EVENT: Mary Fossum Invitational
LOCATION: East Lansing, Mich.
DATES: Saturday, Sept. 14-Sunday, Sept. 15
COURSE: Forest Akers West Golf Course
PAR/YARDAGE: 72 / 6,236
FORMAT: 36-18 - 54
TEE TIMES: Shotgun start both days; Saturday at 7 a.m., Sunday at 6:30 a.m. (PT).
LIVE SCORING: Available at www.golfstat.com
FIELD (15): Eastern Michigan, East Tennessee State, Ferris State, Florida International, Indiana, Louisiana-Monroe, Miami (Fla.), Michigan State, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Oakland, Ohio State, Oregon, Toledo, Western Michigan
OREGON LINEUP: Cassy Isagawa, Cathleen Santoso, Monica Petchakan, Caroline Inglis and Raphaela Dyer.
EUGENE, Ore. -- With their eyes set on a repeat trip to the NCAA Championships, the University of Oregon women’s golf team opens the 2013-14 season this weekend in East Lansing, Mich. Head coach Ria Scott and the Ducks compete Saturday and Sunday in the 30th annual Mary Fossum Invitational.
Two rounds will be played Saturday beginning with a 9 a.m. shotgun start, while Sunday’s final round will tee off at 8:30 a.m. The tournament is held at the Forest Akers West Golf Course, a par-72, 6,236 yard track. The Ducks are one of 15 teams in the field.
“This team is anxious and excited to start the season,” said Scott. “We are looking forward to this opportunity as we are competing out of region and against some less familiar teams. We feel it is important for our team to compete in different regions as we never know where the NCAA Tournament will take us.”
Oregon returns five letterwinners from last year’s team that advanced to the NCAA Championship; senior Raphaela Dyer, juniors Cali Hipp, Monica Petchakan and Cassy Isagawa, and sophomore Caroline Inglis.
The quintet led the Ducks to the postseason after notching three top-five team finishes before placing seventh in the loaded Pac-12 Championships. Oregon qualified for the NCAA West Regional, drawing the No. 14 seed. The Ducks carded rounds of 292, 297 and 300 (889) to tie for sixth and qualify for the NCAA Championships in Athens, Ga. The Ducks finished 22nd in the nation, with a four-round team score of 1,217 (301-295-297-324).
Isagawa, Inglis and Hipp each competed in both NCAA postseason tournaments last season, and will look to anchor the team again this season.
Isagawa enters her junior season as one of the most accomplished Oregon golfers in program history. The Hawai’i native has the top-two lowest stroke averages in program history; a 72.86 average last season as a sophomore and a 72.7 average in 2011-12 as a freshman. She’s earned second team All-Pac 12 (2013), first team Golfweek All-American (2012), first team Golfweek All-Freshman (2012) and first team All-Pac-12 (2012) honors in her tenure. She competed in all 12 tournaments last season and ranked 22nd in the nation according to Golfstat.com.
Hipp, a junior from Caldwell, Idaho, has two sensational underclassmen seasons under her belt. She was one of only two players to appear in all 12 of Oregon’s tournaments last season as she had the team’s third lowest season scoring average (77.53).
Inglis is a hometown product and Churchill High School alum who enters her sophomore season after a masterful freshman campaign. She had the team’s second lowest scoring average (75.27) and was one of three players to compete in at least 11 tournaments.
Petchakan and Dyer also made significant contributions last season, and are poised to do the same this year. Petchakan competed in eight tournaments last season with a 79.13 stroke average, while Dyer played 12 rounds with a 79.83 stroke average.
Scott and the Ducks also welcome three freshman into the fold; Brenna Murphy (Corvallis, Ore./Crescent Valley), Marcella Pranovia (Bali, Indonesia/Mater Dei) and Cathleen Santoso (Sydney Australia/Presbyterian Ladies’ College, Sydney).
After competing at the Mary Fossum Invitational this week, the Ducks return to action Sept. 20-21 with the UNM Dick McGuire Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M.