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Release Date: 05/16/2012
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NCAA Ann Arbor Regional
Dates: Thursday-Saturday, May 17-19, 2012
Course: University of Michigan Golf Course, Ann Arbor, Mich.,
Par: 71, 6,723 yards
Format: 54 holes (1 round each day)
Daily First Tee Time (1st/10th Holes): 5 a.m. Pacific Time each day (8 a.m. Eastern Time)
Teams (Current Golfstat rankings): Akron (114), Army (243), Ball State (96), Baylor (29), Dartmouth (117), Delaware (220), Kennesaw State (42), Kent State (18), Michigan (128), Michigan State (86), Minnesota (105), Navy (197), N.C. State (55), Notre Dame (63), Ohio State (70), Oklahoma State (31), Oregon (7), Purdue (54), USC (6), TCU (43), Virginia (19), Wisconsin-Green Bay (228), Xavier (91).

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EUGENE – Making its sixth straight regional trip, the No. 7-ranked University of Oregon men’s golf team seeks a top-five finish in the NCAA Ann Arbor Regional this weekend to earn its 25th NCAA Championships bid in school history.

UO is the second-highest participant in the 13-team field that includes four other top-30 teams - No. 6 USC, No. 18 Kent State and No. 19 Virginia and No. 29 Baylor.

Other teams competing in the event (in Golfstat rank order) include Oklahoma State (31), Kennesaw State (42), TCU (43), Purdue (54), N.C. State (55), Notre Dame (63), Ohio State (70), Michigan State (86), Xavier (91), Ball State (96), Minnesota (105), Akron (114), Dartmouth (117), Michigan (128), Navy (197), Delaware (220) , Wisconsin-Green Bay (228), Army (243).

This week, two Duck seniors rank 10 nationally – Pac-12 Player of the Year Eugene Wong (second, 70.18) and fellow All-Pac-12 First-Team honoree Daniel Miernicki (10th, 70.76).

The duo are among five on hand this weekend ranked top 20 nationally with TCU freshman Julien Brun (12th, 70.67), Dartmouth senior Peter Williamson (16th, 70.00) and Virginia senior Ben Kohles (20th, 71.17).

Besides Wong and Miernicki, three other Ducks stood top 250 this week – redshirt junior Robbie Ziegler (153rd, 72.97), senior Andrew Vijarro (160th, 72.68) and freshman Jonathan Woo (248th, 73.94).

Action in the five other regionals will be held simultaneously on May 17-19 at Bowling Green, Kent., Athens, Ga., Greensboro, N.C., Norman, Okla. and Stanford, Calif.

In two weeks, the top five teams from each of the nation’s six regionals will compete in the NCAA Championships, set for May 29-June 3 at the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles, Calif. After three rounds of stroke play the first three days, the top eight teams then advance to a match play round on day four, followed by semifinal and final match play rounds the final two days.

More NCAA regional information is available at the and websites

Two weeks ago in the Pac-12 Championships in Corvallis, Ore., then-No. 11 UO tied for first place at the end of the regulation (364-358-344-362-1427 (-14)) after it entered the event seeded fifth among six teams ranked top 13 nationally.

In the event hosted at the Trysting Tree Golf Course, UO ultimately placed second after the two-hole playoff to then-No. 6 California. The Ducks still took satisfaction in their third runner-up finish in four years under Martin (and tied their best-ever Pac-12 league finish).

On the par-72 course, Oregon seniors Daniel Miernicki (68-72-66-71-277 (-11)) and Eugene Wong (69-68-69-73-279 (-9)) placed second and third overall. Two other Ducks followed in the top 25 - senior Andrew Vijarro (21st-tie, 79-72-68-72-291) and redshirt junior Robbie Ziegler (21st-tie, 72-74-71-74-291). UO's other entries included freshman Jonathan Woo (32nd-tie, 77-76-70-72-295), and sophomore Ben Itterman (59th-tie, 78-72-78-77-305).

