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Women’s Golf Earns 13th Straight NCAA Regional Bid

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EUGENE, Ore. – The Oregon women’s golf team will make its 13th straight NCAA Regional appearance after earning the No. 4 seed in the Baton Rouge Regional on Wednesday.
 
The Ducks have reached an NCAA Regional every year since 2008, not counting the 2019-20 season that was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This will be the program’s 25th all-time NCAA Regional appearance.
 
“We are extremely excited to be heading to Baton Rouge with a chance to earn a spot at the NCAA Championships,” said head coach Derek Radley. “I am so proud of all of the hard work our student-athletes have put in this season, and their efforts were rewarded with this selection. This has been a great season for us and we are looking forward to keeping it going.”
 
Oregon is the No. 4 seed among 18 total teams at the Baton Rouge Regional – hosted by LSU – which is set for May 10-12 at The University Club. The top six teams out of the regional advance to the NCAA Championships, slated for May 21-26 in Scottsdale, Ariz.
 
UO finished ninth in its last NCAA Regional appearance in 2019. The Ducks’ best-ever NCAA Regional finish was a third-place showing in 2017.
 
The Ducks have advanced to the NCAA Championships as a team 10 times in the program’s history, including four times since 2010 (2010, 2013, 2016, 2017). Oregon’s best finish at the NCAA Championships came in 2016, when the Ducks reached the match play portion and tied for fifth overall at Eugene Country Club.
 
Oregon is No. 12 in the most recent Golfstat national rankings, and the Ducks tied for fifth at last weekend’s Pac-12 Championships. That marked Oregon’s best conference finish since 2015, and extended UO’s top-five streak to eight straight tournaments and 12 of the last 13.
 
2021 Baton Rouge Regional
1. LSU
2. Ole Miss
3. Baylor
4. Oregon
5. Maryland
6. Alabama
7. Oregon State
8. Houston
9. Miami (Fla.)
10. North Texas
11. Purdue
12. Mississippi State
13. Tulsa
14. Sam Houston State
15. Kennesaw State
16. East Tennessee State
17. Jacksonville State
18. Quinnipiac
 

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Chacon, Lu Make History As All-Pac-12 Selections

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STANFORD, Calif. – Sophomore Briana Chacon and freshman Hsin-Yu (Cynthia) Lu each received all-Pac-12 recognition on Sunday, giving the Oregon women’s golf team two first-team all-conference selections for the first time in program history.
 
Chacon and Lu are the fourth and fifth Oregon players ever to land on the all-conference first team, joining Caroline Inglis (2014-15), Cassy Isagawa (2011-12) and Paula Patterson (1996-97). They are two of six underclassmen on the 12-player team, and Lu is one just two freshmen.

Chacon All-Pac-12
 
Currently the No. 26 ranked player in the nation, Chacon has been stellar for the Ducks as a sophomore. She led Oregon at the Pac-12 Championships this weekend in a tie for fifth place individually, her fifth consecutive top-10 finish. The Whittier, Calif., native closed the conference tournament with a 3-under 68, her fourth straight par-or-better round and ninth in her last 12 rounds.
 
At the PING ASU Invitational on March 26-28, Chacon tied for second individually for the best finish of her career while leading the Ducks to the program’s first tournament win since 2015-16. Her performance at the Pac-12 Championships lowered her season scoring average to 72.50, which would currently be the second-best in Oregon single-season history.

Lu All-Pac-12
 
Lu has lived up to the hype of being the top-ranked player out of Asia in the 2020 recruiting class, joining Isagawa as the only freshmen in program history to earn first-team all-conference honors. Currently No. 42 player on the World Amateur Golf Rankings, Lu has posted three top-10 finishes this season for the Ducks and has tied the Oregon single-season record with four eagles.
 
A native of Taipei, Taiwan, Lu tied for second at the Wildcat Invitational on March 8-9 for the best finish of her young career. Lu tied for 23rd overall this weekend at the Pac-12 Championships, and she currently boasts a solid scoring average of 73.89.
 

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Ducks Finish Strong At Pac-12s, Extend Top-Five Streak

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STANFORD, Calif. – The Oregon women’s golf team put together its best round of the weekend to close out the Pac-12 Championships on Sunday, firing a 1-under 283 to move up a spot and tie for fifth place at Stanford Golf Course.
 
