Norman Xiong wins second tournament of the season

Sophomore Norman Xiong’s steady performance at the Nike Collegiate Invite earned him the top spot in the Portland, Oregon, tournament.

He finished at 13-under par to win over 74 other golfers from around the country. He narrowly beat University of Southern California’s Justin Suh and Stanford’s Brandon Woo, who tied for second with 12-under. Going into the final round, Xiong was two shots behind Woo, but had five birdies on Tuesday to overtake the lead.

This is Xiong’s third career win. This benchmark ties him for third for most wins in program history with Wyndham Clark, Ted Snavely and Eugene Wong. It is also his first ever outright win as he shared the top spot the two previous times.

Xiong had a strong start to the fall season, winning the Rod Myers Invitational in mid-September, but struggled at the Trinity Forest Invitational last week.

As a team, the Ducks finished 1-over par to place 10th out of 15 teams.

Ryan Gronlund finished second for Oregon, shooting a best five-under par in the final round. He ended the tournament tied for 10th with 6-under.

Edwin Yi was next, tying for 38th at 2-over par. He also finished strong, shooting a tournament-best 1-under par on Tuesday.

Kevin Geniza and Donald Kay rounded out the Ducks, placing 73rd and 74th, respectively. Geniza finished at 21-over and Kay shot 22-over.

The Ducks now have a few weeks for prepare before heading to Atlanta, Georgia, for the East Lake Cup on October 30.

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