Daniel Miernicki: 2009 – 7th-t, 69-71-69-209 (-7); 2010 – 2nd, 72-69-73-214 (-2); 2011 – 54th-t, 75-76-74-(+9)
Eugene Wong: 2009 – 5th-t, 72-71-65-208 (-8); 2010 – 33rd-t, 74-73-78-225 (+8); 2011 – 42nd-t, 75-72-74-221 (+5)
Andrew Vijarro: 2010 – 21st, 75-75-73-223 (+7); 2011 - 17th, 71-68-75-214 (-1)
Robbie Ziegler: 2009 – 12th-t, 69-69-73-211 (-2)
Jack Paton: 2011 – 47th-t, 73-75-74-222 (+6)

Under sixth-year head coach Casey Martin, the Ducks have savored one regional title (2010), and finished second (2009) and also placed 10th (2011) in the Southeast Regional last year in the current 13-team regional format. In the previous 27-team regional format in his first two years at the helm, UO took second in ’08 and 19th in ’07. A list of recent team / individual finishes follows:

Year (Regional) Place (score) Top Individual Place (score)
2011 (SE) 10th-t (873) Andrew Vijarro T17th (214)
*2010 (SW) 1st (870) Daniel Miernicki 2nd (214)
*2009 (W) 2nd (828)* Eugene Wong T5th (208)
*2008 (W) 2nd (864) Joey Benedetti 1st (207)
2007 (W) 19th (857) Joey Benedetti T62nd (213)
2005 (W) T13th (870) Gregg LaVoie* T10th (211)
*2003 (W) T9th (885) John Ellis T22nd (219)
2002 (W) T13th (885) Aaron Byers T8th (213)
2001 (W) 18th (902) John Ellis T49th (224)
2000 (W) T13th (866) Andrew Tredway T35th (215)
*1999 (W) T5th (875) Ben Crane 12th (217)
1998 (W) 6th (875)* Ben Crane 2nd (207)
1997 (W) 12th (877) Ben Crane* T16th (215)
1995 (W) --- Ted Snavely T49th (224)
1994 (W) --- Ted Snavely T31st (219)
1993 (W) 15th (893) Jeff Lyons T45th (223)
1992 (W) 17th (881) Doug DuChateau T18th (214)
1991 (W) 12th (888) Troy Tamiya T4th (215)
*1990 (W) 7th (859) Tim Hval T9th (210)
1989 (W) 11th (881) Chris Holzgang T7th (213)

* advanced to NCAA Championships

KEY: W=West, SE-Southeast; SW: Southwest

This week, the No. 7 Ducks are one of six teams ranked top 13 in the nation’s top golf conference that also features No. 2 California, No. 3 UCLA, No. 6 USC, No. 8 Stanford and No. 13 Washington.

Other Pac-12 teams’ rankings follow: Oregon State (50), Arizona (61), Colorado (68), Arizona State (81), Washington State (118) and Utah (209).

Individual-wise, senior Eugene Wong (second, 70.18, +0.306) is the highest Pac-12 player in this week’s national individual rankings.

Others ranked top 25 include Stanford freshman Patrick Rodgers (fourth, 70.81), Washington junior Chris Williams (seventh, 70.56) Oregon senior Daniel Miernicki (10th, 70.76), UCLA sophomore Patrick Cantlay (13th, 71.00), Stanford junior Andrew Yun (18th, 71.50), Washington freshman Cheng-Tsung Pan (22nd, 71.17) and UCLA junior Pedro Figeiredo (24th, 71.64).

In last June's NCAA Championships, the ‘Conference of Champions’ featured one team in the quarterfinals (UCLA), and the Bruins led the stroke play scoring (872) by three strokes. Three other league members placed top 20 after the opening three rounds - USC (12th-t, 895), Arizona State (18th, 899) and California (19th-t, 902).

