Pandemonium ensues after Oregon wins its first NCAA men's golf title
Eugene Country Club sits less than two miles from Autzen Stadium, which seems only proper considered that the finals of the NCAA Men s Golf Championship on Wednesday felt and look a lot like a college football video game, right down to the screaming fans storming the field after the home group claimed success.
With Oregon and Texas tied 2-2 (which is a story in and of itself), Duck redshirt junior Sulman Raza cominged in a five-foot birdie on the 21st hole of his match versus Taylor Funk to offer his school its first NCAA team title in golf.And pandemonium took place.Don’t believe college golf has come a long method? Simply take a look at this:
Adding to the raucousness was that Oregon was the first team to win an NCAA title while hosting the championship since Oklahoma in 1989 (and just the fifth general). Add to that the fact that Raza hails Eugene who matured playing this course and opted to stay at home to play his college golf and you can see why the crowd was so electric.
On the 18th hole, Raza had a possibility to win the title however his 25-foot birdie try missed left, and on the 19th hole his 10-footer for birdie missed right. He then sweated out Funk missing out on an eight-foot birdie on the 20th hole that would have given the Longhorns their second nationwide title in 5 years before pulling off his heroics on the 21st.I simply felt like everything was on my shoulders and I managed it fantastic, Raza said. It’s the best sensation I ever felt in my life.
Prior to the first ball was struck Wednesday, Oregon was already leading the finals 1-0 after Texas junior Beau Hossler had to yield his match with Zach Foushee. The left shoulder injury that Hossler suffered the day before in the semifinals hadn’t enhanced enough for him to be able to play. (As it turns out, his gutsy triumph over USC’s Andrew Levitt on Tuesday appears to have been Hossler's last college round as the first-team All-American and nationwide player-of-the-year favorite is expected to turn pro in the coming days; the John Deere Classic revealed Hossler will play in its occasion this summertime as a professional.).
The Ducks then went up 2-0 when Edwin Yi beat Gavin Hall, 4 and 3. To their credit, the Longhorns, trying to end up being the first No. 1 seed to win the NCAA title since match play was embraced in 2009, didn’t fade away. Scottie Scheffler upset NCAA specific champ Aaron Wise, 4 and 3, and Doug Ghim knocked off Thomas Lin, 2 and 1.
The fans, which numbered in the thousands, were thrilled for Raza and the rest of the Duck team that won the school’s first string title in a sport other than track and field since Oregon’s 1939 hoops team. They also were cheering coach Casey Martin, another Eugene local who, after famously aiming to play on the PGA Tour, took over as the Ducks coach in 2006- 07.
Twice before Martin has actually led Oregon to NCAA match play, reaching the semifinals in 2010 and 2012. In 2012’s group was only ranked 20th heading into nationals, but Martin knew the regional knowledge his players had at Eugene C.C. and the potential for being raised mentally by a home town crowd may give this specific group the very best opportunity of any he had as a coach to claim the title.It was just so much enjoyable to do this here, with all the assistance that we got this week, Martin said. It san unique group and it’s so outstanding to bring it to Oregon.This is a track school, a football school, a basketball school. Now it’s a golf school, too.