WAIKOLOA, Hawaii – The Oregon men’s golf team wrapped up its first tournament of the spring season in a three-way tie for third with TCU and USC. The Ducks carded a team score of 276-274-285—835 (-29) at the three-day tournament. UO headed into the final round of the tournament in second but wasn’t able to keep up with third-ranked Oklahoma State who shot 17-under par on the final round to take home the title.

“We had a much tougher day today,” head coach Casey Martin said. “The course was a bit tougher today like it always is on the final round, but I was really proud of the guys. The competition was great and they knew coming in that it was going to be a dog fight.” 

The Ducks’ third-place finish bested some of the nation’s top golf programs that included No. 2 Georgia Tech, No. 11 Stanford, No. 15 UCLA, and No. 16 Texas to name a few in the top 25.  

“To finish in a tie for third with the caliber of competition we had out there was great,” Martin said. “We showed that we are very capable of playing at a high level and definitely leaving with our heads held high.”

“It was very encouraging, the guys played really well,” Martin said regarding the difference from how the Ducks played in the fall and now. “The guys have been working hard, they understood we didn’t play well in the fall and it’s great to see them doing perform well."

Thomas Lim had a quiet third round for Oregon, shooting just a 71 and finished in a tie for fifth with Oklahoma State’s Wyndham Clark with a final score of 64-69-71--204 (-12).

Oklahoma State’s carded a score of 271-277-271—819 (-45) to secure the tournament win and led by a whopping 12 strokes over the second-place team, Washington who finished with a line of 280-272-279—831 (-33).

Jordan Niebrugge carded 67-68-65—200 (-16) to secure the individual title for the Cowboys. Niebrugge was tied for seventh heading into the final round but vaulted to the top thanks to his seven-under par score today.

Sulman Raza was the only other Duck in the top 25 of the individual standings with a score of 70-69-70—209 (-7), good for a tie at 24th. Ryan Ree was the only other UO golfer to card par or better today, finishing with a line of 73-72-71—216 (E).

Brandon McIver wasn’t able to continue his hot streak on the final round, carding a 73 on the day and finished with a line of 71-67-73—211 (-5). Like McIver, Zach Foushee was not able to find his groove on the links today and carded a 71-69-74—214 (-2).

24th Annual Amer Ari Invitational (Golfstat rankings)
1. #3 Oklahoma State – 271-277-271—819 (-45)
2. #19 Washington – 280-272-279—831 (-33)
T3. Oregon – 276-274-279—835 (-29)
T3. TCU – 272-284-279—835 (-29)
T3. #24 USC – 273-280-282—835 (-29)
6. Auburn – 274-279-283—836 (-28)
T7. #16 Texas – 274-2882-271—837 (-27)
T7. #2 Georgia Tech – 286-270-282—837 (-27)
T7. #11 Stanford – 281-276-280—837 (-27)
T7. #15 UCLA – 283-271-283—837 (-27)
T11. Arizona State – 280-277-281—838 (-26)
T11. Texas Tech – 278-282-278—838 (-26)
13. Colorado – 287-281-278—846 (-18)
14. Oregon State – 285-281-288—854 (-10)
15. Hawaii-Hilo – 278-286-292—857 (-7)
T16. Hawaii – 279-291-294—864 (E)
T16. San Jose State – 290-287-287—864 (E)
T16. Osaka Gakuin University – 286-295-283—864 (E)
19. UC Davis – 290-289-289—868 (+4)
20. CSU Monterey Bay – 295-287-289—871 (+7)