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