On the individual front, the Pac-12 featured the 2011 NCAA runner-up - UCLA's Patrick Cantlay (72-69-71-212), and two four more top-20 finishers in California's Michael Weaver (eighth-tie, 71-71-74-216) and Max Homa (17th-t, 73-74-72-219), USC's Jeffrey Kang (20th-t, 72-73-75-220) and UCLA's Gregor Main (20th-t, 72-70-78-220).

Historically, five different Pac-12 teams (Stanford (7 - 1938, 39, 41, 42, 46, 53, 94), Arizona State (2 - 1990, 96), UCLA (2 - 1988, 208), Arizona (1 - 1992) and California (1 - 2004) have combined for 13 NCAA team titles since the first collegiate championship in 1897.

League individuals have claimed 14 national championships in the same span courtesy of Stanford's Frank Tatum (1942) and Tiger Woods (1996), USC's Scott Simpson (1976, '77), Ron Commons (1981) and Jamie Lovemark (2007), Arizona State's Jim Carter (1983), Phil Mickelson (1989, '90, '92), Todd Demsey (1993) and Alejandro Cañizares (2003),Washington's James Lepp (2005) and UCLA's Kevin Chappell (2008).

CORVALLIS, Ore. (4/227-29/12) – Two weeks ago, then-No. 11 Oregon nearly won its first-ever Pac-12 Championship team title and ended three places better than its pre-event seeding and in final-round action.

No. 6 California (359-365-348-356-1428) edged UO (364-358-344-362-1428) on the second playoff hole (hole #16) to take its first-ever league title after both teams ended regulation tied with 12-under scores after four rounds.

The nation's top golf conference featured four more top-13 nationally ranked teams in the field - No. 5 USC (third, 368-356-356-352-1432), No. 2 UCLA (fourth, 367-352-351-363-1433), No. 9 Stanford (sixth, 373-360-353-362-1448) and No. 13 Washington (seventh, 368-366-369-364-1467).

The Ducks tied their best-ever league placing (second) for the third time the past four years (including 2009 and '11) and staked their fifth runner-up effort overall since the first event in 1960 (including similar efforts in 1985 and '86).

UO also competed in a playoff last season against USC in Stanford, before the Trojans earned the win on the first playoff hole.

In the six-person, count-five format, the Ducks staked 15 rounds of par or better and were led by senior Daniel Miernicki. The three-time All-Pac-12 First-Team pick scored his best-ever league effort (second, 68-72-66-71-277 (-11)), and ended only two strokes behind Stanford champion, Andrew Yun (first, 68-70-69-68-275).

Two-time Pac-12 Player of the Year and senior Eugene Wong followed in a two-way tie for third place (69-68-69-73-279 (-9)) with USC's Sam Smith (77-68-67-67-279).

UO staked two other top-25 finishes courtesy of three-over tourney scores by senior Andrew Vijarro (21st-tie, 79-72-68-72-291) and redshirt junior Robbie Ziegler (21st-tie, 72-74-71-74-291).

Freshman Jonathan Woo added his second straight round of par or better (32nd-tie, 77-76-70-72-295), and sophomore Ben Itterman rounded out the Ducks' entries (59th-tie, 78-72-78-77-305).

Ranked top 15 nationally all season long, No. 7-ranked Oregon features one of its most talented squads ever, composed of four seniors who have led UO to team wins in six events and three individual victories in 2011-12.

Senior Eugene Wong has led the team in the final standings of five of the its 11 stroke play events. His win in the Alister MacKenzie Invitational (65-63-67-195) last fall was his third career-wise, and his school-record 18-under score was a career best by eight strokes.

