Ducks Eye Fifth in a row in the top five

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. –Oregon took advantage of slightly better playing conditions Tuesday at Pasatiempo Golf Club to be in line to challenge for the team’s fifth straight top five in the spring.

The Ducks shot a 22 of 372 in the second round — nine shots better than Monday’s first round — to move up to seventh with 53 on. Oregon enters the final round four strokes behind two teams tied for fourth at plus-49, Arizona and Washington. Just ahead of the Ducks is Colorado State in sixth place with 52 more points.

“Guys are fighting, they’re giving it their all,” the head coach said Casey Martin. “The course and the conditions were difficult to manage.”

How did it happen: First-year student Greyson Leaching paced the Ducks on Tuesday with a 2 of 72. He had four birdies as he climbed to 14and individually at 7 of 147. The Ducks also scored a 72 of Nate Stemberwhich was a shot back from Leach in 18and at 8 out of 148.

Eric Doyle had a 75 on Tuesday, Owen Avrit carded a 76 and Greg Solhaug shot a 77 to complete the score for the Ducks. Avrit was tied for 29and at 10 years and older.

The head coach Casey Martin

“The weather should be better tomorrow. Hopefully we can get some birdies and take the opportunity to feel good.”

Notable: Oregon has finished in the top five in its last four tournaments and five of its last six events. …Teams count the best five scores among their six golfers for this tournament, as opposed to the standard five-count-four of the college format.

Ducks on the leaderboard
Pasatiempo Golf Club (Par 70, 6,615 yards)

7. Oregon – 381-372-753 (+53)
T14. Greyson Leaching – 75-72-147 (+7)
T18. Nate Stember – 76-72-146 (+8)
T29. Owen Avrit – 74-76-150 (+10)
T49. Eric Doyle – 80-75-155 (+15)
T49. Yuki Moriyama – 76-79-155 (+15)
T65. Greg Solhaug – 80-77-157 (+17)

Following: The final round of Western Intercollegiate will begin around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. Golf Channel will provide live coverage of the tournament beginning at 1 p.m.

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