Oregon’s Xiong captures NCAA Regional title

Norman Xiong of Oregon claimed his sixth victory of the season and Kansas edged Stanford by one stroke for the team title in the NCAA Pacific Regional at the Reserve at Spanos Park in Stockton.

Xiong, a sophomore from Canyon Lake in Southern California, claimed his fourth victory in the last five starts and the seventh of his Duck career with a score of 68-67-66—201, 15-under-par, to edge Brandon Wu of Stanford, who finished at 67-67-68—202.

“It was an epic day,” said Oregon Coach Casey Martin, who played alongside Tiger Woods for Stanford’s 1994 NCAA Championship team and saw his Ducks advance to the national tournament. “ … Norman, wow, six wins. He is just incredible.”

Kansas took the team title with a score of 281-282-281—844, 20-under, followed by Stanford at 285-283-277—845, Iowa State at 278-284-285—847, Alabama at 282-280-287—849, Oregon 289-283-280—852 and LSU at 293-283-281—857.

The top six teams qualified for the NCAA Championships on May 25-30 at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla.

Colorado was seventh at 290-282-290—862, followed by TCU at 283-286- 296—865, USC at 295-284-288—867, North Carolina-Greensboro at 293-283-293—869, UC Irvine at 290-293-289—872, Kennesaw State at 292-290-296—878 and North Dakota State at 297-295-294—886.

Behind Xiong and Wu in the individual standings, Wilson Furr of Alabama posted a score of 73-64-70—207 to tie for third with Charles Corner of Texas El Paso, who finished at 69-69-69—207, while Andy Spencer of Kansas totaled 69-69-70—208 to tie for fifth with Sam Vincent of Iowa State, who shot 69- 69-70—208, and Jonathan Hardee of Alabama, who wound up at 68-73-67— 208.

Denzel Ieremia of Iowa State was eighth at 68-68-74—210, while Luis Gagne of LSU shot 71-68-72—211 to tie for ninth with Daniel Sutton of Kansas, who totaled 67-73-71—211 and Blake Tomlinson of Utah at 70-70-71—211.

Ryan Han of UC Davis tied for 12th at 67-74-71—212, Riley Elmes of Loyola Marymount tied for 16th at 72-69-72—213 and Justin Suh of USC tied for 19th at 73-72-69—214.

Isaiah Salinda of Stanford finished at 75-71-69—215 in a tie for 23rd that included Cheng Jin of USC at 72-68-75—215, while David Kim of UC Irvine shot 72-70-74—216 and was in a tie for 30th that included Felix Mory of Cal State Northridge, who finished at 73-70-73—216 and Ramiz Jamal of UC Irvine, who came in at 69-76-71—216.

UCLA advanced to the NCAA Championships by finishing fourth in the NCAA College Station Regional at Traditions Golf Club in Bryan, Texas, and UNLV, with Shintaro Ban of San Jose finished in a tie for 13th in the individual standings, moved on by finishing third in the Columbus Regional on the Scarlet Course at Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio.

For complete results, visit http://results.golfstat.com/public/leaderboards/gsnav.cfm?pg=team&tid=15140.

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