Ryann Ree

Oregon men’s golfer Ryann Ree to transfer

Sophomore golfer Ryann Ree has decided to transfer from the University of Oregon, an Oregon men’s golf spokesman confirmed in an email to the Emerald Wednesday.

Ree was present at the NCAA West Regional at the Eugene Country Club but did not compete in the event. Ree last played for the team in the Pac-12 championships where he scored 28-over in three rounds.

“I think he wasn’t real happy here and wanted to be closer to home,” head coach Casey Martin said. “We wish him the best and hope he finds a place where he can excel at golf.”

Ree declined to comment.

The Redondo Beach, California native averaged 73.45 strokes per round, 1.84 against par and competed in 10 tournaments this season for the Ducks.

Ree is slated to participate alongside his former teammate Brandon McIver in the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier June 2 at the Emerald Valley Golf Club in Creswell, Oregon.

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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: Ducks finish ninth at Bandon Dunes Championship

For Casey Martin, the Bandon Dunes Championship was a tournament for his team to continue to learn and get better. Ultimately, it is the number one priority he holds for his group of golfers and after winning the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate in its preceding tournament, the event looked to be a place to carry over the momentum built while the Ducks were in California.

However, the Oregon men’s golf team experienced a bit of a setback in the harsh conditions at Bandon, Ore., at the Bandon Dunes Championship. In the three day tournament, Oregon finished in a tie for ninth, posting a score that read 289-297-304—890.

Each day, the performances from the individuals participating consistently dropped and the Ducks finished with a 38- over par score, their highest finish over par since last year at the Pac-12 Championships. They finished 27 strokes behind the tournament winner, Missouri.

Sulman Raza, after finding his stroke at the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate and guiding the Ducks to a first place finish, fell into a rut at the Pacific Dunes course. His three day scorecard of 75-78-83—236 put him 23-over par at the event’s conclusion.

“We just simply played bad all week,” Martin told GoDucks.com. “We are all disappointed but we will get our Ducks in a row and play better for our event next week.”

Thomas Lim led all Ducks and tied for seventh individually with a 4-over par score of 68-76-73—217.

Ryann Ree, Brandon McIver, and Zach Foushee would all struggle throughout the tournament’s entirety and the score of the team mainly was reflected by their individual outputs. Ree (78-74-75—227), like Raza, suffered a setback after he placed third individually at the Intercollegiate in California.

Next up for the Ducks will be the 25th Annual Duck Invitational at Emerald Valley Golf Course that will begin on March 24.

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Oregon men’s golf: Ducks win Wyoming Cowboy Desert Intercollegiate title

Behind the efforts of Sulman Raza, Ryann Ree and Brandon McIver, who all finished in the top five individually, the Oregon men’s golf team claimed its first victory of the 2013-14 season by winning the Wyoming Cowboy Desert Intercollegiate.

The Ducks would finish ahead of second place Colorado by three strokes and finish the weekend with a scorecard that read 276-279-282—837 (-27).

“The guys are doing great,” head coach Casey Martin told GoDucks.com. “We’ve had a really good spring so far. We’ve been working hard and it paid off with a good victory. To go down here and beat 23 other teams is a big deal, and I feel great about it.”

Raza, who faced struggles in the fall with his swing, finished second individually after he posted a score of  70-78-70—208 (-8) over the course of three days.

Raza’s performance lead the way for Oregon to win its first tournament since March of 2013 when they won the Duck Invitational, and his second place finish was the best of his collegiate career.

“I played really well. I was patient out there and just let the birdies come and felt confident on the greens,” Raza told GoDucks.com.”I tried to stay as relaxed out there as I could and enjoy every shot.”

Ree and McIver would help Raza tremendously, finishing third and fifth, respectively, in the individual rankings. Ree finished with an even-par score of 71-66-72—209 (-7) and McIver would end his weekend with a 68-72-70—210 (-6).

Thomas Lim shot a 70 on the final day and ended the tournament with a final card of 67-80-70—217 (+1). Zach Foushee would struggle the most for Oregon over the weekend, finishing with a 74-73-73—220 (+4).

Outside of beating Colorado by three strokes, the next closest finishers to the Ducks were Idaho and TCU, who finished a full 12 strokes behind Oregon.

Oregon now heads home for a two-week break period until it plays in the Bandon Dunes Tournament from March 9-11.

