EUGENE, Ore. - The No. 16 University of Oregon women’s golf team opens the spring season this weekend, completing at the Peg Barnard Collegiate in Stanford, Calif. The Cardinal will host the event on the Stanford University Golf Course. Action will get underway Saturday. beginning with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. (PT). Sunday’s final round will also tee off at 9:00 a.m. (PT).
The Peg Barnard Collegiate will feature 14 teams, seven of which are ranked in the top 50 by GolfStat.com. Oregon is the second-highest ranked team in the field.
Oregon will be joined by California (27), Colorado (50), Denver (40), Fresno State (102), Long Beach State (76), Oregon State (60), San Diego State (37), San Jose State (81), Stanford (10), UC Davis (36), UC Irvine (75), UNLV (48) and USF (124).
IN THE RANKINGS
The Ducks are ranked 16th in the nation by GolfStat.com and GolfWeek. The Pac-12 boasts seven teams ranked in the top 20; USC (1), UCLA (2), Washington (4), Arizona State (7), Stanford (10), Arizona (13).
A par 73 course, the Stanford University Golf Course measures out at 6,112 yards. The Ducks will be familiar with the layout, having played the course this fall at the Stanford Intercollegiate. The Ducks placed sixth out of 16 teams, carding a three-round score of 863 (+11). The Stanford University Golf Course was designed in 1930 by renowned golf course architects William Bell and George C. Thomas. Located in the foothills above the Stanford University campus, the golf course is consistently rated one of the finest courses in the world.
OREGON AT THE PEG BANARD COLLEGIATE
The Ducks will be making their 11th appearance at the Peg Barnard Collegiate. Oregon last competed in the tournament in 2010, Oregon placed third with a two round score of 607 (305-302). Oregon’s best finish at the event is third, achieving that mark in 1997, 1998 and 2010.
DUCKS CLOSE HISTORIC FALL SEASON
Competing in five fall tournaments, Oregon posted one of the best fall campaigns in program history. The Ducks tallied a 295.4 round average - nearly a full four strokes lower than the full-season program record. Oregon placed in the top six in every single event, tallied a win-loss record of 50-17 and had three student-athletes with stroke averages below 73.6 – all of which would be in the top five in program history if final. Oregon’s best finish came at the UNM Dick McGuire Invitational, where the Ducks carded a three-round score of 877 (+1) to place runner-up in a 16 team field.
OREGON IMPRESSES AT PAC-12 PREVIEW
Oregon closed the fall season on a high note, placing fifth at the inaugural Pac-12 Preview. Oregon carded a final round 296 (+4) to finish with a 54-hole tally of 881 (+5). The tournament was held at the famously exclusive Nanea Golf Club, marking the first time Nanea opened its doors for a non-member tournament. Led by junior Cassy Isagawa’s third place showing, three Ducks placed in the top 21 of the individual leaderboard and Oregon carded rounds of 282 (-10), 303 (+11) and 296 (+4). Oregon’s 10-under par opening round set the program record for low team round vs. par. Isagawa’s opening round 67 (-6) was the third lowest round overall and vs. par in program history.
ISAGAWA ON PACE TO BREAK OWN RECORD
Junior Cassy Isagawa holds the top two season stroke averages in program history, and is on pace to make that three after the 2014 season. The Wailuku, Hawaii, native competed in all five tournaments, posting a 72. 33 round average, which as it stands, would be a program best. Isagawa won the UNM Dick McGuire Invitational (207/-12) and also recorded top 10 finishes at the Mary Fossum Invitational (223/+7) and the Pac-12 Preview (213/-6). She posted 7-of-15 rounds at or below par in the fall.
CONSISTENT SCORING LEADS INGLIS TO POSITIVE FALL SEASON
Sophomore Caroline Inglis has been a consistent force in the lineup, carding a 73.46 round average in the fall - second-best on the team. All 15 of her rounds were between the 71-77 range. She posted five rounds at or below par and placed fifth in the Mary Fossum Invitational (221/+5) and the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational (221/+5).
NEWCOMERS MAKING A BIG IMPACT
Freshmen Cathleen Santoso and Marcella Pranovia have made major contributions in their rookie campaigns. Santoso, a native of Sydney, Australia, played in all five tournaments with a 73.53 round average. She carded seven rounds at or below par and was the only player on the team to place in the top 20 in all five tournaments. Pranovia, a native of Bali, Indonesia, competed in the final four tournaments with a 76.5 round average.
OREGON IN PURSUIT OF ANOTHER NCAA APPERANCE
The Ducks are looking to advance to the NCAA Championships for the third time in the past five seasons under head coach Ria Scott. The Ducks qualified in 2013 (22nd) and 2010 (T23rd). Oregon has qualified for NCAA Regional action in each of the past four seasons, marking the program’s longest postseason streak since reaching regionals nine years in a row from 1993-2002.
SCOTT SIGNS TWO PREP STANDOUTS
The Ducks signed two prep seniors to the 2014-15 freshmen class. The Ducks received National Letters of Intent from Megan Conder (Brentwood, Calif.) and Kelsey Ulep (Rocklin, Calif.). Conder and Ulep are both prized recruits out of California and will enter the University of Oregon as freshmen next season. Both recruits are four-time MVPs on their respective high school girls’ golf teams.