Championships the least time out, coming in fifth for the program’s third top-5 conference finish in the last four seasons. Oregon finished the season with four top-5 finishes, including back-to-back runner-ups at the Bandon Dunes Championship and Duck Invitational in March.
 
Oregon was led by a balanced roster led by Tom Gueant and Yuki Moriyama, who both finished with scoring averages below 72.00, with Gueant leading the way at 71.54 and Moriyama at 71.86. Gueant’s season was highlighted by a third-place finish at The Goodwin, where he closed with a school-record tying 8-under 62 in the final round to finish a shot out of a playoff. Moriyama ended the season with a third-place finish at the Pac-12 Championships, hanging around the lead for most of the week before he also finished a shot out of a playoff.
 
Three other Oregon players also turned in at least one top-10 finish throughout the season. Craig Ronne turned in a sixth-place finish at the Duck Invitational in March, while Nate Stember came in seventh at the Bandon Dunes Championship and Owen Avrit turned in a 10th-place finish at the Arizona Intercollegiate in January.
 
The top five teams and the low individual not on a qualifying team at each of the six regionals will advance to the NCAA Championships, which run May 28-June 2 at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.
 
NCAA Cle Elum Regional Field
1. Wake Forest
2. Pepperdine
3. Florida
4. Arizona
5. San Francisco
6. Iowa
7. Washington
8. East Tennessee State
9. Utah
10. Oregon
11. Mississippi State
12. Long Beach State
13. Denver
14. Sacramento State
 

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Moriyama’s Stellar Week Leads Top-5 Finish

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SANTA ROSA, Calif. – Yuki Moriyama capped off a career week with another solid round, finishing 15 under overall and just one shot out of a playoff in third place at the Pac-12 Championships at Mayacama Golf Club. Oregon closed the week in fifth place following a 1 under final round to place in the top five at the conference championships for the third time in the last four seasons.
 
The Ducks will now wait to learn their postseason fate, finding out next Wednesday at 11 a.m. during the NCAA Selection Show on Golf Channel.
 
“We had a good week,” said head coach Casey Martin. We needed a good event to help our postseason chances and I believe we did that. My guys battled and gave it everything they had. Today was just a tough day for a couple of us.”
 
How It Happened: Moriyama headed into the final round tied for the lead and showed no signs of backing down from the moment early on, opening with a birdie at the first before adding another at the fourth to get to 2 under for the day and remain tied at the top. He made a bogey at seven but bounced right back with a birdie at the par-4 eighth, making the turn at 2 under.
 
The freshman bogeyed 10 and 13 to drop back to even par and a couple shots off the lead, but got back in the mix with birdies at 14 and 15. He went into the par-5 18th two shots off the clubhouse lead, needing an eagle to get into a playoff, but came up just short after making a birdie to finish with a 3-under 69.
 
Tom Gueant began his day with a bogey but came back with an eagle at the par-5 fourth, followed by birdies at five and six to get to 3 under. He went bogey, birdies at eight and nine to shoot a 3-under 34 going out. Gueant started his back nine by going birdie, bogey before turning in a clean card the rest of the way with just back-to-back birdies at 15 and 16 to go along with five pars to shoot a 5-under 67.
 
Owen Avrit also made an eagle at the par-5 fourth to highlight a 1-under 36 on the front nine. He birdied the 10th hole to get to 2 under but bogeyed holes 12 and 13 to drop back to even. Avrit closed strong with back-to-back birdies at 15 and 16 to get back to finish with a 2-under 70.
 
Nate Stember shot a 2-over 74 to finish the tournament tied for 44th at 4 over. Greg Solhaug and Craig Ronne each turned in a 7-over 79, with Solhaug coming in tied for 63rd and Ronne finishing tied for 56th.
 
