* Final results are available via the LINKS box to the right.


VAIL, Colo. – The University of Oregon women’s golf team capped action in its season opener, the Golfweek Conference Challenge, tied for fifth place Wednesday on the Red Sky Fazio Course.

Oregon (297-304-307-908) finished nine strokes behind the event champion, Oklahoma (first, 301-307-291-899), in the 18-team field that and eight squads ranked top 40 at the end of last season.

UC Davis followed five strokes back in second place (second, 294-313-297-904) and was one of four teams from last year’s NCAA Championships on hand with Coastal Carolina (ninth-tie, 297-313-307-917), Notre Dame (ninth-tie, 302-311-304-917) and Minnesota (16th, 302-324-312-938).

Other top-five teams from Wednesday’s final results included Tulsa (third, 305-305-296-906), Pepperdine (fourth, 300-306-301-907) and Ole Miss (fifth-tie, 300-306-302-908).

UO was led by its third different player in as many rounds as freshman Cali Hipp shot the best round of her young collegiate career (43rd-tie, 76-82-75-233), and was stroke better in the final round than sophomore Raphaela Dyer (89th, 76-NS-76).

On Wednesday, Hipp ended with three birdies (#7, 9, 18), 10 par scores (#1-2, 4-6, 11, 13, 15-17), four bogeys (#3, 8, 12, 14) and one double-bogey (#10). Dyer carded two birdies (#2, 14), 11 par scores (#3-7, 9, 12-13, 15-16, 18), four bogeys (#8, 10-11, 17) and one double-bogey (#1).

In the overall standings, fellow frosh Cassy Isagawa (11th-tie, 77-71-77-225) led the squad and was one of three Ducks in the top 30 with senior Ashley Edwards (21st-tie, 73-76-79-228) and junior Cheyenne Hickle (27th-tie, 72-75-82-229).
On the par 72, 6,405-yard course, Hickle (9) ended with nine birdies and two eagles over the course of 72 holes, and other birdie counts follow: Isagawa (8 birdies, 1 eagle), Hipp (7), Dyer (6) and Edwards (5).

Overall in the individual standings, Chirapat Jao-Javanil of Oklahoma (70-75-145) climbed two places Wednesday to win by three strokes over  Natalie Gleadall of Ole Miss (second-tie, 69-74-77-220), Kristina Merkle of Tulsa (second-tie, 79-70-71-220) and Grace Na of Pepperdine (second-tie, 69-74-77-220).

Hole-by-hole results from each round are available via the www.Golfstat.com website at the http://www.golfstatresults.com//public/leaderboards/team/static/team_players_2730.html URL address. More tourney information is available at the www.DenverPioneers.com website.

Looking ahead, UO has two weeks until its next competition, the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational, Monday-Wednesday, October 3-5, at the Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Wash. More event information will be available at the www.GoHuskies.com website.

Golfweek Conference Challenge
Red Sky Fazio Course - Par 72, 6,405 yards
Vail, Colo.
Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011

Team Results – 1, Oklahoma, 301-307-291-899. 2, UC Davis, 294-313-297-904. 3, Tulsa, 305-305-296-906. 4t, Pepperdine, 300-306-301-907. 5t, Oregon, 297-304-307-908. 5t, Ole Miss, 300-306-302-908. 7, Denver, 299-307-306-912. 8, TCU, 307-311295-913. 9t, Notre Dame, 302-311-304-917. 9t, Coastal Carolina, 297-313-307-917. 11, Georgia State, 304-319-301-924. 12t, UTSA, 304-314-312-930. 12t, Kennesaw State, 304-317-309-930. 14, Chattanooga, 305-325-302-932.15, New Mexico State, 312-311-311-934. 16, Minnesota, 302-324-312-938. 17, Pennsylvania, 313-325-321-959. 18, Western Michigan, 320-332-319-971.

Top Individuals - 1, Chirapat Jao-Javanil, Oklahoma, 70-75-72-217. 2t, Natalie Gleadall, Ole Miss, 69-74-77-220. 2t, Kristina Merkle, Tulsa, 79-70-71-220. 2t, Grace Na, Pepperdine, 69-74-77-220. 5t, Marion Duverynay, Chattanooga, 72-77-72-221. 5t, Beverly Vatananugulk, UC Davis, 73-77-71-221. 7, Charlotte Lorentzen, Georgia State, 71-76-75-222. 8t, Fabiola Arriaga, UTSA, 74-74-76-224. 8t, demi Runas, UC Davis, 73-77-74-224. 8t, Anne Tanguay, Oklahoma, 75-74-75-224.

Oregon Individual Results – 11t, Cassy Isagawa, 77-71-77-225. 21t, Ashley Edwards, 73-76-79-228. 27, Cheyenne Hickle, 72-75-82-229. 43t, Cali Hipp, 76-82-75-233. 89, Raphaela Dyer, 76-NS-76.

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