Among his 34 rounds this season, he has a team-best 21 under-par rounds (and another at par), and has paced the team 17 times. In 2011-12, besides his Alister MacKenzie Invitational victory, he added two runner-up finishes in the Oregon Duck Invitational (-6) and U.S. Intercollegiate (even) and a third-place finish in the Gifford Collegiate ((-7). Nationally this week in the Golfstat rankings, the 2010 Nickalaus Award winner stood second overall (70.18, +0.306) just behind Texas frosh Jordan Spieth (70.52).
Four other Ducks rank top 250 this week - seniors Daniel Miernicki (10th, 70.76), Andrew Vijarro (153rd, 72.97)), redshirt junior Robbie Ziegler (160th, 72.68) and freshman Andrew Woo (248th, 73.94). Miernicki jumped another five positions last week after his fifth straight top-10 finish of the spring, while Ziegler and Woo made their first top-250 appearances of the campaign the past month.

The three-time All-Pac-12 First-Team choice Miernicki had the team's hottest start last fall, and opened with nine straight rounds of par or better, including seven under-par. He has led the team in 10 rounds this year, including four of the last eight.

The former honorable mention All-American posted his second U.S. Intercollegiate victory in late March (66-72-66-204 (-6)) – his fifth career win – and five days after he placed third in the Oregon Duck Invitational (71-69-72-212 (-4)). In early April, he added his third straight top-10 finish (and fifth overall of 2011-12) in the Western Intercollegiate (ninth, 73-70-69-212). The past month, he staked runner-up finishes in the Aggie Invitational (73-70-74-217) and Pac-12 Championships (68-72-66-71-277).

In the fall, Miernicki posted top-20 placings in his first four events - the St. Mary's Invitational (3rd, 72-68-70-210), The Prestige (fifth, 70-69-68-207), Alister MacKenzie Invitational (12th-t, 67-68-71-206) and the Gifford Collegiate (20th-t, 73-73-72-218) – and in the Bandon Dunes Championship in early March (15th-t, 73-57-72-220).

Vijarro staked his first collegiate win in the Oregon Duck Invitational (71-70-69-210) at the Eugene Country Club in late March. The Bend, Ore., native shot three, same-tourney, under-par scores for the second time in his career. His six-under score was his third under-par tourney total this season and ninth career-wise (and only three off his career best (-9) that came in The Prestige event last fall (fifth, 68-71-68-207)).

Among other spring highlights, he placed 12th in the Bandon Dunes Championship (71-74-74-219) and top 25 in the Aggie Invitational (20th-t, 78-79-71-228), Pac-12 Championships (21st-t, 79-72-68-72-291 (+3) and U.S. Intercollegiate (25th-t, 69-74-74-217).

In other fall action, he added two more top-20 finishes in the St. Mary's Invitational (20th-t, 73-72-76-221) and Gifford Collegiate (17th, 75-74-68-217), and his other fall effort - the Alister MacKenzie Invitational - featured two under-par rounds (31st, 73-69-69-211).

Overall in Oregon history, Miernicki, Wong and Vijarro rank 1-2-3 in career rounds of par or better (86-80-56).

Freshman Rak Cho connected on under-par scores in six of his first nine rounds for the Ducks last fall, including a season-best five-under-67 in the finale of his collegiate debut, the St. Mary's Invitational (second, 74-68-67-209). He added a third-place effort in the Alister MacKenzie Invitational (67-68-66-201) en route to a 12-under tourney score that ranks fourth all-time for UO.

In the spring, Cho tied his season low round with his five-under 67 in the Amer Ari Invitational opener in early February. In March action, he added another under-par and par round on the par-71 Bandon Trails course en route to a third-place Bandon Dunes Championship finish and two-under tourney score (third, 72-68-71-211).

Redshirt junior Robbie Ziegler played three fall events for the Ducks in 2011 after redshirting the 2010-11 campaign. The Canby, Ore., native kicked off the season with a 15th-place finish in the St. Mary's Invitational (20th-t, 73-72-76-221), and his two-under second-round is his season best and of six under-par scores on the campaign (to go along with one more at par).

