Lim’s Ten Birdies Gives Ducks Nike Collegiate Lead

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FORT WORTH, Texas – Thomas Lim shot rounds of 66-65 to propel Oregon into the overnight lead Monday at the Nike Golf Collegiate Invitational, played at the par-70, 7,024 Colonial Country Club.

Lim, a sophomore from Moorpark, Calif., was outstanding on Monday with four birdies and no bogeys in the morning round, and six birdies with one bogey in the afternoon for a 9-under 131 total. Lim led the field with 10 birdies on Monday, and holds a three shot lead on Washington’s Cheng-Tsung Pan, who was at 6-under 134.

Lim’s efforts helped No. 14 Oregon lead the tournament at 8-over 568. The Ducks had rounds of 283 and 285 on Monday. No. 22 Washington was second at 10-over 570, followed by No. 16 Texas at 571, No. 25 Oklahoma at 572 and No. 3 Stanford at 573.

Also for the Ducks, freshman Hurly Long was tied for 13th at 4-over 144, junior Zach Foushee was tied for 16th at 5-over 145, and junior Brandon McIver was tied for 28th at 8-over 148.

What It Means: The Ducks hold the overnight lead for the second straight tournament. In its last outing being the first day leader, Oregon defeated USC in a playoff at the Itani Homes Collegiate.

Beyond the Scorecard: Many of the higher ranked teams struggled on Monday with No. 5 Vanderbilt eighth at 26-over 586 and No. 7 Georgia 10th at 38-over 598.

Odds and Ends: A consistent theme throughout the fall, the Ducks are again leading the field on par fours, averaging 4.08 strokes.

Quoteworthy: “It was another great effort today. The golf course if difficult, but Thomas (Lim) managed to hit a bunch of fairways and make a bunch of putts. We need to play well tomorrow as a lot of great programs are right there with us,” said Oregon head coach Casey Martin.

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