May 31, 2016
EUGENE, Ore. – Individual NCAA national champion Aaron Wise holed a 30-foot birdie putt to give the Oregon Ducks a 3.5-1.5 victory over the LSU men’s golf team in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship Tuesday morning at Eugene Country Club.
Wise, who won the 72-hole stroke tournament Monday by two shots at 5-under-par, defeated LSU junior Eric Ricard, 3&2.
LSU came out of the gate firing on all cylinders against the Ducks on Tuesday, as the third-seeded Tigers won the first hole (starting on No. 10) in all five individual matches. Through nine holes, sixth-seeded Oregon trailed 1-DOWN in three of these matches and had brough two all square.
LSU senior Zach Wright posted a par to win the par-4 second hole and never looked back in a 2&1 win over Oregon freshman Edwin Yi. He improved to 6-0 in NCAA Match Play competition.
The Ducks made their winning charge early in the second nine, with Wise winning holes No. 1 and 2 while junior Sulman Raza took control of his match with LSU freshman Sam Burns by winning Nos. 2 and 5.
In the first match of the day, Oregon’s Zach Foushee won Nos. 6-9 to overcame a 2-DOWN deficit with four holes to play and defeat LSU’s Brandon Pierce 2-UP.
Tigers freshman Luis Gagne battled a back-and-forth match with Ducks junior Thomas Lim that was headed to extra holes before the match was halved after Oregon clinched victory.
The Tigers ended a historic season by advancing to the “Match Play 8” for the third-straight year, a feat accomplished by only three other teams. LSU won three team titles in 2015-16 and finished third in both NCAA Regional and the NCAA Championship stroke play competition.
Oregon advanced to face Illinois in the Tuesday afternoon semifinal, while Texas takes on USC.
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