Prestige at PGA West: Oregon cruises past Stanford, Washington and field

LA QUINTA, Calif. (Oct. 11, 2011) -- The University of Oregon men's golf team cruised to its second victory in as many tournaments this fall, winning The Prestige at PGA West by three strokes over Washington with a 32-under par score of 832.

The Ducks, ranked No. 2 by www.golfstat.com, held their first-place standing through all three rounds of the 54-hole, 16-team event, finishing with a final round of 8-under to hold off the Huskies and top-ranked Stanford, which claimed third - eight strokes back.

Eugene Wong paced UO with a runner-up performance, finishing at 10-under 204 (70-64-70). It was the senior's best finish since winning medalist honors at the Western Intercollegiate in 2010.

UW's Cheng-Tsung Pan edged Wong by two shots, shooting a final round of 65 on the 7,156-yard, par 72 course to claim the individual title.

Fellow seniors Daniel Miernicki (70-69-68) and Andrew Vijarro (68-71-68) tied for fifth overall at 7-under, and newcomer Rak Cho shot even-par 216 (73-69-74) to tie for 34th.

Junior Robbie Ziegler didn't factor into the team scoring over the final two rounds, finishing tied for 67th at 9-over 225 (71-77-77).

Head coach Casey Martin's squad doubled its win total from a year ago, when the Ducks lone regular season crown came at the OGIO Santa Barbara Invitational. UO opened the 2011-12 season by winning the Saint Mary's Invitational in September.

Next up for the Ducks will be The Alister MacKenzie Invitational at the Meadow Club in Fairfax, Calif., next Monday and Tuesday.

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54 hole men's college tournament played in California's Coachella Valley which features an all- star field of many of major college golf's top teams and players. The Prestige at PGA West is co-hosted by eight time NCAA Champion Stanford University of the Pac 12 Conference and UC Davis of the Big West Conference.

There is a college/am tournament fund raiser the day before the tournament proper begins which is a great way to see first hand how these players (many of whom will go on to PGA Tour careers) go about their business.

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