Ducks On The Leaderboard:
5. Oregon – 355-350-358-359 – 1,422 (-18)
3. Yuki Moriyama – 65-69-70-69 – 273 (-15)
T13. Owen Avrit – 68-76-68-70 – 282 (-6)
T17. Tom Gueant – 73-71-72-67 – 283 (-5)
T44. Nate Stember – 74-70-74-74 – 292 (+4)
T56. Craig Ronne – 75-71-74-79 – 299 (+11)
T63. Greg Solhaug – 76-69-78-79 – 302 (+14)
 
Notable: Moriyama turned in the first top-5 finish by a Duck at the conference tournament since Wyndham Clark won the individual title in 2017 … It’s also the best career finish for the freshman and the second top 5 for an Oregon player this year … Gueant’s 67 was his team-best fifth round in the 60s this season … Avrit turned in his best finish since the opening tournament of the season and his second top-15 of the year … The Ducks led the field in par-3 scoring average for the week at 3.02.
 
Up Next: The Ducks will learn their NCAA postseason fate next Wednesday, May 5 when the NCAA Regional selections are announced at 11 a.m. on Golf Channel.

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Moriyama Shares Lead Entering Final Round

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SANTA ROSA, Calif. – Yuki Moriyama grinded his way to a 2-under 70 to hold a share of the lead at 12 under heading into the final round of the Pac-12 Championships at Mayacama Golf Club. Oregon shot 2 under as a team to remain in third place at 17 under overall through 54 holes.
 
Moriyama is tied atop the individual leaderboard with Arizona’s Brad Reeves and Ryggs Johnston of Arizona State while the Ducks trail only the Wildcats and Sun Devils – both top 25 teams.
 
“The kids are grinding,” said head coach Casey Martin. “It was a little bit of a tough final nine for us, but overall I think we’re doing great. We just need to finish strong tomorrow.”
 
How It Happened: Moriyama got off to a solid start, making back-to-back birdies at holes three and four to get to 2 under on his round and 12 under overall. He gave a couple back with a double bogey at five, but got hot before the turn with three straight birdies to shoot a 3-under 34 going out. The freshman cooled off a bit on the back nine, making just a bogey at 10 and a birdie at 15 before ending with a dropped shot at 18 to shoot a 2-under 70.
 
Owen Avrit turned in his second 4-under 68 of the tournament to move into a tie for 14th place. He birdied the par-5 fourth hole before bouncing back from his only bogey of the day at six with another birdie at the par-4 seventh. Avrit picked up another shot at the par-5 ninth and made the turn at 2 under before adding another birdie at 10 to reach minus-3. He played steady the rest of the way, making a birdie at 12 followed by six straight pars to finish.
 
Tom Gueant shot an even-par 72 to remain even overall and tied for 28th. He got off to a scorching hot start with three straight birdies but hit a few bumps in the middle part of his round with bogeys at seven and 13 in addition to a triple bogey at 12. Gueant got back to even with birdies at 15 and the par-3 17th, shooting 2 over on the back nine.
 
Nate Stember and Craig Ronne each shot a 2-over 74 as the final two counting Oregon scores. Stember’s day was highlighted by an eagle at two while Ronne was bogey-free and 2 under through 11 before dropping some shots coming in.
 
Ducks On The Leaderboard:
3. Oregon – 355-350-358 – 1,063 (-17)
T1. Yuki Moriyama – 65-69-70 – 204 (-12)
T14. Owen Avrit – 68-76-68 – 212 (-4)
T28. Tom Gueant – 73-71-72 – 216 (E)
T36. Nate Stember – 74-70-74 – 218 (+2)
T43. Craig Ronne – 75-71-74 – 220 (+4)
T47. Greg Solhaug – 76-69-78 – 223 (+7)
 
Notable: Moriyama is the first Oregon player since Wyndham Clark in 2017 to hold a share of the individual lead at the Pac-12 Championships entering the final round … He’s shot under par in seven of his last 10 rounds with a 70.00 scoring average over that stretch … Moriyama leads the field with 19 total birdies … Avrit fired a 68 for the second time in the tournament, giving him three rounds in the 60s this season … Oregon leads the field in par-3 scoring average at 3.01.
 
Up Next: The Ducks close out play at the Pac-12 Championships Wednesday morning starting at 8:36 a.m.

