May 7, 2016
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Oregon women’s golf squad will be one happy team as they travel back to Eugene, finishing fifth at the Baton Rouge Regional and securing themselves a place in the NCAA Championship field, held May 20-25 at Eugene Country Club.
The Ducks shot a 6-over 294 in today’s final round, placing them two strokes ahead of sixth-place BYU. For the tournament, UO finished at 18-over (292-296-294 – 882) and have now advanced to the championships for the third time under head coach Ria Scott.
HOW IT HAPPENED: Continuing her outstanding play over the past last month, Cathleen Santoso once again led the Ducks in today’s final round. The junior posted her second under-par round of the tournament, carding a 1-under 71. After being bogeying twice in the first three holes, Santoso proceeded to fire three birdies over the next four holes and shot a 1-under 35 on the front nine. A bogey on the 11th hole to put her at even-par but she came back and sunk birdies on the 15th and 16th holes to go 2-under. She bogeyed on the par-4 17th hole, but made par on the 18th to end the round at 1-under.
Marcella Pranovia also played her best golf of the tournament today as she shot a 1-under 71. The junior started off strong, sinking four birdies on the front nine to sit at 2-under heading into the turn. On the back nine, she fired two more birdies and was 3-under through 16 holes, but back-to-back bogeys pushed her up to 1-under for the round.
Caroline Inglis brought in the next best card as she shot a 3-over 75. The senior only bogeyed once on the front nine and then fired two birdies to go 1-under through 12. She followed up a 13th-hole bogey by sinking a birdie on the par-5 14th hole to get back down to 1-under. She then ran into trouble on the final four holes, recording bogeys on each to end at 3-over. Kathleen Scavo rounded out the counting scores as she carded a 5-over 77.
WHAT IT MEANS: The Ducks accomplished their season-long goal of advancing to the national championships. UO showed that they can compete with the top teams in the country and did what needed to be done in today’s final round.
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS ON DECK: Oregon will be one of 24 women’s teams that will compete at Eugene Country Club May 20-25 in the NCAA Championships. The competition will start with all teams playing 72-holes of stroke. At the conclusion of that, the top eight teams will advance into single-elimination match play. The national champion will be crowned on May 25. Tickets are $5 a day and can be purchased here.