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Oregon finishes sixth at Pac-12 Championships



Oregon men’s golf finished in the middle of the pack at the Pac-12 Championships in Salt Lake City Sunday, tying for sixth with Colorado (+39).

Utah hosted the four-round, par-71 tournament at The Country Club, where Stanford pulled away early and never relinquished the lead. The Cardinal finished 18-under, 29 strokes ahead of second place Cal (+11). Five of six Stanford golfers finished in the top 15 or better.

Aaron Wise and Thomas Lim carried Oregon, shooting one-under and four-over respectively for the tournament. Wise finished tied for ninth – the seventh time he’s finished in the top 10 this season.

The Ducks were without senior Zach Foushee, who didn’t make the trip due to an undisclosed injury. Nigel Lett filled in for Foushee, but finished tied for 64th (+23). Sulman Raza shot 14-over and Brandon McIver finished 19-over for the tournament. Edwin Yi finished in the top 30, shooting eight-over for the tournament.

Jon Rahm of Arizona State came back to win the individual title, finishing 12-under.

Oregon has never won the Pac-12 Championship during head coach Casey Martin’s tenure, but finished as high as second in 2014.

Ultimately, the Ducks’ sixth place finish will have little impact on them moving forward. The team should be a guarantee to make the NCAA Regionals, where the top five teams from each of the six tournaments will advance to the 2016 NCAA Championships in Eugene. Last season, the Ducks secured the fifth and final spot in the Noblesville, Indiana regional to make the championship tournament.

2016 NCAA Regionals will go from May 16-18.

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Will Denner is a senior journalism major at the University of Oregon. He covers football and men's golf for the Emerald. Email Will at [email protected] with tips, questions and comments.