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Lin, Ducks Finish Fourth At Stanford Intercollegiate

Oct 17, 2021

STANFORD, Calif. – The Oregon women's golf team came away with a fourth-place finish at the Stanford Intercollegiate after shooting a 2-over 286 on Sunday, with senior Tze-Han (Heather) Lin leading the way in fourth place on the individual leaderboard.
 
The No. 5 ranked Ducks finished the weekend at 1-over par overall, with No. 1 ranked Stanford winning on its home course with a 28-under par performance. Oregon has now finished in the top five in all three tournaments this fall, as well as 15 of its last 17 tournaments dating back to 2019-20. Under head coach Derek Radley – who did not coach this weekend in order to attend the birth of his third child – Oregon has finished in the top five in 21 of 28 tournaments.
 
"'Finish strong' has been one of our team mottos since Derek and I have been with this team," assistant coach Monica Vaughn – and today our girls did just that. They were gritty and tenacious when the wind picked up this afternoon, and birdies by Briana (Chacon), Sofie (Kibsgaard Nielsen) and Cynthia (Lu) on their last holes helped propel us into fourth ahead of USC."
 
After dazzling with a 6-under 65 on Saturday to fly 29 spots up the individual standings, Lin placed fourth at 5-under par following a 1-under 70 in the final round. Lin became the third different player to finish as UO's top individual in three tournaments, recording the third top-five showing of her career and first since the fall of 2019.
 
How it Happened: Lin picked up where she left off from Saturday, making three birdies and seven pars to get to 3 under through her first 10 holes. Dating back to the second round, Lin enjoyed a stretch of 21 holes where she shot 7-under par without making a bogey.
 
Lin made three bogeys on the back nine, but added her fourth birdie of the day to shoot under par for the second day in a row. Stanford's Rose Zhang won the individual title at 16-under par.
 
Oregon also got strong rounds from its all-American duo of Briana Chacon and Sofie Kibsgaard Nielsen, with the junior teammates each matching Lin with a 1-under 70. Nielsen led the Ducks with five birdies on Sunday, and Chacon was 2 under across her final seven holes to finish under par.
 
Sophomore Hsin-Yu (Cynthia) Lu rounded out Oregon's counting scores with a 5-over 76.
 
"I know the girls feel like they all left plenty out there this week, and that makes me so excited for what's to come," Vaugh said. "Everyone was able to contribute at the right time when they needed each other. Strong performances by Cynthia and Christine started our week off, and Sofie and Briana really delivered at the end when it mattered. Heather's steady play really grounded our team and helped us finish near the top of the leaderboard."
 
Ducks on the Leaderboard:
4. Oregon – 288-279-286 – 853 (+1)
4. Tze-Han (Heather) Lin – 73-65-70 – 208 (-5)
T26. Sofie Kibsgaard Nielsen – 75-72-70 – 217 (+4)
T36. Hsin-Yu (Cynthia) Lu – 72-71-76 – 219 (+6)
T36. Briana Chacon – 74-75-70 – 219 (+6)
T41. Ching-Tzu Chen – 69-71-80 – 220 (+7)
 
What it Means: The benefits of having the entire lineup back from last year's team that placed 11th at the NCAA Championships are clear for the Ducks, who continue to see a different player step up each time they take the course this fall. Oregon has performed well in all three tournaments this fall and has established itself as one of the nation's premiere teams. The Ducks will look to continue that momentum into its final fall tournament and then carry it into the spring season.
 
Notable: Oregon joined Stanford as the only teams in the field to place its entire lineup in the individual top 50 … The Ducks were 18-under par this weekend on par-5 holes, tied for the third-best mark in the field … Oregon's 51 total birdies this weekend ranked third in the field … Lin tied as the second-best individual on par-3 holes this weekend at 3-under par … Lin led Oregon with 13 total birdies, tied for fifth-most among individuals.
 
Up Next: Oregon will wrap its fall season at the Nanea Pac-12 Preview on November 1-3 in Kona, Hawaii.