Lu Leads Ducks On First Day of Silverado Showdown

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NAPA VALLEY, Calif. – The Oregon women’s golf team opened the Silverado Showdown with a 7-over 295 on Monday at Silverado Country Club.
 
Coming off the program’s first tournament win since 2016 last weekend in Phoenix, the No. 13 ranked Ducks sit in a tie for sixth place through the first 18 holes in Napa Valley. UCLA currently leads the 13-team field at even par.
 
Oregon was led by freshman Hsin-Yu (Cynthia) Lu, who is in the individual top 10 after firing an even-par 72 on Monday.
 
How it Happened: Lu opened her day with a bogey, but rebounded nicely with 11 pars and two birdies over her next 13 holes to get to 1-under-par going into No. 15. Lu finished her day by going bogey-birdie-bogey-par to finish with a 72, putting her in a four-way tie for ninth place individually. Oregon State’s Ellie Slama and Washington’s Stefanie Deng lead the field at 5-under-par.
 
Sophomores Briana Chacon and Sofie Kibsgaard Nielsen each put up a 2-over 74 for the Ducks, with Chacon shooting 1 under across her final 11 holes after back-to-back bogeys put her at 3 over through seven. It was an up-and-down day for Nielsen, who led Oregon in both birdies (4) and bogeys (6).
 
Senior Alexis Phadungmartvorakul rounded out Oregon’s counting scores with a 3-over 75, going 1 over through 17 holes before finishing with a double bogey. Ching-Tzu Chen – who is competing as an individual this week – also finished the day at 3 over.
 
Ducks on the Leaderboard:
T6. Oregon – 295 (+7)
T9. Hsin-Yu (Cynthia) Lu – 72 (E)
T21. Briana Chacon – 74 (+2)
T21. Sofie Kibsgaard Nielsen – 74 (+2)
T32. Alexis Phadungmartvorakul – 75 (+3)
T32. Ching-Tzu Chen* – 75 (+3)
T47. Tze-Han (Heather) Lin – 77 (+5)
* Competing as an individual
 
Notable: This is the seventh edition of the Silverado Showdown, which is co-hosted by Oregon and Colorado … Lu posted her sixth par-or-better round of the season – tied with Chacon for the team lead – and fifth in her last seven rounds … Oregon shot 8 over on par-4 holes, the second-best mark in the field … Phadungmartvorakul tied for the best individual score on par-3 holes at 2-under-par.
 
Up Next: Round two of the Silverado Showdown tees off on Tuesday morning.  

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