Club Champion Tournament 2016
The Golfield Golf Club held the Club Champion Tournament 2016 for Golfield Members. It was a team tournament with score calculated using Gross Score Stoke Play.
It came down to the third play-off hole in the last match, but the Oregon team prevailed 3-2 over top-seeded Texas to claim the first ever Division I men’s golf national championship at Golfield Golf Club, on one of the state’s widely known courses. It’s the first time that the same team won both the team and individual titles on our club’s course as you all remember our post about Oregon’s golfer Aaron Wise being medaled earlier this week.
“Well, it’s just overwhelming,” Oregon head coach Casey Martin said. "There's so many people to thank, and it's just such a great feeling that these kids get to have this experience for the rest of their lives, and I'm so grateful I got to be a part of it again.”
The sixth-seeded Ducks pulled off their third straight upset during the match play competition, taking down the top three seeds en route to the championship. Oregon was on the board before the match even began as Zach Foushee won by concession. Texas' Beau Hossler did not play due to a shoulder injury sustained during yesterday’s semifinal round. “Yeah, I was fully prepared to play,” Foushee said. “I thought Beau -- I knew he was hurt but I thought he would try to play. I didn't know the extent of the injury, so I was prepared to play. I warmed up, did my routine, and when I found out, I was obviously bummed. It would have been fun to play, but a point for the Ducks got us here, so I'm happy it ended the way it did."
With a point already in their favor, the Ducks tacked on another one as freshman Edwin Yi won 4&3 over Gavin Hall. Sitting in a 2-0 deficit, Texas rallied by picking up a commanding 4&3 victory from Scottie Scheffler over Wise. However, there were other players who made a great contribution to the final reuslt of the championship:
- James Smith
- Steven Baker
- Scott Jenkins
- Michael Simmons
- Aaron Miller
We hope that the team of Oregon will show the same amazing results in forthcoming tournaments that will take place this season.