Lu, Chacon Lead Ducks to Another Top-Five Finish
TUCSON, Ariz. – The Oregon women's golf team wrapped up its ninth top-five finish in its last 10 tournaments on Tuesday at Sewailo Golf Club, riding terrific individual performances from Hsin-Yu (Cynthia) Lu and Briana Chacon to a fourth-place showing at the Arizona Wildcat Invitational.
The Ducks entered the final round in fourth place after shooting 2 over across 36 holes on Monday, and Oregon held its position with an even-par 288 on Tuesday. UO has placed in the top four in all three of its tournaments to kick off the 2021 spring season.
Lu gave the Ducks a runner-up finisher for the second straight week, tying for second place individually after closing with a 3-under 69 on Tuesday. The Taiwan native – who opened with a 5-under 67 in the first round – was in contention throughout the day and finished the week at 7-under-par, just three strokes back of the individual medalist. Chacon matched Lu with a 3-under 69 on Tuesday – her third straight round of par or better – and joined Lu in the individual top 10 at 4-under-par, in a tie for sixth place.
How it Happened: Lu started the final round just two strokes off the lead and remained in the hunt with a phenomenal start. The freshman went on a run of four birdies in six holes to get to 4 under on the day going into 11, and she made par on each of the next six holes. A bogey on 17 was the lone blemish of the day for Lu, who broke 70 for the second time this week to earn the best finish of her young career.
Chacon also got off to a terrific start on Tuesday, using three birdies to get to 3-under-par through her first eight holes. The sophomore twice bounced back from bogeys with a birdie, and finished with three straight pars to come in with a 69. Chacon is the only Duck to shoot par or better in all three rounds in Tucson.
Ching-Tzu Chen and Tze-Han (Heather) Lin rounded out the counting scores for the Ducks with a 2-over 74 and a 4-over 76, respectively. Chen had five birdies in the round while Lin racked up 12 total pars.
Ducks on the Leaderboard:
4. Oregon – 283-295-288 – 866 (+2)
T2. Hsin-Yu (Cynthia) Lu – 67-73-69 – 209 (-7)
T6. Briana Chacon – 72-71-69 – 212 (-4)
T32. Ching-Tzu Chen – 73-76-74 – 223 (+7)
T48. Tze-Han (Heather) Lin – 77-75-76 – 228 (+12)
T53. Sofie Kibsgaard Nielsen – 71-76-82 – 229 (+13)
Notable: Texas won the team title at 23-under-par, with the Longhorns' Sara Kouskova winning individual medalist honors at 10 under … Oregon led the field with 114 total pars on the week … Lu was 4 under on par-5 holes, while Chacon was 2 under on par-4s … Lu was fourth in the field with 10 total birdies, while Chacon ranked tied for fifth with 25 total pars.
Up Next: Oregon is scheduled to return to Arizona for the PING/ASU Invitational in Tempe on March 26-28.