Oregon eliminates UW, finishes third at NCAA’s

Updated: June 29, 2010

The University of Oregon’s historic run came to an end on The Honors Course as the Ducks bowed out against Oklahoma State in the semifinals of the NCAA Men’s Golf Championships.

The Cowboys, seeded No. 1 in the match play portion of the championships, defeated the fifth-seeded Ducks, 3-1-1 before losing to Augusta State in the championship.

The NCAA Golf Championships were set up with the top eight teams qualifying for a match-play tournament to determine the champion. Washington finished fourth in the team qualifying while Oregon finished fifth among the teams in the championship. They squared off in a first-round match.

Despite the loss, Oregon secured the program’s top season in school history with a tie for third place at the national tournament.
The University of Washington men’s golf season came to an abrupt stop when Oregon out dueled the Huskies 3-2 in the quarterfinals of match play at the NCAA Championship. The seesaw battle was tied at two matches apiece and came down to the final pairing of Ben Hogan Award winner Nick Taylor and Eugene Wong — who not only shared 2010 Co-Pac-10 Player of the Year honors but grew up together playing junior golf in British Columbia.

Wong held a one stroke lead entering the final hole and both golfers carded a par on 18 to clinch the match for the Ducks who then moved onto the semifinals.

Awards just keep on coming for Northwest college golfers
National recognition keeps coming for Washington men’s golfers as Chris Williams was named the nation’s top freshman and Nick Taylor earned first-team All-America honors. Williams, a native of Moscow, Idaho, was been named recipient of the Phil Mickelson Award presented by the Phil and Amy Mickelson Foundation as the most outstanding freshman in Division I golf.

Williams tied for medalist honors twice this season – the Battle at the Beach and the ASU Thunderbird Invitational. He also was runner-up at both the NCAA West Regional and the Washington National Individual Championship. Williams also collected top 10 finishes at the Pac-10 Golf Championship (T-eighth) and Palouse Collegiate (seventh).