In the spring, Ziegler led UO’s team entries in the Bandon Dunes Championship in the overall results (ninth, 70-74-72-216) for the first time this year. He added top-10 overall placings in his late March/early April outings - the Oregon Duck Invitational (eighth-tie, 73-71-71-215 (-1)), U.S. Intercollegiate (fifth-tie, 68-70-72-210 (E)) and Aggie Invitational (21st-t, 72-74-71-74-291)).

Ranked top 250 for the first time this season, freshman Jonathan Woo stands 248th nationally (73.94) and has shot par or better scores in his last two Pac-12 Championships rounds to give him four overall among his 16 on the spring and season. He led UO for the first time in his career in the Western Intercollegiate with his first-round 69 in his first appearance as a team entrant (42nd-tie, 69-82-73-224).

A month before in his collegiate debut, he shot a three-under, first-round 68 in the Bandon Dunes Championship en route to his highest collegiate tourney placing (seventh, 68-74-73-215 (+2). In his second collegiate appearance (and as an individual), the Singapore native added his second top-20 effort in the Oregon Duck Invitational (16th, 73-73-73-73-219), and his three-over tourney score was only one stroke off his career best.

Sophomore Ben Itterman has played four spring events for the Ducks and placed top 35 in three of them – the Aggie Invitational (20th, 77-79-72-228), Bandon Dunes Championship (30th-tie, 79-75-69-223) and Oregon Duck Invitational (32nd-tie, 73-76-74-223). He has three rounds of par or better this season (including a career-best-tying two-under 69) and his seven career-wise, and another at one over in his most recent tourney.

Redshirt senior Jack Paton has played seven events and has carded three rounds at par and two more under par. The Hillsborough, Calif., native has placed top 50 in five events this season, with his top-two placings in his first stops of the fall - the St. Mary's Invitational (33rd-tie, 70-81-76-227) and Alister MacKenzie Invitational (31st, 71-72-77-220).


- Eugene Wong, Sr., North Vancouver, B.C.
Led UO 45 Rounds (Sr. 17, Jr. 5, So. 15, Fr. 8) / 12 Tourneys (Sr. 5, Jr. 2, So. 4, Fr. 1)
62 Under-Par Rounds (Sr. 21, Jr. 5, So. 26, Fr. 10)
16 Rounds at Par (Sr. 1, Jr. 4, So. 5, Fr. 6)
Career Best Round 63/64 (-8) (Sr. 63/64 (-8), Jr. 68 (-4), So. 64 (-7), Fr. 65 (-7))
Career Best Tourney Place 1st x3 (Sr. 1st, Jr. 5th, So. 1st x2, Fr. 10th)
Career Best Tourney Score 195 (-18) (Sr. 195 (-18), Jr. 214 (-2), So. 203 (-10), Fr. 208 (-8))

- Daniel Miernicki, Sr., Santee, Calif.
Led UO 58 Rounds (Sr. 10, Jr. 13, So. 20, Fr. 15) /  Tourneys 17 (Sr. 3, Jr. 4, So. 6, Fr. 4)
59 Under-Par Rounds (Sr. 16, Jr. 13, So. 19, Fr. 11)
22 Rounds at Par (Sr. 5, Jr. 6, So. 8, Fr. 6)
Career Best Round 62 (-10) (Sr. 67/68 (-4), Jr. 62 (-10), So. 64 (-7), Fr. 67 (-5))
Career Best Tourney Place 1st-5 Times (Sr. 1st, Jr. 1st x2, So. 1st x2, Fr. 3rd)
Career Best Tourney Score 203 (-13) (Sr. 277 (-11), Jr. 203 (-13), So. 274 (-10), Fr. 209 (-7))

