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No. 14 Ducks Kick Off Fall in Bremerton Kikkor Stop
Release Date: 09/16/2012
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Event: Kikkor Golf Husky Invitational
Dates: Monday-Tuesday, Sept. 17-18, 2012
Course: Cascade Course, Gold Mountain, Bremerton, Wash.
Host: Washington (
Format: 54 holes (2 Rounds – Monday, 1 Round Tuesday)
Par / Yardage: 72, 7,124

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Teams (2012 Final Golfstat / ’12 Opening Golfworld rankings): Arizona State (81/-), BYU (69/-), UC-Davis (121/-), Gonzaga (180/-), Loyola-Maryland (168/-), Minnesota (104/-), Oregon (5/14), Pacific (84), Pepperdine (89/-), San Diego State (7/17), St. Mary’s (36), Texas A&M (14/10), Washington (6/5) and Washington State (117/-).

This week, the No. 14-ranked University of Oregon men’s golf team opens its seventh season under head coach Casey Martin against an impressive field in the Kikkor Golf Husky Invitational.

The 14-team event features three rounds of stroke play in two days at the Cascade Course at Gold Mountain in Bremerton, Wash., Monday-Tuesday, September 17-18.

The field includes four teams ranked top 20 nationally in the preseason Golf World / Nike Coaches poll - No. 6 Washington, No. 10 Texas A&M, No. 14 Oregon and No. 17 San Diego State.

After graduating three of the top players in school history, the Ducks still sports eight returnees – the trio of seniors Tyler Parker, Jack Pennington and Robbie Ziegler, junior Ben Itterman, the sophomore trio of Rak Cho, Tye Gabriel and Jonathan Woo and redshirt freshman Noah Sheikh.

Oregon also welcomes five freshmen - freshmen Max Carter (Lake Oswego, Ore.), Zach Foushee (West Linn, Ore.), Brandon McIver (Billings, Mont.), Sulman Raza (Eugene, Ore.) and Ryann Ree (Redondo Beach, Calif.).

- Robbie Ziegler, RSr., Canby, Ore.
Led UO 20 Rounds (Jr. 3, So. 5, Fr. 12) / 5 Tourneys (Jr. 1, So. 1, Fr. 3)
25 Under-Par Rounds (Jr. 8, So. 7, Fr. 10)
6 Rounds at Par (Jr. 2, So. 2, Fr. 2)
Career Best Round 66 (-6) (Jr. 68/ 70x2 (-2), So. 66 (-6), Fr. 69 (-3))
Career Best Tourney Place 2nd  (Jr. 5th, So. 3rd, Fr. 2nd)
Career Best Tourney Score 213 (-3) x2 (Jr. 215 (-1), So. 213 (-3), Fr. 213 (-3))

- Jonathan Woo, So., Singapore
Played 22 Rounds, 7 Tournaments
Led UO Rounds 1 (Fr. 1)
5 Under-Par Rounds (Fr. 5)
1 At-Par Round (Fr. 1)
Career Best Round  66 (-5) (Fr. 68 (-5))
Career Best Tourney Place 7th x2 (Fr. 7th)
Career Best Tourney Score 208 (-5)  (Fr. 208 (-5))

- Rak Cho, So., Brea, Calif.
Led UO 4 Rounds (Fr. 4) / 2 Tourneys (Fr. 2)
8 Under-Par Rounds (Fr. 8)
2 Rounds at Par (Fr. 2)
Career Best Round 66 / 67x2 (-5) (Fr. 66 / 67x2 (-5))
Career Best Tourney Place 2nd (Fr. 2nd)
Career Best Tourney Score 201 (-12) (Fr. 201 (-12)

- Ben Itterman, Jr., Carlsbad, Calif.
4 Under-Par Rounds (So. 1, Fr. 3)
3 Round at Par (So. 2, Fr. 1)
Career Best Round: 69 (-2), 70 (-2) x2 (So. 69 (-2), Fr. 70 (-2) x2)
Career Best Tourney Place: 8th (So. 20th, Fr. 8th)
Career Best Tourney Score: 216 (+1) (So. 223 (+7), Fr. 216 (+1)

- Tyler Parker, Sr., Portland, Ore.
Rounds at Par 1 (Fr. 1)
Career Best Round 72 (+1)(Jr. 72 (+1), So. 75 (+3), Fr. 72 (E))
Career Best Tourney Place  17th (Jr. 61st, So. 55th, Fr. 17th)
Career Best Score  227 (+11) (Jr. 231 (+15), So. 227 (+11), Fr. 228 (+12))

