EVENT: 68th Annual Western Intercollegiate
LOCATION: Santa Cruz, Calif.
DATES: Saturday, April 12 – Sunday, April 13
COURSE: Pasatiempo Golf Course
PAR/YARDS: Par-70 / 7,165 yards
TEE TIME: 8:15 a.m. (PT)
FORMAT: Shotgun start
LIVE SCORING: www.golfstat.com
FIELD (14): San Jose State (Host), Arizona State, California, Hawaii, Memphis, Oregon, San Diego State, SMU Stanford, Texas, UC Irvine, USC, UTEP, Washington.
EUGENE – The Oregon men’s golf team will compete in the 68th Annual Western Intercollegiate as a primer before heading off to the Pac-12 Championships two weeks later. The 14-team tournament consists of five top-20 teams and five top-50 teams, including No. 43 Oregon according to the rankings done by Golfstat.
The 54-hole tournament is slated to be played at the nationally recognized Pasatiempo Golf Course in Santa Cruz, Calif., and is hosted by San Jose State. The Ducks are set to tee off on the par-70, 6,615 yards course at 8:15 a.m. (PT) with shotgun starts on both days, with teams playing 36-holes on Saturday, April 12, and 18-holes on Sunday, April 13.
This weekend’s scoring format will be slightly different from the rest of this year with six players competing on each team and only scores from 5-of-6 players counting towards the team score.
DUCKS AT THE PASATIEMPO
The Ducks have enjoyed success at the Western Intercollegiate in recent years, winning four team titles (2001, 2005, 2009-10) and one individual title (2010) since 2000. Head coach Casey Martin has led Oregon to two team titles, a third-place finish and an individual medalist. The Ducks’ are the last team to win back-to-back years (2009-10) at the Western Intercollegiate since Fresno State accomplished the same feat in 1989-90.
In total UO has claimed five individual titles (fourth most) to match its five team titles (sixth most). Oregon has swept the team and individual title twice. The first sweep came in 1993 when Cam Martin fired in a 73-75-67—215 and the second time came in 2010 when Eugene Wong carded a 65-70-67—202.
The Ducks came in eighth place last year, firing a team score of 373-364-368—1,105 (+55), with Jonathan Woo finishing in a tie for 23rd to lead UO.
UCLA’s Pedro Figueiredo won the individual title last year with a 204 6-under card while Cal won the team title with a 350-361-340—1,051 (+1) card.
LAST TIME OUT
With the 2014 Duck Invitational held at Emerald Valley Golf Course, UO was primed to win its own tournament on a very difficult course. However, a few missed birdies turned into bogeys and that was all she wrote for the Ducks. Oregon ended up in third-place at the tournament, behind Minnesota and winner Oregon State.
Brandon Baumgarten, a freshman from Granite Bay, Calif., was the Ducks’ best finisher coming in a tie for third. Baumgarten shot himself into the lineup for UO’s next tournament three days later at The Goodwin with a card of 73-72-71—216 (E).
Some of the best golf teams in the nation gathered at the Stanford Golf Course to battle it out on the green as the Cardinal renamed its tournament from the U.S. Intercollegiate to The Goodwin in honor of their former head coach Wally Goodwin. Goodwin who coached the likes of Tiger Woods and Oregon head coach Casey Martin guided the Cardinal to a 1994 national championship.
The Ducks placed in a tie for fifth with UAB at 3-over par. Sulman Raza paced Oregon with a 208 2-under card while Brandon McIver was tied for 10th with a 209 1-under. Thomas Lim was the only other Duck to finish in the top-25 with a 212 2-over card and a tie for 24th.
LIM ENDS 2013 ON HIGH NOTE
Thomas Lim wrapped up his first term at Oregon with a high note, tying for a third-place finish at the Patriot All-America tournament. The freshman carded a 70-67-69—206 at the four-day event held in Arizona on the par-71 Wigwam Golf Resort. In cooperation with the Folds of Honor Foundation, Lim and the other NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA and AJGA All-Americans that participated in the tournament represented a fallen soldier. Lim represented Lt. Col. James L. Wiley of the U.S. Army, a North Bend, Ore., native who was a member of the 27th Bridge Combat Team from the New York Army National Guard.
MARTIN INKS WISE FOR 2015
Head coach Casey Martin signed Aaron Wise during the early signing period in the fall of 2013. Wise, a native of Lake Elsinore, Calif., is currently ranked 21st in his class nationally and fifth in California by Junior Golf Scorecard. The senior from Santiago High School took top honors this past summer at the USGA Junior Boys Qualifier in Oceanside, Calif., shooting a 65-64—129 and won by 13 strokes over a field of 77 golfers.