The Ducks improved by 12 shots from Saturday’s second round and made up an 11-stroke difference to tie for fifth with UCLA at 23-over-par, the program’s best conference finish since taking second in 2015. Dating back to last season, Oregon has now placed in the top five in eight consecutive tournaments and 12 of its last 13.
 
“I challenged them yesterday after struggling the first two days to see if they could come out and play like we know how, and they did,” said head coach Derek Radley. “With four of our five players, this is the first Pac-12 Tournament they’ve ever played in. I’m proud of how they responded today and we are going to use this as momentum going into NCAAs.”
 
Briana Chacon capped another terrific weekend with a 3-under 68 to tie for fifth place individually, securing her fifth consecutive top-10 showing and the best Pac-12 finish by a Duck since Caroline Inglis won the individual title in 2015. The sophomore is making a habit of finishing strong, carding her best score in the final round for the fourth straight tournament.
 
“Briana is one tough cookie,” said Radley. “She’s a superstar; we’ve always known that and now she’s starting to believe it. She’s proving herself on the biggest stages in college golf. She continues to play great and everything she gets is very well-earned.”
 
How it Happened: Chacon was stellar on the front nine, opening with a birdie at No. 1 and adding two more at No. 5 and No. 7 to make the turn with a 3-under 32. The Whittier, Calif., native made bogey at No. 10 but got that stroke back with a birdie at No. 14, and she made par on the other seven holes on the back nine to break 70 for the third time this season.
 
Chacon ended in a two-way tie for fifth at 3-under-par after shooting even in each of the first two rounds. She notched her second-best finish of the season while carding her fourth straight round of par or better and ninth in her last 12 rounds.
 
The Ducks got a pair of strong performances from sophomores Ching-Tzu Chen and Sofie Kibsgaard Nielsen, who each came in with an even-par 71. Chen led Oregon on the day with six total birdies and earned her third top-20 finish of the season in a tie for 13th.
 
Junior Tze-Han (Heather) Lin completed Oregon’s counting scores with her best round of the weekend, a 2-over 73. Lin made a birdie at No. 2 and led the Ducks with 14 total pars on the day.
 
Freshman Hsin-Yu (Cynthia) Lu finished with a 6-over 77, but a 10 on the par-5 16th was the outlier in an otherwise solid round.
 
Ducks on the Leaderboard:
T5. Oregon – 297-295-283 – 875 (+23)
T5. Briana Chacon – 71-71-68 – 210 (-3)
T13. Ching-Tzu Chen – 74-74-71 – 219 (+6)
T23. Hsin-Yu (Cynthia) Lu – 72-74-77 – 223 (+10)
T42. Tze-Han (Heather) Lin – 80-77-73 – 230 (+17)
T42. Sofie Kibsgaard Nielsen – 83-76-71 – 230 (+17)
 
Notable: Oregon finished in the top five at the conference tournament for just the second time during the Pac-12 era and only the third time since 1997 … The Ducks had 167 total pars for the weekend, second-most in the field … Chacon led Oregon with 11 total birdies, and she and Lu tied for the team lead with 36 total pars … Chacon was -1 on par-4 holes, tied for the best mark among individuals … USC won the Pac-12 Championship at 3-under-par, and Stanford’s Rachel Heck took home the individual title at 7-under-par.
 
Up Next: The 2021 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championships selections announcement is scheduled for Wednesday, April 28, at 11 a.m. PT on Golf Channel. NCAA Regionals are scheduled for May 10-12.

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Chacon In Top 10 Entering Final Round

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STANFORD, Calif. – Sophomore Briana Chacon is in the individual top 10 after leading the Oregon women’s golf team for the second straight round on Saturday at the Pac-12 Championships.
 
Chacon fired a second consecutive even-par 71 to pace the Ducks, who improved by two strokes from Friday’s opening round with an 11-over 295. Oregon moved up one spot on the team leaderboard into sixth with 18 holes remaining on Sunday.
 
How it Happened: Chacon was even through her first nine holes after starting with seven pars, a birdie and a bogey. She dipped below par with a birdie to start the back nine, and rebounded from a double bogey to finish with five pars and a birdie to get back to even par.
 
