Gueant’s Record Round Highlights Strong Finish
STANFORD, Calif. – Tom Gueant tied a program record with an 8-under 62 to finish tied for third while Oregon shot 8 under as a team to move up nine spots into an eighth-place finish at The Goodwin at Stanford Golf Course.
Gueant posted 9 under for the week and held at least a share of the individual lead through most of the afternoon groups' rounds, but Sam Harned of Nevada and Blake Hathcoat of Saint Mary's ultimately got to 10 under to finish one shot ahead of Gueant for the individual title.
"Today was a great day," said head coach Casey Martin. Everyone got off to a better start and played well, but it was definitely Tom's time to shine. We have been waiting on him to break through so it was so fun to see him play that well."
How It Happened: Gueant was dialed in from the start, making back-to-back birdies to start his day before picking up shots at holes five and seven to be 4 under through seven. His only dropped shot of the day came with a bogey at the par-4 ninth, putting him at 3 under making the turn and 4 under overall.
The Frenchman bounced right back though with a birdie at the par-4 10th before making back-to-back birdies at 12 and 13 to reach 6 under for the day. Gueant eagled the short par-4 15th hole to get to 8 under on his round and had a chance to reach 9 under with a makeable birdie attempt at the last, but missed to shoot a bogey-free 5-under 30 on the back nine and post 9 under as the lead groups headed out.
The other four Ducks all shot 72 or better, led by Yuki Moriyama's 1-under 69. Moriyama had a bit of an up-and-down day, making two birdies and bogeys each on the front nine to shoot even going out. He bogeyed the par-4 10th to drop to 1 over, but responded with birdies at three of the next six holes to get to 2 under before a bogey at 16 dropped him back to 1 over.
Jake Sollon closed with a steady day of even-par 70 to finish 6 over for the week and tied for 46th. He made just a lone birdie at the par-5 seventh to go along with eight pars to shoot 34 going out, then got to 2 under with a birdie at 11. However, he would drop back to level par following a double bogey at 13, shooting 1 over on the back.
Nate Stember added a 1-over 71 as the last counting score for the Ducks. He made birdies at the par-5 opening hole in addition to one at the par-5 16th to go along with three bogeys. Craig Ronne had a roller coaster day, shooting a 2-over 72 with four birdies but six bogeys to finish as the non-counting score.
Notable: Gueant is just the fourth Oregon player ever to shoot a 62 in competition … He joins Brandon McIver (2015), Daniel Miernicki (2011) and Derek Sipe (2007) as the only Ducks to shoot 62 in tournament play … Gueant topped his previous career-low of 64 which he shot at last year's Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate … Oregon's 8-under 272 team score in the final round was the lowest of any team in a single round throughout the tournament … It was a tale of two nines all week for the Ducks, as they shot 7 under on the back nine but 18 over on the front.
Ducks On The Leaderboard:
8. Oregon – 283-296-272 – 851 (+11)
T3. Tom Gueant – 69-70-62 – 201 (-9)
T46. Jake Sollon – 68-78-70 -- 216 (+6)
T53. Yuki Moriyama – 74-74-69 – 217 (+7)
T59. Nate Stember – 72-75-71 – 218 (+8)
T131. Craig Ronne – 80-77-72 – 229 (+19)
Up Next: Oregon has a week off before playing in the Cowboy Classic in Chandler, Ariz., April 5-6.