EVENT: Pac-12 Preview
LOCATION: Kailua Kona, Hawaii
DATES: Nov. 4-5
COURSE: Nanea Golf Club
PAR/YARDAGE: 73 / 6,112-yard
FORMAT: 36-18 -- 54
TEE TIMES: 7:30 a.m. (HT) shotgun start
FIELD (16): No. 1 UCLA, No. 2 USC, No. 5 Washington, No. 6 Arizona State, No. 10 Stanford, No. 13 Arizona, No. 19 Oregon, California, Colorado, Oregon State, Washington State and Hawai’i.
OREGON LINEUP: Cassy Isagawa, Caroline Inglis, Cathleen Santoso, Cali Hipp and Marcella Pranovia.
KAILUA KONA, Hawaii -- The Nanea Golf Club will open its doors for its first ever non-member tournament in club history, hosting the inaugural Pac-12 Preview on Nov. 4-5 in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. The competition features seven teams ranked in the top 25, including the 19th-ranked University of Oregon women’s golf team.
After discussion between Pac-12 coaches, it was decided that a conference tournament at the end of the fall season would make sense for multiple reasons. First, it would meet the Pac-12 bylaws that each team must see every conference opponent in the regular season at least once. Secondly, the event would bolster each team’s schedule and provide fierce competition as the Pac-12 boasts the top women’s golf conference in the nation.
The tournament came to be held at the prestigious Nanea Golf Club courtesy of a connection with Stanford head coach Anne Walker.
Two rounds will be played Monday with a 7:30 a.m. HT (10:30 a.m. PT) shotgun start before Tuesday’s final round tees off at the same time.
“This is the first outside event that Nanea has ever hosted, so it’s an incredible privilege to be playing there,” said Oregon head coach Ria Scott. “This will be a great tournament. The Pac-12 is the strongest conference in women’s golf. I think if we can go to Hawaii with no expectations, but with great intentions and continue to focus on the process, we will be fine.”
With five top 10 teams in the field and the prestigious Nanea Golf Club as the host, the first Pac-12 Preview promises to be one of the premiere tournaments of the fall season. Nanea – known nationally for its exclusivity – is a beautiful par 73 track carved from Big Island mountainside with views of the Pacific on every hole.
The tournament will feature all 11 Pac-12 teams and nonconference foe Hawaii.
Oregon is bringing its top lineup based on stroke average; junior Cassy Isagawa (73.25), sophomore Caroline Inglis (73.3), freshman Cathleen Santoso (73.6), junior Cali Hipp (76) and freshman Marcella Pranovia (76.2). The Duck lineup has a combined six top 10 individual finishes this fall and 16 rounds at or below par.
The Ducks have been stellar this fall season, breaking the top 25 after four straight top six team finishes in competitive tournaments. Oregon checked in at No. 19 by Golfstat – its highest ranked since being 12th in the fall of 2011. Scott believes her team has kept the right mentality this season and has the belief that any player 1 through 5 in the lineup can lead them.
“I think each player is starting to understand that if they take care of themselves, they take care of the team,” said Scott. “They have been much better about focusing on the things that they can control. It’s been a great start, but it’s all about how you finish. This team has great perspective on that as well.”
The Ducks secured its lowest 54-hole team score of the season last time out, carding an 863 (+11) to place sixth at the Stanford Intercollegiate. The Ducks defeated five teams ranked in the top 30, led by Santoso’s fourth straight top 20 finish.
Oregon has also placed fifth at the 15-team Mary Fossum Invitational, runner-up at the 16-team Dick McGuire Invitational and fourth at the 13-team Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational. The Ducks have a 43-13 win-loss record through four events and a 295.9 round average.
The Ducks are the seventh-highest ranked team in the league at No. 19 as No. 1 UCLA, No. 2 USC, No. Washington, No. 6 Arizona State, No. 10 Stanford and No. 13 Arizona also sport top 25 rankings.