FORT WORTH, Texas – Nate Stember fired a final-round 66 to finish tied for third at the Ben Hogan Collegiate Invitational on Tuesday. Stember led the 22nd-ranked Oregon men’s golf team to a fourth-place finish in a field that contained 13 other top 25 programs.
How It Happened
Stember entered the day 2-under in a tie for 15th on the leaderboard. The fifth-year senior sank four birdies and went bogey-free in the final 18 holes, finishing at 6-under and jumping 12 spots up the final standings. Greg Solhaug capped a solid tournament by shooting 1-under in the final round, finishing 4-under for the tournament and landing inside the top 10 for the first time this season.
Owen Avrit continued to provide consistency as he shot an even 70 in the third round, finishing 1-over and notching a top-25 finish. Greyson Leach logged a 72 in the third round, going 3-over for the tournament with 12 birdies.
After a difficult 36 holes on Monday, sophomore Aiden Krafft responded in a big way by shooting a 4-under 66 in his final round, providing an important boost to the Ducks’ overall score. Oregon improved its score in each of the three rounds, firing a 9-under 271 in the third – the second-lowest team score in the round. The Ducks ended the tournament just four strokes off the lead and finished above two top-five programs in Florida State and Georgia Tech.
“We had a great day today and a solid tournament,” head coach Casey Martin said. “It was fun to watch the boys make a strong charge and we had a chance to win in the end. It was a great performance, especially considering the strength of the field.”
Ben Hogan Collegiate Invitational
Shady Oaks Country Club – Par 70 (6,885 yards)
4. Oregon 281-276-271—828 (-12)
T3. Nate Stember 70-68-66—204 (-6)
T7. Greg Solhaug 70-67-69—206 (-4)
T25. Owen Avrit 70-71-70—211 (+1)
T34. Greyson Leach 71-70-72—213 (+3)
T48. Aiden Krafft 74-77-66—217 (+7)
Nate Stember brought his career birdie total to 420, the seventh most by any Duck since 1993-94…Oregon’s 828 tied the seventh-lowest 54-hole score in program history…Oregon led the field in par-3 scoring average with 3.00; Stember led all individuals with a 2.67 average…The Ducks’ 179 pars were second-most among the field.
Oregon wraps up its fall schedule with the Cal Poly Invitational which takes place Oct. 30-31 in Carmel, Calif.
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