Ducks In Control Early At Bruin Wave Invitational
SOMIS, Calif. – The Oregon women's golf team owns a three-stroke lead at the Bruin Wave Invitational with sophomores Briana Chacon and Ching-Tzu Chen tied for the individual lead following Monday's opening round at Saticoy Country Club.
The Ducks opened up an 18-hole lead for the second straight tournament, firing an 18-over 306 while playing through windy conditions. Oregon enters Tuesday's second round three strokes up on second-place Arizona State (+21), with New Mexico and UCLA seven strokes back in a tie for third.
Chacon and Chen each shot an even-par 72 to share the individual lead through the first round. Chen posted Oregon's top counting score of the day, with Chacon competing as an individual this week.
"This golf course is one of the most challenging I have ever seen," said head coach Derek Radley. "It's just an incredible test that makes you really strategize around the golf course, and our team did a great job of that today. I'm extremely proud of our whole group, and especially Briana and Ching-Tzu for coming out so strong.
"It's only our second tournament of the season but again we come out with a hot start and take the lead, and now we're looking to expand on what we learned from last time when we didn't finish the way we wanted to. We really need to have a good solid team effort these next two days and continue to build on this momentum."
How it Happened: Chacon was the first off the tee at No. 10 with a group other individual competitors, and the sophomore made par on her first six holes before a bogey at 16. Chacon made birdie at 18 to enter the turn at even par, and she birdied her first hole on the front to get to 1 under. The Southern California native remained below par with seven straight pars before a bogey on her final hole brought her into the clubhouse with an even-par 72.
Chen's day was a little more up and down, as the sophomore countered four bogeys on the front nine with a pair of birdies to make the turn at 2 over. Chen was 3 over through 11 holes before finishing with three birdies and four pars across her final seven holes to match Chacon with a 72.
Chacon and Chen enter Tuesday with a one-stroke lead over Linn Grant (ASU) and Irene Kim (Northwestern) on the individual leaderboard. Ten players are within four strokes of the individual lead, including Oregon's Tze-Han (Heather) Lin.
Lin – celebrating her birthday and playing in her first official tournament of 2021 – was as steady as they come on the front nine with nine straight pars. The junior battled through four bogeys in six holes on the back nine before finishing with three straight pars to end the day at 4 over and in a tie for eighth place.
Freshman Hsin-Yu (Cynthia) Lu and sophomore Sofie Kibsgaard Nielsen rounded out the counting scores for the Ducks with a 6-over 78 and an 8-over 80, respectively.
Ducks on the Leaderboard:
1. Oregon – 306 (+18)
T1. Briana Chacon* – 72 (E)
T1. Ching-Tzu Chen – 72 (E)
T8. Tze-Han (Heather) Lin – 76 (+4)
T16. Hsin-Yu (Cynthia) Lu – 78 (+6)
T28. Sofie Kibsgaard Nielsen – 80 (+8)
T69. Alexis Phadungmartvorakul – 87 (+15)
* Competing as an individual
Notable: The Ducks finished with 12 total birdies, tied with Arizona State for the most in the field … Chen's five birdies are tied for the most in the field, while Chacon and Lin are tied for second with 14 total pars … Oregon posted the second-best scores of the day on both par-3 (+7) and par-4 (+26) holes … Chacon was even on par-4 holes, tied for the best mark in the field … Oregon is looking to continue its history of success at the Bruin Wave Invitational, taking second in the event in 2019 before tying for third place last season.
Up Next: Round two of the Bruin Wave Invitational will kick off on Tuesday morning.