CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Oregon played its final three holes a combined four-under amongst its counting scorers, finishing the Pac-12 Championship strong at the Trysting Tree Golf Course. The No. 30 Ducks carded its best round of the weekend on Sunday - a 10-over par 298 - and finished in eighth place at the loaded conference tournament.
UO improved a stoke after each round in Corvallis, tallying rounds of 300, 299 and 298 to finish with a three-round score of 897 (+33). Oregon was neck and neck with the host Beavers in today’s final round, but came through clutch in the final three holes to improve a spot on the leaderboard.
The Pac-12 Championship featured nine ranked teams, including six top 11 ranked teams by Golfstat. Mother Nature also posed a challenge to the field. Friday’s opening round was delayed over an hour and a half by a hail storm and today’s closing round was pushed back 30 minutes due to heavy rains. No. 9 Stanford won the team title with a three-round mark of 896 (+5). UCLA’s Allison Lee won medalist honors after closing the weekend at 5-under par (211).
“No matter the type of golf you are playing or what the conditions are, it’s always better to an end on a good note,” said head coach Ria Scott, referring to UO’s strong finish. “That was a big positive for us. I think it showed toughness and patience, and those are two traits we can hopefully rely on in NCAA competition.”
Oregon will now set its sight towards NCAA Regionals, awaiting word on its regional location. The NCAA Selection Show will be this Monday at 3 p.m. (PT), and will be aired live by the Golf Channel. The NCAA Regional field will consist of 72 teams at three different locations; Seattle (University of Washington), Stillwater, Okla. (Oklahoma State University) and Tallahassee, Fla. (Florida State University).
UO is looking to advance to NCAA Regionals for the fifth consecutive season and advance to the NCAA Championships for the third time in the past five years. The Ducks have finished in the top five in eight of 13 tournaments this season and have a program best ever round average of 296.7, making themselves near-locks for a regional bid.
Following the tournament, Oregon received two conference accolades. Junior Cassy Isagawa as named second-team All-Pac-12, marking the third all-conference recognition of her impressive career. Additionally, freshman Cathleen Santoso earned honorable mention All-Pac 12 accolades.
“It’s always a big honor to earn one of those awards, especially considering how good the Pac-12 is,” said Isagawa. “Being recognized as all-conference the past three seasons has been a wonderful experience and is something that I really appreciate.”
Isagawa led the Ducks with three steady rounds of 74, 76 and 74, finishing in 25th place with a 54-hole score of 224 (+8). In today’s closing round, the Wailuku, Hawaii, native birdied her first two holes. She played the final six holes at 1-under par to lead UO’s late charge. Isagawa has a team-best stroke average of 72.5.
Senior Raphaela Dyer and sophomore Caroline Inglis provided the Ducks with consistent scores, firing a three-round score of 225 (+9) to tie for 29th place. Dyer improved nine spots on the leaderboard after closing with a 2-over, 74, final round, marking her best tournament of the season. After an opening round of 77 (+5), the Swanmore, England, native closed with consecutive rounds of 74.
For the second straight tournament, Inglis carded three-rounds of 75 (+3) to finish with a three-round score of 225. The Eugene native made 15 pars in today’s round and finished with 39 pars on the tournament, the sixth-most of any competitor in the field.
Santoso tied for 34th individually with a three-round score of 226 (+10). The Sydney, Australia, native carded rounds of 75, 74 and 77 at Trysting Tree before earning all-conference accolades after the tournament. Santoso made 13 pars in today’s final round.
Freshman Marcella Pranovia played her final three holes at 2-under par to help Oregon overtake OSU in today’s round. The Bali, Indonesia, native carded a 3-over par, 75, and improved to 48th place with a three-round score of 231 (+15). Pranovia made five birdies on the weekend.
2014 Pac-12 Championship
1. #9 Stanford - 286, 291, 292 - 869 (+5)
T2. #11 Arizona - 287, 287, 296 - 870 (+6)
T2. #1 USC - 294, 284, 292 - 870 (+6)
4. #2 UCLA - 285, 288, 298 - 871 (+7)
5. #6 Arizona State - 291, 296, 296 - 883 (+19)
6. #8 Washington - 290, 293, 301 - 884 (+20)
7. #35 California - 298, 299, 291 - 888 (+24)
8. #30 Oregon - 300, 299, 298 - 897 (+33)
9. Oregon State - 300, 296, 302 - 898 (+34)
10. Washington State - 302, 298, 313 - 913 (49)
11. #47 Colorado - 301, 304, 322 - 927 (+63)