No. 1 Men's Golf Prepares For Oregon Duck Invitational

March 21, 2007

Stanford, Calif. - The No. 1 ranked Stanford men's golf team travels to Eugene, Oregon, March 26-27, for the Oregon Duck Invitational next week at the Eugene Country Club. Action will begin at 8 a.m. each day with a shotgun start.

Teams will play two rounds on Monday and a final 18 Tuesday. The course has been stretched to 7,033 yards from the championship tees and will play to a par of 72. The format, where six golfers from a team will participate and the best four scores are counted, is a slight departure from the traditional five-count-four scoring that is the norm in college golf.

The main impetus for the six-player format is that the Ducks will be hosting the Pac-10 championships at the end of next month at ECC, where teams will also compete six golfers.

Participating teams include Arizona, Arizona State, California, Oregon, Oregon State, Pacific, San Diego State, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Washington and Washington State.

The Duck Invitational will feature three of the nation's top 10 teams according to the latest Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, including top-ranked Stanford. No. 6 USC and No. 9 UCLA are also in the top 10. Other schools in the top 50 include No. 21 Arizona State, No. 28 Arizona, No. 30 Washington -- which won the Duck Invitational when it was last held at ECC in 2005 and No. 46 San Diego State.

San Diego State won the event in 2006, shooting a three-round total of 854. WSU's Ryan Witz and Washington's Joe Panzeri shared top medalist honors after carding a 211.

Stanford finished eighth at the Duck Invitational last year, shooting a 876. Rob Grube tied for 25th (220) while Zack Miller (222) and Matt Savage (222) tied for 37th. Teddy Collins tied for 41st (223).

The Cardinal have won five of eight tournaments this season and have finished in the top five in all eight.

Stanford has four golfers ranked in the top 30 nationally, including two in the top 20 (Senior Zack Miller at No. 13 and freshman Joseph Bramlett at No. 16). Three different golfers have earned top medalist honors at tournaments this year (Miller, Bramlett and Rob Grube).

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