Oregon Ducks Mens Golf

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

Oregon Ducks Men's Golf
Oregon Ducks Men’s Golf | (GoDucks)

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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Oregon Freshman Thomas Lim Wins Individual Title at Husky Invitational

Thomas Lim
Thomas Lim | (Geoff Thurner/GoDucks)

Duck freshman Thomas Lim took his first competition as a UO golfer and shined, taking first place at the Husky Invitational individual course in blowout fashion. Lim was nine strokes ahead of the second-place golfer, finishing 12 under par after three rounds.

Lim and four other Ducks competed in the individual round, including sophomore Brandon McIver who joined Lim in the top five. The freshman finished each round at least one score ahead of every other golfer, improving his score each round with a 68-67-66 performance that gave him a score of 201.

McIver had a 73 on the first round, but rounded out with a 69 on each of the last two rounds to finish two under par at 211. He was one of five individual golfers finishing under par in the tournament. Oregon sent three others to the individual round: Max Carter (+10), Brandon Baumgarten (+15) and Noah Sheikh (+41). Sheikh had a really unlucky tournament, shooting a second-round score of 89 and finishing over 80 all three rounds.

Oregon also sent five golfers to the team round. The Ducks were led by Ryann Ree who shot a two-under 214 for a four-way tie for seventh. After finishing three behind the leader, Washington’s Cheng-Tsung Pan, after round one and tying Pan in round two, Ree had a tough round three and fell behind.

Rak Cho and Jonathan Woo both had scores of five-over 221, tying for 32nd.

The third round wasn’t friendly to the Ducks as Zach Foushee tripped into a tie for 50th with a third-round 77 for a nine-over 225. Sulman Raza took up the back after second and third round scores of 80 and 77, tying for 57th with a 12-over 228. Raza carded a one-under for the first round before tripping late.

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Former Oregon Ducks Golfer Robbie Ziegler Hired by University of Wisconsin

Robbie Ziegler
Robbie Ziegler
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Former Oregon Ducks golfer Robbie Ziegler has been hired on in a similar role by the University of Wisconsin. Badgers head coach Michael Burcin made the hiring official.

“I am very excited about Robbie joining our program,” Burcin said. “I have known of Robbie since his junior golf years when he was one of the top players in the country. He is coming from a program at Oregon that is one of the premier programs in the nation.”

“Robbie was a top player on teams that competed for Pac -12 and NCAA championships every year. He understands what it takes to compete at the highest level and I could not be more excited to have him in Madison.”

Ziegler played his collegiate golf for the Ducks, earning a degree in general social science-applied economics, business and society in 2013. Ziegler was a member of three Ducks teams that qualified for NCAA championships and advanced to the final four twice. He was part of the Oregon recruiting class that earned a No. 1 overall ranking.

Ziegler is quite familiar with the Badger program despite the distance. His sister, Aaren, is a junior on Wisconsin women’s golf team. So, in many ways, the move makes sense despite the initial surprise. This will be Ziegler’s debut into coaching, and it’ll be quite the opportunity for the youngster.

“This came as a big surprise to me,” Ziegler recounted. “I always wanted to get into coaching eventually. It’s just unbelievable how it worked out. My entire family is from Wisconsin. My parents attended Wisconsin. My sister is a golfer there. I just can’t thank Michael (Burcin) enough for giving me the opportunity. Even with being so young, I know I can bring a lot of things to the team.“

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