Oregon captures U.S. Intercollegiate
Miernicki fires tourney-low 66 on Sunday to power No. 12 Ducks
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- No. 12 Oregon celebrated its second team win of the week and fifth of the season on Sunday, finishing one-stroke ahead of No. 9 USC in the final round of the U.S. Intercollegiate at the Stanford Golf Course.
On the individual front, Duck senior Daniel Miernicki (66-72-66-204) tied the tourney-low round with his four-under 66 Sunday and won by five strokes against the UCLA pair of Pedro Figueiredo (T2, 67-74-68-209) and Jay Hwang (T2, 70-71-68-209) and USC's Sam Smith (T2, 70-69-70-209), who finished in a three-way tie for second.
Miernicki birdied five holes in the final round -- the par-5 first, par-5 seventh, par-5 16th holes, par-3 eighth and par-3 17th holes. He added pars on 12 holes and had only one bogey on the day.
Career-wise, the returning honorable mention All-American enjoyed his second win in the event after he won the 2010 edition (70-68-64-202). He also won the Duck Invitational as a sophomore and Amer Ari Invitational and OGIO Santa Barbara Invitational as a junior.
His 6-under team score was his eighth-lowest as a collegian. Sunday's team-best round was also his third of the campaign and 51st career-wise, to go along with his school record 79th career round of par or better.
Miernicki also paced Oregon in a tourney for the first time this season and 16th time in his career.
The Ducks featured two others in the top five overall -- Eugene Wong (T5, 69-68-73-210) and Robbie Ziegler (T5, 68-70-72-210).
Oregon's other two entries, Andrew Vijarro (T25, 69-74-74-217) and Rak Cho (75-74-74-223) shot the same final-round score. Another Duck, Jack Paton, competed as an individual (T77, 81-75-75-231).
On the team front, the Ducks (272-284-285-841) held off a charge by the Trojans (279-285-278-842) who logged the best score of the final round.
No. 12 Stanford followed in third place (284-284-281-849), ahead of No. 4 UCLA (277-291-284-852) and No. 7 Washington (280-300-283-863) rounded out the top five.
The 17-team field featured one other top-15 team -- 15th-ranked San Diego State -- who followed in seventh place (285-293-295-873).