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TEMPE, Ariz. - University of Oregon senior Kendra Little celebrated a four-under 68 - the best score in Tuesday's Pac-10 Championships final round - and ended one stroke shy of her career best en route to a sixth-place finish (72-77-68-217).
Team-wise on ASU's par-72 Karsten Golf Course, No. 33 Oregon finished seventh (290-306-296-892) en route to its second-best tourney score of the spring, and place-wise equaled its pre-tourney seeding.
Besting a field that featured five top-10 teams, No. 2 USC (first, 282-291-291-864) won by five strokes over No. 7 Arizona (second, 290-290-289-869).
No. 1 UCLA (third, 284-300-289-873) improved one position Tuesday, and was followed by No. 9 California (fourth, 293-295-292-880), No. 24 Stanford (fifth, 282-298-304-884) and No. 10 Arizona State (sixth, 304-296-291-891).
Trailing UO, No. 38 Washington placed eighth (307-299-308-914), ahead of Oregon State (ninth, 309-304-315-928) and Washington State (10th, 323-315-304-942).
Tying the best score among the 149 tourney rounds played since Sunday, Little jumped 14 places in the overall standings Tuesday to enjoy the second top-10 Pac-10 finish of her career.
The Eugene native's score Tuesday was her eighth at par or better this season and 38th overall among her 131 for the Ducks career-wise. She also paced UO for the 13th time this campaign and 55th time altogether.
Her season-best tying score Tuesday also fell one stroke shy of her five-under career low that she has shot four times in past seasons.
Last year, the three-time All-Pac-10 Second Team pick turned in UO's all-time best Pac-10 finish (third) at the Eugene Country Club-hosted event after she took 12th in ’09 and 20th in ’08.
Senior Erica Omlid (15th-tie, 71-75-75-221) polished off her best league championships finish after she led Oregon the first and second rounds.
The Duck contingent also included junior Ashley Edwards (22nd-tie, 72-77-76-225) who claimed her third top-25 Pac-10 finish, and freshman Raphaela Dyer (33rd-tie, 75-77-77-229) and sophomore Cheyenne Hickle (35th, 76-78-77-231).
Glancing at Tuesday's scorecards, Little carded seven par scores on the par-4 second, fourth and eighth holes; par-5 fifth, 10th and 14th holes; and par-3 16th. She added par scores on eight other holes (#3, 6, 9, 12-13, 15, 17-18), to go along with bogeys on holes #1, 7 and 11.
Two other Ducks added three birdies Tuesday - Omlid (#2, 13, 14) and Edwards (#7, 10, 14) - while Dyer (#14, 16) Hickle (#11) claimed two and one, respectively.
Tourney birdie counts for each Duck follow: Little (11), Edwards (7), Omlid (7), Dyer (6) and Hickle (5).
Overall on the individual leaderboard, USC's Sophia Popov (first, 69-71-70-210) topped UCLA's Tiffany Lua (68-72-70-210) for the individual title in a playoff, while two-time defending champion Carlota Ciganda of Arizona State followed in third place (74-69-70-213).
Final hole-by-hole results are available at the www.GolfStat.com website at the http://www.golfstatresults.com/public/index.cfm?tournament_id=2658 URL address.
Looking ahead, UO hopes to receive an invitation next week to one of the three NCAA Regionals set for Seattle, South Bend, Ind., and DeLand, Fla., May 17-20. The top eight team finishers from each regional advance to the NCAA Championships in College Station, Texas, May 17-20.
25th Annual Pacific-10 Conference Championships
Karsten Golf Course (Par 72), Tempe, Ariz.
Host: Arizona State university
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Team Results - 1, USC, 282-291-291-864. 2, Arizona, 290-290-289-869. 3, UCLA, 284-300-289-873. 4, California, 293-295-292-880. 5, Stanford, 282-298-304-884. 6, Arizona State, 304-296-291-891. 7, Oregon, 290-306-296-892. 8, Washington, 307-299-308-914. 9, Oregon State, 309-304-315-928. 10, Washington State, 323-315-304-942.
- Champion - Sophia Popov, USC, 69-71-70-210. 1t, Tiffany Lua, UCLA, 68-72-70-210. 3, Carlota Ciganda, Arizona State, 74-69-70-213. 4t, Pia Halbig, California, 73-71-71-215. 4t, Isabelle Boineau, Arizona, 70-73-72-215. 6t, Kendra Little
, Oregon, 72-77-68-217. 6t, Joanne Lee, California, 71-72-74-217. 6t, Kyndall Ardoin, Arizona, 72-71-74-217. 6t, Lizette Salas, USC, 72-73-72-217. 6t, Cyna Rodriguez, USC, 69-72-76-217.
Oregon Individual Results - 6t, Kendra Little , 72-77-68-217. 15t, Erica Omlid , 71-75-75-221. 22t, Ashley Edwards , 72-77-76-225. 33t, Raphaela Dyer , 75-77-77-229. 35, Cheyenne Hickle , 76-78-77-231.
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