The top five teams from the Stockton Regional will progress to the NCAA Championships, which will be held May 27-June 1 at Scottsdale’s Grayhawk Golf Club. “We are overjoyed and can’t wait to compete and attempt advancement,” head coach Casey Martin stated. “This is our goal.”
Oregon came off a fourth-place finish in the Pac-12 Championships last week. The Ducks finished in the top five for the sixth time in seven spring competitions. Oregon has won twice this season – at the Saint Mary’s Invitational in the fall and the Bandon Dunes Championship in March – and finished second at the February 24-team Prestige.
Three more Pac-12 teams – No. 4 Arizona State, No. 9 Washington, and No. 16 Stanford – will join Oregon in Stockton, as will No. 21 LSU, Nevada, Liberty, BYU, UAB, Houston, UC Davis, Denver, Abilene Christian, and Weber State.
Owen Avrit, who was nominated to the Pac-12 second team on Wednesday, is the Ducks’ leading scorer with a 71.50 average. He finished in the top ten in the Pac-12 Championships, one of three Oregon golfers to do so. Yuki Moriyama finished third for the second consecutive season, while Nate Stember finished tied for tenth with Avrit. Oregon’s most recent participation at The Reserve came in 2018, when the Ducks progressed to the NCAA Championships for the first time in program history. At 12-under, Norman Xiong claimed medalist honors to propel the Ducks into the top five.
Oregon’s current run of regional appearances is the program’s longest ever. The last time the Ducks missed the NCAA tournament was in 2007. (There was no NCAA Tournament in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic).