CRESWELL, Ore. – University of Oregon men’s golf coach Casey Martin extended one of the Ducks’ most memorable weeks with a win in Monday’s U.S. Open Championship qualifier at the Emerald Valley Golf Club.
The sixth-year Duck head coach shot a four-under score (69-69-138) to earn one of the event's two bids (and 58 spots awarded nationally) for the 156-player national event hosted June 14-17 at the Olympic Club in San Francisco.
One of the Ducks’ top players, senior Daniel Miernicki, also nearly earned a bid, before he lost in a playoff Tuesday morning. The three-time All-Pac-12 pick tied for second place (71-68-139) after Monday’s 36 holes with Nick Sherwood (70-69-139), one stroke behind Martin.
Final area qualifier results are available at the http://www.usopen.com/en_US/news/qualifying/sectional.html web site.
Before his career as a collegiate head coach, the Eugene native Martin compiled an equally noteworthy collegiate and pro playing career that began in 1998. He earned his PGA Tour card in 2000 - the same season he recorded five, top-50 finishes. His best showing was a tie for 17th in the 2000 Tucson Open, and he also placed 23rd in the 1998 U.S. Open.
A graduate of South Eugene High School, Martin was a three time all-conference selection and a two-time All-American while golfing at Stanford. In 1995, he received academic All-American honors while graduating from Stanford with a degree in economics. He was a member of the 1994 Stanford team that won the NCAA championship.
Last weekend, Martin’s Ducks tied their best-ever NCAA Championships finish with their third-place tie at the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles. Earlier in the event, the then-No. 7 ranked Ducks placed seventh in the three-round stroke play portion of the event (291-294-288-873 (+21)) to advance to the eight-team match play portion.
UO followed with a 3-2 Friday win over No. 2 UCLA, then lost Saturday to No. 3 Texas, 3-2 (while the Longhorns beat No. 1 Alabama, 3-2, Sunday).
A month before, the Ducks tied for first place after the four-round Pac-12 Championships for the second time in three years under Martin and equaled their best-ever placing. Oregon then placed second in the NCAA Ann Arbor Regional, one stroke behind Regional champion and No. 6 ranked USC.
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