Chacon – who is seeking a fifth straight top-10 finish – sits in a tie for seventh place going into Sunday, six shots back of individual leader Emma Spitz (UCLA).
 
Freshman Hsin-Yu (Cynthia) Lu is tied for 12th overall after two rounds at 4-over par, finishing the second round with a 3-over 74. Lu was 4 over with four holes remaining before finishing with three pars and a birdie.
 
Sophomore Ching-Tzu Chen gives the Ducks three players in the individual top 20 in a tie for 18th, matching Lu with a 3-over 74 on Saturday. Sofie Kibsgaard Nielsen rounded out the counting scores for Oregon with a 5-over 76, a seven-stroke improvement from Friday.
 
Ducks on the Leaderboard:
6. Oregon – 297-295 – 592 (+24)
T7. Briana Chacon – 71-71 – 142 (E)
T12. Hsin-Yu (Cynthia) Lu – 72-74 – 146 (+4)
T18. Ching-Tzu Chen – 74-74 – 148 (+6)
T45. Tze-Han (Heather) Lin – 80-77 – 157 (+15)
T48. Sofie Kibsgaard Nielsen – 83-76 – 159 (+17)
 
Notable: USC holds a four-stroke lead in the team race at 2 over entering the final round … Oregon has 110 total pars this weekend, tied for second-most in the field … Chen and Lu each have 24 total pars to lead the Ducks … Chacon is pacing the Ducks with seven total birdies.
 
Up Next: The Ducks will tee off in the final round of the Pac-12 Championships beginning at 8:00 a.m. PT on Sunday.  

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Women’s Golf Secures Another Top-Five Finish

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NAPA VALLEY, Calif. – The Oregon women’s golf team secured yet another top-five finish on Wednesday, tying for fourth place at the Silverado Showdown after posting its best score of the week in the final round at Silverado Country Club.
 
The Ducks posted a 5-over 293 across the final 18 holes, improving by five strokes from Tuesday’s second round to move up a spot on the leaderboard. Oregon tied with Arizona State for fourth place at 22-over-par, with USC winning the tournament at 2 under.
 
Playing in their final tournament of the spring before postseason play begins, Derek Radley‘s squad earned their seventh straight top-five finish and 11th in 12 events dating back to last season.
 
No. 13 Oregon was led once again by Briana Chacon, who fired a 2-under 70 on Wednesday to finish 1-over-par for the week. The sophomore placed seventh on the individual leaderboard, her fourth straight top-10 showing this season and sixth of her career.
 
How it Happened: Chacon started her round with a birdie at No. 5, and she added two more at No. 9 and No. 13 to get to 3 under through her first 10 holes. Chacon finished with a birdie, five pars and two bogeys across her final eight holes to post her team-leading seventh par-or-better round of the spring.
 
Fellow sophomore Sofie Kibsgaard Nielsen also enjoyed a solid final round in Napa Valley, offsetting four bogeys with four birdies to come in with an even-par 72. Nielsen closed the tournament at 4-over-par to tie for 13th, her second top-15 finish of the season and seventh in 12 career tournaments.
 
Freshman Hsin-Yu (Cynthia) Lu posted a 3-over 75 to finish the week at 9 over and tied for 26th place. Lu was 4 over through 12 holes before going 1 under the rest of the way. Senior Alexis Phadungmartvorakul rounded out the counting scores for the Ducks with a 4-over 76 while recording a team-high five birdies.
 
Sophomore Ching-Tzu Chen – who competed as an individual this week – also finished with a 4-over 76 and gave Oregon three players in the individual top 20 (T20).
 
Ducks on the Leaderboard:
T4. Oregon – 295-298-293 – 886 (+22)
7. Briana Chacon – 74-73-70 – 217 (+1)
T13. Sofie Kibsgaard Nielsen – 74-74-72 – 220 (+4)
T20. Ching-Tzu Chen* – 75-72-76 – 223 (+7)
T26. Hsin-Yu (Cynthia) Lu – 72-78-75 – 225 (+9)
T31. Alexis Phadungmartvorakul – 75-76-76 – 227 (+11)
T47. Tze-Han (Heather) Lin – 77-75-79 – 231 (+15)
* Competing as an individual
 
Notable: Oregon’s 5-over 293 on Wednesday was the third-best score of the day … Nielsen shot par-or-better for the fourth time this season … Chen posted her second top-20 finish of the spring … The Ducks finished the week with 163 total pars, tied for second-most in the field … Phadungmartvorakul was 1 under overall on par-3 holes, tied for second-best among individuals … Nielsen led Oregon with 13 total birdies, tied for third-most in the field … Chacon and Chen each had 38 total pars to lead the team, tied for fifth-most among all players.
 
