EAST LANSING, Mich. -- The University of Oregon women’s golf team opened the fall season strong, carding two quality rounds at the Mary Fossum Invitational on Saturday. The Ducks sit in fourth place in the 15-team field after carding a 36-hole score of 602 (+26) at the Forest Akers West Golf Course.
With four players in the top-20 of the leaderboard, Oregon is just two strokes back of third place Notre Dame (600) and 10 strokes behind Ohio State (592). Michigan State, the tournament host, carded a 584 (+8) to lead the field.
The Ducks shot a 303 (+15) in the morning round before shooting a 299 (+11) in the afternoon, the third best second round in the field.
"Considering it is our first exposure to this course, and the first time in Michigan for many of our players, we feel like we are in a pretty good spot," said head coach Ria Scott. "The team is looking to capatalize on more birdie opportunities tomorrow."
Junior Cassy Isagawa -- a two-time All-Pac-12 selection -- is tied for 11th on the leaderboard. She led the Ducks with a five-over par two-round total. Isagawa made three birdies in her opening round, including back-to-back birdies on holes 16 and 17, to shoot a one-over par, 73. In round two, she birdied the par-five 17th hole and made 12 pars to shoot a 76 (+4).
Playing in her first career tournament as a Duck, true freshman Cathleen Santoso shot a one-under, 71, second round to jump from 40th to 11th on the leaderboard. The Sydney, Australia, native was the only player to break par in the day’s second round. She made four birdies in her first 10 holes, including consecutive birdies on holes 9 and 10, and finished with five birdies on the round. Santoso shot a six-over, 78, in the opening round.
Sophomore Caroline Inglis also sits in the top-20 of the leaderboard for Oregon, shooting a 150 (+6) through two rounds to sit in 15th place. Inglis was four-over on the front nine of her first round before playing the final nine holes at one-under to shoot a 75 (+3). She shot another steady 75 (+3) in the second round with 13 pars.
Junior Monica Petchakan is tied for 34th place with a two-round total of 154 (+10). She birdied the par-three 10th hole in her opening round to shoot a 77 (+5). She made two birdies and had a steak of seven consecutive pars in the final round of the day, carding another five-over round.
Senior Raphaela Dyer is tied for 53rd place in the field after shooting a 78 (+6) and 80 (+8).
Sophomore Cali Hipp and freshman Brenna Murphy are competed as individuals for Oregon. Hipp shot consecutive three-over (75) rounds and is tied for 15th place. Murphy is in 89th place through two rounds.
Sunday’s third and final round will tee off at 6:30 a.m. (PT) with a shotgun start. The Ducks tee off from holes 4 and 5. Live results will be available at http://www.golfstatresults.com/public/index.cfm?tournament_id=4633
Mary Fossum Invitational
1. Michigan State (288-296—584/+8)
2. Ohio State (296-296—592/+16)
3. Notre Dame (299-301—600/+24)
4. Oregon (303-299—602/+26)
5. Northwestern (302-303—605/+29)
6. Miami (305-302—607/+31)
7. East Tennessee State (306-303—609/+33)
8. Florida International (305-305—610/+34)
9. Toledo (312-301—613/+37)
10. Eastern Michigan (311-309—620/+44)
11. Indiana (318-309—627/+51)
12. Ferris State (321-314—635/+59)
13. Louisiana Monroe (317-329—637/+61)
14. Western Michigan (322-320—642/+66)
15. Oakland (320-330—650/+74)