LA QUINTA, Calif. – The Oregon men’s golf team stayed within the top five for most of the day thanks to Ryann Ree who was the only Ducks to end the day shooting 1-under par. UO currently sits in fifth-place at the 14th Annual Prestige tournament at the PGA West Greg Norman course with a score of 285 (+1).
“We played solidly today,” head coach Casey Martin said. “We had a few too many shots into the bushes, but overall not bad. The golf course is extremely strict on penalties, so some of the penalty shots are expected, but hopefully tomorrow we can dodge the penalties.”
Stanford sits atop both the team and individual standings through the first round of play with a score of 269 (-15) on the par-7, 7,070 yard course. The 11th-ranked Cardinal (according to Golfstat) hold an 11-stroke lead over second-place San Diego State who comes in with a card of 280 (-4). UCLA trails the Aztecs by two-strokes with a 282 (-2) card and hold three-stroke lead over Oregon.
On the individual leaderboard, Stanford teammates Maverick McNealy and Patrick Rodgers are tied for the top spot at 6-undear par (65).
Ree had a much more up and down day but eventually settled with a 1-under par score after bogeying the 13th-hole to end his day carding a 70 (-1). Ree’s score of 1-under puts him in a tie for 12th-place.
Brandon McIver helped keep Oregon in the hunt through the first round, carding a 71 (E). McIver opened with a birdie on the first hole before going bogey-double bogey on the following two holes. The sophomore however was able to recover, getting a pair of birdies on the 11th and 14th-hole before going bogey-birdie to finish the round.
After starting the day with a double bogey on the sixth hole, Foushee reeled off three birdies on the eighth, 11th and 14th-hole before bogeying on the 18th-hole to end the day with a 71 (E) card and is in a tie for 15th.
Sulman Raza had a rough day out on the greens at the Greg Norman course, shooting three-straight bogies followed by a double-bogey to end the front nine. Raza finished out the back nine with a pair of birdies couple with a pair of bogies to finish the day with a 76 (+5).
Thomas Lim didn’t enjoy the hot start he did in Hawaii at The Prestige, carding a 73 (+2) on the day. Lim opened with a double-bogey on the second hole before sinking two birdies on the fifth and 12th hole to put him back at even par. Back-to-back bogies on the 14th and 15th-hole however pushed the freshman back to a 2-over par score.
The Ducks return to action Tuesday for the second round of The Prestige beginning at 8:45 a.m. (PST).
The 14th Prestige (Golfstat ranking)
1. – #11 Stanford, 269 (-15)
2. – San Diego State, 280 (-4)
3. – #23 UCLA, 282 (-2)
4. – #45 Oregon, 285 (+1)
T5. – #17 Washington, 286 (+2)
T5. – #33 LSU, 286 (+2)
7. – #22 USC, 288 (+4)
8. – #31 Arizona State, 290 (+4)
9. – UC Davis, 291 (+7)
T10. – #42 Texas Tech, 292 (+8)
T10. – Univ. of Stirling, 292 (+8)
12. – Pepperdine, 306 (+22)