EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon men’s golfer Owen Avrit came in at No. 15 when the PGA TOUR University announced its preseason rankings for the class of 2024, Wednesday.
Avrit led the Ducks with a 70.28 stroke average during the 2022-23 campaign, the fifth-best single-season average in program history. The Arroyo Grande, Calif., product became the eighth All-American under head coach Casey Martin when he claimed PING All-America Third Team honors. The All-Pac-12 first teamer counted each of his 36 rounds towards his team’s score with more than half of his rounds (21-of-36) finishing at par or better.
PGA Tour University is a program designed and administered to identify the best college golfers in the United States and provide such players with playing opportunities on tours operated under the PGA TOUR umbrella. In partnership with the World Amateur Golf Ranking® (WAGR®), PGA TOUR University ranks players based on the last two years of their collegiate careers. Eligible Tournaments include NCAA Division-I men’s team competitions, official PGA TOUR tournaments and select DP World Tour events. At the conclusion of stroke play at the NCAA D-I Men’s National Championship, the top-20 eligible players in the final PGA TOUR University Ranking will earn status on the PGA TOUR, Korn Ferry Tour, or PGA TOUR Americas
The Ducks are coming off of a season in which they advanced to the NCAA Championships for the second-straight year. UO is set to return each of its five participants in last year’s tournament as Avrit will be joined by Nate Stember, Greg Solhaug, Greyson Leach and Aiden Krafft. Avrit and Krafft, as well as former Ducks Zach Foushee and Craig Ronne, will be competing in the 2023 U.S. Amateur Championship, Aug. 14-20 at Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village, Colo.