STANFORD, Calif. -- Led by season-low rounds from junior Cali Hipp and freshman Cathleen Santoso, the 33rd-ranked University of Oregon women’s golf team carded a 1-under 283 Friday at the Stanford Intercollegiate. The Ducks are tied for third place on the team leaderboard after round one from the University of Stanford Golf Course.
In a field consisting of 13 teams ranked in the top 50, head coach Ria Scott’s squad is in the top five for the 10th consecutive round this season. Hipp, Santoso, junior Cassy Isagawa (71/E) and Caroline Inglis (74/+3) provided counting scored for the Ducks.
Fueled by a pair of 2-under rounds, the Ducks carded a team score at or below par for the third time this season. No. 2 USC leads the field at 8-under (276), followed by No. 19 Washington (282/-2), No. 9 Stanford (283/-1) and the Ducks.
“Cathleen stayed patient today and played such steady golf,” said Scott. “She is an incredibly smart player who will continue to improve with experience. We are glad that Cali continues to build off her win at the Culturame Invitational. She trusts the work she has put in and has been due for another great tournament.”
Competing in the top 5 lineup for the first time since the UNM Dick McGuire Invitational, Hipp fired a season-low 69 (-2) and is tied for fourth. She was steady on both nines, carding a 35 (-1) on the back nine and a 34 (-1) on the front nine. Hipp made birdies on holes No. 11, 17, 1 and 7. Hipp provided Oregon’s first counting score of the season from the No. 5 spot in the lineup.
Santoso was equally impressive, carding her fourth under par round of the season with a 2-under, 69. The freshman made birdie on the 12th hole and played her first nine even par before making birdie on holes No. 4 and 7 to finish at 2-under. Santoso has a 73.9 stroke average through 10 rounds this season.
Isagawa played an even par opening round, notching her fourth round at or below par of the fall season. Isagawa made three birdies and finished with 12 pars to shoot a 71.
Competing in the No. 1 spot on the lineup, Inglis birdied holes No. 12, 14 and 5 to card a 3-over 74. She is tied for 45th on the leaderboard. Inglis finished with 11 pars on her scorecard. She is in pursuit of her fourth consecutive top 11 individual finish.
Freshman Marcella Pranovia was also in action for the Ducks, carding an 82 (+11) in the opening round. Pranovia made birdie on the 1st and 15th holes and finished her round with six pars.
Saturday’s second round will tee off at 8:30 a.m. (PT) on the Stanford University Golf Course.