SDSU Men's Golf Travels to Oregon This Week to Cap Off Busy Month
March 22, 2008
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SDSU MEN'S GOLF TRAVELS TO OREGON THIS WEEK TO CAP OFF BUSY MONTH
The Aztecs will square off against 10 other schools, five of which are ranked in the top 60, according to the latest Golfweek/Sagarin performance index released March 17. San Diego State is the highest-ranked team in the tournament, checking in at No. 35, followed by Arkansas (36), Oregon State (41), host Oregon (51) and Washington (60). Rounding out the list of competitors are Idaho, Northern Colorado, Pacific, Portland, UC Davis and Washington State.
The Aztecs will be making their 10th straight appearance at the Oregon Duck Invitational. SDSU has a history of success in the tournament, capturing team titles in 2001, 2004 and 2006, while posting a runner-up finish in 2005. Jeff Hansen (-5, 211) took home medalist honors as a sophomore at the 2004 edition for the Scarlet and Black's highest individual finish in the event since 1999.
THIS WEEK'S LINEUP
Of the group, Goldberg, Moscovic and Palm have playing experience at the Oregon Duck Invitational. Goldberg's best finish in three appearances came as a sophomore in 2006, when he led the Aztecs to the team championship after tying for third on the individual leaderboard at 4-under 214. Moscovic, a two-time participant, ended up in a tie for 31st last season at 9-over 225 for his best finish, while Palm tied for 20th after shooting a 3-over 219 in his only Oregon start in 2006.
A LOOK AT THE COURSE
Recently re-designed by Oregon architect Dan Hixson, Emerald Valley Golf Club posseses the best challenge, beauty, and rolling terrain in the Willamette Valley. In 2004, Emerald Valley was named the Oregon Golf Association's Course of the Year.
FLASHBACK: 2007 OREGON DUCK INVITATIONAL
After completing the first two rounds just five strokes off the pace, Jamie Puterbaugh and Aaron Goldberg stumbled over the final 18 holes as both players shot a 3-over 75 to finish in a tie for 17th place with a combined 5-over 221. Despite the turn of events, Puterbaugh managed his second top-20 effort of the spring, while Goldberg kept his streak of top-20 performances alive through nine straight tournaments.
SDSU's best score of the final round was turned in by Chad Moscovic and Adam Porzak as both golfers carded a 2-over 74. Moscovic climbed seven spots on the individual leaderboard after tying for 31st with a 9-over 225. Porzak, meanwhile, improved by 10 places after finishing in a tie for 36th at 226, just one shot behind his Aztec teammate.
With wind and rain affecting play, just three players completed the tournament in red figures as Washington's Alex Prugh, Kevin Chappell of UCLA and USC's Jamie Lovemark each finished with a 2-under 214 to share medalist honors.
RECAPPING THE BARONA COLLEGIATE CUP
Individually, David Palm carded a 3-under 69 to tie for the runner-up spot with Texas A&M's Andrea Pavan at 9-under 207, just three shots in back of another Aggie golfer, Nacho Elvira, who took home medalist honors. Palm entered the day with a share of the lead, but was unable to keep pace with Elvira despite sinking four birdies on the back nine. Still, the Landvetter, Sweden, native notched his highest finish of the year and second-best as an Aztec since winning the Club Glove Intercollegiate in the fall of 2005.
Aaron Goldberg made a charge up the leaderboard during the final round, climbing three spots into a tie for sixth at 7-under 209. The La Costa Canyon High alumnus equaled his second-best round of the spring after draining five birdies over the final 18 holes en route to a 5-under 67. With a bogey-free scorecard in hand, Goldberg recorded his fifth straight top-seven finish and also produced his team-leading ninth round in the 60s this season.
The biggest jump of the day, however, belonged to Matt Hoffenberg, who vaulted into the 17th position at 1-under 215 after completing play on Monday in a tie for 43rd. Despite an illness, the Simi Valley, Calif., product got off to a blistering start, notching six birdies over his first 10 holes to go along with an eagle at No. 17 en route to a 7-under 65. With his performance, Hoffenberg posted a tournament and collegiate best and is now tied for third on SDSU's all-time list for lowest 18-hole score.
Rounding out the scoring for the Scarlet and Black was Johan Carlsson, who fired an even-par 72 during the final round to finish in a tie for 30th.
GOLDBERG NAMED MWC GOLFER OF MONTH