Ducks Place Fourth In Spring Opener
RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. – The Oregon women's golf team opened its 2022 spring season with a fourth-place finish in the Lamkin Invitational after moving up two spots with a 12-over 300 in Tuesday's final round at The Farms Golf Club.
The No. 4 Ducks earned their 17th top-five finish in their last 19 tournaments dating back to the 2019-20 season, and the 23rd in 30 total tournaments since head coach Derek Radley and assistant coach Monica Vaughn took over ahead of the 2018-19 season.
"It was great to get back into competition and get the spring started against a very strong field," Radley said. "We certainly didn't play our cleanest golf and have a lot to work on as we head back home, but I'm proud of our team for grinding through it and earning a top-five finish. This was a solid start and we look forward to learning from it and getting better each time we step on the course."
Oregon was led by junior Sofie Kibsgaard Nielsen, who earned her best career finish and first-ever top-five showing in a tie for fourth place overall. Nielsen shot a 2-over 74 on Tuesday to finish at 1-over par after opening the spring with a 3-under 69 in Monday's opening round.
"Sofie was really playing well going into this tournament," Radley said. "and it was great to see her get off to a strong start yesterday and then come away with the best finish of her career. She's so talented and is really starting to get back to the all-American level of play we saw her freshman season. I'm proud of the work she has put in and love to see her get rewarded with some good results."
How it Happened: Scores were high across the board on Tuesday as the rain and wind picked up. Oregon's 300 was its highest score of the tournament, but the fifth-lowest in the 14-team field in the final round.
Nielsen closed out an impressive spring opener with her second consecutive 74, finishing six strokes back of indivudal medalist Rachel Heck (Stanford). Nielsen made three birdies on Tuesday to finish tied for the team lead with 10 for the week, and she earned her first top-10 finish since tying for sixth in the final event of her freshman season in 2019-20.
Ching-Tzu Chen matched Nielsen with a 2-over 74 in round three, and earned her eighth career top-20 finish in a tie for 16th overall at 8-over par. Chen made two birdies and 12 pars in the final round to bounce back from an 8-over 70 in the second round.
Junior Brittany Shin put together her best round of the week to cap her first tournament as a Duck, finishing with a 3-over 75. The 2021 Big West Player of the Year was 4 over through seven holes before rattling off 10 straight pars and finishing with a birdie on her final hole.
Hsin-Yu (Cynthia) Lu rounded out the counting scores for Oregon in round three with a 5-over 77, finishing in a tie for 22nd overall at 9 over. Tze-Han (Heather) Lin closed the week with a 6-over 78, and she and Shin both tied for 38th overall at plus-13.
Ducks on the Leaderboard:
6. Oregon – 291-297-300 – 888 (+24)
T4. Sofie Kibsgaard Nielsen – 69-74-74 – 217 (+1)
T16. Ching-Tzu Chen – 70-80-74 – 224 (+8)
T22. Hsin-Yu (Cynthia) Lu – 77-71-75 – 225 (+9)
T38. Tze-Han (Heather) Lin – 75-76-78 – 229 (+13)
T38. Brittany Shin – 78-76-75 – 229 (+13)
Notable: San Jose State won the team title at 9-over par … Oregon led the field with 43 total birdies and was the best team in the field on par-3 holes at 2-over par … Nielsen now has two career top-10 finishes and 10 top-20 showings … Nielsen's 10 birdies tied for the team lead along with Chen and Lin … Lin now has 225 career birdies, three away from moving into ninth in program history … Lin was 4-under par for the week on par-3 holes, the second-best mark in the field … Nielsen shot even-par overall on par-4 holes, tied for the second-best among individauls.
Up Next: The Ducks will return to action at the Florida State Match Up in Tallahassee on February 25-27.