STOCKTON, Calif. — The Oregon men's golf team is returning to the NCAA Championships.

The Ducks finished fifth Wednesday at the NCAA Pacific Regional at The Reserve at Spanos Park to take the final regional qualifying spot to the NCAA Championships on May 25-30 at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla.

Oregon won the NCAA title in 2016 and finished second to Oklahoma last year. Oregon entered Wednesday's third and final round tied for sixth with Colorado.

This will be the ninth time in 12 years that coach Casey Martin has taken the Ducks to the NCAA Championships.

Led by Norman Xiong and Ryan Gronlund, Oregon posted the second-best score of the third round with an 8-under 280, only three shots off Stanford's 277. The 280 left the Ducks at 12-under 852 for the regional, comfortably in front of sixth-place LSU, which finished five shots behind the Ducks. Colorado shot a 290 and finished in seventh place at 862.

Kansas won the team title at 20-under 844, one shot ahead of Stanford. Also earning NCAA tourney berths were third-place Iowa State and fourth-place Alabama.

Xiong and Gronlund tied for the lowest round Wednesday as each shot a 66. Xiong's 66 moved him one spot ahead of Stanford's Brandon Wu for the individual title at 15-under 201 after he began the day one shot behind Wu. Alabama's Wilson Furr and UTEP's Charles Corner tied for third at 9-under 207.

Xiong notched his sixth victory of the season, an Oregon single-season record, and his seven career victories are also a Ducks school record.

Gronlund's 66 catapulted him from a tie for 42nd place when the day began to a tie for 12th at 4-under 212. Gronlund shot a career-low with a 29 on the back nine,which were his first nine holes of the day, after he shot 72 and 74 in the first two rounds.

Oregon's Edwin Yi tied for 45th place at 3-over 219, Kevin Geniza tied for 56th at 6-over 222 and Donald Kay finished 71st at 12-over 228.