Ducks Finish Fourth at Sun Devil Winter Classic
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The Oregon women's golf team closed its first counting tournament of the 2021 season with an 11-over 299 at Talking Stick Golf Club on Wednesday to finish fourth overall at the Sun Devil Winter Classic.
The Ducks ended the three-day tournament at 22 over, two strokes behind third-place Arizona. USC won the event at 6-under-par, four strokes ahead of second-place Arizona State.
Dating back to last season, Oregon has now finished in the top five in seven of its last eight team tournaments. Sophomore Sofie Kibsgaard Nielsen was the top Duck on Wednesday with a 1-over 73 and Oregon's top finisher overall, tying for 15th individually at 4-over-par.
How it Happened: Nielsen got off to a great start, shooting 2 under with two birdies and 13 pars through her first 135 holes. The sophomore dropped three strokes over the final four holes, but still carded a strong 73 to finish as the top Duck on the leaderboard. A WGCA all-America honorable mention selection last year as a freshman, Nielsen has now finished in the top 20 in each of her first eight tournaments as a collegiate player.
Sophomore Briana Chacon was 3 over through 12 holes before picking up back-to-back birdies as 13 and 14, helping her to a 2-over 74. Senior Alexis Phadungmartvorakul and sophomore Ching-Tzu Chen each carded a 4-over 76 to round out the counting scores for the Ducks.
Phadungmartvorakul – who opened the tournament with a 3-under 69 on Monday – finished one stroke behind Nielsen for the week at 5 over to tie for 16th. Chacon (T22, +7) and Chen (T25, +8) gave Oregon four players in the top 25 individually.
Ducks on the Leaderboard:
4. Oregon – 285-302-299 – 886 (+22)
15. Sofie Kibsgaard Nielsen – 71-76-73 – 220 (+4)
T16. Alexis Phadungmartvorakul – 69-76-76 – 221 (+5)
T22. Briana Chacon – 73-76-74 – 223 (+7)
T25. Ching-Tzu Chen – 74-74-76 – 224 (+8)
T37. Hsin-Yu (Cynthia) Lu – 72-78-79 – 229 (+13)
Notable: Phadungmartvorakul finished the week at 2 under on par-3 holes, the second-best mark in the field … Chen led the Ducks with 38 total pars, while Phadungmartvorakul paced the team with eight birdies … Oregon was third in the field with 177 total made pars.
Up Next: The Ducks will return to action at the Bruin Wave Invitational in Los Angeles on March 1-3.