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THIS WEEK’S No. 13 OREGON MEN'S GOLF ACTION
Event: Aggie Invitational
Dates: Saturday-Sunday, April 21-22, 2012
Course: Traditions Club - Bryan, Texas
Format: Saturday 36 holes; Sunday 18 holes
Daily First Tee Time (1st/10th Holes): 5:30 a.m. Pacific Tim (7:30 a.m. Central Time (local))
Teams (Current Golfstat rankings): Texas (1), Oregon (13), Texas A&M (15), New Mexico (16), Baylor (29), Oklahoma (28), Oklahoma State (30), Texas Tech (43), Oregon State (52), Utah (206).
SETTING THE STAGE
EUGENE – This weekend, the No. 13-ranked University of Oregon men’s golf team looks ahead to its regular season finale – the Aggie Invitational - its seventh spring tournament and a week away from the Pac-12 Championships in Corvallis, Ore.
UO will make its first appearance in the Texas A&M-hosted event, and will play its second straight tourney using the six-players / count-five format. That same scoring method will be used in next week’s Pac-12 Championships that will be hosted at the Trysting Tree Golf Course by Oregon State on Friday-Sunday, April 27-29.
In Texas this weekend, the 10-team field features seven ranked top 30 in this week’s Golfstat national rankings - Texas (1), Oregon (13), Texas A&M (15), New Mexico (16), Baylor (29), Oklahoma (28), Oklahoma State (30).
Three of the top four players in this week’s Golfstat national rankings will also be on hand – Texas senior freshman Jordan Spieth (first, 70.26) and Dylan Frittelli (second, 70.30, +0.155)) and Duck senior Eugene Wong (fourth, 69.96, +0.614).
Four other individuals rank top 50 nationally this week are entered in the event – Texas senior Julio Vegas (29th, 71.56, +1.573), New Mexico junior John Catlin (19th, 71.09, +1.344), Baylor senior Joakim Mikkelsen (37th, 71.03, +1.711) and Texas A&M junior Cameron Peck (50th, 71.76, +1.848).
Besides Wong, three other Ducks stood top 250 this week – senior Daniel Miernicki (23rd, 70.81) and Andrew Vijarro (159th, 72.30) and redshirt junior Robbie Ziegler (233rd, 73.00).
Last week in the Western Intercollegiate in Santa Cruz, then-No. 11 Oregon placed sixth (369-373-361-1103) in the field that featured seven teams ranked top 14 nationally. Two Ducks placed top 10 individually on the par-70 Pasatiempo Golf Course - seniors Eugene Wong (fifth-tie, 72-69-69-210) and Daniel Miernicki (ninth-tie, 73-70-69-212).
Two weeks before, the Ducks staked an impressive spring break run that featured team titles in both the Oregon Duck Invitational and U.S. Intercollegiate, while seniors Andrew Vijarro and Miernicki won individual titles in each, respectively.
RECENT DUCK ACTION
Last week in the Western Intercollegiate in Santa Cruz, then-No. 11 Oregon placed sixth (369-373-361-1103) in the field that featured seven teams ranked top 14 nationally, and two Ducks placed top 10 individually- seniors Eugene Wong (fifth-tie, 72-69-69-210) and Daniel Miernicki (ninth-tie, 73-70-69-212).
On the par-70, 6,615-yard Pasatiempo course, No. 11 Oregon shot its best round of the tourney in the finale (sixth, 369-373-361-1103) with an 11-over score.
Individually for UO, North Vancouver, B.C. product Wong led UO in a tournament in the final standings for the fifth time among the team's nine stroke play events in 2011-12. He also paced UO for the 14th time in a round this season with his one-under 69 finale, and that score marked his 18th at par or better on the campaign and 76th time career-wise (second-best all-time for Oregon).
Miernicki also shot a one-under 69 final round to follow two strokes back in the overall standings. He posted his third straight top-10 finish of the season and fifth overall, while his one-under score was his 17th at par or better this season and school-record 81st of his career.