Up Next: Stanford is scheduled to host the 2021 Pac-12 Championships beginning on April 23.

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Ducks In Fifth Entering Final Round

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NAPA VALLEY, Calif. – The Oregon women’s golf team is in fifth place entering the final round of the Silverado Showdown after finishing with a 10-over 298 on Tuesday at Silverado Country Club.
 
The Ducks moved up one spot on the 13-team leaderboard from Monday’s opening round and are at 17 over going into the final 18 holes on Wednesday. UCLA remains the overall leader at 1-over-par.
 
How it Happened: Ching-Tzu Chen posted the top score by a Duck on Tuesday, but she did not count towards the team score as she is competing as an individual this week. Chen started her day with a bogey and a double, but rebounded to shoot 1 under across her next 14 holes before finishing with a pair of birdies to close the day with an even-par 72.
 
Chen is 3 over for the tournament and tied with fellow sophomore Briana Chacon as the top Ducks on the individual leaderboard in 14th. Chacon fired a 1-over 73 on Tuesday, going 1 under through her first 11 holes with 10 pars and a birdie before shooting 2 over the rest of the way.
 
It was another up-and-down day for Sofie Kibsgaard Nielsen, who led Oregon in birdies (5) for the second straight round but also had four bogeys and a double en route to a 2-over 74.
 
Tze-Han (Heather) Lin used three birdies in her final five holes to come in with a 3-over 75, and Alexis Phadungmartvorakul rounded out Oregon’s counting scores with a 4-over 76.
 
Ducks on the Leaderboard:
5. Oregon – 295-298 – 593 (+17)
T14. Briana Chacon – 74-73 – 147 (+3)
T14. Ching-Tzu Chen* – 75-72 – 147 (+3)
T17. Sofie Kibsgaard Nielsen – 74-74 – 148 (+4)
T22. Hsin-Yu (Cynthia) Lu – 72-78 – 150 (+6)
T26. Alexis Phadungmartvorakul – 75-76 – 151 (+7)
T31. Tze-Han (Heather) Lin – 77-75 – 152 (+8)
* Competing as an individual
 
Notable: Oregon is tied for second in the field with 109 total pars so far this week … Nielsen has nine total birdies through two rounds, tied for second-most among individuals … Chacon leads Oregon with 26 total pars this week … UO has been the second-best team so far on par-4 holes at 14 over.
 
Up Next: Oregon will wrap the Silverado Showdown with the final 18 holes on Wednesday.

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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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Ducks Set For Final Test Before Postseason Play

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EUGENE, Ore. – The Oregon women’s golf team is flying high after storming back to claim the program’s first win since 2016 last weekend at the PING ASU Invitational, and the Ducks will look to carry that momentum into their final tournament of the spring before postseason play begins with the Pac-12 Championships on April 23. UO heads to Napa Valley, Calif., for the annual Silverado Showdown, an event co-hosted by Oregon and Colorado at Silverado Country Club. 

2021 Silverado Showdown
Dates: Monday, April 5 – Wednesday, April 7
Location: Napa Valley, Calif.
Course: Silverado Country Club
Par/Yards: 72/6,192
Format: Five-count-four; Three rounds; 18 holes each day

Live Scoring: http://results.golfstat.com/public/leaderboards/gsnav.cfm?pg=team&tid=21064

The Field (14 Teams)
Arizona State, California, Colorado, Iowa State, Northwestern, Oregon, Oregon State, San Diego State, San Jose State, Washington, Washington State, UCLA, UNLV, USC.

