BLACK ROCK, Australia – Oregon golf sophomore Aaron Wise won the Australian Master of the Amateurs Saturday at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club. Wise posted a four-round tally of 283 at the event to finish at 5-under for the week, two strokes better than runner-up Jonathan Thomson from the United Kingdom.
After a 5-under 67 in the tournament’s first round, Wise struggled to find the same groove Thursday, turning in a 77 to fall to even par.
On moving day, however, the sophomore would get back on track. Through six holes, Wise had converted four birdies and an eagle to get to 6-under for the round. After stumbling on the par-3 16th with a double bogey, Wise finished the third round at 4-under for the week.
Wise managed to hold steady in the event’s final round on Friday with five birdies to four bogeys to card a 1-under 71 and become only the second American to win the event. Mark Anderson was the first in 2009.
The win is the latest in a string of strong performances from the Lake Elsinore, Calif., native in last several months. Wise, the eighth-ranked amateur in the world, took home the title at the Pacific Coast Amateur last July and tallied second-place finishes at the Western Amateur and SCGA Amateur Championship.
Wise appeared in all four tournaments for the Ducks in the fall, turning in three top-12 finishes behind a team-best and career-low 70.17 average. In September, the sophomore captured his third collegiate tournament victory at The Jackrabbit with a 7-under 209, and became the fourth golfer in program history to reach the three-win mark for his career.
Last season, Wise earned medalist honors at the Ka’anapali Collegiate Classic and the Desert Mountain Intercollegiate on his way to receiving Second Team All-Pac-12 recognition.
Wise and the Ducks open their spring season on Feb. 4 at the Amer Ari Invitational in Waikoloa, Hawaii.