Freshman Jonathan Woo followed in a tie for 42nd place (69-82-73-224) in his first team appearance for the squad. UO's other entrants included senior Andrew Vijarro (50th-tie, 75-75-77-227), redshirt junior Robbie Ziegler (58th-tie, 80-77-73-230) and freshman Rak Cho (86th, 81-83-83-247).
In the overall team results, No. 1 Texas won by four strokes (355-349-356-1060) with its 10-over score. No. 14 Stanford followed in second place (353-360-351-1064), and other teams in the top five included No. 6 UCLA (third, 351-364-352-1067), No. 5 USC (fourth, 358-364-367-1089) and No. 4 California (fifth, 364-371-365-1100). The event’s other top-10 ranked squad, No. 10 San Diego State (seventh, 369-379-373-1121) ended 18 strokes behind No. 11 UO.
Individually, Stanford freshman Patrick Rodgers took top medalist honors with his four-under 206 (67-71-68) and won by a two-stroke margin. Two players tied for second place - UCLA's Patrick Cantlay (69-71-68-208) and New Mexico State's Justin Shin (68-69-71-208).
DUCKS CUT LOOSE - SPRING BREAK STYLE
In the Oregon Duck Invitational in late March, senior Andrew Vijarro posted his first collegiate win (71-70-69-210) at the Eugene Country Club. The Bend, Ore., native carded his third under-par tourney total this season and ninth career-wise, and was only three shy of his career best (-9) that came in The Prestige event last fall (fifth, 68-71-68-207).
Following single strokes back in second and third place, senior teammates Eugene Wong (69-69-73-211) and Daniel Miernicki (71-69-72-212) cemented a 1-2-3 Duck sweep individually.
UO featured a fourth team entry in the top 10 overall in redshirt junior Robbie Ziegler (eighth-tie, 73-71-71-215), and three individual entries also placed top 35 overall - freshman Jonathan Woo (16th-tie, 73-73-73-219), sophomore Ben Itterman (32nd-tie, 73-76-74-223) and junior Jack Pennington (35th-tie, 77-70-77-224).
Team-wise on the par 72, 7,007-yard course, Oregon shot a 17-under team score (284-279-284-847) and held off Long Beach State (second, 280-284-285-849) by two strokes. The Ducks entered the morning with a one-stroke lead, and both teams held slim leads at various points during the finale. No. 34 St. Mary's followed in third place (287-289-287-863), just ahead of Oregon State (fourth, 295-289-296-880) and Pacific (fifth, 293-296-292-881).
UO's team victory was its seventh in the 23rd edition of the event after similar placings in 1989, '90, '93, '99 2002 and '10. Likewise, Vijarro's individual crown was Oregon's seventh in event history.
Later in the week in the U.S. Intercollegiate (3/30-4/1/12), then-No. 12 UO (272-284-285-841) held off a late run by then-No. 8 USC (second, 279-285-278-842) in the final round for a one-stroke win at the Stanford Golf Course, while senior Daniel Miernicki posted his fifth individual win career-wise.
The Santee, Calif., native (first, 66-72-66-204) tied the tourney low round with his four-under 66 finale and won by five strokes over the UCLA pair of Pedro Figueiredo (second-tie, 67-74-68-209) and Jay Hwang (second-tie, 70-71-68-209) and USC's Sam Smith (second-tie, 70-69-70-209).
Career-wise, the returning honorable mention All-American enjoyed his second win in the event after he won the 2010 edition (70-68-64-202). His other collegiate victories came in the Duck Invitational and U.S. Intercollegiate as a sophomore and Amer Ari Invitational and OGIO Santa Barbara Invitational as a junior. His six-under team score was also his eighth-lowest as a collegian, and he paced UO in a tourney for the first time this season and 16th time in his career.
The Ducks featured two others in the top five overall - senior Eugene Wong (fifth-tie, 69-68-73-210) and redshirt junior Robbie Ziegler (fifth-tie, 68-70-72-210). UO's other entries included senior Andrew Vijarro (25th-tie, 69-74-74-217), freshman Rak Cho (46th-t, 75-74-74-223) and redshirt senior Jack Paton (77th-tie, 81-75-75-231), and the latter competed as an individual.
