EUGENE, Ore.- The 21st-ranked University of Oregon women’s golf team fought hard in the final round of the Juli Inkster Spartan Invitational jumping up two spots to finish in second place, tying their season best finish. The Ducks hit seven-over 295 on the day at the par-72 Almaden Golf & Country Club in San Jose, Calif.
Weather proved to be a tough factor for many teams to overcome, cool and windy conditions persisted throughout the day. UO’s score of seven-over 295 was today’s high score of the event, Cal was one shot behind them at eight-over 296.
“Our team really fought through tough conditions today,” Oregon head coach Ria Scott said. “Maybe the conditions made us focus in a little bit better. Our goal today was to adjust to the conditions quicker and better than everyone else, and we feel like we were pretty successful at that.”
For the second straight day, freshman Cassy Isagawa (69-76-72-217) propelled the Ducks with an even par round, finishing the invite at one-over 217 in fourth place. Isagawa recorded her fifth even-par round and has now led UO 14 times in her career.
“Well today was a very windy day, which made it really tough, but coming from Hawaii I didn’t let the wind get to me and I kept grinding it out,” Isagawa said. “This weeks event was first 36 holes, and then 18 holes and I was nervous about the 36 holes, but I told myself to just take it one shot at a time.”
Overall in the team standing, the 23rd-ranked Cal Bears (287-296-296-879) continued to dominant the team standing, keeping their first place ranking through all three rounds, finishing at 15-over 879. The Ducks sit in second place 13 shots behind the Bears at 28-over. UC Davis (295-293-313-901) struggled on the day, shooting 25-over, which caused them to drop one spot from yesterday into third place.
Also having top 10 finishes were senior Ashley Edwards (72-76-74-222) and freshman Cali Hipp (75-73-74-222), who both climbed six spots from yesterday’s round into a tie for sixth place overall at six-over 222. Edwards a native of Northern California felt comfortable playing back near her hometown, recording her best finish of the 2011-2012 season thus far.
“It’s always nice to play at home for me, I love having my friends and family watching,” Edwards said. “The event went great for me; it was nice to shoot some low numbers.”
Hipp had her best finish as a collegian, finishing in sixth place, and shot a two-over 74 in the final round.
“Cassy and Cali continued their solid play this week, and we are happy that Ashley’s game is looking more like herself again,” Scott said. “I would say that those three players finishing in the Top 6 makes for a pretty successful week.”
Also competing for the Ducks was sophomore Raphaela Dyer (81-75-75-231) who finished the three round invite at 15-over. Dyer jumped seven spots from the second round into a tie for 22nd place, recording her best finish this season. Freshman Monica Petchakan (86-79-80) also made the trip for the Ducks and shot eight-over on the day, jumping five spots into a tie for 53rd.
On the individual leaderboard, Cal’s Joanne Lee (71-70-73-214) clinched medalist honors after shooting one-over 73 in the third round. Fellow teammate Daniela Holmqvist (71-69-75-215) claimed runner-up honors and finished the invite at one-over after three rounds. UC Irvine’s Lalita Patipaksiri (73-71-72-216) jumped into third place, rounding out the top three finishers.
Complete hole-by-hole results are available at the http://golfstat.com/ website at the http://www.golfstatresults.com/public/index.cfm?tournament_id=2825 URL link. More tournament information is available at the event host http://sjsuspartans.com/.
Up next, the women’s golf team will continue spring play in Maui, Hawaii in the Anuenue Spring Break Invitational on March 26th and March 27th.