Pair In Top 10 Lead Ducks To Runner-Up Finish
BANDON, Ore. – For the second straight event, Oregon posted a season-best finish, coming in tied for second in the Bandon Dunes Championship at Bandon Trails, shooting 5 over for the week. A pair of Ducks in Nate Stember and Yuki Moriyama finished in the top 10 with both turning in their best career finishes.
How It Happened: Moriyama carded the team's low round of the day for the second straight round, shooting a 1-under 70 to finish 2 under and tied for 10th. Despite a double bogey at the par-3 second hole, he bounced back birdies on three of his next seven holes to shoot 1 under on the front nine. He got to 2 under with a birdie at the par-4 11th, but gave it right back with a bogey at 12. After getting back to 2 under with birdie on 15, he closed his round with a bogey at the par-4 18th, shooting even on the back nine.
Jake Sollon turned in the next best round for the Ducks, finishing with a 1-over 72 to end the week 4 over and tied for 19th. The senior transfer capped his first event in the lineup with a steady round, opening with a bogey before two birdies and nine pars over the next 11 holes put him 1 under through 12. He would make a pair of bogeys down the stretch to finish the day 1 over.
Stember capped his week with an up-and-down final round, shooting a 2-over 73. He birdied two of his first three holes but sandwiched a double bogey between those to be even through three holes. He would drop to 4 over for the round following a double bogey at 14, but finished strong with birdies at two of his last three holes, highlighted by one at the closing par-4 18th.
Tom Gueant was the final counting score of the day with a 3-over 74 to put him in a tie for 36th at 7 over. Craig Ronne turned in a solid week, finishing tied for 14th competing as an individual at 1 over following a 1-over 72 on Tuesday.
Ducks On The Leaderboard:
T2. Oregon – 279-289-289 – 857 (+5)
T7. Nate Stember – 66-71-73 – 210 (-3)
T10. Yuki Moriyama – 71-70-70 – 211 (-2)
T14. Craig Ronne* – 68-72-74 – 214 (+1)
T19. Jake Sollon – 68-77-72 – 217 (+4)
T36. Tom Gueant – 75-71-74 – 220 (+7)
T65. Greg Solhaug* – 73-79-73 – 225 (+12)
T50. Padraic Sim* – 73-77=77 – 227 (+14)
T72. Owen Avrit – 74-81-75 – 230 (+17)
*competed as an individual
Notable: It's the second straight week Oregon has posted a season-best finish and the second consecutive top-5 finish … Stember's tied for seventh finish is the best of his career … He led the field in par-4 scoring, going 4 under for the week and posting a 3.82 scoring average on the par 4s … Moriyama turned in the best finish of his young career for the second straight week … He has shot even par or better in five of his last six rounds … Stember and Greg Solhaug finished the week tied for fourth in field with nine birdies.
Up Next: The Ducks return home to host the Duck Invitational, March 22-23 at Eugene Country Club. The event is closed to the public.