May 5, 2016
BATON ROUGE, La. – The fifth-seeded Oregon women’s golf team looked sharp in the opening round of the NCAA Regionals. The Ducks shot a 4-over 292 on the par-72, 6,285-yard University Club golf course. UO is six strokes off first-place Washington and two strokes behind South Carolina.
HOW IT HAPPENED: The Ducks were paired with the Huskies and Gamecocks in the opening round and all three teams played well, occupying spots 1-3 on the leaderboard.
Oregon was led by junior Cathleen Santoso who shot a 1-under 71 to hold a seventh-place tie individually. Santoso was on fire on the front nine as she sunk three birdies to sit at 3-under going into the turn. On the back nine, the Sydney, Australia-product bogeyed on the 11th and 12th holes to move up to 1-under, but she made par the rest of the way to turn in the best card on the team.
Freshman Kathleen Scavo contributed the second lowest UO score of the round as she shot a 1-over 73. She bogeyed on the second hole but came back to fire a birdie on the par-4 fourth hole to remain at even-par. She made par on the remainder of the front nine to shoot an even-36. After the turn, the Napa, Calif.-native sunk her second birdie of the round on the par-5 11th hole to go down to 1-under. She ran into a little trouble on the final five holes, bogeying twice to finish at 1-over.
Petra Salko and Marcella Pranovia rounded out the counting scores as they both carded a 2-over 74. Salko got off to a hot start, firing a birdie on the first hole. The freshman struggled at the end of the front nine, bogeying on three straight holes to shoot a 2-over 38 going into the turn. On the back nine, she sunk three more birdies, but a bogey and a double-bogey kept her at 2-over for the round.
Pranovia struggled on the front nine as she shot a 5-over 41. However, the junior was spectacular on the back nine where she shot a 3-under 33. She sunk three birdies, including back-to-back ones on the 16th and 17th holes to end her round at 2-over.
Ria Scott, Head Coach
“It was a great day for the team as whole, especially for our first time here at the University Club. We’ve had to adjust quickly to the conditions, the layout and the style of golf this course demands. We are very pleased with where we stand after the first day. We need to refine our game plan based on the changing conditions. The course will just continue to play firmer and faster as the week progresses and we’ll need to be prepared for that.”
UP NEXT: The second round will get underway tomorrow at 5:30 a.m. PT (7:30 a.m. CT). Pairings and tee times will be determined later today.