SEASIDE, Calif. – The University of Oregon men’s golf team wrapped up day one of the St. Mary’s Invitational in fifth place after 36-holes, shooting 14-over par (297-293—590) Monday evening at the Bayonet & Blackhorse Golf Course. The Ducks however are only two strokes behind St. Mary’s (294-294—588), who is currently in second shooting 12-over par.
California has a commanding lead of the board and shot a six-under par on the day (288-282—570). The Golden Bears also held the lead in the medalist category with Michael Weaver tied for first at four-under (70-70—140) while two other players are tied for third.
Both the Bayonet and Blackhorse courses proved treacherous for players with the sixth-hole being the friendliest hole where there were less than 10 bogies.
“We weren’t very good, but nobody else seemed to be playing particularly well either,” said head coach Casey Martin. “We need to get some momentum quick and start playing like we are capable,” Martin said regarding what Oregon needs to do to stay in the hunt.
Brandon McIver led the Ducks with a +2 (71-75—146) and currently tied for 12th. Jonathon Woo was able to minimize the damage on both courses carding a +4 (74-74—148) while Thomas Lim settled down after a rough first round and fared much better on the Blackhorse Golf Course at even par and finished six-strokes over (78-72—150).
Like Lim, Rak Cho was able to find his groove on the second course and finished the day carding +7 (79-72—151). Ryan Ree rounded things out for the Ducks with a final line of +9 (74-79—153).
Zach Foushee (71-76—147), who is playing as an individual and separate from the team score is tied for 15th and is only trailing McIver by one stroke.
UO return to the links tomorrow morning at the Bayonet Golf Course for the final round of the St. Mary’s Invitational.