Ducks Back In Action At Windy City Classic
EUGENE, Ore. - After getting the 2021-22 season off to a tremendous start with a dominant victory at the Mason Rudolph Championship, the Oregon women's golf team will return to action this week at the Windy City Classic in Wilmette, Ill.
Hosted by Northwestern at Westmoreland Country Club, the Windy City Classic will begin with a 36-hole day on Monday before wrapping with 18 holes on Tuesday.
Windy City Classic
Dates: Monday, October 4 - Tuesday, October 5
Location: Wilmette, Ill.
Course: Westmoreland Country Club
Format: Five-count-four; Three rounds; 36 holes on Monday, 18 holes on Tuesday
The Field (15 Teams)
Augusta, Duke, Florida, Iowa State, Michigan, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Northwestern, Oregon, Purdue, South Carolina, Stanford, Texas, USC, Virginia
Teeing Off For The Ducks
1. Hsin-Yu (Cynthia) Lu
2. Briana Chacon
3. Tze-Han (Heather) Lin
4. Ching-Tzu Chen
5. Sofie Kibsgaard Nielsen
Numbers to Know
-26 - Oregon dominated the Mason Rudolph Championship with a stellar 26-under-par weekend, shattering the previous 54-hole program record of 16 under.
-17 - Hsin-Yu (Cynthia) Lu claimed her first collegiate victory in the fall opener, finishing an astounding 17-under par to set a new UO individual record for 54 holes.
2 - On the strength of its tremendous fall opener, Oregon is currently ranked No. 2 in the nation by Golfweek.
5 - The Ducks return all five members of the starting lineup that tied for 11th place at last spring's NCAA Championships.
31 - Oregon's win at the Mason Rudolph Championship was the 31st tournament victory in program history, and UO's second under head coach Derek Radley.
34 - Hsin-Yu (Cynthia) Lu is Oregon's highest rated player at No. 34 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings, rising nine spots after winning the Mason Rudolph Championship.
Ducks, Lu Run Away With Mason Rudolph Championship in Historic Fashion
The Ducks opened the 2021-22 season with arguably the most impressive performance in program history last weekend at the Mason Rudolph Championship in Tennessee, dominating the field with a stellar 26-under 838 to win by a whopping 14 strokes. Oregon's 26-under weekend shattered the previous 54-hole program record of 16-under par, and the Ducks kept their foot on the gas from start to finish. UO opened the tournament with an astounding 12-under 276, just two strokes shy of matching the best single round in program history. The Ducks came back with a 4-under 283 to take a four-stroke lead into the final round, and that lead turned into a 14-stroke victory after Oregon closed out the weekend with a 9-under 279. The Ducks claimed the second tournament win under head coach Derek Radley, and the 31st in program history.
Sophomore Hsin-Yu (Cynthia) Lu powered the victory with the most dominant individual performance Oregon has ever seen, destroying the individual program record for 54 holes at an unbelievable 17-under par to win the individual title by four strokes. Lu opened her second season as a Duck with a 6-under 66 and followed with a 4-under 68 in round two. The Taiwan native led by two strokes going into the final round, and put the victory on ice with her most impressive round of the weekend. Lu rattled off seven birdies in round three en route to a 7-under 65, tied for the third-best single round in program history. Lu closed the Mason Rudolph Championship with an incredible run of 42 consecutive holes without a bogey, and her 19 total birdies were three more than any other individual in the field. Lu claimed the 35th individual tournament win in program history, and she became the first Duck to win a tournament outright since Cathleen Santoso in 2015-16.
While Lu was tremendous, the rest of the lineup also performed well for the Ducks to help fuel the victory. Briana Chacon - a WGCA second-team all-American last season - put together a 69-72-71 weekend to tie for 10th place overall at 4-under par. Senior Tze-Han (Heather) Lin opened the weekend with a 2-under 70 and finished 1-under par tie for 19th, Ching-Tzu Chen tied for 23rd with an even-par weekend after closing with back-to-back 1-under 71s, and Sofie Kibsgaard Nielsen closed at 1 over to put Oregon's entire lineup in the top 30 of the individual standings.