- Andrew Vijarro, Sr. Bend, Ore.
Led UO 23 Rounds (Sr. 4, Jr. 6, So. 8, Fr. 5) / 11 Tourneys (Sr. 1, Jr. 5, So. 3, Fr. 2)
40 Under-Par Rounds (Sr. 12, Jr. 8, 15 So., 5 Fr.)
11 Rounds at Par 10 (Sr. 3, Jr. 4, So. 3, Fr.  1)
Career Best Round 66 (-5) (Sr. 68x2 (-4), Jr. 68 (-4), So. 66 (-5), Fr. 68 (-4))
Career Best Tourney Place 1st (Sr. 1st, Jr. 4th, So. 3rd, Fr. 4th)
Career Best Tourney Score  207 (-9) (Sr. 207 (-9), Jr. 214 (-1), So. 135 (-7), Fr. 209 (-1))

- Robbie Ziegler, RJr., Canby, Ore.
Led UO 20 Rounds (Jr. 3, So. 5, Fr. 12) / 5 Tourneys (Jr. 1, So. 1, Fr. 3)
25 Under-Par Rounds (Jr. 8, So. 7, Fr. 10)
6 Rounds at Par (Jr. 2, So. 2, Fr. 2)
Career Best Round 66 (-6) (Jr. 68/ 70x2 (-2), So. 66 (-6), Fr. 69 (-3))
Career Best Tourney Place 2nd  (Jr. 5th, So. 3rd, Fr. 2nd)
Career Best Tourney Score 213 (-3) x2 (Jr. 215 (-1), So. 213 (-3), Fr. 213 (-3))

- Rak Cho, Fr., Brea, Calif.
Led UO 4 Rounds (Fr. 4) / 2 Tourneys (Fr. 2)
8 Under-Par Rounds (Fr. 8)
2 Rounds at Par (Fr. 2)
Career Best Round 66 / 67x2 (-5) (Fr. 66 / 67x2 (-5))
Career Best Tourney Place 2nd (Fr. 2nd)
Career Best Tourney Score 201 (-12) (Fr. 201 (-12)

- Jonathan Woo, Fr., Singapore
Played 16 Rounds, 5 Tournaments
Led UO Rounds 1 (Fr. 1)
3 Under-Par Rounds (Fr. 3)
1 At-Par Round (Fr. 1)
Career Best Round  68 (-3) (Fr. 68 (-3))
Career Best Tourney Place 7th (Fr. 7th)
Career Best Tourney Score 215 (+2)  (Fr. 215 (+2))

- Ben Itterman, So., Carlsbad, Calif.
4 Under-Par Rounds (So. 1, Fr. 3)
3 Round at Par (So. 2, Fr. 1)
Career Best Round: 69 (-2), 70 (-2) x2 (So. 69 (-2), Fr. 70 (-2) x2)
Career Best Tourney Place: 8th (So. 20th, Fr. 8th)
Career Best Tourney Score: 216 (+1) (So. 223 (+7), Fr. 216 (+1)

- Jack Paton, RSr., Canby, Ore.
Led UO Rounds 6 (Sr. 1, Jr. 1, So. 4, Fr. 0)  / 0 Tourneys
8 Under-Par Rounds (Sr. 2, Jr. 2, So. 4, Fr. 0),
7 Rounds at Par (Sr. 3, Jr. 3, So. 1, Fr. 0)
Career Best Round 65 (-5) (Sr. 70 (-2), Jr. 68 (-2), So. 65 (-5), Fr. 70 (-2))
Career Best Tourney Place 2nd (Sr. 31st, Jr. 8th, So. 2nd, Fr. 12th)
Career Best Tourney Score 208 (-8) (Sr. 218 (+2), Jr. 216 (E), So. 208 (-8), Fr. 220 (+6))

- Tyler Parker, Jr., Portland, Ore.
Rounds at Par 1 (Fr. 1)
Career Best Round 72 (+1)(Jr. 72 (+1), So. 75 (+3), Fr. 72 (E))
Career Best Tourney Place  17th (Jr. 61st, So. 55th, Fr. 17th)
Career Best Score  227 (+11) (Jr. 231 (+15), So. 227 (+11), Fr. 228 (+12))

