Norman Xiong wins men’s golf opener, Ducks finish fourth
Xiong shot 12-under par over the two-day tournament to share the individual title with Wake Forest’s Will Zalatoris. The 2017 NCAA Men’s Golf National Championship runner-ups shot 2-over par to fall 19 shots behind the tournament champions, Wake Forest. This was the Ducks’ first tournament of the season.
Xiong started out day one leading by three shots, shooting 69 and 67 and finished with a 71 in Durham, North Carolina. His score of 12-under was his lowest score to par in a single tournament. He bested his 11-under finish at the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate in February.
Junior Sam Foust scored 70, which included birdies on all four of the par fives to lead the Ducks over the final round. Foust finished in 21st to tie as the second-best Duck.
Redshirt junior Ryan Gronlund was tied for 11th after day one, but fell to 21st to tie Foust after shooting 3-over par in the final round. Edwin Yi tied for 24th and shot a one-under par in the second round. Kevin Geniza finished tied for 37th, shooting at 6-over par, and freshman Thomas Mulligan tied for 65th in his collegiate debut.
The Ducks’ next tournament will be the Trinity Forest Invitational in Dallas, Texas, on Sunday, September 24 at the Trinity Forest Golf Club.
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