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Tough Field Awaits Duck Men at Pac-12 Championship
Release Date: 04/23/2014
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EUGENE – With three weeks until the NCAA West Regional, the Oregon men’s golf team heads to Marana, Ariz., for the 55th Annual Pac-12 Men’s Golf Championship. The three-day 72-hole championship is hosted by the University of Arizona on the par-72, 7,349 yards Gallery Golf Club.

Oregon is set to tee off at 8:30 a.m. (PDT) in a shotgun start, playing alongside Washington and Utah. Scoring will be similar to that of the Western Intercollegiate with best five of six players counting towards the team score.

Three of the six players in the Oregon line up have previously played in the Pac-12 Championship while the other three are playing in their first conference championship. Zach Foushee, Brandon McIver and Jonathan Woo played for the Ducks in last year’s squad that went to the championship while Thomas Lim and Brandon Baumgarten playing as freshman, with Ryann Ree who is a sophomore.

The Pac-12 Conference has some of the most elite golf programs in the nation. The conference championship field boasts two teams in the top five in Stanford (3) and California (4) according to Golfstat (as of April 21), while four schools reside in the top-25 in Washington (11), UCLA (14), USC (20) and Arizona State (25). Oregon (40), Colorado (53), Oregon State (66), Arizona (86) and Washington State (98) are all within the top-100, while Utah comes in at No. 167.

The Cardinal also sports the top two ranked individual players in Patrick Rodgers (1) and Cameron Wilson (2) according to Golfstat (as of April 17), while Cal’s Brandon Hagy sits in eighth with USC’s Rico Hoey rounding out the top-10 at No. 10.

The Golden Bears look to earn their first three-peat with a win at this year’s championship, joining only the Trojans and Sun Devils. USC did it twice, once from 1964-1967 (four years) and again from 1971-73. Arizona State did it once, but the Sun Devils won six-straight conference championships during that stretch from 1995-2000.

The last time Oregon won the conference championship was during the 1976-77 seasons when the Ducks won the Pac-8 Northern Division back-to-back years.

Oregon finished in sixth last year at the Los Angeles Country Club where the Pac-12 Championship was held. The Ducks carded a 362-370-369-372—1473 (+73) during the three-day tournament. Rak Cho led UO that year with a 288 8-over card, tied for 15th-place, while Sulman Raza finished in tie for 20th-place with a 290 10-over card.

Brandon McIver, Oregon’s third-best finisher, tied for 35th-place with a 296 15-over card. Zach Foushee was a few spots behind McIver with a 298 18-over card. Jonathan Woo rounds the Duck line up with a 307 27-over card.

In its final tune before the Pac-12 Championships, the Oregon men’s golf team was able to jump one spot and finish in fifth at the 68th Annual Western Intercollegiate. The Ducks’ final card of 359-352-356—1,067 was good enough to beat out a handful of top-30 teams in USC (22), Arizona State (28), Texas (1) and SMU (27).

The Ducks’ final card of 359-352-356—1,067 was good enough to beat out a handful of top-30 teams in USC (22), Arizona State (28), Texas (1) and SMU (27).

Oregon head men’s golf coach Casey Martin announced the signing of Christopher “Hurly” Long for the upcoming 2015 season. Long comes to UO from St. Leon-Rot, Germany, where the Mannheim Viernheim Golf Course serves as his home course. He joins Aaron Wise, whom Martin signed in the early signing period, as members of the 2015 class.

Long joins Oregon with a lot of international experience, having played worldwide as a member of the German Junior National Team. His most recent victory came this past Christmas Eve when he won the Doral Publix Junior title with a 73-71-70—214 card at the three-day tournament held at the Trump National Doral Golf Club in Miami, Fla.

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.

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.

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