EUGENE – One week away from its season opener, the University of Oregon women’s golf team was rewarded with a No. 21 preseason pick by GolfWeek.
UO was one of seven Pac-12 teams in the top 25 with 2 UCLA, No. 4 USC, No. 5 Arizona. No. 7 Arizona State, No. 15 Stanford and No. 24 California.
Other teams in the top five included No. 1 Alabama and No. 3 Duke, and a full listing of the top 25 is available at the www.GolfWeek.com website at the http://golfweek.com/news/college-golf/women/ URL address.
Under the direction of fourth-year head coach Ria Scott, the Ducks return another talented lineup in 2012-13 that includes two newcomers - freshman Caroline Inglis and senior transfer Hanule Sky Seo. Inglis is a Eugene native and three-time Oregon 5A state high school champion, and Seo ranked third scoring-wise for Penn State as a sophomore in 2010-11 and hails from St. Louis.
The team also welcomes back sophomores Cali Hipp, Cassy Isagawa and Monica Petchakan, junior Raphaela Dyer and seniors Cheyenne Hickle and Avery Sills.
After staking Oregon’s greatest season ever, Isagawa was tabbed to the Golfweek All-America First Team and All-Freshman Team in 2011-12. The Wailuku, Hawai’i product set a team season scoring record (72.76, +0.94) by nearly two strokes and ranked 13th nationally in the year-end rankings. She also staked a school record of 20 rounds of par or better – eight more than the previous mark.
Among her top performances, she posted UO’s second- and fifth-best tourney totals in the Stanford Intercollegiate (204, (-9)) and Pacific Coast Intercollegiate (215 (-3)). In the same category, her one-under scores of 215 in the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate and Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational tied for 11th all-time for the Ducks.
Another of the West Coast’s top newcomers last year, Hipp shot five rounds of par or better as a frosh – 13th-most in school history. Her season low tourney score – an even 213 in the Stanford Intercollegiate - tied for 16th–best in school history. Last summer, she made her first appearance in the U.S. Women's Amateur (and placed 89th in stroke play) after she won the qualifier in Woodburn, Ore.
Petchakan played four events for UO in 2011-12 as a frosh, and staked a best tourney placing of 30th in the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational.
Dyer owns the school’s fifth-best tourney score – a five-under 213 in the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown in 2010-11 that also included her collegiate best (a three-under 69) in the finale. She played 11 events for UO as a sophomore and posted a pair of top-25 finishes in the Juli Inkster Spartan Invitational (22nd-tie) and Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational (25th-tie).
Hickle stands seventh all-time for UO in career rounds of par or better (12), and her six in 2011-12 is tied for 10th-most in a season for the Ducks. As a junior, her one-over 214 Stanford Intercollegiate score ranks 19th-best in school history, and she placed top 30 in six of her first seven events of the campaign.
Sills is a former two-time Oregon prep champion, and has played three tourneys for the Ducks. She shot a collegiate career-low 73 round in the finale of the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown as a sophomore.
UO loses only one player from last season – then-senior Ashley Edwards. The Oakley, Calif., native finished top 12 overall in two 2011-12 events - the Juli Inkster Spartan Invitational (sixth) and Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational (12th). Career-wise, she ranks top-10 all-time for UO in career scoring average (fifth, 76.23, +4.34), rounds of par or better (sixth, 13), rounds played (sixth, 116) and percentage of counting scores (sixth, 86.2 %).
Team-wise in 2011-12, Oregon polished off another impressive season that included its second-best-ever team season scoring mark (299.30, +12.03) - just shy of its record from 2010-11 (299.64, +11.64). UO placed second in two events (the Edean Ihlanfeldt and Juli Inkster Spartan Invitational) and top five in two others (the Stanford Intercollegiate (fourth) and Golfweek Conference Challenge (fifth-tie)).
Oregon capped the season in the NCAA Central Regional (ninth, 914) one stroke shy of an NCAA Championships bid for the second straight year, while it earned an NCAA trip its first season under Scott.
Looking ahead, UO opens its fall campaign in the Topy Cup at the Tanagura Country Club in Japan September 11-13.
UO has three more fall events afterwards – the Madon Rudolph Invitational (Sept. 21-23, Nashville, Tenn.), the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational (Oct. 8-10, Sammamish, Wash.) and Stanford Intercollegiate (Stanford, Calif., Oct. 19-21).
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