Ducks Eye Fifth Straight Top Five Finish
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – Oregon took advantage of slightly better playing conditions Tuesday at Pasatiempo Golf Club to be in line to challenge for the team's fifth-straight top five finish of the spring.
The Ducks shot a 22-over 372 in the second round – nine shots better than Monday's opening round – to move up a spot to seventh at 53-over. Oregon enters the final round four shots behind two teams tied for fourth place at plus-49, Arizona and Washington. Just ahead of the Ducks is Colorado State in sixth at 52-over.
"Guys are battling, giving everything they have," said head coach Casey Martin. "The course and the conditions have been a lot to deal with."
How It Happened: Freshman Greyson Leach paced the Ducks on Tuesday with a 2-over 72. He had four birdies as he climbed to 14th individually at 7-over 147. The Ducks also counted a 72 from Nate Stember, who was a shot back of Leach in 18th at 8-over 148.
Eric Doyle had a 75 Tuesday, Owen Avrit carded a 76 and Greg Solhaug shot a 77 to round out the scoring for the Ducks. Avrit was tied for 29th at 10-over.
Head coach Casey Martin
"The weather should be better tomorrow. Hoping we can make some birdies and take the opportunity to feel good about things."
Notable: Oregon has top five finishes in its last four tournaments and five of its last six events. … Teams are counting the top five scores among their six golfers for this tournament, as opposed to standard five-count-four the college format.
Ducks On The Leaderboard
Pasatiempo Golf Club (Par 70, 6,615 Yards)
7. Oregon – 381-372-753 (+53)
T14. Greyson Leach – 75-72-147 (+7)
T18. Nate Stember – 76-72-146 (+8)
T29. Owen Avrit – 74-76-150 (+10)
T49. Eric Doyle – 80-75-155 (+15)
T49. Yuki Moriyama – 76-79-155 (+15)
T65. Greg Solhaug – 80-77-157 (+17)
Up Next: The final round of the Western Intercollegiate will begin at approximately 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. Golf Channel will provide live coverage of the tournament beginning at 1 p.m.
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