- 1 Pac-12 Coach of the Year (2010)
Martin's Duck Coaching ScorecardYear Pac-12 Reg. NCAA Team Wins
2012-13 6th 8th -- 1
2011-12 *2nd 2nd 3rd 6
2010-11 *2nd 5th 10th 1
2009-10 6th 1st 3rd 5
2008-09 2nd 2nd 22nd 1
2007-08 9th 2nd 27th --
2006-07 8th 19th -- 2
* tied for lead after regulation
PGA Tour veteran, former NCAA Champion and Eugene native Casey Martin enters his eight season in 2013-14 after amassing one of the Ducks’ impressive resumes in any sport.
In his short tenure, he has transformed Oregon into a national golf power, and guided the team to five NCAA Championship appearances the past seven years.
In that span, UO has tied for the lead at the end of regulation of the Pac-12 Championships twice, and scored a third-runner-up effort in ‘09. In NCAA Regional play, Oregon has been equally up to par with one title (2010) and three runner-up efforts (2008, ‘09, ‘12) among its seven straight appearances.
In the most recent campaign in 2012-13, Martin led UO to its seventh-straight NCAA Regional appearance in Tallahassee, Fla. and just missed the the cut by two strokes for what would have been Oregon’s 26th appearance at the NCAA Championships.
The 2011-12 season was arguably the Ducks’ greatest ever and featured a record six team wins among their 12 stroke-play events, and an even more amazing postseason run.
In the collegiate finale in L.A., UO matched its best-ever finish among its 25 NCAA trips with a third-place tie. The Ducks lost their hard-fought semifinal to No.1-ranked and eventual national champion Texas, 3-2, at the Riviera Country Club.
Earlier in the week, Oregon beat No. 5 UCLA, 3-2, in the quarterfinals, and stood seventh in stroke play (291-294-288-873) after it sported three individuals in the top 30 overall (Eugene Wong, 13th, 215 (-1); Daniel Miernicki, 21st, 216 (+2); Andrew Vijarro, 29th, 217 (+2)).
Two weeks before in the Ann Arbor NCAA Regional, the Ducks equaled their best-ever finish (second) after they ended one stroke behind USC. Not surprisingly, Oregon featured all five individuals in the top 45 overall - Miernicki (second, 206 (-7)); Jonathan Woo (seventh, 208 (-5)), Wong (19th, (E)), Vijarro (28th, +2)) and Robbie Ziegler (45th, +9)).
In the Pac-12 Championships two weeks prior, UO tied its best-ever league finish and placed second in a two-hole playoff to California. The two teams ended the six-count-five, four-round event tied at 12-under after regulation at the Tysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis.
In the event that featured six teams ranked top 13 nationally, Miernicki placed second individually (-11) - two strokes shy of the win. Wong trailed once place back in third (-9)), and both posted career-best league placings, while two other Ducks followed in a tie for 21st place - Vijarro and Ziegler.
In return for their historic play all season long, the Ducks amassed a host of individual accolades in 2011-12.
Wong picked up his second Pac-12 Golfer of the Year, All-Nicklaus Team and PING All-America First Team honors. Miernicki joined Wong on the top PING All-America squad - his first, first-team nod after he earned second-team honors as a sophomore. Both were also tabbed to the All-Pac-12 First Team, while Vijarro earned his second honorable mention (and was a second-team choice in ‘11).
Two years before, Martin was honored by his league peers as the 2010 Pac-12 Coach of the Year after another ground-breaking campaign.
That season, he led the Ducks to a then-school-record five tournament victories, including Oregon’s first-ever NCAA Regional title, and a third-place tie in the NCAA Men’s Golf Championships in Chattanooga, Tenn. After securing a spot in the final eight with a fifth-place finish through the stroke play portion of the championships, the Ducks defeated Pac-10 rival Washington, 3-2, in the quarterfinals of match play.
Oregon’s historic run was ended on The Honors Course by Oklahoma State, which took the semifinal 3-1-1.
Not surprisingly, the Ducks have shined since the start of his head coaching tenure, as the Ducks won the 2006 Northwest Collegiate Classic - his second event at the helm. The following spring, Oregon also claimed the 2007 Thunderbird Invitational title at Arizona State for the first time in school history.
Glancing at the program record books since 1993-94 only confirms the obvious, as his teams have staked 11 individual tourney wins, and own the:
The golf community is equally familiar with Martin’s esteemed accomplishments as a player.
A graduate of South Eugene High School, Martin was a three time all-conference selection, a two-time All-American at Stanford and member of its 1994 NCAA Championship squad. As a senior, he received Academic All-America honors in 1995 and graduated with a degree in economics.
He played professionally starting in 1998 and earned his PGA Tour card in 2000. During that year, he recorded five top-50 finishes, and his best showing was a tie for 17th in the Tucson Open. Other career highlights include an impressive 23rd-place tie in the 1998 U.S. Open.
Even though he re-directed his love for the sport as a collegiate coach in the fall of 2005, he flashed his undeniable athletic skill seven years later in June, 2012.
After winning the local 2012 U.S. Open qualifier at Emerald Valley, he returned to the nation’s toughest golf test at the Olympic Club in San Francisco two weeks later. In his first elite appearance in nearly a decade, the soft-spoken fan favorite became the event’s most heart-warming story, and his nine-over score (74-75-149) was only one stroke shy of the midway cut.
The 40-year-old Martin is also known for his court battle with the PGA Tour over the right to use a golf cart in competition. Martin suffers from a birth defect in his right leg known as Klippel-Trenaunay-Webber Syndrome, a congenital circulatory disorder. Under the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Martin won the right to use a golf cart in a legal case with the PGA that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
His efforts in that landmark case earned him the 1998 Ben Hogan Award, given annually to a competitor who continues to be active in golf despite a physical handicap. In 2001, Nike began bestowing an annual Casey Martin Award to recognize a disabled athlete.
Martin, whose brother Cameron was a member of Oregon’s golf team in the early 1990s, has also been named Time magazine person of the week (2001) and New Mobility magazine person of the year (2002).
He is the ninth man to hold the head coaching position at the University of Oregon. He succeeded Steve Nosler, whom he served as a volunteer assistant coach for the 2005-06 season.
Martin’s dedication to the sport of golf, Eugene and the University of Oregon has made him a perfect fit for the UO golf program. Having learned many invaluable lessons throughout his playing days, Martin is now eager to pass them on to Oregon’s players.