TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Oregon women's golf team shaved nine strokes off the back nine compared to the front and improved to sixth place after round one of the PING/ASU Invitational. The No. 30 Ducks carded a 291 (+3) in Friday's opening round at the ASU Karsten Golf Course and are tied with No. 2 UCLA and No. 34 California in the stacked 15-team field.
UO climbed the leaderboard thanks to three below par scores on the back side from freshman Marcella Pranovia, junior Cassy Isagawa and sophomore Caroline Inglis. All three players sit in the top 30 of the leaderboard to lead the Ducks.
Oregon's opening round bested seven teams, including three teams that are ranked in the top 12 by Golfstat. No. 11 Washington leads the tournament at four-under (284). South Carolina's Katelyn Dambough carded a 68 (-4) to lead all individuals.
"It was fun to see the team stay so composed and fight back on the second nine," said head coach Ria Scott. "They stayed patient and continued to believe in themselves. That belief and composure is what will make the difference through the rest of the tournament and the spring."
Isagawa is tied for sixth individually after leading the Ducks with a two-under, 70. The two-time All-Pac-12 selection sat at one-over through 13 holes, but birdied holes No. 14, 16 and 17 to get below par. She made five birdies on the round. Isagawa has played 14 rounds at or below par this season.
Inglis fired an even par round (72) and is tied for 20th on the leaderboard. The Eugene native carded a 37 (+2) on the front side before going two-under (35) on the closing nine with birdies on holes No. 11 and 13. She made 14 pars on the round, her ninth round of the season at or below par.
Pranovia is tied for 29th after a one-over par (73) round, continuing to look impressive in her freshman campaign. She made three of her four birdies of the day on the back nine to card a steady 73 round.
Freshman Cathleen Santoso carded a 76 (+4) and is tied for 48th. Her round consisted of 12 pars and a birdie on the par-five 10th hole.
Junior Cali Hipp shot a 78 (+6) and sits in 64th place. Hipp made 12 pars and a birdie on the par-five fifth hole.
Tee times for Saturday's second round begin at 8 a.m. (PST). Oregon will go off between 8:40 and 9:12. The Ducks are paired with No. 3 Duke and No. 9 Arizona.