- Jack Pennington, Sr., Eugene, Ore.
Career Best Round 70 (-2) (Jr. 70 (-2))
Career Best Tourney Place 35th-t (Jr. 35th, Fr. 20th)
Career Best Tourney Score  224 (+10) (Jr. 224 (+10), Fr. 155 (+12))

- Tye Gabriel, So., Portland, Ore.
Career Best Round 71 (-1) (Fr. 71 (-1))
Career Best Tourney Place  58th-t (Fr. 80th)
Career Best Tourney Score 229 (+13) (Fr. 229 (+13))

The Ducks were tabbed No. 14 and No. 23 in the preseason Golf World and Golf Week national polls, and were one of seven Pac-12 team spotted. Other teams hailing from the ‘Conference of Champions’ included No. 3/2 California, No. 4/5 UCLA, No. 5/6 Washington, No. 9/12 USC and No. 11/10 Stanford.

Historically, five different Pac-12 teams (Stanford (7 - 1938, 39, 41, 42, 46, 53, 94), Arizona State (2 - 1990, 96), UCLA (2 - 1988, 208), Arizona (1 - 1992) and California (1 - 2004) have combined for 13 NCAA team titles since the first collegiate championship in 1897.

League individuals have claimed 14 national championships in the same span courtesy of Stanford's Frank Tatum (1942) and Tiger Woods (1996), USC's Scott Simpson (1976, '77), Ron Commons (1981) and Jamie Lovemark (2007), Arizona State's Jim Carter (1983), Phil Mickelson (1989, '90, '92), Todd Demsey (1993) and Alejandro Cañizares (2003),Washington's James Lepp (2005) and UCLA's Kevin Chappell (2008).

Seventh-year Duck head coach Casey Martin has established himself as one of the nation's most respected coaches after an equally noteworthy collegiate and pro playing career.

Under his direction in 2011-12, Oregon capped arguably its greatest season by matching its best-ever NCAA finish (third), tying for the Pac-12 Championships lead for the second straight season, and finishing second in the NCAA Regional by one stroke. During the year, UO ranked top 15 nationally all season long as it staked team wins in six events and three individual victories in 2011-12.

The Eugene native was tabbed the Pac-12 Coach of the Year in 2010 - his fourth season at the helm - after he led the Ducks to a then-school-record five tournament victories, including Oregon’s first-ever NCAA Regional title. UO followed with a school-best tie for third place in the NCAA Championships in Chattanooga, Tenn., thanks to a fifth-place effort in stroke play, and quarterfinal match play win over league rival Washington, 3-2.

That same 2009-10 season, then-sophomore Eugene Wong was tabbed the co-Pac-12 Golfer of the Year, won the Jack Nicklaus Award as the Division I player of the year and was named a first-team PING All-American. Wong's tie for ninth at the NCAA Championships is believed to be the best finish ever by a UO golfer.

Other highlights his first few seasons included, wins in the 2006 Northwest Collegiate Classic - his second event at the Duck helm - and the 2007 Thunderbird Invitational in Tempe. Prior to becoming head coach, he served as a volunteer assistant for the Ducks during the 2005-06 season.

Before that he was one of the nation's most recognized professionals since the start of his pro career in 1998. He earned his PGA Tour card in 2000 - the same season he recorded five top-50 finishes. His best showing was a tie for 17th in the 2000 Tucson Open, and he also placed 23rd in the the 1998 U.S. Open.

A graduate of South Eugene High School, Martin was a three time all-conference selection and a two-time All-American at Stanford. In 1995, he received Academic All-America honors while graduating with a degree in economics. He was a member of the 1994 Stanford team that won the NCAA championship.

The Oregon men's golf team welcomes back Brad Lanning to the program for his second year as an assistant coach. Well known as highly successful high school golf coach, Lanning rejoined forces with head coach Casey Martin - his former Stanford teammate from three seasons, including the Cardinal's 1994 NCAA Championship squad.

After college, Lanning spent six years playing professionally with stints on the Hooters Tour, South American Tour and Canadian PGA, and also worked as a stock broker before entering the coaching ranks.

Success came quickly for Lanning as a high school assistant coach with a state title and runner-up finish in two years at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in Bradenton, Fla. After relocating to Colorado to enter a master’s program at Denver Seminary, Lanning assisted Valor Christian High School to a pair of state championships in his three seasons with the team.

A 1994 Stanford graduate with a degree in Political Science, Lanning, 41, earned his master’s in Counseling at Denver Seminary in 2011.

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