LOS ANGELES, Calif. – After a hard fought day at the par-71 Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles, Calif., the No. 7 University of Oregon men's golf team finished in seventh place. The Ducks earned the seventh seed in Friday's match play quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship and will face number No.2 seed UCLA.
“I’m ecstatic,” Oregon Head Coach Casey Martin said. “We had kind of a rough patch again but then the guys just totally turned it on. The last 10 holes we just played incredible when we needed to. We were 22 over and we needed to take a stand to make the cut, and we played the last 10 holes 1 under as a team under some really tough conditions. The greens got bumpy and the guys just hung in there and I’m just so proud of them.”
The Ducks saw their best round of the tournament when it counted, shooting a three-over 287 in the last day of the 54-hole event. They move on to match play tomorrow at 11:30 a.m., continuing play at the Riviera Country Club.
Oregon’s top four finishers combined for only two bogeys over the last five holes, prior to Daniel Miernicki’s bogey on the final hole. He went into final hole knowing Oregon had a three-stroke cushion over Kent State and Florida State, which finished tied for the final qualifying spot in Friday’s match play.
Kent State and Florida State will play for the eighth and final spot in the championships tomorrow morning before playing against number one seed Alabama.
Eugene Wong , the Pac-12 Player of the Year, had the best score of the day for Oregon, shooting a two-under 69. The senior finished the final round with four birdies and two bogeys, placing 13th overall.
Miernicki had a set back from yesterday’s one-under par, shooting two-over 73. The senior struggled on his front nine, recording five bogeys and two birdies to end up in a tie for 21st.
Robbie Ziegler, was the fifth player the last two days for Oregon, had a 10-stroke improvement from yesterday’s round, shooting three-over today and helping the Ducks claim a spot in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships. The redshirt junior shot even par for the first seven holes before shooting five bogeys and two birdies in the final round.
“He (Ziegler) really gutted it up,” Martin said. “I know he really felt bad not contributing the first couple of rounds and he just had a great stretch. He was really a big catalyst, we needed him big time and he came through and Andrew (Vijarro) came through. We’re just stoked, we’re just so happy. Now we face the Bruins tomorrow and they’re an incredible team.”
Andrew Vijarro had a three-stroke improvement from yesterday’s round, shooting one-over 72 on the final day. The senior got off to a strong start, birdying holes 10 and 12 and getting eagle on hole 11, before registering bogeys on holes 13, 14 and 15.
Freshman Jonathan Woo finished the third round with an eight-over 79.
In addition, both Wong and Miernicki were named to First-team All-America.
1- Thomas Pieters: Illinois (69-68-71-208), T2- Julien Brun: TCU (72-72-67-211), T2- Tyler McCumber: Florida (68-71-72-211), T4- Patrick Cantlay: UCLA (74-72-66-212), T4-Corey Conners: Kent State (68-75-69-212), T4- Cory Whitsett: Alabama (73-68-71-212), T7- Blayne Barber: Auburn (69-74-70-213), T7- Justin Thomas: Alabama (70-70-73-213), T9- Max Homa: California (76-70-68-214), T9- Will Kropp: Oklahoma (73-72-69-214), T9- Keith Mitchell: Georgia (73-72-69-214), T9- Patrick Rodgers: Stanford (69-72-73-214), T13- Eugene Wong: Oregon (72-74-69-215), T21- Daniel Miernicki: Oregon (73-70-73-216), T29- Andrew Vijarro: Oregon (70-75-72-217), T123- Jonathan Woo: Oregon (76-75-79-230), T144- Robbie Ziegler: Oregon (76-84-74-234).
1- Alabama (285-287-287-859), 2- UCLA (289-287-285-861), 3- Texas (290-295-284-869), T4- California (295-289-287-871), T-4 San Diego State (292-295-284-871), 6- Washington (296-286-290-872), 7- Oregon (291-294-288-873), T8 –Kent State (293-291-291-875), T8- Florida State (290-290-295-875).
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