Teeing Off For The Ducks (2020-21 scoring average)
1. Briana Chacon (73.17)
2. Hsin-Yu (Cynthia) Lu (73.50)
3. Tze-Han (Heather) Lin (76.22)
4. Sofie Kibsgaard Nielsen (76.00)
5. Alexis Phadungmartvorakul (77.67)
Ind. Ching-Tzu Chen (74.92)

Did You Know?
Oregon’s win at the PING ASU Invitational was the team’s first since February 2016 and first under head coach Derek Radley, and the 35th in program history. 

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Numbers to Know
-9 – Oregon shot a 9-under 279 to storm back and win the PING ASU Invitational, the fourth-best score vs. par in program history.
T2 – A Duck has tied for second overall in each of UO’s last three tournaments – Ching-Tzu Chen, Hsin-Yu (Cynthia) Lu, and Briana Chacon.
10 – Dating back to 2019-20, Oregon has finished in the top five in 10 of its last 11 tournaments, including four straight to open 2021.
13 – The Ducks’ stellar finish in Phoenix continued their recent rise up the national rankings; UO is now No. 13 according to Golfstat.
40 – Freshman Hsin-Yu (Cynthia) Lu is Oregon’s highest-rated player at No. 40 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings.

Oregon At The Silverado Showdown
This is the seventh edition of the Silverado Showdown, with last year’s event canceled due to the pandemic. Oregon won the tournament in its second year in 2014-15, and the Ducks took second in 2015-16 and fourth in 2018-19. Alexis Phadungmartvorakul led Oregon in Nappa Valley as a freshman in 2017-18, shooting 1 over to tie for 12th place individually.

Stellar Final Round Propels Ducks to Victory
The Ducks fired an incredible 9-under 279 last Sunday to fly five spots up the leaderboard and tie for first place at the PING ASU Invitational, securing the program’s first tournament win since February 2016 and first under head coach Derek Radley. UO recorded the fourth-best score vs. par in program single-round history and fifth-best score overall to tie with host Arizona State at 2-under-par for the weekend. Oregon’s 279 was the only sub-280 score of the weekend, and the best overall round by four strokes. Briana Chacon led the final-round surge with a bogey-free 4-under 68 to tie for second overall at, while Hsin-Yu (Cynthia) Lu (T-9th) and Tze-Han (Heather) Lin (T-13th) each shot a 3-under 69 to give the Ducks three players in the individual top 15. Oregon dominated the field with a 21-under performance on par-5 holes, eight strokes better than any other team. 

Top-Five Streak
Oregon’s win at the PING ASU Invitational is the headliner in what has been an impressive streak by Derek Radley‘s squad.UO has finished in the top five in four straight tournaments to open 2021, as well as six straight and 10 of its last 11 dating back to last season. During that span, the Ducks have posted six top-three showings and four runner-up or better performances. 

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Chacon Enjoying Sophomore Surge
Briana Chacon impressed during a pandemic-shortened freshman season in 2019-20, but the Whittier, Calif., native has taken her game to the next level as a sophomore. Chacon keyed Oregon’s comeback victory last weekend in Phoenix with a 4-under 68 in the final round, finishing the weekend at -4 to record the best individual finish of her career in a tie for second place. It was the third straight top-10 showing for Chacon, who tied for ninth at the Bruin Wave Invitational and sixth at the Wildcat Invitational. Chacon leads the Ducks in scoring average (73.17), birdies (37) and rounds of par or better (6), and she has finished at or below par in five of her last six rounds entering the Silverado Showdown.

Lu Living Up To The Hype
Derek Radley made arguably the biggest recruiting splash in program history when he signed Hsin-Yu (Cynthia) Lu on Nov. 18, 2019, and the Tawain native has lived up to the hype so far as a true freshman. Currently the No. 40 ranked amateur in the world after coming to Oregon as the top-ranked recruit out of Asia in the 2020 class, Lu has posted three straight top-10 finishes after tying for ninth at the PING ASU Invitational. Lu has shot sub-70 in three of her last six rounds, including a 67-73-69 to finish 7 under and tie for second overall at the Wildcat Invitational (March 8-9). Lu has already tied the UO single-season record with four eagles as a freshman after picking up two last weekend in Phoenix, and she is second on the team in scoring average (73.50) and birdies (29).

Pac-12 Championships Up Next
Oregon will head to Stanford for the 2021 Pac-12 Championships on April 23-25 at Stanford Golf Course. 

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