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Ducks Play Back-to-Back in Palm Springs

Feb 13, 2014

EVENT: The Prestige
LOCATION: La Quinta, Calif.
DATES: Monday, Feb. 17 – Wednesday, Feb. 19
COURSE: Greg Norman Course
PAR/YARDS: Par-72 / 7,096 yards
TEE TIME: Rds. 1-2 – 8:45 a.m. (PST), Rd. 3 – 7:15 a.m. (PST)
FIELD (12): Arizona State, LSU, Oregon, Pepperdine, San Diego State, Texas Tech, Stanford (Co-Host), Stirling University, UC Davis (Co-Host), UCLA, USC and Washington.
UO LINE-UP: Max Carter, Zach Foushee, Thomas Lim, Brandon McIver, Sulman Raza and Ryann Ree.

EVENT: Wyoming Cowboy Desert Intercollegiate
LOCATION: Palm Desert, Calif.
DATES: Friday, Feb. 21 – Sunday, Feb. 23
COURSE: The Classic Club
PAR/YARDS: Par-72 / 7,305 yards
FIELD (23): Arkansas-Little Rock, Cal Poly, Colorado, Denver, George Mason, Idaho, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Louisiana-Monroe, Loyola Marymount, Nebraska, Oregon, Oregon State, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Southern Utah, TCU, Texas Tech, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, UT Arlington and Wyoming (Host).
UO LINE-UP: Max Carter, Zach Foushee, Thomas Lim, Brandon McIver, Sulman Raza and Ryann Ree.

EUGENE – A week removed from having one of its best finishes in Hawaii, the Oregon men’s golf team flies south for back-to-back tournaments in Palm Springs, Calif. The Ducks first play in the 14th Annual Prestige tournament at the PGA West Resort on the world-renowned Greg Norman course in La Quinta, Calif. UO then take one day off before playing in the 6th Annual Wyoming Cowboy Desert Intercollegiate at the Classic Club in Palm Desert, Calif.

The Ducks roll out to the Palm Springs, Calif., area with Brandon McIver, Thomas Lim, Sulman Raza Ryann Ree and Zach Foushee as their starting five with Max Carter playing as an individual.

The Ducks look to retake the crown at The Prestige, starting Mon., Feb. 17, on the PGA West Greg Norman course (par-71/7,046 yards) in La Quinta, Calif. Oregon took the title back in 2011, carding a 279-273-280—832 (-32), beating out Washington by two strokes.

Like the Amer Ari, The Prestige will play host to some of college golf’s best teams, including Stanford (No. 11), Washington (No. 17), USC (No. 22), UCLA (No. 23), Arizona State (No. 31), LSU (No. 33), Texas Tech (No. 42) and Oregon (No. 45) who are ranked in the top-50 according to Golfstat. Hailing from Scotland, the University of Stirling will also be participating as a special entry to the tournament.

USC and Washington tied for first-place last year with both squads firing a one-under par card. Sulman Raza led the Ducks as a freshman last year, carding a 71-73-73—217 (+4), and finished in a tie for 20th. UCLA’s Pedro Figueiredo won the individual title firing a 71-67-67—205 (-8) to win by five strokes over USC’s Anthony Paolucci, Washington’s Chris Williams and Oklahoma State’s Jordan Niebrugge.

With just one day off after competing in The Prestige tournament, Oregon heads right back to the links for The Wyoming Cowboy Desert Intercollegiate on Fri., Feb. 21. The 23-team tournament will be played on the Classic Club course (par-72/7,305 yards) in Palm Desert, Calif. This is the first time playing in the UW Cowboy Desert Intercollegiate for UO.

TCU swept in both the team and individual scoring, blowing past the opposition by 25-strokes. The Horned Frogs fired in a tournament-best 277-288-280—845 (-19) over the three-day tournament. TCU’s Julien Brun and Eli Cole finished 1-2 on the individual leaderboard respectively. Brun’s card of 68-71-67—206 (-10) won him the tournament title while teammate Cole came in second with a score of 69-73-69—211 (-5).

Oregon had one of its best finishes at the Amer Ari Invitational this past weekend in Hawaii. The Ducks tallied a team score of 276-274-285—835 (-29) and tied for third-place with USC in the 20-team tournament. UO beat out a handful of top-25 teams in the process, including many Pac-12 rivals such as Stanford (No. 11), UCLA (No. 15), Georgia Tech (No. 2) and Texas (No. 16).

Third-ranked Oklahoma State took the tournament crown firing a round low 17-under as a team to finish with a card of 271-277-271—819 (-45). Washington came in at a distant second, finishing 12-strokes behind the Cowboys, carding 280-272-279—831 (-33).

Thomas Lim was just four-strokes off from the top spot in the individual leaderboard, carding a 64-69-71—204 (-12), tying for fifth with Oklahoma State’s Wyndham Clark. Lim’s first round score of 64 was good enough to lead the entire field of 112 golfers.

Sulman Raza was the only other Oregon golfer in the top-25, firing in a 70-69-70—209 (-7), finishing tied for 24th. Brandon McIver was the next best finisher for Oregon, coming in tied for 39th with a card of 71-67-73—211 (-5).

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.

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.