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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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No. 2 Oregon men’s golf climbs the polls after hot start

Oregon men’s golf is now ranked in the top five of all three national polls after its best start since 2011.

The Ducks received five first-place votes in last week’s Golf Coaches Association of America Coaches Poll, climbing 11 spots from their previous ranking to No. 3. Golfstat’s rankings have Oregon at No. 2, while the Ducks are No. 5 in the Golfweek’s Sagarin ratings.

Oregon is one of just two teams that have won three tournaments this fall. Top ranked University of Illinois is the only other program that has accomplished that feat, but Illinois has already played in four tournaments while Oregon has maintained a perfect record through its first three outings.

Two of the teams Oregon topped in wins, UCLA and USC, have two tournament wins of their own, noticeably boosting Oregon’s strength of schedule. Golfweek ranked Oregon’s schedule at No. 19, while Golfstat placed Oregon’s comparative record at No. 3, overall.

“They really want to compete against the elite level teams,” head coach Casey Martin said. “We’re grateful that we are off to a good start.”

It’s just the second time in program history that Oregon has won three fall tournaments, marking a significant change of pace for the younger Ducks.

“It’s different from my first years when we kind of struggled as a team for a majority of our tournaments,” junior Brandon McIver said. “It’s nice to come out confident that we can do really well and prove to everyone that we have the potential and the talent along with the coaching staff to take this season and make the most of it.”

McIver is just one part of a now-experienced group of Oregon golfers that have not only carried the team up the leaderboards, but to victories over quality opponents.

Sophomore Thomas Lim leads the team with a 70.11 stroke average, while junior Zach Foushee is second with a 71.89 average and freshman Hurly Long comes in third at 72.11. McIver is tied with freshman Aaron Wise for fourth on the team with a 72.22 average.

Lim’s performance has attracted plenty of national attention. Golfweek ranked Lim No. 20 in the individual collegiate poll, making him the Pac-12′s third best golfer.

“I really want to start competing with teams like Texas and Oklahoma State and Alabama because those schools in their conferences are always powerhouses,” Lim said. “That’s where we need to be to have a chance at a national championship.”

With only three events under their belts, there is a lot of time for the Ducks to climb even higher in the polls, or fall out of relevance.

The Ducks will look to solidify their spot in the rankings as they head to Hawaii this week for the first annual Ka’anapali Classic Nov. 7-9 for the final event before their midseason break. The tournament will pit them against multiple competitive west coast programs as well as No. 25 Clemson.

Pac-12 play will ramp up in February when Oregon heads to California and Arizona before returning home for the Duck Invitational at the Eugene Country Club March 23-24.

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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: 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 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

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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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Men’s golf place second at St. Mary’s Invitational

On the final day of competition, the University of Oregon men’s golf team shot a 6-over par 294 score to finish second overall at the St. Mary’s Invitational. This marks their first top-five finish of the year as well as their second consecutive top-10 finish.

Pacing the Ducks throughout the event was Brandon McIver (71-75-74—220/4-over), who tied for 12th place. Finishing behind McIver were Thomas Lim, who finished in a tie for 19th place, and juniors Rak Cho and Jonathan Woo, who both shot 10-over to place in a tie for 42nd. In regards to the individual competition, Zach Foushee — Oregon’s lone individual competitor — carded a +1/217 to finish in a tie for sixth-place.

Winning the team event was California, who carded a -10/854 after adding to their lead today. Topping the individual leaderboard was San Diego’s Grant Forrest (71-69-69—209/7-under), who shot a three-under in round three to secure a win.

The Ducks will now take two weeks off before returning to play at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational in Sonoma, Calif., which will be hosted by California. The event will take place from Oct. 14-15.

For all news and recaps following the event, check back here with the Emerald.

 

Men’s golf tied for fifth place after first day of Kikkor Golf Husky Invitational

After the first day of the fall season’s first tournament, the Oregon men’s golf team team sits tied for fifth place. The Ducks, like the other 14 teams in the Kikkor Golf Husky Invitational, have five golfers participating, and each of them played 36 holes on Monday at Gold Mountain Olympic Course in Bremerton, Wash.

Oregon finished 4-over par 580 after Monday’s two rounds, showing positive signs going into Tuesday after the second round ended, the Ducks hit that 4-over mark after the first round.

The big performer for the Ducks was Ryann Ree, who improved in the second round. Ree backed up his first round 71 (-1) with a 70 (-2) in round two, making him the only Duck to finish the day under par and finish each round below 72. His 3-under score tied him for third among all 75 golfers in the tournament through Monday.

Ree wasn’t the only Oregon golfer to shoot an under-par round on Monday. Sulman Raza was tied with his teammate Ree after the first round, shooting a 71 of his own. Raza couldn’t carry the momentum into the next round, though, firing an 80 (+8) that put him in last place among his teammates.

Jonathan Woo’s day was practically the opposite of Raza’s. After shooting a 5-over 77 in round one, Woo matched Ree’s second round with a 70. That score propelled Woo into second place for Oregon and tied for 31st overall.

Zach Foushee shot a pair of 74s and Rak Cho finished at 6-over to round out the day for Oregon.

The Ducks are only five strokes behind second-place San Diego going into the final round of the Invitational, but they’ll need to play a phenomenal 18 holes on Tuesday in order to take the top spot. Washington finished Monday 10 strokes ahead of San Diego, with three players finishing under par. The Huskies also dominated the Invitational last year, winning by nine strokes.

BYU and Oregon State are currently tied for third place, and Arizona State is tied with Oregon for fifth. The entire team and player standings can be found here.

Zach Foushee Wins Oregon Golf Association Stroke Play Championship

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Zach Foushee
Zach Foushee
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One UO sophomore just beat another at the Oregon Golf Association Stroke Play Championship, but he’s probably not too pleased with the circumstances.

While it was the first win for Zach Foushee in almost two years, it was thanks to one of golf’s many complexities that the contest hinged in Foushee’s favor. Sulman Raza, another UO sophomore had the lead by two strokes going into the final round on Sunday and was up five by the eighth hole. On the ninth hole, when close to putting, Raza’s ball moved slightly to the right; he decided to move his ball back into place.

It was decided upon by the three leaders of the championship, but a consultation of the rulebook later indicated that he would be assessed a two-stroke penalty for the decision. The events transpired killed his big lead and his confidence. He ended the hole with eight strokes, which brought his crazy lead back down to Earth — he led by just one as the competitors hit the second half of the final round.

“I’ve had this happen to me before, and I’m pretty sure they’ve said just move it back, but the rules have changed over and over,” Raza told the Register-Guard.

Raza told the paper that he played the rest of the competition “in shock.” With bogeys on five of the next seven holes, he fell out of the leader group, allowing Oregon State golfer Trey Plfug and Foushee to take advantage. Though neither shot under par the remainder of the way, Foushee shot better and took the win.

“I didn’t really make any putts today, but I kind of hung in there the whole time,” Foushee told the Register-Guard.

The final score had Raza just one point behind Foushee.

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