Chacon Named WGCA Second-Team All-American
EUGENE, Ore. – A phenomenal spring season for Briana Chacon was rewarded on Friday as the sophomore was named a second-team all-American by the Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA).
Chacon makes history as the just the fourth Oregon women's golfer ever to earn WGCA all-America honors, and only the third to land on the first or second team. Paula Patterson was Oregon's lone first-team selection in 1997, Cassy Isagawa received second-team honors in 2012 and honorable mention in 2013, and current sophomore Sofie Kibsgaard Nielsen earned honorable mention recognition last season as a freshman.
Chacon is one of 12 athletes on the WGCA all-America second team. Eleven players received first-team recognition, and 17 were named honorable mention. Of the 40 total honorees, 21 are underclassmen.
A Whittier, Calif., native, Chacon was Oregon's top performer throughout a stellar spring that saw the Ducks post six top-five finishes, the program's first tournament win since 2016, and an 11th-place showing at the NCAA Championships.
One of two all-Pac-12 selections for Oregon along with freshman Hsin-Yu (Cynthia) Lu, Chacon recorded five consecutive top-10 finishes going into the NCAA Championships. That run was headlined by a runner-up performance to help the Ducks win the PING ASU Invitational, and capped by a fifth-place finish at the Pac-12 Championships.
Chacon opened the NCAA Championships with a 1-under 71 and an even-par 72, extending her streak of par-or-better rounds to six straight and 11 in a 14-round span. She closed the spring with a 72.73 scoring average in 22 rounds, good for No. 3 in UO single-season history. Her 4.07 par 4 scoring average ranks tied for second in program history.