DUCK TEAM BREAKDOWN
Ranked top 15 nationally all season long, No. 13-ranked Oregon features one of its most talented squads ever, composed of four seniors who have led UO to team wins in five events and three individual victories in 2011-12.
Senior Eugene Wong has led the team in the final standings of five of the its nine stroke play events. His win in the Alister MacKenzie Invitational (65-63-67-195) last fall was his third career-wise, and his school-record 18-under score was a career best by eight strokes.
Among his 27 rounds this season, he has a team-best 17 under-par rounds (and another at par), and has paced the team in 12 rounds. In 2011-12, besides his Alister MacKenzie Invitational victory, he added two runner-up finishes in the Oregon Duck Invitational (-6) and U.S. Intercollegiate (even) and a third-place finish in the Gifford Collegiate ((-7). Nationally this week in the Golfstat rankings, the 2010 Nickalaus Award winner stood fourth overall and second in the Pac-12 (69.96, +0.614) just behind Stanford frosh Patrick Rodgers (third, 70.85, +0.527).
Three other Ducks rank top 250 this week - seniors Daniel Miernicki (23rd, 70.81) and Andrew Vijarro (159th, 72.30) , 69th, 71.33) and redshirt junior Robbie Ziegler (233rd, 73.00). Miernicki jumped another five positions this week after his third straight top-10 finish the past three weeks, while Ziegler made his first top-250 appearances of the campaign the past month.
Miernicki had the team's hottest start last fall, and opened with nine straight rounds of par or better, including seven under-par. He has led the team in seven rounds this year, including five of the last eight.
The former honorable mention All-American posted his second U.S. Intercollegiate victory in late March (66-72-66-204 (-6)) – his fifth career win – and five days after he placed third in the Oregon Duck Invitational (71-69-72-212 (-4)). In early April, he added his third straight top-10 finish (and fifth overall of 2011-12) in the Western Intercollegiate (ninth, 73-70-69-212).
In the fall, Miernicki posted top-20 placings in his first four events - the St. Mary's Invitational (3rd, 72-68-70-210), The Prestige (fifth, 70-69-68-207), Alister MacKenzie Invitational (12th-t, 67-68-71-206) and the Gifford Collegiate (20th-t, 73-73-72-218) – and in the Bandon Dunes Championship in early March (15th-t, 73-57-72-220).
Vijarro staked his first collegiate win in the Oregon Duck Invitational (71-70-69-210) at the Eugene Country Club in late March. The Bend, Ore., native shot three, same-tourney, under-par scores for the second time in his career, and his six-under score was his third under-par tourney total this season and ninth career-wise (and only three off his career best (-9) that came in The Prestige event last fall (fifth, 68-71-68-207)).
Among other spring highlights, he placed 12th in the Bandon Dunes Championship (12th-t, 71-74-74-219) and 25th in the U.S. Intercollegiate (25th-t, 69-74-74-217).
In other fall action, he added two more top-20 finishes in the St. Mary's Invitational (20th-t, 73-72-76-221) and Gifford Collegiate (17th, 75-74-68-217), and his other fall effort - the Alister MacKenzie Invitational - featured two under-par rounds (31st, 73-69-69-211).
Freshman Rak Cho connected on under-par scores in six of his first nine rounds for the Ducks last fall, including a season-best five-under-67 in the finale of his collegiate debut, the St. Mary's Invitational (second, 74-68-67-209). He added a third-place effort in the Alister MacKenzie Invitational (67-68-66-201) en route to a 12-under tourney score that ranks fourth all-time for UO.
In the spring, Cho tied his season low round with his five-under 67 in the Amer Ari Invitational opener in early February. In March action, he added another under-par and par round on the par-71 Bandon Trails course en route to a third-place Bandon Dunes Championship finish and two-under tourney score (third, 72-68-71-211).
Redshirt junior Robbie Ziegler played three fall events for the Ducks in 2011 after redshirting the 2010-11 campaign. The Canby, Ore., native kicked off the season with a 15th-place finish in the St. Mary's Invitational (20th-t, 73-72-76-221), and his two-under second-round is his season best and of six under-par scores on the campaign (to go along with one more at par).
