Solhaug Paces Ducks in Round One

SAN FRANCISCO – Greg Solhaug shot a 1-over 71 to lead the No. 24 Oregon men’s golf team in round one of The Goodwin at TPC Harding Park on Thursday.

Solhaug closed the day tied for 28th, while the Ducks (290, +10) finished the opening round in the middle of the pack, tied for 15th in a field featuring 31 programs. Oregon had three golfers shoot 73 on the day in Owen Avrit, Aiden Krafft and Nate Stember, while Greyson Leach shot a 75 to round out the lineup for the Ducks.

“We didn’t play particularly well,” head coach Casey Martin said. “This golf course is really difficult and I’m sure that played a big role in our challenges. We just didn’t have a lot going. Tomorrow’s forecast is brutal, it will be a war.”

How It Happened

Solhaug used a birdie on hole seven to shoot even par across his first nine holes of the day, and after carding a four on par-five hole 10 he found himself at 1-under. Trouble sprang up on hole 12 as Solhaug recorded back-to-back bogeys, but five-straight pars to close the round helped put him just outside the top 25.

Stember played a steady round, logging 15 pars on the day. Three bogeys and no birdies slowed his progress, and at the conclusion of the round Stember was tied for 68th at 3 over. After shooting 3 over through his first eight holes, Avrit rebounded by firing three-straight birdies to pull back to even entering hole 12. Back-to-back bogeys on holes 13 and 14, plus another bogey on the final hole of the day, brought him back to 3 over to match Stember in the first round. Also finishing the day 3 over was Krafft, who shot two birdies on the front nine before a double bogey on hole 14 saw his score rise.

Hugh Adams, who is playing the tournament as an individual for Oregon, was bogey-free through his first eight holes of the day before a double bogey on hole nine set him back. Birdies on holes 10 and 17 helped his cause, but Adams finished the day 4 over in a tie for 92nd. Finishing one stroke behind Adams was Leach, who made 14 pars on the day but could not break through for a birdie.

The Ducks shot 10 over as a collective, which put them in a tie for 15th with Oregon State after the first round.

Duck Scorecard

The Goodwin

TPC Harding Park – Par 70

T15. Oregon                                   290 (+10)

T28. Greg Solhaug                         71 (+1)

T68. Nate Stember                        73 (+3)

T68. Owen Avrit                            73 (+3)

T68. Aiden Krafft                           73 (+3)

T92. Hugh Adams (I)                     74 (+4)

T115. Greyson Leach                    75 (+5)               

Next Up

Second round action at The Goodwin begins tomorrow morning, with tee times still to be determined.

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