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Wong Owns Lead; #11 UO in Second at Pac-12 Mid-Point
Release Date: 04/27/2012
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CORVALLIS, Ore. - Senior Eugene Wong (69-68-137) was tied for the lead with his seven-under total, and the No. 11 University of Oregon men's golf team stood second overall and three strokes shy of the lead after the Pac-12 Championships' first two rounds held Friday at the Trysting Tree Golf Course.

No. 2 UCLA (367-352-719) led the team standings with its one-under total Friday, while No. 11 UO (364-358-722) owned a two-over score.

The 12-team field featured four other top-13 ranked teams - No. 5 USC (third-tie, 368-356-724) and No. 6 California (third-tie, 359-365-724), No. 9 Stanford (sixth-tie, 373-360-733) and No. 13 Washington (eighth, 368-366-734).

Other team totals follow: Oregon State (fifth, 36-2-365-727), Washington State (sixth-tie, 371-362-733), Colorado (ninth, 368-369-737), Arizona (10th, 374-372-746), Arizona State (11th, 378-375-753) and Utah (12th, 382-382-765).

Individually for UO, Wong carded his 20th and 21st rounds of par or better among his 32 overall this season. The former Nickalaus Award Winner also paced the team in a round for the 17th time in 2011-12.

Glancing at his scorecard, he carded five birdies in the first round (#5, 10, 13, 15, 16) and 11 par scores. In the second round, he followed with five more birdies (#1, 8, 10, 14, 16, 17) and 12 par scores, leaving him with only three bogeys among Friday's 36 holes.

Senior Daniel Miernicki (fourth-tie, 68-72-140) led UO in the first round for the eighth time this year, and his 19th round of par or better upped his carer total to 84 (a school record, and three more than Wong).

Redshirt junior Robbie Ziegler (21st-tie, 72-74-146) added his ninth round of par or better this year, and freshman Ben Itterman (42nd-tie, 78-72-150) and senior Andrew Vijarro (52nd, 79-72-151) likewise added their third and 14th, respectively.

Freshman Jonathan Woo rounded out UO's entries tied for 57th place overall (77-76-153).

On the individual leaderboard, Wong owned a one-stroke lead over Stanford's Andrew Yun (second, 68-70-138). UCLA's Patrick Cantlay followed one stroke back in third place (69-70-139).

"Eugene and Daniel did it again," Oregon head coach Casey Martin said. "They have led us so many times before, and that was again the case today. They helped put us in the mix in in a really tough team race, and the other guys contributed key rounds to keep us there. The course played deceptively tricky. There was a lot of wind, the greens were fast, and some of the pin placements were tricky. The guys hung in there and played well."

Complete results are available via website. More tournament info is available at the and websites.

Action resumes Saturday with the third round tee times beginning at 9 a.m. off the first and 10th tees.

Sunday's fourth and final round begins at 8 a.m.

Complete results are available via the link to the right, and more tournament info is available at the and websites.


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