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Kendra Little
Height: 5'11"
Year: Senior
City/State: Eugene, Ore.
High School: Sheldon
Experience: High School
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* Click the STATISTICS link above for updated season and career collegiate season stats, or click here.

 

Career Highlights
Low Round: 67 (5-) x2, 68 (5-) x2
Under Par Rounds: 24
Par Rounds: 11
Career Best Score (*School Record*): 207 (12-) Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Inv. (9/19-20/09)
Career Wins 4
- Giustina Memorial Classic (2) - 2009 - 214, 73-69-72 (p72); 2008 - 215, 69-73-73 (p72)
- Branch Law Firm Invitational - 2009 - 207, 71-68-68 (p73)
- Oregon Duck Invitational - 2007 - 214,  70-73-71 (p72)

 

One of Oregon’s greatest collegiate golfers, the Ducks’ first three-time All-Pac-10 honoree led the early fall 2009 national rankings after winning the first two events of the campaign. Altogether, she is a four-time collegiate event champion and school tournament record holder (12-under 209), and has paced the team in 48 of her 116 collegiate rounds, and 19 of her 39 collegiate events (and ranked second in 10 others). In summer action, she has played in the U.S. Women’s Amateur twice, and won the Oregon Stroke Play title. As a prep, she was a three-time USGA Junior Championships participant, ranked top 20 in the GolfWeek 2007 junior girl national rankings and was a FCWT second-team All-American in ‘06.

Fall 2010: Led team in the final standings of three of the fall’s five tournaments and five of the slate's 15 rounds, and ranked in scoring average (73.4) just behind teammate Erica Omlid (73.3). Shot scores of par or better in every tourney and ended with four under-par rounds and another at par. Scored top-10 finishes in the Ptarmigan Ram Classic (seventh, 68-74-72-214) and Pac-10 SEC Challenge (10th-tie, 76-72-68), and her season-best round (four-under 68) came in her first round of the season in the former tourney. Added another top-15 finish in the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational (11th-tie, 74-73-72-219). Ended fall ranked second on squad in Golfstat (116th, 73.75) and Golfweek national rankings (155th, 73.69).

2009-10: All-Pac-10 Second Team Honoree. Ended season ranked among the nation's top players by both Golfweek (48th, 72.61) and Golfstat (53rd, 74.69). Capped season by tying her personal best round (five-under 67) in the NCAA Championships final round en route to a 86th-place finish (79-78-80-67-304). Earlier in postseason scored UO's best-ever Pac-10 Championships finish (third-tie, 72-75-72-219) and helped team to a best-ever team placing (third). Also scored All-Region honors in the NCAA Central Regional (eighth, 70-79-79-228) and helped team to a sixth-place team finish. Earlier in spring, also placed top 15 in the Peg Barnard Invitational (seventh-tie, 75-76-151) and Baylor Spring Invitational (15th-t, 78-77-77-232). In fall, ranked first nationally in opening weeks of season, and ended fall campaign 20th and 25th by GolfStat and GolfWeek. Led UO in all four events, and opened season with her third and fourth collegiate wins in the Branch Law Firm Invitational (73-68-68-208, par 73) and Giustina Memorial Classic (73-69-72-214). The former event’s 12-under score was also a school record tourney total (breaking Cathryn Bristow’s former mark by five strokes), while the latter was her second straight in the Oregon State-hosted event. Altogether, paced team in 15 of the season’s 39 rounds, and her eight under-par rounds follow (67, 68x2 (par 73), 69, 70, 71x3) to go along with three more at par (72x2, 73). Altogether, owned 12 of the team's 18 rounds of par or better on the season. Among final event standings, six of the team's 10, top-10 placings, and its top five three-round overall scores (207 (12-), 214 (2-), 217 (1+), 219 (3+), 221 (5+)).

