EUGENE, Ore. -- For the seventh straight season and for the fifth under head coach Ria Scott, Oregon has advanced to NCAA regional competition. The Ducks earned the No. 11 seed in the NCAA West Regional, which will be held on the Tumble Creek Club at Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum, Wash. The three-round tournament will be held May 8-10 and will be hosted by the University of Washington.
NCAA Regionals will get underway from May 8-10 at three different locations; Cle Elum, Wash., Stillwater, Okla. and Tallahassee, Fla. Each regional consists of 24 teams, with the top eight teams and two individuals not on a qualifying team advancing to the NCAA Championship. The Tulsa Country Club in Tulsa, Okla., will be the site of this year’s championship from May 20-23. UO is in pursuit of its third NCAA Championship appearance under Scott and the 12th time in program history.
The NCAA West Regional consists of eight conference champions and nine teams ranked in the top 25 by Golfstat, including top-ranked USC. In order of their ranking, the regional will consists of USC, Arizona State, Oklahoma, Washington, Clemson, Wake Forest, Northwestern, Michigan State, Iowa State, GRU-Augusta, Oregon, Texas A&M, UC Davis, Denver, San Diego State, Wisconsin, Gonzaga, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Chattanooga, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Portland State and Detroit.
The Tumble Creek Golf Course is a par 72 track measuring out at 6,252 yards. A Tom Doak designed course, Golf Digest recognized the course as one of the top private courses in America. Capturing the spirit of its rolling hills that flow through pine forest, along river bluffs and across expansive meadows ringed by soaring peaks, Tumble Creek offers some of the best scenery in America.
IN THE RANKINGS
Oregon improved three spots to No. 32 in the most recent Golfstat ranking, released on Monday. The Ducks have been ranked in the top 40 for the entirety of the spring season. The Ducks have three individuals ranked in the Golfstat Cup Standings; junior Cassy Isagawa (28), freshman Cathleen Santoso (77) and sophomore Caroline Inglis (110).
OREGON AT THE NCAA REGIONALS
Oregon will be making its 18th NCAA Regional appearance in program history, including its seventh straight. The Ducks’ top finish at NCAA Regionals came in 1995 when they placed fourth. Last season, UO placed tied for sixth at the NCAA West Regional in Stanford, Calif., advancing to the NCAA Championship with a three-round score of 889.
DUCKS TAKE EIGHTH PLACE IN RAINY PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIP
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 last 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 the final round, but came through clutch in the final three holes to improve a spot on the leaderboard. Isagawa led the Ducks with three steady rounds of 74, 76 and 74, finishing in 25th place
ISAGAWA AND SANTOSO EARN ALL-PAC-12 HONORS
Junior Cassy Isagawa and freshman Cathleen Santoso earned All-Pac-12 honors following the Pac-12 Championship. UO now has 29 All-Pac-12 honorees in program history and five under Scott. Isagawa was named to the All-Pac-12 second team, becoming the fourth player in UO history to earn three All-Pac-12 honors. Santoso, a freshman from Sydney, Australia, earned All-Pac-12 honorable mention accolades.
DUCKS ANNOUNCE REGIONAL LINEUP
Oregon’s NCAA Regional lineup will consist of Cassy Isagawa, Cathleen Santoso, Caroline Inglis, Marcella Pranovia and Raphaela Dyer. UO has used this lineup three times this spring, including at last week’s Pac-12 Championship.
ISAGAWA ON PACE TO BREAK OWN RECORD
Cassy Isagawa currently has a 72.5 stroke average on the season, and is on pace to break her own school record for lowest average. Isagawa carded UO’s best-ever season average as a freshman with a 72.7, and followed with the second-best season in school history with a 72.9 as a sophomore. Isagawa has a team-best seven top 10 finishes and has 16 rounds at or below par.
DUCK TEAM SCORE AMONG PROGRAM’S BESTS
Oregon’s team scoring average currently ranks nearly two strokes better than the program record. The Ducks have a 297.5 round average this season. The program record for lowest round average is 299.30, set in 2012. UO’s elite round average can be credited to consistent play throughout the fall and spring season. Oregon placed in the top five in 8-of-12 tournaments this season.
NEXT TIME UP
The NCAA Championship will be held at the Tulsa Country Club in Tulsa, Okla., from May 20-23.