WAIKOLOA, HI -- The No. 2 University of Oregon men's golf team recovered slightly from a woeful second round at the Amer Ari Invitational, moving up three spots with a 3-under-par 285 on Friday to finish 12th in its first event of 2012.
The Ducks ended up with a 54-hole total of 5-over 869 at the 22nd annual tournament, played on the Waikoloa Kings' Course. No. 1 Texas was the wire-to-wire winner, holding off No. 12 USC over the final holes to post a score of 30-under 834. The Trojans were five shots back, followed by No. 8 Stanford, which finished 10 strokes off the pace.
UO's Eugene Wong had a top 10 finish in his sights before a triple-bogey on his final hole - the par-4 ninth - cost him. Wong sat at 5-under through 17 holes and had played a bogey-free round before settling for a 2-under 70 and a share of 23rd place at 3-under 213. The senior, who entered the week as the national scoring leader, was the lone UO golfer without a round over par.
USC’s Jeffrey Kang
and UT’s Jordan Spieth shared medalist honors at 11-under-par.
Jack Paton was the only other Duck among the top 50, tying for 49th at 2-over 218 after carding an even-par 72 in Round 3. Daniel Miernicki (72) and Andrew Vijarro (71) had respectable final rounds, but finished tied for 76th at 7-over.
Freshman Rak Cho took his lumps after an opening round 67, ending with a 77 on Friday to also tie for 76th.
Robbie Ziegler, playing as an individual, had a solid showing by tying for 33rd at 2-under 214. Ziegler followed rounds of 71 and 72 with a final-round 71.
Oregon will have an extended break before its next official competition, when the Ducks travel to Long Beach, Calif., Feb. 27-28, for the Del Walker Championship at Virginia Country Club.