The Oregon men’s team dominated the first two rounds of Stanford’s U.S. Intercollegiate. The third round wasn’t quite as easy. But the Ducks, No. 12 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, had just enough April 1 to hold off No. 5 USC by a shot at Stanford Golf Course and earn their fifth victory of the season and their second in six days.
Oregon – coming off a victory at its home event, the Duck Invitational, on March 27 – opened the Stanford event with an 8-under 270 and led by five after Round 1. The Ducks’ second-round 284 increased their lead to eight over the second-place Trojans. USC, however, came out charging in Round 3, posting a Sunday-best 2-under 278 to Oregon’s 5-over 285. But the Ducks prevailed thanks in large part to a brilliant 4-under 66 by senior Daniel Miernicki that included birdies on the 16th and 17th holes, giving Oregon a 1-over 841 total, just ahead of USC’s 842.
No. 11 Stanford (849) finished third, followed by No. 4 UCLA (852) and No. 7 Washington (863).
Miernicki won medalist honors with a 6-under 204, five shots ahead of USC’s Sam Smith and UCLA teammates Pedro Figueiredo and Jay Hwang. Hwang was competing as an individual.
The Trojans’ final-round rally was spurred by 2-under 68s from freshman Anthony Paolucci and junior Martin Trainer, as well as Smith’s 70.
No. 13 San Diego State finished seventh, ending the Aztecs’ streak of four victories in a row. San Diego State’s J.J. Spaun, who had won three consecutive individual titles, tied for 46th at 13-over 223.