SAN JOSE, Calif. – Oregon saved its best for last at the Juli Inkster Spartan Invitational, firing an even par final round to capture its first title of the season on Tuesday. The No. 20 Ducks placed first out of 13 teams on the Almaden Golf and Country Club with a three-round card of 876 (+12).

Oregon improved after each round, carding a 296 (+8) and 292 (+4) on Monday’s before closing with an even par 288. The Ducks captured their 26th tournament title in program history and added their fifth tournament trophy under head coach Ria Scott.

Trailing No. 35 UC Davis late in the final round,  UO’s counting scorers played the final three holes at one-under par compared to two-over for UC Davis. Cathleen Santoso’s four-under (68) closing round led the charge for the Ducks, as the freshman phenom earned her first career medalist honors. The Ducks had four players place in the top 25 individually.

“I said this when we received our trophy, it’s fun to see this team shoot low numbers but it’s even more gratifying to see them love and support each other,” said Scott. “As coaches, we completely know and trust that this group is grinding and doing their best out there.”

Santoso, a native of Sydney, Australia, carded a three-round score of 213 (-3) to share medalist honors with Cal State Fullerton’s Martina Edberg and New Mexico’s Sammi Stevens. Santoso entered the week with six top 20 finishes, including a runner-up effort last week, and finally broke through for a win with a blistering final round.

She carded a final round 68 (-4), which tied for the lowest round of the tournament. Santoso played her final round flawlessly, carding four birdies and 14 pars to jump from sixth place to first. Santoso led the field in par-four scoring (-4) and ranked third in overall birdies (11). Last week, Santoso broke the school record for lowest round (63) and placed second at the Westbrook Spring Invitational.

“Today was another solid round of golf, and to finish on top was a bonus,” said Santoso, who improved her round average to 72.7. “I trusted that my practice and preparation would eventually come through in a tournament, and this one was it.”

Playing her final eight holes at four-under par, junior Cassy Isagawa played a key role in UO’s team win down the stretch. She fired a 54-hole score of 216 (E) to tie for fifth – her 10th career top five finish. Isagawa carded rounds of 73 (+1), 74 (+2) and 69 (-3).

Isagawa opened with nine straight pars on the front nine before making bogey on the 10th hole. She responded with consecutive birdies on holes No. 11 and 12 to get below par. With the team race neck-and-neck with UC Davis, Isagawa birdied the par-four 17th and par-five 18th holes to card a 69 (-3).

“It was fun seeing everyone’s body language and encouragement out there,” said Isagawa. “I think our team chemistry is what finally helped us get the win in the end.”

Sophomore Caroline Inglis tied for 13th with a 54-hole score of 222 (+6), marking her fifth top 20 finish of the season. The Eugene native opened with rounds of 76 (+5) and 71 (-1) on Monday before closing with a 75 (+3) in today’s final round. Inglis made eight birdies in the tournament.

Freshman Marcella Pranovia tied her season-best tournament score of the season, tying for 24th with a 54-hole card of 225 (+9). She carded three steady rounds of 74, 75 and 76. Pranovia made 14 pars in her final round. On Monday, Pranovia eagled the par-five 18th hole – the only eagle of the tournament.

Senior Raphaela Dyer tied for 56th with a three-round score of 236 (+20). In today’s closing round, Dyer birdied the par-five first hole and the par-four ninth hole. Her best round of the tournament came in the second round, carding 14 pars to shoot a 76.

After playing three tournaments in the past week, Oregon will now take a break before returning to action on March 24-26 with the SDSU Farms Invitational. The tournament will be hosted at Farms Golf Club in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.

Juli Inkster Spartan Invitational
Team Leaderboard

1.            Oregon – 296, 292, 288 – 876 (+12)
2.            UC Davis – 291, 291, 288 – 878 (+14)
3.            San Jose State – 295, 301, 287 – 883 (+19)
4.            New Mexico – 303, 300, 288 – 891 (+27)
5.            San Francisco – 295, 295, 302 – 892 (+28)
6.            Portland State – 308, 296, 293 – 897 (+33)
T7.          Coastal Carolina – 300, 303, 298 – 901 (+37)
T7.          Santa Clara – 307, 292, 302 – 901 (+37)
T7.          CSU Fullerton – 305, 300, 296 – 901 (+37)
10.          Boise State – 307, 302, 293 – 902 (+38)
11.          Colorado State – 305, 302, 300 – 907 (+43)
12.          Fresno State – 312, 300, 299 – 911 (+47)
13.          Nevada – 304, 315, 307 – 926 (+62)