SONOMA, Calif. – The University of Oregon men’s golf team vaulted into a tie for second-place with No. 21 Arizona State through 36-holes of play at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational at the Sonoma Golf Club Monday evening having shot -14 on the day. Sophomore Sulman Raza kept the Ducks in the hunt firing a 68 in the second round and finished the day 6-under.
California proved why they were fourth in the nation and turned in a dominating performance shooting 35-under on the day with a 21-stroke lead over UO and ASU. Teammates Joel Stalter (-11), Brandon Hagy (-10) and Pace Johnson (-10) of the Golden Bears took up the top-three spots in the individual leaderboard.
The Ducks are toe-to-toe with the Sun Devils for second place after the first day of competition as both teams finished with nearly identical scores. No. 46 Brigham Young however is still in the hunt trailing both Oregon and Arizona State by only two strokes.
“Cal is a great team but we have ASU and BYU on our heels so we’re not done yet,” said head coach Casey Martin. “We’ll regroup and go over some things and go out there and finish strong tomorrow,” said Martin.
Raza, who is tied for sixth, is still in the hunt in the individual category trailing Cal’s Stalter by only five strokes. The local product’s only blemish in the second round came in the 10th-hole where he carded his only bogey of the round.
Zach Foushee played a significant role in keeping Oregon up there with Arizona State in the team standings having shot a four-under par in the second round and finished the day with a 140.
Thomas Lim got off to a hot start and shot a 68 on the first round but struggled in the second round. However, the freshman was able to rally back on the back nine and salvaged a -2 on the day and is tied for 20th.
“Our guys did a great job,” said Martin. “Every one of the guys birdied on the last hole they were on so I’m happy we finished on a good note,” Martin said.
When asked about how he felt about the five playing this week, Martin had this to say, “We qualified just before leaving and we have a couple back at home but the guys we have here are playing well and I’m pleased with the way they are playing.”
Oregon tee's off at 8:45 a.m. tomorrow in the final round of the invitational alongside Cal, ASU, and BYU.