The No. 22 Ducks return to action this week with the 54-hole Westbrook Spring Invitational, hosted by Wisconsin at Peoria, Ariz., on Feb. 23-24. The tournament will be held at the par 72 Vistas Course of the Westbrook Village Golf Club and will feature 14 teams. Action will get underway Sunday with two rounds opened by a 7:30 a.m. (PT) shotgun start. Monday’s final round will also tee off with a 7:30 a.m. shotgun start.
The Westbrook Spring Invitational will feature 14 teams, four of which are ranked in the top 50 in the Golfweek/Sagarain National Rankings (2/17). Oregon is the highest ranked team in the field.
No. 22 Oregon will be joined by Ohio State (34), Illinois (39), Wisconsin (40), College of Charleston (53), Oregon State (65), Nebraska (76), Washington State (88), Kansas State (90), Iowa (94), Tulsa (109), Colorado State (111), Indiana (116) and Eastern Michigan (133).
IN THE RANKINGS
The Ducks are ranked 22nd in the Golfweek/Sagarain National Rankings (2/17) The Pac-12 boasts five teams ranked in the top six and seven in the top 25; USC (1), UCLA (2), Washington (4), Stanford (5), Arizona State (6), Arizona (10) and Oregon (22).
The Vistas Course at the Westbrook Village Golf Club is a par 72 track measuring out at 6,269 yards. The Westbrook Village Golf Club is a semi-private member-owned golf club consisting of two 18 hole championship golf courses, each with its own pro shop, practice facility and restaurant. The two beautiful, yet distinctive 18 hole regulation courses weave through acres of pristine landscape bordered by the remarkable Westbrook Village community.
OREGON AT THE WESTBROOK SPRING INVITATIONAL
Oregon will be making its first appearance at the Westbrook Spring Invitational. The tournament is in its third year running, as Illinois won the inaugural event in 2012 and Texas Tech won the title in 2013.
DUCKS TAKE FIFTH AT PEG BARNARD COLLEGIATE
The Ducks posted yet another top five team finish, placing fifth at the Peg Barnard Collegiate last week. The Ducks carded a two-round tally of 596 (+28) in the spring season opener to best nine times on the Stanford Golf Course. The Ducks have placed in the top five in five-of-six tournaments this season. In Sunday’s final round, Oregon posted a 300 (+16) to hold their fifth place position. Oregon carded a 296 (+12) in the opening round. Junior Cassy Isagawa led the Ducks by posting her fourth top 10 finish of the season. The Wailuku, Hawaii, native placed tied for fourth with a 36 hole card of 141 (-1). She fired a steady even par (71) closing round. Freshman Cathleen Santoso placed tied for 21st with a two-round score of 150 (+8). Freshman Marcella Pranovia placed tied for 28th, tallying her second career top 30 finish, with a two-round tally of 151 (+9).
DUCKS CLOSE HISTORIC FALL SEASON
Competing in five fall tournaments, Oregon posted one of the best fall campaigns in program history. The Ducks tallied a 295.4 round average - nearly a full four strokes lower than the full-season program record. Oregon placed in the top six in every single event, tallied a win-loss record of 50-17 and had three student-athletes with stroke averages below 73.6 – all of which would be in the top five in program history if final. Oregon’s best finish came at the UNM Dick McGuire Invitational, where the Ducks carded a three-round score of 877 (+1) to place runner-up in a 16 team field.
ISAGAWA ON PACE TO BREAK OWN RECORD
Junior Cassy Isagawa holds the top two season stroke averages in program history, and is on pace to make that three after the 2014 season. The Wailuku, Hawaii, native has competed in all six tournaments, posting a 72.12 round average, which as it stands, would be a program best. Isagawa won the UNM Dick McGuire Invitational (207/-12) and also recorded top 10 finishes at the Mary Fossum Invitational (223/+7), Pac-12 Preview (213/-6) and The Peg Barnard Collegiate (141/-1). She’s posted 9-of-17 rounds at or below par in the fall.
NEWCOMERS MAKING A BIG IMPACT
Freshmen Cathleen Santoso and Marcella Pranovia have made major contributions in their rookie campaigns. Santoso, a native of Sydney, Australia, has played in all six tournaments with a 73.70 stroke average. She’s played seven rounds at or below par and has posted top-20 finishes in five-of-six tournaments. Pranovia, a native of Bali, Indonesia, has competed in the past five tournaments with a 76.38 round average.
OREGON IN PURSUIT OF ANOTHER NCAA APPERANCE
The Ducks are looking to advance to the NCAA Championships for the third time in the past five seasons under head coach Ria Scott. The Ducks qualified in 2013 (22nd) and 2010 (T23rd). Oregon has qualified for NCAA Regional action in each of the past four seasons, marking the program’s longest postseason streak since reaching regionals nine years in a row from 1993-2002.
SCOTT SIGNS TWO PREP STANDOUTS
The Ducks signed two prep seniors to the 2014-15 freshmen class. The Ducks received National Letters of Intent from Megan Conder (Brentwood, Calif.) and Kelsey Ulep (Rocklin, Calif.). Conder and Ulep are both prized recruits out of California and will enter the University of Oregon as freshmen next season. Both recruits are four-time MVPs on their respective high school girls’ golf teams.