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Strong Start Has Ducks In Third at Pac-12s

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SANTA ROSA, Calif. – Led by a stellar day from freshman Yuki Moriyama, Oregon sits in third place at 15 under following the first two rounds of the Pac-12 Championships Monday at Mayacama Golf Club.
 
Moriyama is 10-under par and one shot off the lead in second place alone after shooting rounds of 65 and 69. The Ducks turned in a strong second round as a team, shooting 10 under while all five counting scores were under par.
 
“It was great to see the kids play so well today,” said head coach Casey Martin. “Yuki was awesome and really played well, but it’s only halftime. We’ve got two more rounds to go and we need to stay on top of it.”
 
How It Happened – Round 1: Moriyama began his day with a bogey, but immediately turned it around with back-to-back birdies at two and three to get into red numbers. After a couple of pars he again made birdies on consecutive holes, this time at six and seven to make the turn at 3 under. Moriyama played bogey free on the back nine, making a birdie at the par-3 11th before tying the lead with an eagle at 15. He closed with a birdie on the par-5 18th to vault into the solo lead after 18 holes.
 
Owen Avrit turned in an impressive opening round of his own, shooting a bogey-free 4-under 68. He made nine pars going out, then kicked into gear on the back nine, making birdies at 10 and 13 to reach 2 under. Avrit then birdied the two par 5s on the homeward half, picking up shots at 15 and the closing hole to move into the top five.
 
Tom Gueant shot a 1-over 73 with a pair of birdies and three bogeys in his round, while Nate Stember turned in a 2-over 74 highlighted by a birdie at the par-5 18th. Craig Ronne delivered the fifth and final counting score with a 3-over 75.
 
Round 2: Greg Solhaug got off to a red-hot start, making four straight birdies from holes two through five to get back to even par for the tournament. He cooled off after back-to-back bogeys around the turn at nine and 10, but came back with a birdie at 13 to go to 3 under. Solhaug then went bogey, birdie at 15 and 16 before closing with a couple of pars to shoot a 3-under 69.
 
Moriyama continued his strong play into round two, starting with back-to-back birdies to reach 9 under overall. He went on to make a bogey and a birdie with five pars the rest of the way on the front nine to go out in 2-under 35. Moriyama got to 4 under after birdies at 10 and 11 but double bogeyed 12 to drop back to 2 under. He again made consecutive birdies at 14 and 15 before bogeying 17 to finish with a 3-under 69.
 
Stember turned in a solid round of his own, shooting a 2-under 70 to get back to even for the tournament. He shot 1 under on both nines, making birdies at three of the par 5s highlighted by one at the 15th hole to get back to 2 under for the round.
 
Gueant and Ronne each shot a 1-under 71 to turn in the fourth and fifth counting scores for the Ducks. Ronne was 2 over through 11 but finished strong by making three birdies in his final seven holes to get back into red numbers while Gueant used back-to-back birdies at 14 and 15 to get back under par for the round.
 
Ducks On The Leaderboard:
3. Oregon – 355-350 – 705 (-15)
2. Yuki Moriyama – 65-69 – 134 (-10)
T27. Tom Gueant – 73-71 – 144 (E)
T27. Nate Stember – 74-70 – 144 (E)
T27. Owen Avrit – 68-76 – 144 (E)
T33. Greg Solhaug – 76-69 – 145 (+1)
T36. Craig Ronne – 75-71 – 146 (+2)
 
Notable: Moriyama’s 65 in the opening round is the lowest by a Duck at the Pac-12 Championships since Aaron Wise shot a 65 in the first round of the 2015 tournament … The 65 also marked a career-low for the freshman … It’s also the first time Moriyama has turned in back-to-back rounds in the 60s, giving him four total on the year … Solhaug set a career-low with his 69 in round two … Avrit’s 68 in round one was his lowest since the third round of the season … Oregon led the field in par-3 scoring average over the first two rounds at 2.95.
 
Up Next: The Ducks get underway in the third round of the Pac-12 Championships Tuesday.
 

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