May 3, 2016
The Ducks were selected for their ninth-straight NCAA Regional when the tournament selections were made on April 25. UO received the No. 5 seed at the Baton Rouge Regional, where it’ll join two other Pac-12 teams, who were selected as part of the 18-team field.
The teams will play 54 holes of stroke play (18 holes per day) with tee times off the first and 10th tees beginning at 7:30 a.m. CT (5:30 a.m. PT). The Ducks will be paired with Washington (No. 4 seed) and South Carolina (No. 6) seed for the first round and tee times begin at 8:24 a.m. CT. Live scoring for all rounds will be available on Golfstat.com.
Oregon will join the 17 other institutions in Baton Rouge for the competition. Seeding is as follows:
1 – Duke
2 – Florida
3 -Arizona State
4 – Washington
5 – OREGON
6 – South Carolina
7 – East Carolina
8 – North Carolina State
9 – Houston
10 – BYU
11 – Augusta
12 – LSU
13 – New Mexico
14 – Denver
15 – Harvard
16 – North Florida
17 – Wichita State
18 – Fairleigh Dickinson
No. 1 – Cathleen Santoso
No. 2 – Caroline Inglis
No. 3 – Kathleen Scavo
No. 4 – Petra Salko
No. 5 – Marcella Pranovia
The Ducks will need to finish sixth or better at the Regional in order to advance to the NCAA Championships, which are being held at Eugene Country Club, a place that UO players know very well as it serves as one of their home courses.
Under current head coach, Ria Scott, Oregon has advanced to the championships twice in her six year tenure, the last time being in 2013. The lone senior on this year’s team, Caroline Inglis, was just a freshman then and would enjoy closing out her illustrious college career in her hometown of Eugene.
The Ducks have been selected for the NCAA Regionals for the 21st time in school history. Of those 21 times, UO has qualified for the Championships 11 times with the last time being in 2013.
A year ago, UO competed in San Antonio and just missed the cut-off, finishing 8th in the 18 team field. In 2013, the Ducks competed at the Stanford Regional and finished in a tie for sixth, qualifying them for the NCAA Championships, held in Athens, Ga.
The best team finish at an NCAA Regional was fifth, which the 1995 squad did. The best NCAA Championships finish was in 1997 when the team finished seventh.
IN THE RANKINGS
After recording top-five finishes in four of the five spring tournaments, the Ducks have shown that they are among the nation’s elite. The latest Golfstat.com Rankings, posted on April 26, had Oregon ranked No. 20 in the nation. The ranking is the highest a team has achieved since the record book started in 1993. In head coach Ria Scott’s six years at the helm of the program, her teams own six of the seven highest rankings in school history.
LAST TIME OUT
After starting out strong in the first two rounds of the Pac-12 Championships, the Ducks faltered in the final round, shooting a 15-over 303 at Ruby Hill Golf Club in Pleasanton, Calif. to finish eighth in the 11 team field.
Paired with Colorado for the final round, the Ducks started on the first tee for the final round. For the second straight day, Inglis carded the lowest score of the day as the senior shot a 1-over 73. For the tournament, Inglis shot a 1-under 215 (72, 70, 73) to finish in a tie for 12th. Santoso carded the next lowest score in the final round as she shot a 2-over 74. After two under-par rounds to start the tournament, the junior couldn’t duplicate the results on the final 18 holes. Her final score card read 70-71-74 – 215 (-1) as she tied with Inglis for 12th.
Kathleen Scavo finished in a tie for 27th as she shot a 4-over 220 (73-72-75) for the tournament. Marcella Pranovia contributed the final counting score as the junior shot a 9-over 81 in the final round to finish with a 229 (+13) for the tournament.
NATION’S ELITE DESCEND ON EUGENE
The Eugene Country Club and the University of Oregon will play host to the best amateur golfers in the country when they host the NCAA Women’s Golf Championships May 20-25. The top six teams from the four regional sites (Stanford, Calif.; Baton Rouge, La.; Bryan, Texas and Shoal Creak, Ala.) will advance to Eugene. The 2016 Championships will feature the second year under the revised format. The 24-team field will play 72 holes of stroke play with the top eight advancing into single-elimination match play.
INGLIS ETCHES NAME IN RECORD BOOK
Coming into her senior season, Caroline Inglis was already a familiar name when looking at the Oregon golf record book. This year, the Eugene, Ore.-native continues her outstanding career in a Duck uniform as she leads the team in scoring average, top ten finishes, counters and rounds at even-par or better. Inglis has three seasons where her scoring average is in the top ten. Last year, she set a new record by averaging 72.21, surpassing Cassy Isagawa’s previous record of 72.76. This year, Inglis has the third-best average ever at 72.82. For her four-year career, Inglis is averaging 73.65 over 128 rounds played, good for the third-best ever. She is also second in career counting scores with 125, just four away from Isagawa’s record of 129. Inglis has played 128 rounds during her career, the third-most for an UO golfer and she has a chance to become the all-time leader in career rounds if the Ducks advance to the NCAA Championships. Kendra Little, who played from 2008-11 played 134 rounds in her career.