HUTCHINSON, Kan. – With play finally resuming on Saturday, after eight hours and 10 minutes worth of delays on Friday, the Oregon Ducks were able to wrap up their first round of the NCAA Championships at Prairie Dunes Country Club with a 4-over 284 card. Zach Foushee, who was atop the leaderboard when the round was suspended Friday, led UO with a 2-under 68 card.
Foushee looked like he would continue where he left off Friday after placing his ball less than foot away on the ninth hole for a birdie. The 10th and 11th hole however got the best of the West Linn, Ore., native as he fired in back-to-back bogeys. The sophomore birdied the 14th hole to get back to 3-under, but a bogey on the 16th hole left Foushee at 2-under the rest of the round.
“I started on a par-5 so I was kind of ready to go back out there and make some birdies and made one on nine,” said Foushee. “The back nine had a few hard holes to start out, but I felt like I was able to keep going after I got past those first couple holes.”
Thomas Lim was even-par heading into the back nine before the freshman sank birdies on the 13th and 16th hole. Lim, however gave one up the very next hole, narrowly missed his putt to bogey the 17th hole. The freshman nearly sank a 10-footer for birdie on the final hole at 18, but was short by just a couple inches and finished with a 1-under 69 card.
Brandon McIver was 2-under heading into the resumption of play, but struggled to find his groove on the front nine and shot 6-over at holes six through nine. The sophomore started Saturday with a triple-bogey on the par-4 sixth hole, followed by bogeys on four of his next five holes before finishing the day 4-over thanks to a birdie on the par-5 17th hole.
Jonathan Woo was 3-over as he made his turn towards the back-nine, but was able to sink a birdie on the 14th hole. Woo however lipped out his putt on the 16th hole for a bogey and finished the round 3-over.
Sulman Raza started the round Friday with a double-bogey on the par-3 second hole and bogey on the fourth hole, but settled down after that. Raza finished the day with a 5-over 75 card, but only bogeyed the 12th and 15th holes on the back nine.
With the original second wave of teams finally teeing off late this morning, the Ducks will now wait and see where they stand heading into the second round when those teams finish.
“’It was definitely weird going back out there today, especially at seven in the morning,” said Foushee. “Other teams also had to deal with it so we’re in the same boat. There’s always going to be adversity and those that get past it will end up on top.”
Oregon will open the second round of play at 5:50 a.m. (PT) on the 10th tee box and will play alongside South Carolina and Southern Methodist. The Ducks will likely play 36 holes on Sunday, weather permitting, to make up for Friday's delays.