SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Coming off a tournament title in Long Beach two weeks ago, the Santa Clara University men's golf team will face its toughest test of the 2011 season to-date, playing in the Oregon Duck Invitational Monday and Tuesday, March 21-22.
The nation's top team, Oklahoma State, headlines a 15-team field that features five of the NCAA's top-40 programs. Santa Clara has moved up to No. 79 in GolfStat.com's rankings and its performance in Eugene will surely impact the team's ultimate goal of reaching the postseason in May.
If the Broncos can move into the nation's top-60 they would most likely receive an at-large berth into the NCAA tournament, which would be their first since 2006. Senior Scott Travers – the reigning WCC Player of the Year and 2010 California State Amateur Champion – has posted final rounds of 69 and 70 in SCU's last two events.
Travers won individual championship honors at the Desert Intercollegiate on February 27. He leads the team in scoring average (72.21). Sophomore teammate Rick Lamb is also playing terrific golf, finishing second in Long Beach on March 7. It was Lamb's third top-10 finish this season.
The trip to Eugene will be a homecoming for SCU true freshman Bobby Monaco (pictured), who led South Eugene High School to the 2009 Oregon 6A State Championship. Monaco, who tied for 15th at UC Irvine's event February 8, was Oregon's junior amateur champion in 2008.
Fans can track the Broncos' progress in Eugene by logging on to www.golfstat.com for live scoring or visit www.SantaClaraBroncos.com following each day of competition for results.
Oregon Duck Invitational
Dates: Monday, Mar., 21 and Tuesday, Mar. 22, 2011
Host: University of Oregon
Field (15 teams): Oklahoma State (1), Washington (22), Oregon (28), Pepperdine (35), Oregon State (39), UC Davis (52), New Mexico State (58), Rice, (61), Idaho (64), San Francisco (72), San Jose State (77), Santa Clara (79), Colorado (101), Alabama-Birmingham (127), Portland (134)
Details: Both days will begin with a 7:45 a.m. (Pacific Time) shotgun start. The field will play 36 holes on Monday and a final round of 18 holes on Tuesday.
Course: Eugene Country Club (Par 72, 6,854 yards)
Rated #56 Best Modern Golf Courses (2009) by Golf Week
Rated #62 America's 100 Greatest Courses (2009/2010) by Golf Digest
2008 Oregon Golf Associate Club of the Year
Live Scoring: GolfStat.com
Course Website: EugeneCountryClub.com
Course Number: (541) 345-0181