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Oregon men’s golf: Ducks struggle on final day, finish seventh at The Prestige

After succeeding in their first tournament of the spring season at the Amer Ari Invitational in Waikoloa, Hawaii, the Oregon men’s golf team struggled on the final day of The Prestige in La Quinta, Calif. The Ducks finished seventh, and their score of 285-281-287—853 (+1)  trailed the tournament winner, No. 11 Stanford, by 22 strokes.

Heading into today, the Ducks were in third place, above teams like No. 33 LSU and No. 23 UCLA. However, they would shoot their worst score of the tournament with a 3-over 287.

“We played the back nine poorly all week,” head coach Casey Martin told Go.Ducks.com. “That was a frustrating finish, but hopefully the guys are learning how to deal with the pressure and we will get over this hump.”

Over the course of three days, Oregon was carried behind the efforts of Ryann Ree, who was the only participant on the team to shoot under par for the tournament. His performance was good enough to finish 16th individually, going one-under over the course of The Prestige. He turned in a team-best 70 on the final day and finished in the top 20 for the second time this season and fourth time in his career.

Thomas Lim was not phased by the back-nine as much as his other teammates on Wednesday, shooting one-under par during the stretch. But he could not break par on the final day and finished in a tie for 24th with a score of 73-69-72—214 (+1).

Brandon McIver‘s performance was heavily affected by the back-nine at the Greg Norman Course. The sophomore posted four bogies just on the final day and finished with a score of 73-69-72—214 (+1). Sulman Raza struggled throughout the tournament but did show improvement each day, posting a card of 76-75-74—225 (+12) for the three days.

The Ducks will stay in the Palm Springs, Calif., area for the Wyoming Cowboy Desert Intercollegiate. The tournament goes from Feb. 21 until Feb. 23.

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Oregon men’s golf struggles in final round of Alister Mackenzie Invitational, finishing tied for 6th

Although first place looked out of reach after the first two rounds, the Oregon men’s golf team had a great chance of capturing second on Wednesday. That didn’t come close to happening, as Oregon finished tied for sixth place at the Alister Mackenzie Invitational in Sonoma, Calif.

The Ducks were tied with Arizona State for second behind California (35-under par through the first two rounds) going into Wednesday, firing a total score of 562 (-14). Three Ducks players shot 68s (-4) and nobody had a round worse than 74 (+2). On Wednesday, three Oregon players shot 74 or worse, and nobody broke 71.

As a team, Oregon shot 292 (+4), which left them at 10-under. Compared to their first two rounds, the final stood out like a giant bruise. They ended their first round with a 282 (-6) and improved on it in the second, firing a 280 (-8). In each of their three tournaments this fall, the Ducks have regressed from the second to third round, although they didn’t nearly have this large of a dropoff in the first two tournaments.

Oregon sophomore Sulman Raza was tied for sixth after Tuesday with a total score of 6-under. He shot a 68 and a 70 (-2) in both rounds, but was far from either score on Wednesday. Raza fired a 74, which left him tied for 12th in the 80-man field.

Zach Foushee was just two strokes behind Raza after Tuesday, but he struggled more than any other Duck in the final round. The sophomore shot a 76 (+4) to finish directly at even-par and tied for 27th.

Tied with Foushee were two Ducks, freshman Thomas Lim and sophomore Ryann Ree.

Lim started the tournament on fire, shooting a round one 68 that tied him for fourth overall. But Lim couldn’t back it up in the final two rounds, shooting a pair of 74s.

Overall, Ree was much more consistent, although he, like the team, took a step back on Wednesday. Ree shot a 72 (even) in the first round, a 71 (-1) in the second and a 73 (+1) in the third.

Rounding out the five Oregon golfers was Brandon McIver, who fired the best round of the day for the Ducks with a 71. He finished a shot behind Foushee, Lim and Ree at 1-over and was tied for 34th overall.

Cal blew away the field in Sonoma, finishing with a score of 39-under, 22 strokes better than the second-place finisher, UC Davis. Davis had the best team round of the day with an 11-under 277.

Also ahead of the Ducks were Arizona State (-13), BYU (-13) and Oregon State (-14).

Cal’s Joel Stalter narrowly beat out Oregon State’s David Fink for the top individual score. Stalter finished at 13-under, with Fink at 12-under.

Oregon’s next tournament won’t be until Nov. 4-5. They’ll play at the Gifford Collegiate in Newport Beach, Calif.

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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