NCAA championships begin Friday for men’s golf

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. The Oregon men’s golf team will begin play in the 2023 NCAA Championship on Friday at Grayhawk Golf Club. The No. 19 Ducks are making their second straight appearance at Grayhawk to challenge for the national title. It is the program’s 32nd all-time NCAA Championships appearance and 11th in 17 years under the head coach. Casey Martin.

Oregon is one of 30 teams in the field and will tee off in the afternoon wave of the first round on Friday. The tournament begins with a round of stroke play every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, after which the field will be divided from 30 teams to the top 15. The individual national champion will be crowned after the final round of stroke play on Monday, with the top eight teams advancing to match play. The match play quarterfinals and semifinals will take place on Tuesday, with the national championship game set for Wednesday, May 31.

2023 NCAA Men’s Golf Championships
Dates: Friday May 26 – Wednesday May 31
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona.
Course: Grayhawk Golf Club
Par/Yardage: 70/7,289

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Live scoring for the NCAA Championships will be available on Live updates will be provided throughout the tournament on Twitter at @OregonMGolf. The Golf Channel will broadcast live from the final round of stroke play on Monday from 2 pm to 6 pm PT, covering both days of play. Live coverage will be from 9 am to 11:30 am and then from 2 pm to 6 pm on Tuesday, and from 2 pm to 6 pm on Wednesday for the championship game.

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No. 19 Oregon is one of the top 21 25 teams in the 30-team field. Each of the top 12 teams in the latest Golfstat rankings advanced to the NCAA Championship, including 14 of the top 15 and 18 of the top 20.

#1 Vanderbilt, #2 North Carolina, #3 Illinois, #4 Arizona State, #5 Texas Tech, #6 Stanford, #7 Florida State, #8 Pepperdine, #9 Florida, #10 Oklahoma, #11 Georgia Tech, #12 Auburn, #14 Texas A&M, #15 Alabama, #16 Virginia, #17 Texas, #18 Mississippi State, #19 Oregon#22 Colorado State, #23 Ohio State, #25 Georgia, Arkansas, Baylor, Duke, East Tennessee State, Brigham Young, San Francisco, Chattanooga, New Mexico, Colorado

Tee shot for ducks (average score)
1. Owen Avrit (69.97)
2. Nate Stember (71.13)
3. greg solhaug (71.56)
4. greyson leach (71.67)
5. aiden krafft (72.37)
alternative gabriel hari (73.47)

Ducks finish third in NCAA Bath Regional
Oregon booked its ticket to the NCAA championships with a third-place finish at the NCAA Bath Regional in Michigan. The Ducks moved up to the ranking position with a stellar 10-under 274 in the second round, then used a strong finish in the final round to hold on and crack the top five. After watching their band shrink to one shot midway through the back nine of round three, the Ducks made seven birdies and an eagle over the last five holes to pull away from the cutoff line. The momentum changed on the par 5 14th hole, where greg solhaug drained an eagle and the trio of Owen Avrit, Nate Stember and greyson leach all came with a birdie. Avrit was the leading duck on the leaderboard in a tie for fifth overall at 6-under, and Solhaugh (T11, -4), Stember (17, -3) and Leach (T20, -1) joined the him at the top. 20. Leach excelled in the last two rounds, posting 3-under 68 and 2-under 69, after opening with 4-over 75.

History of the NCAA championships
The Ducks return to Grayhawk Golf Club for the NCAA Championship after finishing 15th overall in the 2022 tournament. Oregon went to the final round of stroke play, but failed to advance to match play. Los Patos return the quartet of Owen Avrit, Nate Stember, greg solhaug and greyson leach of the squadron, bringing some experience to Grayhawk. Oregon’s 2022 appearance was their first at the NCAA Championships since 2018, the last of four straight NCAA Championship berths for the Ducks. UO made history on its home turf at Eugene Country Club in 2016, finishing sixth in stroke play before defeating LSU, Illinois and Texas in match play to claim the first national title in program history. Aaron Wise also became the first Duck to win an NCAA singles title. The Ducks nearly repeated as national champions in 2017, tying for fifth in stroke play and beating both Oklahoma State and Vanderbilt in hole play before falling to Oklahoma in the national title game. Oregon’s runner-up finish in 2017 was his fourth match appearance; the Ducks reached the national semifinals in both 2010 and 2012.

Five Ducks earn All-Pac-12 honors
Oregon’s full five-player roster heading to Grayhawk was honored last month by the Pac-12 Conference. Owen Avrit he was rewarded for his excellent season with a first-team All-Pac-12 selection, and Nate Stember He landed in the second team. Both greg solhaug and greyson leach received honorable mention recognition, and aiden krafft he was named a Pac-12 freshman honorable mention. Avrit became the first Duck to be named to the Pac-12 first team since Norman Xiong in 2018.

Avrit brings ducks to Scottsdale
Senior Owen Avrit he’s been about as steady as they’ve been for the Ducks this season, leading the way with a stellar 69.97 scoring average. Oregon has counted Avrit’s 33 rounds toward team points this season, and he’s had individual victories at both the Bandon Dunes Championships and the Cal Poly Invitational. He owns eight top-eight finishes in 11 tournaments, also finished runner-up at the Western Intercollegiate, tied for fifth at the NCAA Bath Regional, Duck Invitational and Southwestern Invitational, and tied for eighth at the Husky Invitational and the Maui Jim Invitational. The first-team selection, made up exclusively of Pac-12s, has shot at par or better 17 times in 45 rounds with 10 performances under 70, led by a 7-under 63 in the season opener in the Maui Jim Intercollegiate. Avrit has six rounds in the 60s in his last 10, and he opened the NCAA Bath Regional with 5-under 66 and 3-under 68, before posting a 2-over 73 in the final round.