2008-09: All-Pac-10 Second Team Honoree. Again shined as a leader for the Duck squad that ranked as high as 25th and 26th nationally in the GolfStat and GolfWeek national rankings, respectively, to end the fall. Only Duck to play all 10 tournaments prior to NCAA finale, and led team in five events, ranked second on squad three others, and third and fifth in her other appearances. Won second collegiate tournament in fall opener, the Giustina Memorial Classic (69-73-73-215) at Trysting Tree Golf Course in Corvallis, Ore., with the team's lowest tourney score of the season (also its seventh-lowest ever). In that same event, opened with the team's season best round (three-under 69) that also tied for the eighth-best score in school history. Posted two more top-10 finishes in the Kent Youel Invitational (ninth-t, 71-75-72-218) and Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational (10th-t, 73-80-75) in the fall that gave her four of the team's 11 top-10 finishes on the season. Added another top-15 effort in the Pac-10 Championships (12th, 76-73-70-219) where she ranked second on the squad. Other notable top-25 efforts came against an all-star field in the Stanford Intercollegiate (21st-t, 76-69-71-216) and UNLV Spring Rebel Invitational (20th, 77-77-73-227). Ended autumn slate ranked top 50 nationally by Golf Stat (31st, 73.08) and GolfWeek (47th, 71.99). Overall among her 30 rounds, had three of UO's 10 under-par scores on the year (69, 70, 71) and three more at par (71, 72x2). Also staked five of the team's lowest 10 tournament totals of the fall (215, 216, 218, 219, 221). Capped spring season with appearance in NCAA West Regional (35th, 222), then had a month break before a busy summer season. Earned second U.S. Women's Amateur bid of her career after she tied for win (2-over) at Inglewood Golf Club qualifier in Kenmore, Wash., near Seattle in mid-July. In month prior, finished second in the match play championship of the PNGA Amateur and OGA Amateur. In the qualifying action of the two events, she ranked third (76-75-151) and first (77-78-155), respectively, on the Arrowhead and Bandon Dunes courses.

2007-2008: All-Pac-10 Second Team Honoree. Fulfilled her prep promise as one of the top newcomers in the Pac-10 and nationally, and spring ranked 85th in national rankings by GolfStat (74.53) and 25th among freshmen, and 103rd overall by GolfWeek (74.40). Led squad in the final standings of five of the team's 12 events, including the season finale, the NCAA West Regional (17th-tie, 71-75-74-220), to help UO to 13th-place team finish. Two weeks before, ranked second on team in Pac-10 Championships (20th, 71-76-80-227), only one stroke behind teammate Kate Hildahl (16th-tie, 226). In early March broke school single-round record with her five-under 67 in the final round of the UNLV Spring Rebel Invitational (fifth-tie, 72-74-67-213) which was rewritten two contests later by teammate Cathryn Bristow (Indiana Invitational, five-under 65). Posted top-20 overall finishes in 10 of her 12 collegiate events, including UO's first individual win in its own Duck Invitational (70-73-71-214) by four strokes. Started off college career in impressive fashion with three top-15 finishes in fall in the Giustina Memorial Classic (12th, 73-79-75-227), Heather Fall Memorial (11th-tie, 78-71-72-221) and Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational (fourth-tie, 76-69-74-220). Paced team in those latter two contests and the subsequent Stanford Intercollegiate (26th-tie, 69-78-76-223) to lead team in three of her first four fall events. Ranked second on squad in the two other fall events, the Giustina Memorial Classic (12th-tie, 227) and USF Invitational (13th-tie, 76-74-78-228). Ended fall campaign ranked 97th overall in the Golfweek individual rankings (73.68) and tops among Ducks. Overall in her 36 rounds during the season, she paced the team 13 times (including her collegiate opener and six of her first 12 collegiate rounds). Over the course of the campaign, she logged two of the team's lowest four rounds of the season (five-under 65, three-under 69) and two more of its best 10 scores (two-under 69, two-under 70), and altogether posted eight under-par rounds and three more rounds at par. In summer after freshman campaign, cruised to the Oregon Stroke Play title (67-67-134) and won by eight strokes in the event at Arrowhead Golf Club near Portland, and won by eight strokes over former Duck Lara Tennant. A month later, she tied for first in the Safeway Classic Amateur Open 18-hole event.

