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NCAA Men's Golf Championship: Oregon's Aaron Wise named Individual Champion; Ducks, USC advance

May 30, 2016


Aaron Wise birdied the 17th hole and pumped his fist; the putt all but clinched his spot as the 2016 NCAA Men's Golf Individual National Champion. Wise had been grasping on to his lead after double-bogeying the 16th, until the birdie on 17 provided some cushion. He finished the weekend at -5, two shots clear of USC's Rico Hoey.

Wise shot a pair of 70s in the first two rounds, 64 in Sunday's third round and 71 on Monday to clinch the title, which was competed at Eugene Country Club aka the Ducks' home course. Wise is the first NCAA Golf Individual Champion in school history. 

Wise pushed his team to a sixth-place finish, securing the Ducks spot in the quarter final. Oregon, seeded sixth, will face third-seeded Louisiana State.


Rico Hoey played a consistent round, finishing second in individual play with a -3 overall score. The fourth-seeded Trojans will face fifth-seeded Vanderbilt in the quarterfinals

Arizona State

John Rahm and the Sun Devils were eliminated from the quarterfinals in a tiebreaker against Oklahoma. Rahm had three birdies on Monday but double-bogeyed the 16th hole and bogeyed 17 with the Sun Devils battling to make the top eight and advance to team match play. Rahm finished 1-under overall, tied for third in the individual competition. 


The Bears also were eliminated, finishing tied for 10th. Colin Morikawa led the team with four birdies and finished the round at 1-over. The season marked coach Steve Desimone's 37th and final one at the helm.