Oregon will co-host the inaugural Silverado Showdown on April 14-15 at the prestigious Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, Calif. The Ducks will host the three-round tournament, held on the Silverado Resort North Course, with the University of Colorado. Two rounds will be played on Monday while the final round will tee off on Tuesday. An 8:30 a.m. (PT) shotgun start is expected for each day.
In its debut season, the Silverado Showdown boasts a stacked field of 15 teams. Nine teams competing are ranked in the top 50 of the latest Golfstat rankings, including top-ranked USC.
Joining No. 35 Oregon in the field, in order of ranking, will be; USC (1), Arizona (9), Washington (11), Northwestern (20), California (33), San Diego State (43), UNLV (44), Wisconsin (46), Colorado (52), New Mexico (69), San Jose State (72), Oregon State (73), Washington State (79) and Fresno State (106).
IN THE RANKINGS
Oregon is ranked No. 35 in the latest Golfstat poll. The Pac-12 features six teams ranked in the top 11; USC (1), UCLA (2), Arizona State (5), Arizona (9), Stanford (10), and Washington (11).
The Silverado Resort and Spa’s North Course has been named the #16 golf course in California by GolfWeek’s “Best Courses You Can Play” list and #27 for America’s Top 50 Courses For Women. Silverado has two PGA championship courses and will host the first event of the TOUR schedule, the Frys.com Open, on the recently renovated North Course from October 6-12. Redesigned by PGA Hall of Famer Johnny Miller, both courses feature dozens of water crossings, elevation changes and routing through historic oak trees. The challenge, visual sensation, and special ambiance of Silverado set the standards by which all others are measured.
ISAGAWA LEADS UO AT PING/ASU INVITATIONAL
Oregon recovered from a shaky start by playing its second nine at even par from its counting scorers, placing 10th at the PING/ASU Invitational. The No. 30 Ducks carded a 297 (+9) in Sunday’s closing round at the ASU Karsten Golf Course and finished with a 54-hole score of 884 (+20). With rounds of 291 (+3), 296 (+8) and 297 (+9), Oregon finished above three ranked teams, including No. 5 Oklahoma and No. 12 Vanderbilt. Junior Cassy Isagawa played the tournament at even par (216), tying for 12th to tally her seventh top 20 finish this season. Marcella Pranovia placed 32nd (220/+4), Caroline Inglis tied for 33rd (221/+5) and Cali Hipp tied for 67th (231/+15).
OREGON LANDS TOP 25 RANKING IN GOLF DIGEST
In the April 7 issue of Golf Digest, Oregon drew a No. 25 ranking in the latest Golf World/WGCA Division I coaches’ poll.
ISAGAWA ON PACE TO BREAK OWN RECORD
Cassy Isagawa, a two-time All-Pac-12 selection, is on pace to break her record for the lowest scoring average in program history. The Wailuku, Hawaii, native’s freshman season ranks first at 72.76 while her sophomore campaign ranks second at 72.86. Currently, Isagawa has a team-best 72.34 round average. She leads the team in top 10 finishes and rounds at or below par.
DUCK TEAM SCORE AMONG PROGRAM’S BESTS
Approaching the final leg of the season, Oregon’s team scoring average currently ranks nearly two strokes better than the program record. The Ducks have a 297.58 round average this season. The program record for lowest round average is 299.30, set in 2012.
PRANOVIA HEATING UP
Freshman Marcella Pranovia has competed in UO’s past three tournaments with very consistent results. The Bali, Indonesia, native carded a 225 (+9) at the Juli Inkster Invitational and the SDSU Farms Invitational, and recently set a season-best with a 220 (+4) at the PING/ASU Invitational. Pranovia has a 75.6 round average this season.
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 open postseason play, April 25-27, with the Pac-12 Championships. The conference tournament will be held in Corvallis, Ore., this season at the Trysting Tree Golf Club.