After just qualifying for the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship in Athens, Georgia by tying for the last spot in the West Regional, the Ducks women played their first round at the University of Georgia Golf Course yesterday, finishing in a tie for 20th with Wisconsin. All Oregon golfers finished relatively close to one another, with Caroline Inglis and Cassy Isagawa leading the way by shooting a 74 and 75, respectively.
Avery Sills’ and Cali Hipp‘s scores were also recorded as part of Oregon’s overall score on Tuesday, as they both finished with a 76 to give the Ducks a round one total of 301. Hanule Sky Seo‘s score of 79 was not factored in to Oregon’s total.
Just three teams sit behind the Ducks now, who came into the Championships as the No. 35 team in the nation. Oklahoma State (303), South Carolina (304), and Auburn (305) currently find themselves a few shots back of Oregon and Wisconsin.
On a bright note, the Ducks are just two stroked back for being tied for 15th, as Texas, UC Davis, Florida, and Vanderbilt all came out of round one with a team score of 209. Mississippi State sits right behind that block of teams in 19th with a team score of 300.
The current log jam in the middle could play into the Ducks’ favor the next few days, as they will undoubtedly hope to improve upon their round one numbers.
Southern California and San Jose currently find themselves in a tie for first at the Championships, as both teams finished with a 284 yesterday. Duke, Alabama, UCLA, and Purdue round out the top five, with UCLA and Purdue in a tie for fifth.
Regan De Guzman of San Jose State is the current individual leader at -5 after shooting a 67 yesterday. She is followed by Celine Boutier of Duke and Stephanie Meadow of Alabama, who each shot 69 in the first round to come away in a tie for second.
Inglis, meanwhile, is the first Duck on the individual leaderboards and finds herself in a tie for 46th along with a slough of other players. Isagawa is tied for 64th, Hipp and Sills are tied for 76th, and Sky Seo currently finds herself in a tie for 108th.
Oregon’s tee times are in consecutive order, with Sky Ceo teeing off with Lindsay Danielson (Wisc) and Ani Gulugian (UCLA) at 8:53 am, Sills teeing off with Alexis Nelson (Wisc) and Lee Lopez (UCLA) at 9:04 am, Hipp teeing off with Aaren Ziegler (Wisc) and Tiffany Lu (UCLA) at 9:15 am, Isagawa teeing off with Kris Yoo (Wisc) and Louise Ridderstorm (UCLA) at 9:26 am, and Inglis teeing off with Kimberly Dinh (Wisc) and Erynne Lee (UCLA) at 9:37 am.