The Oregon women’s golf team finds themselves tied with the host team after one round at the Stanford Invitational, and they’re within striking distance of USC’s lead.
The Trojans finished with a score of 8-under 276 on Friday, finishing six strokes ahead of the second-place Washington Huskies at Stanford University Golf Course. Oregon and Stanford each shot 1-under 283, one stroke behind Washington. Those four were the only teams in the 16-team tournament to finish under par in the first round.
The Ducks got stellar performances from freshman Cathleen Santoso and junior Cali Hipp. Both players shot 2-under 69s, tying them for fourth among the field of 90 golfers. The pair were also the only Oregon golfers to finish under par.
One less stroke from Cassy Isagawa and that last sentence would have been different. The junior shot an even-par 71 to finish tied for 16th in the tournament. Isagawa and Caroline Inglis lead the Ducks this season with a 73.5 average score per round.
The sophomore Inglis shot just below her season average, finishing the first round with a 3-over 74. Her score was the worst among the four Oregon golfers who had scores that counted towards the team’s total. Inglis is tied for 45th.
Marcella Pranovia didn’t come close to her average per-round score of 75 on Friday. The freshman shot an 11-over 82 to tie her for 86th overall.
The format of the Stanford Invitational differs from all of the tournaments the Ducks have competed in this fall. In their first three tournaments, Oregon played the first two rounds in one day and played their third and final round on the second day. This weekend in Stanford, Calif., the Ducks play one round each day from Friday-Sunday.
The Ducks will attempt to cut into USC’s lead when they tee off Saturday morning. If they can complete the comeback on Sunday, Oregon will earn its first tournament win of the season.