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Wong, No. 4 Ducks Win Again
Release Date: 04/18/2010
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SANTA CRUZ, Calif. -- University of Oregon golfer Eugene Wong shot 67 in the final round of the 64th annual Western Intercollegiate to hold off teammate Jack Paton and win medalist honors while leading the fourth-ranked Ducks to their school-best fourth team title of the season.

Wong, a sophomore from North Vancouver, B.C. who held a two-stroke lead after the first two rounds at the 6,615-yard, par 70 Pasatiempo Golf Club, finished at 8-under 202 (65-70-67), three strokes clear of the charging Paton, who closed with a career-low round of 65.

"Jack was phenomenal," said head coach Casey Martin. "The pins were really difficult today and he put together the best performance of his college career."

As a team, UO shot 4-under 346 on Sunday and completed the event at 12-under 1,038, seven strokes clear of runner-up UCLA (-5, 1,045). UC Irvine (+29, 1,079) was a distant third. Oregon also won the tournament in 2009.

Paton, a sophomore from Hillsborough, Calif., had his best tournament as a Duck, finishing at 5-under 205 (69-71-65). UO's No. 6 golfer in this weekend's six-player team entry was better than all but one of the 78 participants representing 12 teams.

For Wong, the individual victory was his second of the season and fourth by a UO golfer this spring.

"Wong played from the front the entire way and just methodically went about his business today on a course that was playing very hard," Martin said. "It was fun to watch."

Evidence of Oregon's team dominance at the 54-hole tourney was the fact that all six golfers placed among the top 14. Andrew Vijarro tied for 10th at 1-over 211 (69-70-72), Jack Dukeminier shot 2-over 212 (67-74-71) to place 13th, and Isaiah Telles (72-70-71-213) and Daniel Miernicki (72-69-72-213) tied for 14th at 3-over.

"To have six guys finish in the top 14 is unheard of," Martin said. "The guys are pretty exhausted right now, but for us to have accomplished what we have to this point feels great."

Next up for Oregon is the Pac-10 Championships at Karsten Golf Club in Tempe, Ariz.

NOTES: Oregon finished the regular season with back-to-back victories in the span of eight days ... UO was became the first team to win consecutive Western Intercollegiate tourneys in 20 years ... Both Wong and Miernicki won two individual events this spring ... Paton's previous low at UO was 69.

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