- 1 Pac-12 Coach of the Year (2010)
Martin's Duck Coaching Scorecard
Year Pac-12 Reg. NCAA Team Wins
* tied for lead after regulation
PGA Tour veteran, former NCAA Champion and Eugene native Casey Martin enters his seventh season in 2012-13 after amassing one of the Ducks' impressive resumes in any sport.
In his short tenure, he has transformed Oregon into a national golf power, and guided the team to four NCAA Championship appearances the past five years.
In that span, UO has tied for the lead at the end of regulation of the Pac-12 Championships the last two seasons, and scored a third-runner-up effort in '09. In NCAA Regional play, Oregon has been equally up to par with one title (2010) and three runner-up efforts (2008, '09, '12) among its six straight appearances .
The most recent campaign in 2011-12 was arguably the Ducks' greatest ever and featured a record six team wins among their 12 stroke-play events, and an even more amazing postseason run.
In the collegiate finale in L.A., UO matched its best-ever finish among its 25 NCAA trips with a third-place tie. The Ducks lost their hard-fought semifinal to No.1-ranked and eventual national champion Texas, 3-2, at the Riviera Country Club.
Earlier in the week, Oregon beat No. 5 UCLA, 3-2, in the quarterfinals, and stood seventh in stroke play (291-294-288-873) after it sported three individuals in the top 30 overall (Eugene Wong, 13th, 215 (-1); Daniel Miernicki, 21st, 216 (+2); Andrew Vijarro, 29th, 217 (+2)).
Two weeks before in the Ann Arbor NCAA Regional, the Ducks equaled their best-ever finish (second) after they ended one stroke behind USC. Not surprisingly, Oregon featured all five individuals in the top 45 overall - Miernicki (second, 206 (-7)); Jonathan Woo (seventh, 208 (-5)), Wong (19th, (E)), Vijarro (28th, +2)) and Robbie Ziegler (45th, +9)).
In the Pac-12 Championships two weeks prior, UO tied its best-ever league finish and placed second in a two-hole playoff to California. The two teams ended the six-count-five, four-round event tied at 12-under after regulation at the Tysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis.
In the event that featured six teams ranked top 13 nationally, Miernicki placed second individually (-11) - two strokes shy of the win. Wong trailed once place back in third (-9)), and both posted career-best league placings, while two other Ducks followed in a tie for 21st place - Vijarro and Ziegler.
In return for their historic play all season long, the Ducks amassed a host of individual accolades in 2011-12.
Wong picked up his second Pac-12 Golfer of the Year, All-Nicklaus Team and PING All-America First Team honors. Miernicki joined Wong on the top PING All-America squad - his first, first-team nod after he earned second-team honors as a sophomore. Both were also tabbed to the All-Pac-12 First Team, while Vijarro earned his second honorable mention (and was a second-team choice in '11).
Two years before, Martin was honored by his league peers as the 2010 Pac-12 Coach of the Year after another ground-breaking campaign.
That season, he led the Ducks to a then-school-record five tournament victories, including Oregon’s first-ever NCAA Regional title, and a third-place tie in the NCAA Men's Golf Championships in Chattanooga, Tenn. After securing a spot in the final eight with a fifth-place finish through the stroke play portion of the championships, the Ducks defeated Pac-10 rival Washington, 3-2, in the quarterfinals of match play.
Not surprisingly, the Ducks have shined since the start of his head coaching tenure, as the Ducks won the 2006 Northwest Collegiate Classic - his second event at the helm. The following spring, Oregon also claimed the 2007 Thunderbird Invitational title at Arizona State for the first time in school history.Glancing at the program record books since 1993-94 only confirms the obvious, as his teams have staked 11 individual tourney wins, and own the:
- top five individual season scoring averages
The golf community is equally familiar with Martin's esteemed accomplishments as a player.
A graduate of South Eugene High School, Martin was a three time all-conference selection, a two-time All-American at Stanford and member of its 1994 NCAA Championship squad. As a senior, he received Academic All-America honors in 1995 and graduated with a degree in economics.
After winning the local 2012 U.S. Open qualifier at Emerald Valley, he returned to the nation's toughest golf test at the Olympic Club in San Francisco two weeks later. In his first elite appearance in nearly a decade, the soft-spoken fan favorite became the event's most heart-warming story, and his nine-over score (74-75-149) was only one stroke shy of the midway cut.
The 40-year-old Martin is also known for his court battle with the PGA Tour over the right to use a golf cart in competition. Martin suffers from a birth defect in his right leg known as Klippel-Trenaunay-Webber Syndrome, a congenital circulatory disorder. Under the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Martin won the right to use a golf cart in a legal case with the PGA that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
He is the ninth man to hold the head coaching position at the University of Oregon. He succeeded Steve Nosler, whom he served as a volunteer assistant coach for the 2005-06 season.