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Ducks Look to Repeat at Duck Invitational
Release Date: 03/20/2014
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EVENT: 25th Annual Duck Invitational
LOCATION: Creswell, Ore.
DATES: Monday, March 24 – Tuesday, March 25
COURSE: Emerald Valley Golf Course
PAR/YARDS: Par-72 / 7,165 yards
TEE TIME: 8:30 a.m.
FORMAT: Shotgun start
FIELD (15): Oregon (Host), Air Force, Boise state, Colorado, Gonzaga, Idaho, Loyola Marymount, Minnesota, Nevada, Oregon State, Pacific, San Jose State, Santa Clara, St. Mary’s, Utah and Wyoming.

EVENT: The Goodwin
LOCATION: Stanford, Calif.
DATES: Monday, March 28 – Sunday, March 30
COURSE: Stanford University Golf Course
PAR/YARDS: Par-72 / 6,727 yards
TEE TIME: 8:00 a.m.
FORMAT: Shotgun start
FIELD (18): Stanford (Host), Colorado State, Fresno State, Loyola Marymount, Northwestern, Oregon, St. Mary’s, San Diego State, San Jose State, TCU, UAB, UC Davis, UCLA, UNLV, USF, USC, Washington and Washington State.

EUGENE – The Oregon men’s golf team returns to the familiar greens of the Emerald Valley Golf Course to host the 25th Annual Duck Invitational. The two-day tournament begins on Monday, March 24, and ends on Tuesday, March 25. Tee times for both morning rounds will be at 8:30 a.m. (PT) while the second round will begin shortly after lunch on the first day at 1:30 p.m. (PT).

Since hosting the first tournament back in 1989, Oregon has won eight team titles while seven Ducks have won the individual title. UO looks to sweep the invitational for the third straight year come Monday when the UO tee’s off.

The Ducks have swept the tournament five times since the tournaments inception. Washington has the next highest amount of sweeps at the tournament with four while USC, San Diego State, Oregon State, Stanford and Arizona State each have one.

Oregon has swept the tournament three of the last four years with Jonathon Woo taking the individual title last season, while Andrew Vijarro took individual title back in 2012 for the Ducks and Daniel Miernicki winning it in 2010.

This year’s Duck Invitational will only be the fourth time the tournament has been hosted at Emerald Valley Golf Course. Oregon however has struck out all three times so far when playing at EVGC.

Formally known as the U.S. Intercollegiate, the 2014 Goodwin will be the second tournament Oregon is set to participate in during spring break. The Ducks have won two of the last five times UO has played at the University of Stanford Golf Course. Oregon swept both the team and individual titles in 2012 and 2010 with Daniel Miernicki winning the individual crown both times.

Oregon finished in ninth-place last year at the U.S. Intercollegiate with Rak Cho having the best finish, tied for 30th, with a 3-over par card (213). Brandon McIver and teammate Ryann Ree were the second-best finishers for Oregon with a card of 214 (+4) to tie for 34th.

Stanford won the team title last year with a 23-under par score but was three strokes shy of tying for the individual crown as well. TCU’s Paul Barjon edged past’s two Cardinals to win the individual title with an 11-under card. Stanford as a team played well on its home course, posting five players in the top-10.

After winning the Wyoming Cowboy Desert Intercollegiate, the Ducks had a hiccup at the Bandon Dunes Championships. Oregon fired in a final score of 289-297-304—890 and shot 20-over par on the final round. Its 38-over par score was the highest over-par finish since last season when the Ducks shot a whopping 73-over at the Pac-12 Championships.

Thomas Lim led the Ducks with a final card of 68-76-73—217 and finished in a tie for seventh at 4-over par.

Playing separate from the team score, Jonathan Woo wrapped up the tournament in a tie for 15th. The junior shot 6-over par overall and finished with a final card of 73-73-73—219. Brandon Baumgarten also played separate from the team score and finished in a tie for 21st after shooting 7-over at the tournament with a card of 72-72-76—220.

Brandon McIver’s final round echoed that of the team score as the sophomore fired a 75-69-79—223 (+10). Ryann Ree didn’t fare much better, finishing 14-over par and line of 78-74-75—227. Zach Foushee also shot better today was it wasn’t enough as the West Linn, Ore., native scored a line of 71-82-77—230 (+17).

Sulman Raza had a 360-degree turnaround on his score compared to that of the Wyoming Cowboy Desert Intercollegiate. Raza finished 23-over par and 12-over on the day to finish the tournament with a line of 75-78-83—236.

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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