Oregon outlasts No. 16 SMU, fourth-ranked Washington to win Duck Invite
EUGENE, Ore. -- The Oregon Ducks grinded out their first team championship since winning the Aggie Invitational in April 2012 on Tuesday afternoon at the Duck Invitational.
The Ducks finished the tournament six-under par (858) as a team and outlasted No. 16 SMU (-3, 861) by three strokes. No. 4 Washington placed third (+8, 288).
Additionally, sophomore Jonathan Woo (-8) captured the first individual championship of his career two strokes ahead of San Jose State's Cody Blick (-6) and Wichita State's Louis Cohen Boyer (-6).
Oregon entered the day with a seven-shot lead but saw its lead dwindle to one when SMU climbed to three-under after starting the day at -2. At that point, the Ducks were five-over for the day (-4).
But Woo got hot and birdied five consecutive holes midway through his final round (holes 8-12). Then, Rak Cho birdied three consecutive holes (13-15) to open up a five-shot lead through 15 holes. The Ducks held on the rest of the way to take the title.
Woo shot a three-day total of 208 (67-69-72) to win the individual tournament. Cho followed in a tie for fourth (-4, 71-71-70=212) to help lead the Duck charge. Rounding out the Oregon five were Zach Foushee (T10, E, 72-72-72), Sulman Raza and Ryann Ree, who both tied for 37th.
Competing as an individual, Tyler Parker finished in a tie for 10th, shooting a three-day total of 216 (73-70-73).
Oregon's win at the Duck Invitational marked its second win in a row at the invitational and third in the last four years. In addition, Woo's win gave the Ducks their second individual title in a row at Eugene. Last year, Andrew Vijarro took the crown.