In the spring, Ziegler led UO’s team entries in the Bandon Dunes Championship in the overall results (ninth, 70-74-72-216) for the first time this year. He added top-10 overall placings in his late March/early April outings - the Oregon Duck Invitational (eighth-tie, 73-71-71-215 (-1)) and U.S. Intercollegiate (fifth-tie, 68-70-72-210 (E)).
Freshman Jonathan Woo has played three of the team’s four events in March and April and has two under-par rounds among his nine in that span. He led UO for the first time in his career in the Western Intercollegiate with his first-round 69 in his first appearance as a team entrant (42nd-tie, 69-82-73-224).
A month before in his collegiate debut, he shot a three-under, first-round 68 in the Bandon Dunes Championship en route to his highest collegiate tourney placing (seventh, 68-74-73-215 (+2). In his second collegiate appearance (and as an individual), the Singapore native added his second top-20 effort in the Oregon Duck Invitational (16th, 73-73-73-73-219) and his three-over tourney score was only one stroke off his career best.
Sophomore Ben Itterman has played two spring events for the Ducks and placed top 35 in both – the Bandon Dunes Championship (30th-tie, 79-75-69-223) and Oregon Duck Invitational (32nd-tie, 73-76-74-223). He has one under-par round this season (a career-best-tying two-under 69) and his fourth career-wise, and another at one over in his most recent tourney.
Redshirt senior Jack Paton has played seven events and has carded three rounds at par and two more under par. The Hillsborough, Calif., native has placed top 50 in five events this season, with his top-two placings in his first stops of the fall - the St. Mary's Invitational (33rd-tie, 70-81-76-227) and Alister MacKenzie Invitational (31st, 71-72-77-220).
OREGON PLAYER CAREER OVERVIEWS
- Eugene Wong, Sr., North Vancouver, B.C.
Led UO 41 Rounds (Sr. 13, Jr. 5, So. 15, Fr. 8) / 12 Tourneys (Sr. 5, Jr. 2, So. 4, Fr. 1)
58 Under-Par Rounds (Sr. 17, Jr. 5, So. 26, Fr. 10)
16 Rounds at Par (Sr. 1, Jr. 4, So. 5, Fr. 6)
Career Best Round 63/64 (-8) (Sr. 63/64 (-8), Jr. 68 (-4), So. 64 (-7), Fr. 65 (-7))
Career Best Tourney Place 1st x3 (Sr. 1st, Jr. 5th, So. 1st x2, Fr. 10th)
Career Best Tourney Score 195 (-18) (Sr. 195 (-18), Jr. 214 (-2), So. 203 (-10), Fr. 208 (-8))
- Daniel Miernicki, Sr., Santee, Calif.
Led UO 54 Rounds (Sr. 6, Jr. 13, So. 20, Fr. 15) / Tourneys 15 (Sr. 1,Jr. 4, So. 6, Fr. 4)
55 Under-Par Rounds (Sr. 12, Jr. 13, So. 19, Fr. 11)
22 Rounds at Par (Sr. 5, Jr. 6, So. 8, Fr. 6)
Career Best Round 62 (-10) (Sr. 67/68 (-4), Jr. 62 (-10), So. 64 (-7), Fr. 67 (-5))
Career Best Tourney Place 1st-5 Times (Sr. 1st, Jr. 1st x2, So. 1st x2, Fr. 3rd)
Career Best Tourney Score 203 (-13) (Sr. 207 (-9), Jr. 203 (-13), So. 274 (-10), Fr. 209 (-7))
- Andrew Vijarro, Sr. Bend, Ore.
Led UO 23 Rounds (Sr.4, Jr. 6, So. 8, Fr. 5) / 10 Tourneys (Jr. 5, So. 3, Fr. 2)
39 Under-Par Rounds (Sr. 11, Jr. 8, 15 So., 5 Fr.)
10 Rounds at Par 10 (Sr. 2, Jr. 4, So. 3, Fr. 1)
Career Best Round 66 (-5) (Sr. 68 (-4), Jr. 68 (-4), So. 66 (-5), Fr. 68 (-4))
Career Best Tourney Place 1st (Sr. 1st, Jr. 4th, So. 3rd, Fr. 4th)
Career Best Tourney Score 207 (-9) (Sr. 207 (-9), Jr. 214 (-1), So. 135 (-7), Fr. 209 (-1))
- Robbie Ziegler, RJr., Canby, Ore.
