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AUBURN, Wash. – The No. 34 University of Oregon women’s golf team capped action Saturday one stroke shy of an NCAA Championships invitation with its ninth-place finish in the NCAA West Regional on the Washington National Golf Course.
Finishing two places better than its pre-tourney seeding, the Ducks placed ninth (302-301-306-909) in the 24-team field, just behind No. 27 Texas A&M (eighth, 301-302-305-908) and reversed the two teams’ finishes when UO won the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate by one stroke last month at Half Moon Bay.
No. 1 USC (288-284-294-866) ultimately won by 10 strokes over No. 13 Tennessee (second, 292-287-297-876). The top five was rounded out by No. 6 Virginia (third-tie, 290-301-296-887), No. 23 UC Davis (third-tie, 300-292-295-887) and No. 7 Arizona (fifth, 303-293-299-895).
Besides A&M, the other two teams to earn trips to the NCAA finale included No. 36 South Carolina (sixth, 303-299-300-902) and No. 38 Washington (seventh, 304-294-307-905).
Junior Ashley Edwards (22nd-t, 74-76-74-224) led the Ducks for the second time in the tournament, sixth time this season and 14th time career-wise.
UO also counted scores Saturday from Erica Omlid (25th-t,76-73-77-226), sophomore Cheyenne Hickle (70th-t, 81-78-76-235) and freshman Raphaela Dyer (98th-t, 77-85-79-241), while senior Kendra Little (41st-t, 75-74-80-229) claimed a third, top-50 finish for the Ducks in the final results.
Glancing at the players’ scorecards, Edwards finished with four birdies Saturday on the par-4 second, sixth and 15th holes and par-5 14th hole; parred eight holes; and ended with single bogeys on six holes.
Among UO’s other entries, Omlid added two birdies Saturday, and Dyer, Hickle, Little each carded one.
Tourney-wise, Edwards ended with a team-high eight birdies, and was followed by Omlid (5), Little (3), Dyer (2) and Hickle (2).
Although UO fell just shy of a trip to the NCAA Championships that will be hosted by Texas A&M, May 17-20, this weekend’s regional placing still stood as its sixth-best finish among its 16 trips in school history since 1993.
The Ducks also beat four teams ranked ahead of them in the field - No. 19 Iowa State (10th, 305-306-302-913), No. 29 Oklahoma (11th, 316-300-301-917), No. 12 Georgia (14th, 314-303-309-926) and No. 20 Pepperdine (15th, 318-299-314-931).
Altogether this year, UO finished with a 299.64 scoring average - its all-time best for a season. During the season’s 11 tourneys, Oregon players claimed one win among their seven top-10 individual finishes, to go along with 27 par or better rounds, two of the four best tournament scores and four of the top six rounds in school history.
Among overall results, Omlid scored UO’s 28th individual tourney victory last fall in the Dick McGuire / Branch Law Firm Invitational, while Little won four events in prior seasons.
In the Oregon history books, Omlid’s team season-best tourney score – an eight-under 211 - tied the second-best in Duck history (four strokes behind Little ’s 12-under in the same event in 2009). Dyer’s three-under score of 213 in Las Vegas stood as the fourth-best tourney score all-time among Ducks and tops among freshmen.
Last fall, the Duck squad turned in its second- and third- lowest team tourney totals in the Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic (872, 8+) and Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown (877, 13+) and fell just shy of its school record (869, 5+) from the 2008 UNLV Spring Rebel Classic. Among individual rounds, this year’s squad has posted the third-best round ever (2-under 290) twice, and the fifth- and sixth-best-ever scores (288 (E) / 289 (+1) twice).
Oregon posted its 23rd and 24th team titles in the Branch Law Firm Invitational (295-296-290-881) and Pacific Coast Intercollegiate (304-297-290-891), and has also placed third in the Ptarmigan Ram Classic (288-294-290-872) and Juli Inkster Spartan Invitational (302-302-300-904).
On the individual front, Little capped arguably UO’s greatest golf career with program records for wins (4), rounds of par or better (39) and lowest tourney score (12-under). The Eugene native also ended with four of the team’s five-lowest rounds ever with her quartet of five-under scores.
NCAA West Regional
Washington National Golf Course, par 72, 6,266 yards
Auburn, Wash. (Host: Washington)
Saturday, May 7, 2011
Team Results - 1, USC, 288-284-294-866. 2, Tennessee, 292-287-297-876. 3t, Virginia, 290-301-296-887. 3t, UC Davis, 300-292-295-887. 5, Arizona, 303-293-299-895. 6, South Carolina, 303-299-300-902. 7, Washington, 304-294-307-905. 8, Texas A&M, 301-302-305-908. 9, Oregon, 302-301-306-909. 10, Iowa State, 305-306-302-913. 11, Oklahoma, 316-300-301-917. 12, BYU, 303-311-304-918. 13, Denver, 307-307-306-920. 14, Georgia, 314-303-309-926. 15, Pepperdine, 318-299-314-931. 16, UTSA, 311-313-313-937. 17, San Diego State, 310-311-317-938. 18, Tulsa, 310-315-315-940. 19, New Mexico, 310-318-313-941. 20, Portland State, 305-311-326-942. 21t, New Mexico State, 319-315-320-954. 21t, Oral Roberts, 320-314-320-954. 23, San Jose State, 315-316-326-957. 24, UTEP, 321-324-338-983.
Top Individual Results - 1, Erica Popson, Tennessee, 68-69-71-208. 2, Lizette Salas, USC, 73-67-73-213. 3, Sophia Popov, USC, 69-73-73-215. 4, Calle Nielson, Virginia, 72-74-70-216. 5t, Demi Runas, UC Davis, 69-72-76-217. 5t, Katerina Ruzickova, Texas A&M, 73-75-69-217. 7t, Alice Kim, UC Davis, 80-72-66-218. 7t, Rachel Morris, USC, 73-71-74-218. 9t, Isabelle Boineau, Arizona, 75-70-74-219. 9t, Marta Silva Zamora, Georgia, 75-73-71-219.
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