Oregon men win U.S. Intercollegiate
Monday, April 2, 2012
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.