Prep: The two-time state tournament qualifier finished fourth in 2007 6A state championships as senior (80-84-164) - two strokes behind the winner - and tops among upperclassmen. During summer of '07, finished second in the OGA Women's Stroke Play Championship at Gearhart Golf Links (79-70-149), only one stroke behind the winner. In months prior, advanced to 98th Oregon Golf Amateur Championship semifinals, thanks to wins over Cathy Kim (5 and 3), Katie Sharpe (7 and 6) and Breanne Smith (2 and 1). First team all-state pick and league MVP and helped team win multiple league titles. Spent 2005-06 junior season at the prestigious Missing Link Golf Academy in Bradenton, Fla., and shined in several of the region’s top tournaments. Shot a 75 and made it to the next stage in the 2006 U.S. Women’s Open qualifier in Naples. She also finished in third place (216) and shot a tourney low 68 in the IJGT Tour Championship at Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando. In other junior season action in Florida, she won the World Woods Junior Golf Classic and TYPC Canyons tournaments in November and January, respectively. She ended the FCWT season ranked sixth overall, fourth in top-10 finishes and second in birdies, and also ranked seventh in the IJGT in 2007. Posted a career low score of 70. A Midwestern League freshman and sophomore athlete of the year, she also was a varsity basketball player. Lettered three seasons in golf and three seasons in basketball as a guard and forward. Averaged 15.5 points a game and helped team to league titles in ’04 and ‘05. High School (Coach): Sheldon High School ’07 (Liz Manley).

Personal: Business major. Her father, Doug Little, was a Duck basketball letterwinner in 1971-72-73.

 

Career Statistics

Year     Rds  Stks   Avg   Low Rnd
2007-08   36  2,683  74.5   67 (5-)

2008-09   30  2,237  74.6   69 (3-)
2009-10   35  2,614  74.7   67 (5-)
Fall 2010 15  1,101  73.4   68 (4-)
Career   116  8,635  74.4   67 (5-)x2 / 68 (5-)x2

 

 

Fall 2010 Statistics

Fall Tournaments      Par  Place, Score  By Round  Avg.
Ptarmigan Ram Classic 72    7th, 214    *68-74-72  71.3
Branch Law Firm Inv.  73   26th-t, 225   77-77-71  75.0
Edean Ihlanfeldt      72   11th-t, 219   74-73-72  73.0
LV Collegiate Shwdn   72   49th-t, 227   74-70-83  75.7
Pac-10 / SEC Chllng   71   10th-t, 216   76-72-68  72.0
Fall Stats  15 Rounds, 1,101 Strokes, (4 (-)par, 1@par)    73.4

2009-10 Statistics

Fall Tournaments      Par-Yards  Place, Score  By Round  Avg.
Branch Law Firm Inv.   73         1st, 207     73-68-68  69.0
Giustina Mem. Classic  72-6,282   1st, 214     73-69-72  71.3
Edean Ihlanfeldt Inv.  72-6,136  28th, 236     82-78-76  78.6
Turtle Bay Coll. Inv.  72-6,535   7th-t, 217   71-71-75  72.3
Fall Statistics – 12 Rounds, 874 Strokes, 72.9 Average (6 (-)par, 1@par)

Spring Tournaments    Par-Yards  Place, Score  By Round  Avg.
Peg Barnard Inv.      71-6,092    7th-t, 151   75-76     75.5
Arizona Wildcat Inv.  71-6,166   50th-t, 156   75-81     78.0
Bruin Wave Inv.       72-6,282   21st-t, 221   74-76-71  73.7
Betsy Rawls Inv.      72-6,255   26th-t, 229   77-74-78  76.3
Baylor Spring Inv.    72-6,387   15th-t, 232   78-77-77  77.3
Pac-10 Champs         72-6,203    3rd-t, 219   72-75-72  73.0
NCAA Central Reg.     72-6,417    8th-t, 228   70-79-79  76.0
NCAA Championships    72-6,238    86th-t, 304  79-78-80-67 76.0
Spring – 23 Rounds, 1,740 Strokes, 75.7 Average (3 (-)par, 2@par)
2009-10 Stats – 35 rounds, 2,614 strokes,
74.7 Avg. (9 (-)par, 3@par)    

 

2008-09 Statistics

Fall Tournaments      Par-Yards  Place, Score  By Round  Avg.
Giustina Mem. Classic  72-6,282  1st, 215     *69-73-73  71.7
Edean Ihlanfeldt Inv.  72-6,130  10th-t, 228   73-80-75  76.0
Stanford Intercolleg.  71-6,092  21st-t, 216   76-69-71  72.0
Kent Youel Invitational 72-6,208 9th-t, 218    71-75-72  72.7
Fall Stats  12 Rounds, 877 Strokes (2 (-)par, 2@par)     73.1 

