CRESWELL, Ore. – The Oregon State men’s golf team crushed the 16-team Duck Invitational, including an11-stroke margin over third-place Oregon, to win the 25th Annual tournament behind an outstanding effort by all five Beaver players at the Ducks’ host event.
The Beavers concluded the two-day, 54-hole tournament with a 9-over 292-290-291--873 at the par-72, 7,165-yard Emerald Valley Golf Course to finish nine strokes better than second-place Minnesota (18-over 882) and 11 better than Oregon (20-over 884). It’s the 37th team title in Oregon State history and the fourth under Reehoorn in his fourth season as the Beavers’ head coach (see the all-time tournament wins at the bottom of this story).
The conditions were much tougher on Tuesday than Monday’s nearly perfect weather, as rain and wind caused the majority of the scores to go up. It didn’t affect the Beavers, however, as they posted the best score on the final day to lead the tournament from start to finish.
Ducks - Duck men fall to third at Emerald Valley
Courtesy: GoDucks.com: 03/25/2014
CRESWELL, Ore. — So far in 2014, playing on home turf hasn't provided much of a benefit to the Oregon men's golf team.
That's something the Ducks hope to turn around by May 15, the next time they play in their home state, as hosts of an NCAA Regional.
Playing their second straight tournament in-state, the UO men struggled again with windy conditions and finished third Tuesday in the Duck Invitational, played at the par-72, 7,165-yard Emerald Valley Golf Course. Oregon's previous tournament was a ninth-place finish at Bandon Dunes two weeks earlier.
"When conditions have been tough, we haven't done that great," UO coach Casey Martin said. "That's our hurdle — it's just the character of battling through some of the adversity. We've kind of wilted at times, and today we did. But you keep grinding."
Oregon entered the day at 8-over 584, two strokes behind Oregon State after the tournament's two opening rounds Monday. The Beavers held serve with a 3-over 291 in the final round Tuesday, while Oregon was 12-over for the day, falling to 20-over for the event, two strokes behind second-place Minnesota.
The Ducks started well through the first six holes of the third round, keeping pace with Oregon State. Oregon's fall corresponded roughly to afternoon winds that picked up over the course of the round.
The two straight subpar performances followed a victory for the UO men on Feb. 23 at the Cowboy Desert Intercollegiate in Palm Springs, Calif. The Ducks look to rebound against strong fields at The Goodwin hosted by Stanford, Friday through Sunday, and the Western Intercollegiate in Santa Cruz, Calif., on April 12-13.