May 29, 2016
EUGENE – Oregon men’s golf sophomore Aaron Wise was named to the Division I PING All-West Region team, the Golf Coaches Association of America announced Sunday. It marks his second time to receive the honor.
Wise, coming off a stellar third-round 6-under 64 to take the lead at the NCAA Championship heading into Monday’s final round, has been as consistent as any player in the country this season, finishing in the top 10 in eight of his 12 appearances as a sophomore.
With his wins at the Jackrabbit last fall and the Amer Ari Invitational in February, Wise became the second player in Oregon history to win two individual titles in the same season (Daniel Miernicki – 2009-10, 2011-12) and the second player to win four total in his career. With a win tomorrow, Wise would tie Miernicki’s record of five while becoming the first NCAA Champion in program history.
Wise was named one of 10 semifinalists for the 2016 Ben Hogan Award, the Colonial Country Club, Friends of Golf and the Golf Coaches Association of America announced last month. Wise is Oregon’s first Hogan semifinalist since the award revised its criteria to its current standard of honoring the most outstanding amateur collegiate golfer for the 2001-02 season. Arizona State’s Jon Rahm would go on to receive the award.
Wise boasts a team-leading and career-best average of 69.92 this season, which ranks fourth in the country.
The Ducks are set to get underway for the fourth and final round of stroke play at the NCAA Championship Monday at 11:50 a.m. at Eugene Country Club.