UO Holds Lead Heading Into Final Round of Duck Invite
EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon heads into the final round with the lead after a marathon 36-hole day on its home course in which it shot 4 over to go in front by two shots.
Three Ducks sit inside the top 10 individually with Tom Gueant leading the way in third place at 4 under. Nate Stember joins him as the other Oregon player in the lineup in the top five at 1 under overall while Craig Ronne is tied for seventh at even par playing as an individual.
How It Happened: Gueant was one of only two players in the field to shoot under par in both rounds Monday, firing a 3-under 68 in round one and a 1-under 70 in round two. In round one, he birdied three of his first four holes with a bogey at the other to be 2 under through four, then made two birdies and all pars over the next 13 to go into the last at 4 under. He bogeyed the 18th and was tied for the lead after round one. In round two, he was even par through 15 holes but birdied the par-5 16th to get back into red figures on his round before a couple of closing pars.
Stember got off to a hot start in round one and was 3 under through six holes, but dropped back to even with a bogey at seven and a double bogey at 11. He made three straight birdies from 14-16 to get back to 3 under but bogeyed 18 to shoot a 2-under 69 in round one. Stember had a bit of an up-and-down round two, making three birdies and four bogeys to post a 1-over 72.
Competing as an individual, Ronne opened with a 3-under 68 in the first round, making five birdies while his only setbacks of the round came on back-to-back bogeys at holes eight and nine. He was 1 under after four holes in round two, but went 4 over for the rest of the day to shoot a 2-over 74 in the second round.
Yuki Moriyama moved into the top 15 with a strong second round, shooting a 1-under 70 to get to 4 over for the tournament and tied for 13th. Jake Sollon provided a counting score in both of his rounds and is currently tied for 21st at 5 over.
Padraic Sim is tied for 29th at 7 over while Greg Solhaug is 8 over and tied for 35th. Both are competing as individuals. Gian Luca Martinez finished the two rounds tied for 55th – also playing as an individual – while Owen Avrit rounds out the group of nine Ducks in the field in a tie for 56th.
Gueant is just one shot off the individual lead, shared by Boise State's Hugo Townsend and Oregon State's Spencer Tibbits, while Oregon is two shots clear of Oregon State.
Ducks On The Leaderboard:
1. Oregon – 287-285 – 572 (+4)
3. Tom Gueant – 68-70 – 138 (-4)
T5. Nate Stember – 69-72 – 141 (-1)
T7. Craig Ronne* - 68-74 – 142 (E)
T13. Yuki Moriyama – 76-70 – 146 (+4)
T21. Jake Sollon – 74-73 – 147 (+5)
T29. Padraic Sim* - 75-74 – 149 (+7)
T35. Greg Solhaug* - 72-78 – 150 (+8)
55. Gian Luca Martinez* – 78-76 – 154 (+12)
T56. Owen Avrit – 77-78 – 155 (+13)
*competing as an individual
Up Next: The Ducks wrap up play at the Duck Invitational Tuesday beginning with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start.