Oregon captures Pac-12 Men’s Golf Championship

Oregon captures Pac-12 Men’s Golf Championship, first since 1977 (Pac-8 North Division)

OREGON, behind the play of senior Wyndham Clark, captured its third title in a shortened 54-hole Pac-12 Men’s Golf Championship at Boulder Country Club in Boulder, Colorado. Clark, from nearby Denver, posted a 4-under (206) to earn Pac-12 medalist honors. 

Clark became the first Duck to win the individual title since Brent Murray earned co-medalist honors in 1978. He becomes the fifth different Oregon player all-time to grab medalist honors, joining Craig Griswold (1970, 72), Peter Jacobsen (1974, 76), Phil Currie (1977) and Murray. Clark was the only golfer to play each of his three rounds under par as he shot 69-68-69 and posted a three-stroke victory over USC’s Rico Hoey and Stanford’s Franklin Huang who tied for second at 1-under (209). 

The Ducks held off a gallant charge by the STANFORD Cardinal who cut the deficit to one stroke several times during the third round. Oregon posted a team score of +15 (1065) to pick up its first Conference title since taking the Pac-8 North Division crown in 1977. The Cardinal’s were the only team to post a third round score under par (- 8) and finished second at +18 (1068). USC and WASHINGTON tied for third at +32 (1082). 

There was a three-way tie for low freshman as Arizona State’s Chun An Yu, Oregon’s Norman Xiong and Washington’s Henry Lee finished the Championships at 6-over (216), which put them in a tie for 14th place. 

Darkness suspended second round play on the opening day of the Championships, while four inches of snow Friday night canceled the second day of competition. Sunny skies and warming temperatures on Sunday aided the Boulder Country Club ground crew in preparing the course for resumption of second round play at 11:30 a.m. MT. The third and final round got underway with a shotgun start at 1:00 p.m. MT. 

After the final six teams completed the second round on Sunday, Oregon (+15, 715) held a nine-stroke lead over Washington (+24, 724) in the team competition, with defending Pac-12 champion Stanford in third just 11 strokes off the lead (+26, 726). Clark completed the second round in solo position of first place with a 3-under (137). Washington’s Carl Yuan and USC’s Hoey were three strokes back at even par (140). 

Inclement weather (snow) shortened the Championships from 72 holes to 54 holes. This is the first Pac-12 Men’s Golf Championships to have been shortened due to inclement weather. 

Final Team Results (Par 70, 7,129 yards) 

1. Oregon…354-361-350 — 1065 (+15)
2. Stanford…363-363-342 — 1068 (+18)
3. Washington…355-369-358 — 1082 (+32)
4. USC…366-365-351 — 1082 (+32) 
5. UCLA…363-372-353 — 1088 (+38)
6. Arizona State…362-374-356 — 1092 (+42)
7. Colorado…368-367-360 — 1095 (+45)
8. California…367-364-365 — 1096 (+46)
9. Arizona…368-373-366 — 1107 (+57)
10. Washington State…373-374-366 — 1113 (+63)
11. Oregon State…376-376-367 — 1119 (+69)
12. Utah…379-377-366 — 1122 (+72)