- 1 National Championship: 2016
- 1 Pac-12 Coach of the Year: 2010
- 1 NCAA Individual Champion: Aaron Wise - 2016
- 1 Nicklaus Golfer of the Year: Eugene Wong - 2010
- 2 Pac-10 Golfers of the Year: Eugene Wong – 2010 & ‘12
- 2 All-Pac-12 Freshman Team: Aaron Wise – 2015, Thomas Lim – 2014
- 7 All-Americans: 1st-4; 2nd-1; HM-2
- 15 All-Pac-12 Honorees: 1st-6; 2nd-6; HM-3
PGA Tour veteran, NCAA Champion and Eugene native Casey Martin just finished up his 10th season in 2015-16 after amassing one of the Ducks’ impressive resumes in any sport.
In his 10 seasons at the helm of the program, Martin has thrust Oregon golf into the national spotlight, coming off a season in which Oregon not only hosted the 2016 NCAA Championship at Eugene Country Club, but brought home the team’s first national team and individual titles.
Martin’s Ducks bounced back from a tough first round at the NCAA Championships to advance to match play as the No. 6 seed where a starting five made up of sophomore Aaron Wise, senior Zach Foushee, juniors Sulman Raza and Thomas Lim, and freshman Edwin Yi would knock off the top three seeds in No. 3 LSU, No. 2 Illinois and No. 1 Texas to clinch the team title in a run that will go down as one of the classics in NCAA history.
The 2016 team championship came just two days after Martin coached sophomore Aaron Wise to a program-first individual national championship, thanks to a 5-under 275 card. The win capped off a magnificent season for Wise, who racked up a single-season school-record three wins on his way to picking up PING First-Team All-American honors and becoming the program’s first Ben Hogan Award semifinalist. Wise’s five wins for his career tied Daniel Miernicki, another Martin pupil, for most in school history.
In 2015-16, Oregon also picked up a team win at the season-opening Husky Invitational, and finished in the top-five or better in seven of the team’s 13 appearances. Martin guided Sulman Raza as the junior picked up his first collegiate win at the Airstream Adventures Northwest Classic to lead Oregon to a second-place finish.
Under Martin’s watch, the Ducks finished sixth at the Pac-12 Championship, before an impressive showing at NCAA Regionals in Tucson, Ariz. At the regional, led by a top-five performance from Lim, Oregon finished second thanks in part to a hot final round in which the team carded a season-low 14-under 274 to qualify for its third straight NCAA Championship.
Aside from the national championship, Martin has made a long-lasting impact on Oregon golf during his tenure. In his 10 years at Oregon, the Ducks have tied for the lead at the end of regulation of the Pac-12 Championships twice, and scored a fourth-runner-up effort in ‘15. In NCAA Regional play, Oregon has been equally up to par with one title (2010) and four runner-up efforts (2008, ‘09, ’12, ‘14).
In 2014-15, Martin led the Ducks to their ninth-straight NCAA Regional appearance and 27th NCAA Championships held at the Concession Club in Bradenton, Fla., (May 29-June 3). The Ducks used a clutch performance on the back-nine to jump Colorado and take the fifth and final spot to advance at the Noblesville Regional after rifling in 17 birdies as a team. Oregon wasn’t able to make the 54-hole cut after three rounds of play and wrapped up the NCAA Championships in 23rd place with a final card of 38-over 902.
In the regular season, Oregon posted a school-record four-straight wins to start the fall and picked up its fifth win of the year in early March at the Desert Mountain Intercollegiate. The Ducks also set the NCAA low-round record in the fall in the first round of the Ka’anapali Collegiate Classic with a blistering 30-under 254. Brandon McIver’s 62 card tied Daniel Miernicki (2010-11) and Derek Sipe, Jr. (2006-07) for the lowest-round ever at Oregon.
A year removed from missing the cut for the NCAA Championships, Martin and the Oregon Ducks made their 26th appearance at the championships in 2013-14. The Ducks finished in 14th place at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan., thanks to a 9-under 271 on the final round of stroke play, UO’s third-best finish at the championships under Martin.
In the 2012-13 campaign, Martin led UO to its seventh-straight NCAA Regional appearance in Tallahassee, Fla., and just missed the cut by two strokes for what would have been Oregon’s 26th appearance at the NCAA Championships.
The 2011-12 season was arguably the Ducks’ greatest ever and featured a record seven 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 Trysting 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 one place back in third (-9), and both posted career-best league finishes, 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-10 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.
Oregon’s historic run was ended on The Honors Course by Oklahoma State, which took the semifinal 3-1-1.
Eugene Wong was tabbed the Co Pac-10 Golfer of the Year, won the Jack Nicklaus Award as the Division I player of the year, and was named a first-team PING All-American. Wong’s tie for ninth at the NCAA Championships is believed to be the best finish ever by a UO golfer.
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 24 tournament victories, and own the:
- top eight individual season scoring averages
- five of the top six low individual tournament scores
- six top career individual totals for rounds of par or better
- 16 of the top 19 low individual rounds
- top eight season tallies for rounds of par or better
- top 15 lowest team rounds ever
- 14 of the top 15 low 54-hole tourney team totals
- 8 of the 10 best team season scoring averages, including the top 6
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.
He played professionally starting in 1998 and earned his PGA Tour card in 2000. During that year, he recorded five top-50 finishes, and his best showing was a tie for 17th in the Tucson Open. Other career highlights include an impressive 23rd-place tie in the 1998 U.S. Open.
Even though he re-directed his love for the sport as a collegiate coach in the fall of 2005, he flashed his undeniable athletic skill seven years later in June, 2012.
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.
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.
His efforts in that landmark case earned him the 1998 Ben Hogan Award, given annually to a competitor who continues to be active in golf despite a physical handicap.
In 2001, Nike began bestowing an annual Casey Martin Award to recognize a disabled athlete.
Martin, whose brother Cameron was a member of Oregon’s golf team in the early 1990s, has also been named Time magazine person of the week (2001) and New Mobility magazine person of the year (2002).
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.
Martin’s dedication to the sport of golf, Eugene and the University of Oregon has made him a perfect fit for the UO golf program. Having learned many invaluable lessons throughout his playing days, Martin is now eager to pass them on to Oregon’s players.