SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - In opening day action at the Pasatiempo Golf Club in Santa Cruz, Duck seniors Eugene Wong and Daniel Miernicki stood ninth and 15th overall in the Western Intercollegiate, while the No. 11 University of Oregon men's golf team ranked sixth (369-373-742) in the all-star field after two rounds.
On the par-70, 6-615-yard course, Wong (72-69-141) stood at one over, two strokes ahead of Miernicki (15th-tie, 73-70-143).
In the first round, the North Vancouver, B.C. native Wong carded one birdie (hole #15) and 14 par scores, then came back in in his two-under second round for three birdies (holes #2, 6, and 16) and 13 par scores.
Wong led UO in the second round for the 12th time time in his 26 rounds of stroke play this season, and 40th time in his career. His one-under second-round score was his 17th of par or better in 2011-12 and 75th career-wise - second all-time for Oregon (and trailing only Miernicki (80) who added one Saturday).
The latter player from Santee, Calif., shot three birdies (#4, 12, 13) and 10 par scores in the first round Saturday, and five birdies and eight par scores in his even-par second round.
In his first official appearance as a team entrant, Woo led UO in the first round with his one-under par 69 - his second under-par mark as a collegian after he shot a three-under 68 in his debut in the Bandon Dunes Championship in early March.
Freshman Rak Cho rounded out the Duck contingent (84th-tie, 81-82-163).
Overall in the team standings, No. 1 Texas (355-349-704) led the way with its five-over score, and stood nine strokes ahead of No. 14 Stanford (second, 353-360-713).
The top five was rounded out by No. 6 UCLA (third, 351-364-715), No. 5 USC (fourth, 358-364-722) and No. 4 California (358-364-722).
The 14-team field included one more top-10 team - No. 10 San Diego State (eighth, 369-379-748).
On the individual leaderboard, New Mexico State's Justin Shin owned a one-stroke lead with his three-under 137 (68-69) over Stanford freshman Patrick Rodgers (second, 67-71-138). Texas' Jordan Spieth followed another stroke back in third place (72-67-139).
Looking ahead, UO returns for third and final round action on Sunday, and a link to complete results is available in the LINKS box to the right.
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