THIS WEEK’S No. 25 OREGON MEN'S GOLF ACTION
Event: Pac-12 Preview
Dates: Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 8-9, 2012
Course: Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, North Plains, Ore.
Par, Yardage: 72, 7,017
Host: Oregon State (www.OSUbeavers.com)
First Tee Times (off holes, 1, 9, 13): Monday, 8:32 a.m.; Tuesday, 8:32 a.m
Live Results: http://www.golfstatresults.com/public/index.cfm?tournament_id=3916
Format: 54 holes (2 Rounds – Monday, 1 Round Tuesday)
Teams (Golfstat / Golfweek / Golfworld rankings): Arizona (84/69/-), Arizona State (63/68/-), California (1/1/1), Colorado (31/30/RV), Oregon (52/57/25), Oregon State (43/27/RV), Stanford (20/-23), UCLA (5/6/4), USC (Season Opener), Utah (133/-/-), Washington (3/5/5), Washington State (59/45/-)
SETTING THE STAGE
This week, the No. 25-ranked University of Oregon men’s golf team heads north to Pumpkin Ridge near Portland - one of the state’s and West Coast’s top courses - to face every league rival in the Pac-12 Preview.
In its third of four fall events, UO will face an 11-team field that will play two rounds on Monday, October 8, and a final round on Tuesday, October 9.
Tabbed No. 25 in the most current Golf World / Nike Golf Coaches poll, UO is one of five teams ranked top 25 this week (with No. 1 California, No. 4 UCLA, No. 5 Washington and No. 23 UCLA), and two others received votes (Colorado, Oregon State).
Last week, the Ducks placed third in the St. Mary’s Invitational, and were led by freshman Sulman Raza (72-74-71) and redshirt senior Tyler Parker (76-68-73) who tied for 10th place overall with one-over scores of 217 and their highest career placings.
FURTHER UP DOWN THE ROAD
Next week, Oregon wraps up its fall slate in the Alister MacKenzie Invitational at the Meadow Club in Fairfax, Calif., Mon.-Tue., Oct. 15-16. The Ducks then take a break from competition, then resume action in the spring in the Amer Ari Invitational, Wed.-Fri., Feb. 6-8 in Waikoloa, Hawai’i.
DUCK SQUAD BREAKDOWN
After graduating three of the top players in school history, the Ducks still return eight veterans in 2012-13 – the trio of seniors Tyler Parker, Jack Pennington and Robbie Ziegler, junior Ben Itterman, the sophomore trio of Rak Cho, Tye Gabriel and Jonathan Woo and redshirt freshman Noah Sheikh.
Oregon also welcomes five freshmen - freshmen Max Carter (Lake Oswego, Ore.), Zach Foushee (West Linn, Ore.), Brandon McIver (Billings, Mont.), Sulman Raza (Eugene, Ore.) and Ryann Ree (Redondo Beach, Calif.).
RECENT DUCK ACTION
Last week, then-No. 14 Oregon took third in the 15-team St. Mary’s Invitational thanks to its a 10-over score (296-287-291-874) on the Blackhorse Golf Course.
Duck freshman Sulman Raza (72-74-71) and redshirt senior Tyler Parker (76-68-73) tied for 10th place (217 (+1)) with their highest career placings.
On the par-72, 7,024-yard course, two other Ducks ended with top-25 finishes – sophomores Jonathan Woo (20th-tie, 74-74-72-220 (+4)) and Rak Cho (22nd-tie, 74-72-75-221 (+5)) – and Woo posted his seventh career round of par or better.
UO also featured one other team entry – freshman Brandon McIver (42nd–tie, 77-73-78-228 (+12)) – and another individual entry in sophomore Tye Gabriel (52nd-tie, 75-75-80-230 (+14)).
Raza led UO in the first and third rounds – the first of his collegiate career - and sophomore Rak Cho owned similar second-round honors.
Overall for the event’s 54 holes, three Ducks scored single eagles – Cho, Parker and Raza – and combined Duck birdie/par counts follow: Parker (11/31), Raza (9/34), Raza (9/34), Gabriel (8/27), Cho (7/33), Mc Iver (7/31) and Woo (5/41).
Overall on the individual leaderboard, Ben Geyer of St. Mary’s jumped 18 places the final round to win by one stroke (75-72-65 (-4)), thanks to the tourney’s lowest score in the finale. Jobim Carlos of San Francisco (70-73-70) and Scott Lowe of Santa Clara (72-70-71) followed in a tie for second place with three-under final scores of 213.
