The No. 20 Oregon women’s golf team competes Monday and Tuesday, March 3 and 4, at the 18th annual Juli Inkster Spartan Invitational hosted by San José State. The 36-hole tournament is held at Almaden Golf and Country Club in San José, Calif. Two rounds will be played Monday beginning with an 8:30 a.m. (PT) shotgun start. Tuesday’s final round will also go off at 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start.
The 2014 Juli Inkster Spartan Invitational will boast a field of 13 teams. For the second straight tournament, the Ducks will be the highest ranked team in the field by Golfstat.
No. 20 Oregon will be joined by UC Davis (35), New Mexico (67), San José State (77), Portland State (82), Cal State Fullerton (84), San Francisco (89), Coastal Carolina (92), Nevada (95), Fresno State (101), Santa Clara (105), Colorado State (121) and Boise State (123).
IN THE RANKINGS
The Ducks are ranked 20th in the latest Golfstat rankings, released on Wednesday. The Pac-12 features seven teams ranked in the top 25; USC (1), UCLA (2), Arizona State (6), Stanford (7), Washington (9), Arizona (11) and Oregon (20).
Almaden Golf and Country Club is a prestigious club located in the beautiful Almaden Valley of San Jose. The par-72 championship golf course takes full advantage of the 135 acres of beautiful terrain and plays 6,960 yards long. Tree lined fairways, occasional water, and strategically placed bunkers and hazards set the tone for our course, which is challenging and appreciated by golfers of every ability. The Almaden Country Club hosted the LPGA and Nike Tour for over 14 years, as well as zone qualifying for the U.S. Amateur Tournament.
OREGON AT THE JULI INKSTER SPARTAN INVITATIONAL
Oregon will be making its eighth appearance at the Juli Inkster Spartan Invitational. UO’s top finish in the event came in 2012, when the Ducks placed runner-up with a 54-hole score of 892 (+28).
UO CARDS LOWEST ALL-TIME TOURNAMENT SCORE
Oregon broke the program record for lowest tournament score vs. par with a runner-up finish at the Westbrook Spring Invitational. The Ducks finished with a 54-hole score of 848 (-16) at the Vistas Course of the Westbrook Village Golf Course. Oregon bested the school record for the lowest tournament score against par for the second time this season after closing at 16-under. That mark topped the old record, set this fall at the Pac-12 Preview, by six strokes. The Ducks also tied the program record for lowest overall tournament score. Junior Cassy Isagawa and freshman Cathleen Santoso placed runner-up in the 78 player field after going nine-under (207) through three rounds. Their 207 scores rank tied for the second best tournament score in program history.
SANTOSO CARDS UO’S BEST EVER ROUND
Freshman Cathleen Santoso broke the program record for lowest round by two strokes, firing a 63 (-9) in the second round of the Westbrook Spring Invitational. She carded a 31 (-5) on the front nine and a 32 (-4) on the back side without a single bogey. She closed the tournament at nine-under to set a new career low tournament score.
ISAGAWA GOING LOW THIS SPRING
In all five rounds this spring, junior Cassy Isagawa has broken par. The Wailuku, Hawaii, native has a 69.6 round average in the spring season, lowering her overall season round average to 71.65. Isagawa has provided Oregon’s top finish in 4-of-7 tournaments this season and has played 12-of-20 rounds at or below par. As it stands, her round average of 71.65 is a full stroke lower than the season round average program record.
INGLIS TALLYING CONSISTENT SCORES
Sophomore Caroline Inglis collected her fourth top 11 individual finish of the season after tying for 11th at the Westbrook Spring Invitational. The Eugene native has a 73.6 round average this season to anchor the Duck lineup. Her 54-hole score of 215 (-1) last week set a new season best score, besting her old mark by three strokes.
OREGON ON PACE FOR HISTORIC RECORD
The Ducks have posted a 296.5 team round average this season, which is nearly three strokes lower than the program record. Oregon has placed in the top six in all seven tournaments and has carded the three lowest team rounds vs. par in program history.
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.
OREGON ON PACE FOR HISTORIC RECORD
Following the Juli Inkster Spartan Invitational, the Ducks will take a three week break before returning to play with the SDSU Farms Invitational on March 24-26.