Led UO 18 Rounds (Jr. 1, So. 5, Fr. 12) / 5 Tourneys (Jr. 1, So. 1, Fr. 3)
19 Under-Par Rounds (Jr. 2, So. 7, Fr. 10)
4 Rounds at Par (So. 2, Fr. 2)
Career Best Round 66 (-6) (Jr.68/ 70 (-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))
- Rak Cho, Fr., 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)
- Jonathan Woo, Fr., Singapore
Played 9 Rounds, 3 Tournaments
Led UO Rounds 1 (Fr. 1)
Under-Par Rounds 2 (Fr. 2)
Career Best Round 68 (-3) (Fr. 68 (-3))
Career Best Tourney Place 7th (Fr. 7th)
Career Best Tourney Score 215 (+2) (Fr. 215 (+2))
- Ben Itterman, So., Carlsbad, Calif.
4 Under-Par Rounds (So. 1, Fr. 3)
1 Round at Par (Fr. 1)
Career Best Round: 69 (-2), 70 (-2) x2 (So. 69 (-2), Fr. 70 (-2) x2)
Career Best Tourney Place: 8th (So. 30th, Fr. 8th)
Career Best Tourney Score: 216 (+1) (So. 223 (+12), Fr. 216 (+1)
- Jack Paton, RSr., Canby, Ore.
Led UO Rounds 6 (Sr. 1, Jr. 1, So. 4, Fr. 0) / 0 Tourneys
Under-Par Rounds 8 (Sr. 2, Jr. 2, So. 4, Fr. 0),
Rounds at Par 7 (Sr. 3, Jr. 3, So. 1, Fr. 0)
Career Best Round 65 (-5) (Sr. 70 (-2), Jr. 68 (-2), So. 65 (-5), Fr. 70 (-2))
Career Best Tourney Place 2nd (Sr. 31st, Jr. 8th, So. 2nd, Fr. 12th)
Career Best Tourney Score 208 (-8) (Sr. 218 (+2), Jr. 216 (E), So. 208 (-8), Fr. 220 (+6))
- Tyler Parker, Jr., 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, Jr., 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, Fr., 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))
PAC-12 RULES NATIONAL RANKINGS
This week, No. 13 Oregon is one of six Pac-12 teams ranked top 13 nationally by Golfstat with No. 2 UCLA, No. 4 USC, No. 6 California, No. 10 Stanford and No. 12 Washington.
One other league team was just shy of the top 50 - Arizona (56) – and the league’s other members are Oregon State (52), Colorado (73), Arizona State (83), Washington State (116) and Utah (206).
Individual-wise, senior Eugene Wong (fourth, 69.96) is the second-best Pac-12 player in the national individual rankings, and others ranked top 40 include Stanford freshman Patrick Rodgers (third, 70.85), Washington junior Chris Williams (seventh, 70.54) and freshman Cheng-Tsung Pan (14th, 70.92), USC senior Steve Lim (25th, 71.54), Stanford junior Andrew Yun (31st, 71.87),UCLA junior Pedro Figeiredo (39th, 71.88) and California junior Max Homa (40th, 71.37).
In last June's NCAA Championships, the ‘Conference of Champions’ featured one team in the quarterfinals (UCLA), and the Bruins led the stroke play scoring (872) by three strokes. Three other league members placed in the opening three rounds - USC (12th-t, 895), Arizona State (18th, 899) and California (19th-t, 902).
On the individual front, the Pac-12 featured the national runner-up - UCLA's Patrick Cantlay (72-69-71-212), and two four more top-20 finishers in California's Michael Weaver (eighth-tie, 71-71-74-216) and Max Homa (17th-t, 73-74-72-219), USC's Jeffrey Kang (20th-t, 72-73-75-220) and UCLA's Gregor Main (20th-t, 72-70-78-220).
Historically, five different Pac-10 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 team titles since the first collegiate championship in 1897.