Host St. Mary’s took top team honors (290-285-285-860 (-4)), seven strokes ahead of Kentucky (second, 305-282-280-867).
OREGON PLAYER CAREER / SEASON BEST OVERVIEWS
- Robbie Ziegler, RSr., Canby, Ore.
Led UO 22 Rounds (Sr. 2, 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) (Sr. 74 (+3), Jr. 68/ 70x2 (-2), So. 66 (-6), Fr. 69 (-3))
Career Best Tourney Place 2nd (Sr. 30th, Jr. 5th, So. 3rd, Fr. 2nd)
Career Best Tourney Score 213 (-3) x2 (Sr. (+13), Jr. 215 (-1), So. 213 (-3), Fr. 213 (-3))
- Jonathan Woo, So., Singapore
Played 28 Rounds, 9 Tournaments
Led UO 1 Round (Fr. 1)
6 Under-Par Rounds (So. 1, Fr. 5)
2 At-Par Rounds (So. 1, Fr. 1)
Career Best Round 66 (-5) (So. 71 (-1), Fr. 68 (-5))
Career Best Tourney Place 7th x2 (So. 20th-t, Fr. 7th)
Career Best Tourney Score 208 (-5) (So. 220 (+4), Fr. 208 (-5))
- Rak Cho, So., Brea, Calif.
Led UO 7 Rounds (So. 3, Fr. 4) / 3 Tourneys (So. 1, Fr. 2)
9 Under-Par Rounds (So. 1, Fr. 8)
3 Rounds at Par (So. 1, Fr. 2)
Career Best Round 66 / 67x2 (-5) (So. 69 (-3), Fr. 66 / 67x2 (-5))
Career Best Tourney Place 2nd (So. 6th-t, Fr. 2nd)
Career Best Tourney Score 201 (-12) (So. 221 (+4), Fr. 201 (-12))
- Brandon McIver, Fr., Billings, Mont.
Played 6 Rounds, 2 Tournaments
Led UO 1 Round
Career Best Round: 73 (+1)
Career Best Tourney Place: 38th-tie
Career Best Tourney Score: 228 (+12)
- Sulman Raza, Fr., Eugene, Ore.
Played 6 Rounds, 2 Tournaments
Led UO 2 Rounds
Career Best Round: 71 (-1)
Career Best Tourney Place: 10th-tie
Career Best Tourney Score: 217 (+1)
- Tyler Parker, Sr., Portland, Ore.
2 Rounds Under Par (Sr. 2)
2 Rounds at Par (Sr. 1, Fr. 1)
Career Best Round 68 (-4) (Sr. 68 (-4), Jr. 72 (+1), So. 75 (+3), Fr. 72 (E))
Career Best Tourney Place 10th (Sr. 10th, Jr. 61st, So. 55th, Fr. 17th)
Career Best Score 217 (+1) (Sr. 217 (+1), Jr. 231 (+15), So. 227 (+11), Fr. 228 (+12))
- Ben Itterman, Jr., 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 Pennington, Sr., Eugene, Ore.
Career Best Round 70 (-2) (Sr. 71 (-1), Jr. 70 (-2))
Career Best Tourney Place 35th-t (Jr. 35th, Fr. 20th)
Career Best Tourney Score 224 (+10) (Sr. 239 (+26), Jr. 224 (+10), Fr. 155 (+12))
- Tye Gabriel, So., Portland, Ore.
Played 3 Tournaments, 9 Rounds
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))
- Ryann Ree, Fr., Redondo Beach, Calif.
Played 3 Rounds, 1 Tournament
Career Best Round: 72 (+1)
Career Best Tourney Place: 12th
Career Best Tourney Score: 219 (+5)
OTHER FALL RECAPS
Kikkor Golf Husky Invitational
BREMERTON, Wash. (9/17-18/12) – Then-No. 14 Oregon kicked off the season with a sixth-place tie (300-300-299-899 (+33)) in the Washington-hosted event at the Olympic Course at Gold Mountain.
Sophomore Rak Cho (sixth-tie, 74-69-74-217) led UO in a round for all three rounds (and seventh time in his career), and in a tournament's final standings for the third time among his 10 collegiate events.