Spring Tournaments    Par-Yards  Place, Score  By Round  Avg.
Kiawah Island Classic  72-NA     115th-t, 241  78-79-84  80.3
UNLV Spr. Rebel Inv.   72-6,234  20th,  227    77-77-73  75.7
Duck Invitational      72-5,954  3rd, 221      73-75-73  73.7
Ping/ASU Invitational  72-6,290  39th-t, 230   74-81-75  76.7
Pac-10 Championships   71-6,148  12th-t, 219   76-73-70  73.0
NCAA West Regional     72-6,230  35th-t, 222   74-72-76  74.0
Spring Results 18 Rounds (1(-)par, 1@par)), 1,360 Strokes 75.5
Season Stats 30 Rounds (3 (-)par, 3@par), 2,237 Strokes 74.6

 

2007-08 Statistics         
Fall                     Par-Yards       Place (UO)   Score By Round  Avg.
Giustina Mem. Class.     72-6,271        12th-t (2), 227   73-79-75   75.7
Heather Fall Mem.        72-6,221        11th-t (1), 221   78-71-72   73.7
Edean Ihlanfeldt Inv.    72-6,126         4th-t (1), 220   76-69-74   73.3
Stanford Intercolleg.    71-6,089        26th-t (1), 223   69-78-76   74.3
USF Invitational         71-5,955        13th-t (2), 228   76-74-78   76.0
Fall Results             15 Rounds, 1,119 Strokes (3 (-)par, 1@par)   74.6

Spring                  Par-Yards       Place (UO)   Score By Round Avg.
Lady Gator Inv.          70-5,907        60th-t (5), 237   85-78-74   79.0
UNLV Spring Reb. Inv.    72-6,202         5th-t (1), 213   72-74-^67  71.0
Duck Invitational        72-6,052         1st (1), 214     70-73-71   71.3
NCAA W. Regional Prev.   72-6,018        24th-t (3), 226   76-71-79   75.3
Indiana Invitational     72-5,938        24th-t (2), 227   80-73-74   75.7
Pac-10 Champs            71-6,060        20th-t (2), 227   71-76-80   75.7
West Regional            72-6,338        17th-t (1), 220   71-75-74   73.3
Spring Results           21 Rounds, 1,564 Strokes (5 (-) par, 2@ par) 74.5
Overall Results          36 Rounds, 2,683 Strokes (8 (-) par, 3@ par) 74.5

 

 

LITTLE FUN FACTS

Nicknames: Duba
Favorite Color: Neon Green
Favorite Stuffed Animal: Teddy Bear
Pets Growing Up: Morgan and Nugget (Two Golden Retrievers), Tiki the Cat
If I got a Tattoo, it Would be of: an artistic version of a Lion for my zodiac sign (Leo)
Favorite Saying/Motto: 'Today give everything you have, for what you keep you lose forever.'
If I could go back in time, I'd go to: Senior year of high school or elementary school
Favorite Hobbies: Photography, Music, and watching my sports teams.
Greatest Accomplishment: Getting a scholarship for college
Something Most People Would be Surprised to Know: I drink coffee everyday, some people might not expect that because of my laid-back demeanor.
Personal Hero: Anyone who has overcome significant adversity in their life.
Most Prized Possession: My music!
When I was a Little Kid I Wanted to be a: professional athlete
Current Intended Career Profession: Professional Golfer
Favorite College Class: Any History class
If I Could Have Dinner With Anybody: Fernando Torres
I'd Die Without My: Headphones
First Job: Eugene Emeralds hostess
First Car:  1998 Toyota Solara
Favorite Place I've Visited: Santa Barbara, California
Place I'd Most Like to Travel to: England, Italy, and Spain.
Favorite Place on Campus: Glenwood for Breakfast
Favorite Place to take Visitors in Eugene: Athletic Facilities at Oregon
Favorite Entrée/Dish: PIZZA
Favorite Ice  Cream: I don't like ice cream, Fro Yo!
Favorite Snack: Cereal
Favorite Pizza Toppings: Pepperoni
Favorite Drink: Coke
Favorite Type of Food: Italian
Best Dish I Can Make: Any type of Omlette
Favorite Movie: Gladiator
Favorite Actor: Russel Crowe
Favorite Actress: Rachel McAdams
Favorite  TV Comedy: the Office
Favorite TV Drama: The Walking Dead
Favorite TV Reality Show: Cannot stand them
Favorite Cartoon Character: Scooby Doo
Favorite Band: COLDPLAY
Favorite Book: The Old Man and The Sea
Favorite Board Game: Monopoly 
Favorite Video Game:  FIFA
Dream Job: Designing products at Nike
In a Movie About my Life,  Actress that Would Play Me: Sandra Bullock or Hilary Swank
If I Were the President, the First Thing I Would Change: Where do I start...
Funniest Thing Someone on the Team Has Said: Anything that comes out of Avery's mouth
Biggest Fan: My family and friends
Favorite Pro Sports Team: Liverpool FC & New York Mets
Favorite Elite Golfer: Tiger.
I Chose Oregon Because: I was born a Duck. 
First Athletic Award When You Were a Little Kid: Pee-Wee Girls State Champion
If a Genie Granted Me Three Wishes, I Would Ask For: Infinite wishes
Best Prank a Duck Teammate Has Pulled: Raiding my Facebook page and status 
Your Most Embarrassing Athletic Moment: 4-putting a green
Superstitions before games/practice: None
Favorite Oregon Athlete in a Different Sport: Jeff Maehl, the guy is the epitome of an athlete. 
If I Didn't Play Golf, I Would Play: Play Basketball