- Jack Pennington, Jr., Eugene, Ore.
Career Best Round 70 (-2) (Jr. 70 (-2))
Career Best Tourney Place 35th-t (Jr. 35th, Fr. 20th)
Career Best Tourney Score  224 (+10) (Jr. 224 (+10), Fr. 155 (+12))

- Tye Gabriel, Fr., Portland, Ore.
Career Best Round 71 (-1) (Fr. 71 (-1))
Career Best Tourney Place  58th-t (Fr. 80th)
Career Best Tourney Score 229 (+13) (Fr. 229 (+13))

Over the course of this season, the Ducks will set their sights on their 25th NCAA Championships trip and fourth under the guidance of head coach Casey Martin, with the 2012 finale set for May 29-June 3 at the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles, Calif.

The postseason kicks off three weeks prior with the first-ever Pac-12 Championships, Fri.-Sun., April 27-29 at Trysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis, Ore.. Two weeks later, six 14-team NCAA Regionals will be held Thu.-Sun., May 17-19 in Ann Arbor, Mich., Bowling Green, Kent., Athens, Ga., Greensboro, N.C., Norman, Okla. and Stanford, Calif.

Oregon has made three of their 24 NCAA appearances under the guidance of sixth-year head coach Casey Martin. In that span, the team's third-place tie in 2010 was its best-ever in program history, and one place better than its showing in 1959. His other youth-laden squads in '09 and '08 placed 22nd and 27th, respectively.

UO's all-time finishes in order of placing follow: third - 2010 (Stroke Play-861), fourth (1959 - 574), seventh (197 - 1228), 10th (1976 - 1194), 11th (1978 - 1188), 14th (1948 - 616; 1956 - 620; 1970 - 1208), 15th (1957 - 632), 16th (1960 - 628; 1975 - 1215), 17th (1947 - 638), 18th (1950 - 619; 1986 - 1192; 1999 - 614), 22nd (1983 - 907; 2003 - 924; 2009 - 897); 23rd (1990 - 1206), 27th (1981 - 904; 1998 - 590; 2008 - 935), 30th (1987 - 926) and 32nd (1964 - 640)

Sixth-year Duck head coach Casey Martin has established himself as one of the nation's most respected coaches after an equally noteworthy collegiate and pro playing career.

The Eugene native was tabbed the Pac-12 Coach of the Year in 2010 - his fourth season at the helm - after he led the Ducks to a school-record five tournament victories, including Oregon’s first-ever NCAA Regional title. UO followed with a school-best tie for third place in the NCAA Championships in Chattanooga, Tenn., thanks to a fifth-place effort in stroke play, and quarterfinal match play win over league rival Washington, 3-2.

That same 2009-10 season, then-sophomore Eugene Wong was tabbed the co-Pac-12 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.

Other highlights his first few seasons included, wins in the 2006 Northwest Collegiate Classic - his second event at the Duck helm - and the 2007 Thunderbird Invitational in Tempe. Prior to becoming head coach, he served as a volunteer assistant for the Ducks during the 2005-06 season.

Before that he was one of the nation's most recognized professionals since the start of his pro career 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 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.

The Oregon men's golf team welcomed Brad Lanning to the program this past summer as a first-year assistant coach. In his recent work as a highly successful high school golf coach, Lanning again joins forces with head coach Casey Martin - his former Stanford teammate from three seasons, including the Cardinal's 1994 NCAA Championship squad.

After college, Lanning spent six years playing professionally with stints on the Hooters Tour, South American Tour and Canadian PGA, and also worked as a stock broker before entering the coaching ranks.

Success came quickly for Lanning as a high school assistant coach with a state title and runner-up finish in two years at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in Bradenton, Fla. After relocating to Colorado to enter a master’s program at Denver Seminary, Lanning assisted Valor Christian High School to a pair of state championships in his three seasons at the helm.

A 1994 Stanford graduate with a degree in Political Science, Lanning, 40, earned his master’s in Counseling at Denver Seminary in 2011.

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