Other Oregon team entries included redshirt senior Robbie Ziegler (30th-tie, 74-78-74-226), freshmen Brandon McIver (38th-tie, 76-78-74-228) and Sulman Raza (38th-tie, 76-75-77-228) and sophomore Jonathan Woo (65th-tie, 78-80-81-239).
Three other Ducks played as individuals and their placings among the individual entries-only follow: freshman Ryann Ree (12th-tie, 74-72-73-219 (+6)), and seniors Tyler Parker (15th-tie, 77-71-72-220 (+7)) and Jack Pennington (31st, 80-81-78-239 (+26)).
Overall on the individual leaderboard, Caston Roberts of Washington (69-66-76-211 (-5)) won the event by four strokes over his Husky teammates Trevor Simsby (second-tie, 70-76-69-215) and Chris Williams (second-tie, 69-71-75-215).
Overall in the team results par-71, 6,707-yard course., No. 5 Washington (first, 283-290-289-862) ended with a nine-stroke edge on the field, and was followed by No. 10 Texas A&M (second, 292-287-292-871).
Other teams ahead of or tied with UO included St. Mary's (third, 291-396-294-881), UC Davis (fourth, 298-291-293-882), No. 17 San Diego State (fifth, 294-297-297-888) and Washington State (sixth-tie, 291-302-306-899).
This week Cal was tabbed No. 1 in all three national rankings conducted by Golfstat, Golfweek and Golfworld.
Two other league rivals stood top five in various editions - Washington (3/5/5), UCLA (5/6/4) – and the eight other league members’ ratings following: Stanford (20/-/23), Colorado (31/30/RV), Oregon (52/57/25), Oregon State (43/27/RV), Arizona State (63/68/-), Arizona (84/69/-), Washington State (59/45/-), Utah (133/-/-), USC (Season Opener),
In August, the Ducks were tabbed No. 14 and No. 23 in the preseason Golf World and Golf Week national polls, and were one of seven Pac-12 team spotted. Other teams hailing from the ‘Conference of Champions’ included No. 3/2 California, No. 4/5 UCLA, No. 5/6 Washington, No. 9/12 USC and No. 11/10 Stanford.
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 three top-10 finishers in the 2012 NCAA Championships at the Riviera Country Club in L.A. - UCLA's Patrick Cantlay (fourth-tie, 74-72-66-212), California’s Max Homa (ninth-tie, 76-70-68-214) and Stanford’s Patrick Rodgers (ninth-tie, 69-72-73-214).
Eight others league players finished top 30 in stroke play – Oregon then-seniors Eugene Wong (11th-tie), Daniel Miernicki (21st-tie) and Andrew Vijarro (29th-tie), UCLA’s Anton Arboleda (13th-tie) and Pedro Figueiredo (13th-tie), USC’s Steve Lim (13th-tie) and Washington’s Chris Williams (21st-tie) and Cheng-Tsyng Pan (29th-tie).
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).
2011-12 SEASON REVIEW
Ranked top 15 nationally all last season, Oregon capped 2011-12 by matching its best-ever NCAA finish (third), tying for the Pac-12 Championships lead at the end of regulation for the second straight season, and finishing second in the NCAA Regional by one stroke. During the year, UO opened arguably its greatest campaign ever with team wins in six events and three individual victories.
Capping UO’s greatest golf career, then-senior Eugene Wong topped the team in the final standings of six of its 13 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 40 stroke play rounds on the season, the PING First-Team All-American had a team-best 23 under-par rounds (and another at par), and paced the team 18 times. Besides his Alister MacKenzie Invitational victory, he added two runner-up finishes in 2011-12 in the Oregon Duck Invitational (-6) and U.S. Intercollegiate (even) and a third-place finish in the Gifford Collegiate ((-7). In the postseason, he tied for third in the Pac-12, 13th in the NCAA and 19th in the NCAA Regional.
In the year-end Golfstat rankings, the 2010 Nickalaus Award winner and two-time Pac-12 Golfer of the Year (2010, ’12) stood fourth overall (70.35, +0.177) not far behind national leader and Texas then-freshman Jordan Spieth (70.92).
Four other Ducks were ranked top 250 by Golfstat – fellow All-American, All-Pac-12 pick and then-seniors Daniel Miernicki (11th, 70.70) and Andrew Vijarro (136th, 72.57), Jonathan Woo (222nd, 73.68) and Robbie Ziegler (236th, 73.46).