League individuals have claimed 14 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).
THE ROAD TO LOS ANGELES
Over the course of this season, the Ducks will set their sights on their 25th NCAA Championships trip and fourth under the guidance of head coach Casey Martin, with the 2012 finale set for May 29-June 3 at the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles, Calif.
The postseason kicks off three weeks prior with the first-ever Pac-12 Championships, Fri.-Sun., April 27-29 at Trysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis, Ore.. Two weeks later, six 14-team NCAA Regionals will be held Thu.-Sun., May 17-19 in Ann Arbor, Mich., Bowling Green, Kent., Athens, Ga., Greensboro, N.C., Norman, Okla. and Stanford, Calif.
DUCK NCAA HISTORY
Oregon has made three of their 24 NCAA appearances under the guidance of fifth-year head coach Casey Martin. In that span, the team's 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, respectively.
UO's all-time finishes in order of placing follow: third - 2010 (Stroke Play-861), fourth (1959 - 574), seventh (197 - 1228), 10th (1976 - 1194), 11th (1978 - 1188), 14th (1948 - 616; 1956 - 620; 1970 - 1208), 15th (1957 - 632), 16th (1960 - 628; 1975 - 1215), 17th (1947 - 638), 18th (1950 - 619; 1986 - 1192; 1999 - 614), 22nd (1983 - 907; 2003 - 924; 2009 - 897); 23rd (1990 - 1206), 27th (1981 - 904; 1998 - 590; 2008 - 935), 30th (1987 - 926) and 32nd (1964 - 640)
UO CONFERENCE HISTORY
Oregon’s runner-up finish last year was its second under head coach Casey Martin, and tied its best-ever placing that it had posted four times before (1985, '86, '97, '09). In prior Pac-8 Championships between 1965-78, UO had also finished second twice before, and won the North Division in 1976 and '77.
UO’s all-time Pac-10/12 finishes follow: 1979 5th, 1980 6th, 1981 3rd, 1982 4th, 1983 5th, 1984 7th, 1985 2nd, 1986 2nd, 1987 4th, 1989 T4th, 1990 6th, 1991 6th, 1992 5th, 1993 6th, 1994 T6th, 1995 5th, 1996 10th, 1997 2nd, 1998 7th, 1999 3rd, 2000 4th, 2001 8th, 2002 5th, 2003 7th, 2004 7th, 2005 5th, 2006 10th, 2007 8th, 2008 9th-t, 2009 2nd, 2010 6th-t, 2011 2nd (1st-t regulation)
TOP DUCK PROFILE
Sixth-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.
The Eugene native was tabbed the Pac-10 Coach of the Year in 2010 - his fourth season at the helm - after he led the Ducks to a 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-10 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 while golfing at Stanford. In 1995, he received academic All-American honors while graduating from Stanford with a degree in economics. He was a member of the 1994 Stanford team that won the NCAA championship.
LANNING JOINS FOLD
The Oregon men's golf team welcomed Brad Lanning to the program this past summer as a first-year assistant coach. In his recent work as a highly successful high school golf coach, head coach Casey Martin also welcomes 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 at the helm.
A 1994 Stanford graduate with a degree in Political Science, Lanning, 40, earned his master’s in Counseling at Denver Seminary in 2011.
MORE ONLINE GOLF INFORMATION
Pac-12 Conference – www.Pac-12.org
NCAA – www.NCAA.org / www.NCAAsports.com
Golf Coaches Association of America - www.collegiategolf.com
Golfstat - www.Golfstat.com
Golfweek - www.Golfweek.com
Junior Golf Scoreboard - www.njgs.com
USGA - www.usga.org
PNGA - www.thepnga.org
OGA - www.oga.org
OREGON GOLF MEDIA
Daily Emerald Student Newspaper: www.dailyemerald.com
Eugene Register Guard: www.registerguard.com
KEZI-TV (ABC): www.kezi.org
KMTR-TV (NBC): www.kmtr.org
KVAL-TV (CBS): www.kval.org
KUGN-590 AM (Radio): www.kugn.com
Duck News (Online): www.DuckNews.com
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