EUGENE, Ore. -- Following its first tournament win of the season, the No. 21 Oregon women’s golf team returns to action early next week, competing at the SDSU Farms Invitational. The three-round tournament will be held Monday through Wednesday at the Farms Golf Club in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. Action will begin the first two days with tee times through 8-10 a.m., while Wednesday’s final round will tee off between 7:30-9:30 a.m. (PST).
The SDSU Farms Invitational boasts a 17-team field, which consists of seven teams ranked in the top 26 of the latest Golfstat rankings.
Joining No. 21 Oregon in the field, in order of ranking, will be; top-ranked USC, second-ranked UCLA, Arizona State (6), Stanford (13), Oklahoma State (14), Miami (26), California (36), SDSU (45), UNLV (50), Texas (65), New Mexico (71) UC Irvine (79), Portland State (82), CSU Fullerton (84), Xavier (87) and Idaho (109).
IN THE RANKINGS
The Ducks retained their No. 21 spot in the latest Golfstat rankings, released on Wednesday. The Pac-12 features seven teams ranked in the top 25; USC (1), UCLA (2), Arizona State (6), Arizona (9), Washington (10), Stanford (13), Arizona (11) and Oregon (21).
The Ducks have three individuals ranked in the Golfstat Cup Standings. Junior Cassy Isagawa improved one spot to No. 25, freshman Cathleen Santoso improved 20 spots to No. 50 and sophomore Caroline Inglis improved three positions to No. 112.
Named as one of the top “50 Clubs with the Best Players” in the United States in the Fall 2008 issue of Golf Digest, The Farms is one of the top golf clubs in San Diego. The Farms, originally designed by Pete, Perry and Alice Dye with the help of renowned golf icon Tommy Jacobs, was extensively remodeled in 2000 with the assistance of famous golf course architect John Fought and PGA tour professional Tom Lehman. Recent changes include recontoured and newly reconstructed bent grass putting greens, new teeing areas, a state-of-the-art irrigation system, an enhanced practice facility and nearly 35 acres of landscaping and beautification. Amidst the hills and hollows, golfers will also find a number of new water features that add to the golf course’s elegance and peaceful appeal.
OREGON AT THE SDSU FARMS INVITATIONAL
This will be UO’s debut at the SDSU Farms Invitational, although the Ducks previously competed at the Lady Aztec Invitational (2000, 2002) and San Diego State’s Battle at Rancho Bernardo (2011). USC claimed the team title at the SDSU Farms Invitational last year with an 875 (+11), while their Sophia Popov earned medalist honors (217/+1).
DUCKS BREAK THROUGH, TALLY FIRST TOURNEY WIN
Oregon saved its best for last at the Juli Inkster Spartan Invitational, firing an even par final round to capture its first title of the season on Tuesday. The No. 20 Ducks placed first out of 13 teams on the Almaden Golf and Country Club with a three-round card of 876 (+12). Oregon improved after each round, carding a 296 (+8) and 292 (+4) on Monday’s before closing with an even par 288. The Ducks captured their 26th tournament title in program history and added their fifth tournament trophy under head coach Ria Scott. Trailing No. 35 UC Davis late in the final round, UO’s counting scorers played the final three holes at one-under par compared to two-over for UC Davis. Cathleen Santoso’s four-under (68) closing round led the charge for the Ducks, as the freshman phenom earned her first career medalist honors. The Ducks had four players place in the top 25 individually.
SANTOSO GOES LOW LATE, WINNING JULI INKSTER SPARTAN INVITE
After tallying seven straight top 21 individual finishes to open her collegiate career, freshman Cathleen Santoso fired a four-under final round to win the Juli Inkster Spartan Invitational. The Sydney, Australia, native fired a three-round tally of 213 (-3) to best the field. Santoso carded rounds of 73 (+1) and 72 (E) before closing with the best round of the tournament, a four-under par, 68. Santoso improves her stroke average to 72.73. She has carded 11 rounds at or below par with three top 10 finishes.
UO ROUND AVERAGES NEARING RECORDS
Through eight tournaments and 23 rounds, the Ducks have a team round average of 295.91. Their current round average is over three strokes better than a program record. Oregon currently has three individuals with lower round averages than UO’s third-best round average, set by Erica Omlid in 2011. Junior Cassy Isagawa (71.7), freshman Cathleen Santoso (72.7) and sophomore Caroline Inglis (73.6) are on pace to enter the UO top 10 charts for low season 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.
NEXT TIME UP
Oregon will return to action with the annual PING/ASU Invitational in Tempe, Ariz., from April 4-6. Action will be held on the ASU Karsten Golf Course.