 

THE OREGON DIFFERENCE: Little on the Oregon Women's Golf Team


Q: How long have you been a Duck fan or wanted to come to Oregon?

KL: "Since I was born. My dad played basketball here, my mom grew up in Eugene. I've been going to Duck football games since I was 6, and coming to Oregon to play golf was a dream come true."


Q: When you talk to others about how you love being a Duck, what are the first things you talk about?

KL: "The resources, the academic and athletic facilities, and the people of Oregon."
 

Q: Besides athletics, what things initially attracted you to the University part of U of O?

KL: "I was born in Portland, Oregon then moved to Eugene when I was 8 years old. It's one of the best college towns in the nation, is perfectly located geographically, and is very well supported throughout the state.”


Q: What things do you remember from your Oregon recruiting trip?

KL: "Since I am from Eugene, I was telling my hosts how to get places around town that they took me to. Also, my recruiting trip was the weekend of the Oklahoma/Oregon football game - perhaps one of the biggest victories in Oregon football history."


Q: What things do the coaches emphasize in the recruiting process?

KL: "Getting to know the team, how we practice, and trying to get a good feel for the city and university."


Q: In what ways does playing in the nation’s top conference prepare you to be your best?

KL: "It prepares you in the sense that every time you travel to a tournament, you know you are playing against the best players in the nation. It's the ultimate motivator.”


Q: What are the special parts about playing in a college town like Eugene?

KL: "We are fortunate enough to play at three different golf courses, all between 5-20 minutes from campus. The pride of walking around with Oregon gear on is also a great feeling. The city loves Oregon athletics."


Q: Talk about the team’s chemistry, and what sets it apart from other programs.

KL: "Unlike a lot of teams, we spend a lot of time together outside of golf-oriented gatherings. We are all good friends, and it just comes naturally to us.”


Q: When you work with head coach Ria Quiazon, what elements of her coaching style do you appreciate the most?

KL: “I really like her honesty. She isn't going to tell you what you want to hear, she's going to tell you what you need to hear.”


Q: Our state-of-the art facilities are a big thing in the recruiting process – what were your impressions of various ones?

KL: "We have the best facilities in the nation, period. It's a testament to our athletic department and institution. They want the absolute best for their students and student-athletes."


Q: What’s your major, and what led you to pick it?

KL: "I am a political science major. I have an interest in foreign governments and wanted to learn about how different parts of the world rule themselves."


Q: What extra academic resources do you take advantage of, and how do they help you be your best in the classroom?

KL: "I meet with my academic advisor and tutors quite often, and study with other student-athletes.”


Q: Eugene offers so many close-by options to practice nearby – talk about what each course offers to help you with particular parts of your game.

KL: "Eugene Country Club is a traditional American golf course. It's green, has tall trees, and fast greens. I like to work on iron play when we are at Eugene CC. Shadow Hills Country Club is a more modern golf course. It has a lot of trees, is fairly long, and also has solid greens. I like to work on driving the ball and my short game when we play there. Emerald Valley Golf Course is our home base. We have an amazing practice facility at the far part of the range, and as far as the golf course goes, I think it's one of the toughest courses in Oregon. Driving the ball well is important if you want to shoot a good number there.”


Q: Do you have a special pride to wearing the ‘O’, and why?

KL: "Wearing and representing the 'O' to me is the best feeling in the world. I could not be more proud to be a Duck, and to represent the school on and off the golf course."

 

 

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