EVENT: Bandon Dunes Championships
LOCATION: Bandon, Ore.
DATES: Sunday, March 9 – Tuesday, March 11
COURSE: Pacific Dunes Course
PAR/YARDS: Par-71 / 6,603 yards
TEE TIME: 8:30 a.m.
FORMAT: Shotgun start
LIVE SCORING: www.golfstat.com
FIELD (15): Boston College, Colorado, Gonzaga (Host), Missouri, Oregon, Pacific, Rice, St. Mary’s, San Jose State, UC Davis, Missouri-Kansas City, Utah Valley, Washington, Washington State and Weber State.
UO LINE-UP: Zach Foushee, Thomas Lim, Brandon McIver, Sulman Raza and Ryann Ree
EUGENE – Fresh off of its first tournament win of the 2013-14 season in Palm Desert, Calif., at the Wyoming Cowboy Desert Intercollege, the Oregon men’s golf team looks to continue its success at the Bandon Dunes Championships hosted by Gonzaga. The three-day tournament will be hosted at the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort and played on the par-71, 6,603-yards Pacific Dunes Course.
Outside of hosting the Duck Invitational – March 24-25 – the 54-hole contest in Bandon, Ore., is the only other time Oregon fans can see the team in-state.
DUCKS IN BANDON
Oregon has enjoyed success at the Bandon Dunes Championships, nothing two top three finishes and one top five finish since 2011. The Ducks fired in a fourth-place performance last year in Bandon, Ore., with a final card of 290-294-290—874 (+10). Ryann Ree led the flock with a 72-73-72—217 (+1) and tied for 11th. Jonathan Woo was a stroke back from Ree and finished in tie for 17th with a card of 71-74-73—218 (+3).
The Ducks finished second in their first year (2011) playing in the 54-hole tournament and carded a final score of 282-299-298—879 (+15). Andrew Vijarro and Jack Dukeminier led UO in that run as the pair tied for fourth at 2-over par while Daniel Miernicki grabbed a tie for 10th at 4-over.
In 2012, Oregon took third in the team score, posting a card of 284-287-286—857 (+19). Then-freshman Rak Cho finished third on the individual leaderboard to lead the Ducks with a 72-68-71—211 (-2). Woo also grabbed a top-10 finish coming in a tie for seventh with a 68-74-72—215 (+2). UO’s Robbie Zielger came in ninth at the tournament behind Woo with a 70-74-72—216 (+3) to round out the top-10 finishers for Oregon.
SPRING IN THEIR STEP
Oregon has enjoyed a successful spring season so far through three tournaments. The Ducks have posted a pair of top three finishes including a top-10 finish. UO opened up the spring in a tie for third at the Amer Ari Invitational and finished ahead some of the nation’s best golf programs. The Ducks took a step back with a seventh-place finish at The Prestige before rebounding just days later to take the crown at the Wyoming Cowboy Desert Intercollegiate.
Overall, Oregon has finished in the top-10 in every tournament they’ve played in so far this season and have finished in the top three in 3-of-10 contests. The Ducks other top-three finish came in September when they took second at the St. Mary’s Invitational.
LAST TIME OUT
Outside of its second-place standing through the first 18-holes of play to open the Wyoming Cowboy Desert Invitational, the Oregon men’s golf team was the squad to beat the entire tournament. The Ducks shot a tournament best 276-279-282—837 (-27) to edged past Colorado, 272-284-284—840 (-24), by three strokes thanks to three players finishing in the top five.
Sulman Raza led the Ducks with a card of 70-68-70—208 (-8), good for second-place on the individual leaderboard. Teammate Ryann Ree fired a low-round of 66 on day two and posted a final score of 71-66-72—209 (-7) to finish in a tie for third. Brandon McIver was the third Duck to finish in the top five with a 6-under score and a final card of 68-72-70—210 to finish in a tie for fifth.
Prior to claiming their first title of the season, the Ducks were at The Prestige tournament in La Quinta, Calif., where they played on the Greg Norman Course. UO stayed in the hunt the first two rounds, ending each day in fourth and third, respectively. The Ducks however weren’t able to pull through on the final day of play and finished in seventh place with a team score of 285-281-287—853 (+1).
Ree led the Ducks at The Prestige with a final card of 70-72-70—212 (-1) to tie for 15th. Thomas Lim, 73-69-72—214, and Zach Foushee, 71-72-71—214, rounded out the top-25 individual leaderboard for Oregon with both players finishing 1-over par, and tied for 23rd. McIver wasn’t far behind the Lim and Foushee, earning a tie for 27th with a card of 71-68-76—215 (+2).
LIM ENDS 2013 ON HIGH NOTE
Thomas Lim wrapped up his first term at Oregon with a high note, tying for a third-place finish at the Patriot All-America tournament. The freshman carded a 70-67-69—206 at the four-day event held in Arizona on the par-71 Wigwam Golf Resort. In cooperation with the Folds of Honor Foundation, Lim and the other NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA and AJGA All-Americans that participated in the tournament represented a fallen soldier. Lim represented Lt. Col. James L. Wiley of the U.S. Army, a North Bend, Ore., native who was a member of the 27th Bridge Combat Team from the New York Army National Guard.
MARTIN INKS WISE FOR 2015
Head coach Casey Martin signed Aaron Wise during the early signing period in the fall of 2013. Wise, a native of Lake Elsinore, Calif., is currently ranked 21st in his class nationally and fifth in California by Junior Golf Scorecard. The senior from Santiago High School took top honors this past summer at the USGA Junior Boys Qualifier in Oceanside, Calif., shooting a 65-64—129 and won by 13 strokes over a field of 77 golfers.