SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – After a rough first round at the Pasatiempo Golf Course, the Oregon men’s golf team was able to regroup and play a much better second round Saturday at the 68th Annual Western Intercollegiate.
The Ducks currently sit in sixth-place through 36-holes of play with Sunday serving as the final round in the two-day tournament with a team score of 359-352–711.
“We played hard,” said head coach Casey Martin. “We just had a little struggle on the green. The golf course is extremely difficult and I thought we battled well.”
Jonathan Woo led UO, firing in a 2-under card on the day and sits in a tie for seventh-place. Today’s two rounds was the first time Woo had shot par or better since the first round of the Amer Ari Invitational.
“It was nice to see (Jonathan) Woo play better,” Martin said. “We need him to find his form in order for us to be the team we hope to be.”
The lone junior on the team was two under heading into the last four holes before pair of bogeys on the third and fourth hole put him back at par. However, Woo was able to shoot back-to-back birdies to finish the second round and end the day with a card of 70-68—138.
Thomas Lim went back-and-forth on the leaderboard today. The freshman was 3-under with three holes remaining before a quadruple bogey set him at 1-over. Lim would birdie the next hole and finish the first round at even par, but not before seeing his top-five standing plummet.
The third hole once again got the best of Lim, pushing him back to even par before shooting another bogey on the fifth hole to finish the day 1-over.
Zach Foushee rounded out the top-25 finishers for Oregon, shooting a 143 3-over card. Foushee looked like he was going to be able to come out at even par, but three bogeys in his last four holes sent the sophomore back to 1-over in the second round.
Brandon McIver was shooting well the entire day except for a couple hiccups in each round. The sophomore shot even par in 15-of-18 holes in the first round and only faltered on the 16th and fifth-holes in the second round to end the day right behind Foushee at 4-over.
Sulman Raza had a much better second round than the first, firing in a 70 rather than a 77 he shot in the first round. Raza fired in a whopping seven bogeys in the first round, but was able to correct himself in the second round. The sophomore ended the day with a 147 7-over card.
Ryann Ree rounded out the group of golfers for Oregon with a 75-74—149 (+9).
Stanford leads the pack heading into the final round with a 347-349—696 (-4) card, leading Pac-12 rivals Washington and California by six and eight strokes, respectively. Stanford’s Patrick Rodgers, Trevor Simsby of Washington and Rodger’s teammate Cameron Wilson are tied for first with a 134 6-under card on the individual leaderboard.
The Ducks are set to tee off at 8:30 a.m. (PT) on Sunday, April 13, playing alongside Pac-12 foe, USC.
68th Annual Western Intercollegiate
1. Stanford – 347-349—696 (-4)
2. Washington – 347-355—703 (+2)
3. California – 345-359—704 (+4)
4. San Diego State – 357-352—709 (+9)
5. USC – 355-355—710 (+10)
6. Oregon – 359-352—711 (+11)
7. Texas – 351-362—713 (+13)
8. Arizona State – 354-365—719 (+19)
9. UC Irvine – 361-363—724 (+24)
10. SMU – 356-369—725 (+25)
11. UTEP – 374-358—732 (+32)
12. San Jose State – 363-370—733 (+33)
13. Memphis – 361-376—737 (+37)
14. Hawaii – 363-375—738 (+38)