SANTA CRUZ, Calif. -- The University of Oregon men's golf team posted the best final-round score at the 65th annual Western Intercollegiate, but ultimately fell ten strokes shy of its third consecutive victory
at the 54-hole event
and settled for a tie for third.
UCLA picked up its third win of the 2010-11 season and first in the spring winning team honors and New Mexico State senior Tim Madigan won medalist honors at the challenging par 70, 6,615-yard Pasatiempo Golf Course.
The Bruins, ranked third nationally in the April 13 GolfStat poll, topped a 15-team field that included nine top-30 ranked teams with a 1,066 team score. UCLA was the only team in the field with two under par scores, one in the first and the other in second building a 16-stroke lead heading into the final 18 holes. The Bruins finished eight strokes ahead of No. 20 USC's 1,074.
NCAA defending champion Augusta State, ranked seventh nationally, and the two-time Western Intercollegiate defending champion Ducks tied for third at 1,076. No. 7 San Diego State was fifth at 1,085 followed by host San Jose State was sixth at 1,087.
With a 352 in Round 3, Oregon made up 19 strokes on UCLA, but failed to become the tournament's first three-peat winner since Stanford in the 1950s.
Tied for the lead at three-under par 137 with UCLA’s Pontus Widegren heading into the final 18 holes, Madigan posted an even par 70 with three birdies and three bogeys to finish at three-under par 207. Widegren shot a 73 to finish tied for fifth at even par 210. Madigan was the only player in the 92-player field who matched or was under par for all three rounds.
San Jose State’s Mark Hubbard, Stanford’s Andrew Yun and Augusta State’s Patrick Reed tied for second at 209. Yun, the fourth ranked player nationally, was tied with Madigan for the individual lead at three-under until he double-bogeyed hole-2, his 17th on the day to finish the final round with a 71.
USC’s Martin Trainer tied Widegren for fifth place at even par 210.
The Ducks were led by Andrew Vijarro (71-72-70), who tied for ninth at 3-over 213. Vijarro, UO's No. 6 player for the week, flipped spots on the ledger with the team's No. 1 - Daniel Miernicki (71-79-72) - who struggled to a team-high 12-over 222 and tied for 47th in the 95-man field.
Robbie Ziegler (74-71-70) tied for 15th at 5-over 215, followed by Jack Paton (72-75-69) and Eugene Wong (73-72-71), who tied for 19th at 6-over 216.
Jack Dukeminer (73-74-74) tied for 39th at 11-over 221.
Next up for UO is the Pac-10 Championships April 29 through May 1 at Stanford Golf Club.