EUGENE, Ore. - Freshman Cathleen Santoso carded the best round in Oregon women’s golf history, carding a remarkable 9-under, 63, on the Vistas Course of the Wesbrook Village Golf Course. Santoso is currently in second on the leaderboard at 11-under at the Westbrook Spring Invitational, fueling the No. 22 Ducks to an incredible day of golf.
Oregon is in first place in the 14-team field after firing rounds of 279 (-9) and 274 (-14), sitting at 23-under par (553) entering tomorrow’s final round. The Ducks opened the day by besting the program record for low round, a 281 at the 2011 Stanford Intercollegiate, by two strokes with a 279. Oregon broke the record yet again in round two, dominating the Vistas Course with a 14-under round of 271.
Santoso’s second round, Oregon’s second round team score and 36-hole team score each set Westbrook Invitational tournament records.
The Ducks lead No. 35 Ohio State by nine strokes entering Monday’s third and final round. Santoso trails Ohio State’s Jessica Porvasnik by one stroke on the individual leaderboard. To put Oregon’s opening rounds in perspective, if the Ducks were to shoot just an even par round tomorrow, they would break the school record for lowest tournament in program history by seven strokes.
"The team did a great job of staying patient," said head coach Ria Scott. "It was clear that other teams got off to a hot start, but our Ducks just stuck to their plan and executed. Cathleen was absolutely due to go low. She has been burning edges on her putts for awhile now."
Santoso got off to a strong start, albeit a modest one compared to her second round, carding a 70 (-2) in the first round. She had one bogey and 14 pars, while making birdie on holes No. 4, 7 and 17. The Sydney, Australia, native absolutely tore up the course on her second round to break the school record.
She opened with a 31 (-5) on the front side before closing with a 32 (-4). Santoso didn’t have a single bogey on the card. She birdied holes No. 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 17 and 18 to smash the school record for low round by two strokes. Santoso’s carded nine rounds at or below par this season. Her previous career low round was a 69, which she carded twice.
Junior Cassy Isagawa is in third place individually at 8-under par (136). She carded her 10th and 11th rounds at or below par of the season, firing back-to-back 68s (-4). Isagawa birdied six holes with two bogeys in the opening round before making five birdies and one bogey in the final round. She birdied the par-three third hole and the par-five fourth hole in both rounds. Isagawa improved her team-best season round average to 71.7.
Sophomore Caroline Inglis kept two clean scorecards and is tied for 10th through two rounds at 2-under par (142). The Eugene native carded consecutive 1-under (71) rounds and made 28 pars on the day. She birdied two holes on the front nine and three on the back side.
Senior Raphaela Dyer is tied for 31st place at 2-over par (146), making her first appearance in the lineup since the season-opening Mary Fossum Invitational. She carded a 74 (+2) in round one with 10 pars and birdies on holes 7, 12 and 17. In the second round, Dyer was at 4-under through 13 holes before closing at even par (72). She made five birdies in round two.
Junior Cali Hipp fired a 2-under par (70) opening round, but fell to 42nd on the leaderboard after a 78 (+6) in round two. The Caldwell, Idaho, native made three straight birdies in the morning and finished with five on the round to break par. She made 10 pars and a birdie on the 11th hole.
"What's most exciting about tomorrow is that there is still potential for this team to improve," said Scott.
Monday’s final round will tee off at 7:30 a.m. (PT) with a shotgun start. The Ducks are in pursuit of their first tournament win of the season.
Westbrook Spring Invitational
1. Oregon - 279, 274 - 553 (-23)
2. Ohio State - 281, 278 - 559 (-17)
3. College of Charleston - 286, 285 - 571 (-5)
4. Wisconsin - 286, 288 - 574 (-2)
5. Indiana - 287, 292 - 579 (+3)
6. Oregon State - 283, 297 - 580 (+4)
7. Nebraska - 295, 287 - 582 (+6)
8. Kansas State - 294, 290 - 584 (+8)
T9. Iowa - 291, 294 - 585 (+9)
T9. Illinois - 292, 293 - 585 (+9)
11. Washington State - 294, 292 - 586 (+10)
T12. Colorado State - 295, 293 - 588 (+12)
T12. Tulsa - 297, 291 - 588 (+12)
14. Eastern Michigan - 295, 298 - 593 (+17)