LOCATION: Newport Beach, Calif.
DATES: Monday Nov. 4 – Tuesday Nov. 5
COURSE: Pelican Hill Resort Ocean North Course
PAR/YARDAGE: Par-70/6,985 yards
TEE TIME: 7 a.m. – Shotgun start
LIVE SCORING: www.golfstat.com
FIELD (10): Alabama, Coastal Carolina, Lamar, Northwestern, Oregon, Southern Methodist, Southern California, Tennessee, UCLA, Washington.
UO LINEUP: Brandon Baumgarten, Zach Foushee, Thomas Lim, Brandon McIver, Sulman Raza.
EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon resumes play at the 9th Annual Gifford Collegiate hosted by UCLA at the Pelican Hill Resort in Newport Beach, Calif., next Monday and Tuesday (Nov. 4-5). The tournament will be played on the par-70 6,985 yards Ocean North Course which oversees the Pacific coastline.
The Ducks tee off at 7 a.m. with a shotgun start format. The tournament will be based on 54 holes of stroke play with 36 holes on day one and 18 on day two.
The event plays host to some of the nation’s best teams according to the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Every team in the tournament, including the Ducks who sit at No. 54, is ranked in the top-100 with the exception of Lamar which sits just outside at No. 101. The field includes three teams in the top-15 in top-ranked Alabama, No. 13 Washington and No. 14 UCLA. Southern California (No. 30), Northwestern (No. 33), Tennessee (No. 39) and Southern Methodist (No. 49) all sit within the top-50 while Coastal Carolina rounds things out at No. 78.
“This is a big event with a great field and it will be a huge test for our team,” head coach Casey Martin said. “We have been playing well in practice and qualifying and so the next step is for us to relax and do it in the heat of competition.”
The Gifford Collegiate field of participants combined for an overall record of 228-128-11 with the Crimson Tide, Huskies and Bruins combining for an impressive 81-14-1 mark. Oregon (32), along with Alabama (39) and Northwestern (34) are the only three teams with over 30-plus wins against ranked opponents according to Golfweek.
“Fazio designed courses normally have fairly generous fairways but a lot of trouble if you were to miss the fairway, so we will need to be accurate off the tee,” Martin said. “The Fazio courses also have undulating greens so that will be a big test for us to handle fast and undulating putting surfaces. Our courses in town get us ready for that so I am confident we will do well.”
Oregon placed third during the 2011-12 season at the Gifford Collegiate carding a score of 362-363-360—1085 (+233) behind the play of All-American Eugene Wong.
Last time out, the Ducks tied with Colorado tied for sixth at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational carding a 282-280-292—854 (-10). After shooting 14-under the first day, Oregon was unable to keep its pace and carded a 292 (+4) on the final round of play.Sulman Raza took the top spot amongst UO players posting a score of 70-68-74—212 (-4) and tied for 12th-place. Ryann Ree, Thomas Lim and Zach Foushee all finished with a final card of 216 (E) and finished tied for 27th. Brandon McIver rounded things out for the Ducks and fired in a 73-73-71—217 (+1) performance tying for 34th.