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No. 6 Ducks Set Course For Michigan NCAA Regional
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Release Date: 05/07/2012
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EUGENE – After posting one of its greatest regular seasons ever, the No. 6 University of Oregon men’s golf team was rewarded with its sixth straight postseason bid under head coach Casey Martin in Monday’s NCAA Regional announcement.

The Ducks are the second-highest ranked team in the three-day, three-round regional that will be hosted at the University of Michigan Golf Course in Ann Arbor, Mich., on Thursday-Saturday, May 17-19.

The top five teams from each of the nation’s six regionals then advance to the NCAA Championships, set for May 29-June 3 at the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles, Calif.

UO is one of four teams ranked top 20 nationally this week by www.Golfstat.com in its regional with No. 5 USC, No. 18 Kent State and No. 19 Virginia.

Other teams in the 13-team field include No. 30 Baylor, No. 29 Oklahoma State, No. 41 Kennesaw State, No. 45 TCU, No. 54 Purdue, No. 55 N.C. State, No. 63 Notre Dame, No. 70 Ohio State and No. 198 Navy.

Action on the par-71, 6,723-yard course begins each day on the first and 10th tee at 8 a.m. Eastern Time (three hours ahead of Pacific Time).

More NCAA regional information is available at the www.Mgoblue.com and www.NCAAsports.com websites

The five other regionals will be held simultaneously on May 17-19 at Bowling Green, Kent., Athens, Ga., Greensboro, N.C., Norman, Okla. and Stanford, Calif.

Under their sixth-year mentor Martin, the Ducks have savored one regional title (2010), finished second (2009) and also placed 10th (2011) in the current 13-team regional format. In the previous 27-team regional format in his first two years at the helm, UO took second in ’08 and 19th in ’07.

In program history, Oregon has made three of its 24 NCAA appearances in his tenure. Its third-place tie in 2010 was its best-ever in program history, and one place better than its showing in 1959. His other youth-laden squads in '09 and '08 placed 22nd and 27th in the collegiate finale, respectively.

Last fall, UO ranked No. 1 nationally after it opened the campaign with three straight team wins in the St Mary’s Invitational, The Prestige and Alister MacKenzie tournaments.

In the spring, the squad added three more teams victories in the Oregon Duck Invitational, Western Intercollegiate and Aggie Invitational the past six weeks among its 11 stroke play events overall on the campaign.

In its most recent action, then-No. 11 UO tied for first place at the end of the regulation in the Pac-12 Championships (364-358-344-362-1427 (-14)) after it entered the event seeded fifth among six teams ranked top 13 nationally.

In the event hosted at the Trysting Tree Golf Course in Corvallis, Ore., two weekends ago, UO ultimately placed second after the two-hole playoff to No. 6 California. The Ducks still took satisfaction in their third runner-up finish in four years under Martin (and tied their best-ever Pac-12 league finish).

On the par-72 course, Oregon seniors Daniel Miernicki (68-72-66-71-277 (-11)) and Eugene Wong (69-68-69-73-279 (-9)) placed second and third overall. Two other Ducks followed in the top 25 - senior Andrew Vijarro (21st-tie, 79-72-68-72-291) and redshirt junior Robbie Ziegler (21st-tie, 72-74-71-74-291). UO's other entries included freshman Jonathan Woo (32nd-tie, 77-76-70-72-295), and sophomore Ben Itterman (59th-tie, 78-72-78-77-305).

Overall after 11 stroke play events and 34 rounds, UO’s team season scoring average (285.41 (+0.41)) is its second-best ever behind its mark from two seasons ago (283.44 (-1.36)) in 2009-10.

This week, All-Pac-12 picks and seniors Eugene Wong and Daniel Miernicki rank second and ninth nationally in the Golfstat.com rankings with their 70.18 and 70.76 scoring averages. Two other Ducks rank top 165 nationally – redshirt junior Robbie Ziegler (157th, 72.97) and All-Pac-12 honorable mention and senior Andrew Vijarro (163rd, 72.68).

Also on Monday, the North Vancouver, B.C. native Wong picked up his second Pac-12 Golfer of the Year honor. Miernicki became the first Duck to ever claim four all-league nods with his third, first-team honor this spring. Vijarro is also a two-time honorable mention and one-time All-Pac-12 Second-Team selection.

In the Duck record books, the trio rank 1-2-3 in number of career rounds at par or better (Miernicki, 86; Wong, 80: Vijarro, 56). Miernicki and Wong rank 1-2 in number of career wins (5/3-tied), and are currently tied for third for most rounds of par or better in a season behind Wong’s tally in 2009-10 (32), and Miernicki’s number that same season (28).

 

RECENT OREGON REGIONAL TEAM FINISHES / TOP DUCK INDIVIDUALS
Year (Regional) Place (score) Top Individual Place (score)
2011 (SE) 10th-t (873) Andrew Vijarro T17th (214)
2010 (SW) 1st (870)* Daniel Miernicki 2nd (214)
2009 (W) 2nd (828)* Eugene Wong T5th (208)
2008 (W) 2nd (864)* Joey Benedetti 1st (207)
2007 (W) 19th (857) Joey Benedetti T62nd (213)
2005 (W) T13th (870) Gregg LaVoie* T10th (211)
2003 (W) T9th (885)* John Ellis T22nd (219)
2002 (W) T13th (885) Aaron Byers T8th (213)
2001 (W) 18th (902) John Ellis T49th (224)
2000 (W) T13th (866) Andrew Tredway T35th (215)
1999 (W) T5th (875)* Ben Crane 12th (217)
1998 (W) 6th (875)* Ben Crane 2nd (207)
1997 (W) 12th (877) Ben Crane* T16th (215)
1995 (W) --- Ted Snavely T49th (224)
1994 (W) --- Ted Snavely T31st (219)
1993 (W) 15th (893) Jeff Lyons T45th (223)
1992 (W) 17th (881) Doug DuChateau T18th (214)
1991 (W) 12th (888) Troy Tamiya T4th (215)
1990 (W) 7th (859)* Tim Hval T9th (210)
1989 (W) 11th (881) Chris Holzgang T7th (213)

* advanced to NCAA Championships

KEY: W=West, SE-Southeast; SW: Southwest

 

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