The three-time All-Pac-12 First-Team choice Miernicki had the team's hottest start, and opened the fall with nine straight rounds of par or better, including seven under-par. Overall, the PING first-team All-American led the team in 13 stroke play rounds last year, including seven of the last 14.
In late March, he posted his second U.S. Intercollegiate victory in late March (66-72-66-204 (-6)) – also his fifth career win – and the same week he placed third in the Oregon Duck Invitational (71-69-72-212 (-4)). In early April, he added another of his eight top-10 finishes in the Western Intercollegiate (ninth, 73-70-69-212). In the final month of the season, he staked three straight runner-up finishes in the Aggie Invitational (73-70-74-217), Pac-12 Championships (68-72-66-71-277) and NCAA Ann Arbor Regional (71-65-70-206), then scored his best NCAA finish (21st-tie, 73-70-73-216).
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 also 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 of the 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 scored a best-finish in the NCAA finale (29th-tie, 70-75-72-217), and four top-25 finishes in the Bandon Dunes Championship (12th, 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). 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 capped their careers ranked 1-2-3 in career rounds of par or better (90-82-58).
Ziegler played 12 fall events for the Ducks last season after redshirting the 2010-11 campaign. The Canby, Ore., native kicked off the fall with a 15th-place finish in the St. Mary's Invitational (20th-t, 73-72-76-221), and his two-under second-round was his season best and among eight under-par scores on the campaign (to go along with two more at par).
Last 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-25 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 Ducks the last two months of the campaign, Jonathan Woo jumped 84 places to his season-high national ranking (164th, 73.21) after he placed seventh in the NCAA Regional (72-66-70-208 (-5)). The Singapore native shot par or better scores in four of his seven rounds in the Pac-12 Championships and NCAA Regional to give him six overall among his 19 on the spring and season. In the NCAA Regional Ann Arbor in mid-May, he shot his first-under par tourney total – a five-under 208 (72-66-70) that included a five-under career-best second round.
He led UO for the first time in his career in March’s 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, 73-73-73-219), and his three-over tourney score was only one stroke off his then-career best.
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).
Ben Itterman played four spring events for the Ducks in 2011-12 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 had three rounds of par or better this season (including a career-best-tying two-under 69) among his seven career-wise, and another at one over in the league finale.
Then-redshirt senior Jack Paton played seven events and carded three rounds at par and two more under par. The Hillsborough, Calif., native 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).
TOP DUCK PROFILE
Seventh-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.
Under his direction in 2011-12, Oregon capped arguably its greatest season by matching its best-ever NCAA finish (third), tying for the Pac-12 Championships leader for the second straight season, and finishing second in the NCAA Regional by one stroke. During the year, UO ranked top 15 nationally all season long as it staked team wins in six events and three individual victories in 2011-12.
Two years before, the Eugene native was tabbed the Pac-12 Coach of the Year in 2010 after he led the Ducks to a then-school-record five tournament victories and its 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. This year, he also appeared in the U.S. Open and competed in fall PGA events in Boise and Las Vegas.
A graduate of South Eugene High School, Martin was a three time all-conference selection and a two-time All-American at Stanford. In 1995, he received Academic All-America honors while graduating with a degree in economics. He was a member of the 1994 Stanford team that won the NCAA championship.
LANNING LENDS A HAND
The Oregon men's golf team welcomes back Brad Lanning to the program for his second year as an assistant coach. Well known as highly successful high school golf coach, Lanning rejoined 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, 41, earned his master’s in Counseling at Denver Seminary in 2011.
MORE ONLINE GOLF INFORMATION
Pac-12 Conference – www.Pac-12.org
NCAA – www.NCAA.org / www.NCAAsports.com
Golf Coaches Association of America - www.collegiategolf.com
Golfstat - www.Golfstat.com
Golfweek - www.Golfweek.com
Junior Golf Scoreboard - www.njgs.com
USGA - www.usga.org
PNGA - www.thepnga.org
OGA - www.oga.org
OREGON GOLF MEDIA
Daily Emerald Student Newspaper: www.dailyemerald.com
Eugene Register Guard: www.registerguard.com
KEZI-TV (ABC): www.kezi.org
KMTR-TV (NBC): www.kmtr.org
KVAL-TV (CBS): www.kval.org
KUGN-590 AM (Radio): www.kugn.com
Duck News (Online): www.DuckNews.com
MEDIA SERVICES INFORMATION
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