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No. 3 Oregon Runs Away With Second Win Of 2021-22

Feb 27, 2022

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Oregon women's golf team secured its second victory of the 2021-22 season on Sunday, running away with the Florida State Match Up team title at Seminole Legacy Golf Club.
Starting the day with an eight-shot lead after a tremendous round on Saturday, the No. 3 Ducks fired a 2-over 290 in the final round to finish with a 3-under 861 for the weekend and win by a whopping 14 strokes. Oregon earned its first win of the spring, second of the season, and third in the last calendar year.
The Ducks got contributions from the entire lineup, with all six Ducks in Tallahassee finishing in the top 15 of the individual standings. Sophomore Hsin-Yu (Cynthia) Lu earned runner-up honors at 1-under par for the weekend, and junior Ching-Tzu Chen tied for third overall at even par.
"What a great weekend for our program," head coach Derek Radley said. "I'm so proud of the focus and composure they showed throughout the entire tournament. They did a great job of staying aggressive and never taking their foot off the gas. We're going to need our entire lineup contributing if we want to compete for a championship, and that's exactly what we got this weekend. This is a tremendous team victory and I can't wait to see what comes next for the Ducks."
How it Happened: Lu closed the weekend with an even-par 72, making just one bogey while carding 16 pars. She finished second overall as Florida State's Amelia Williamson one the individual at 7 under, with Lu earning her second top-five showing of the season.
Chen ended the tournament with a 3-over 75 to shoot even par for the weekend and secure her best finish of the season in a tie for third.
Junior Sofie Kibsgaard Nielsen was Oregon's top performer in the final round, making three birdies and just one bogey to shoot a 2-under 70. Nielsen finished alone in sixth place at 1-over par for the weekend, her second straight impressive outing after she tied for fourth in Oregon's spring opener.
Briana Chacon and Tze-Han (Heather) Lin each shot a 1-over 73 on Sunday, with both Ducks closing the weekend in a tie for seventh overall at 3 over. Chacon earned her ninth career top-10 finish while Lin secured her seventh, though Lin did not count towards the team scores as she was competing as an individual this weekend.
Junior Brittany Shin rounded out the lineup in at tie for 12th place overall, finishing at 6-over par after closing with a 5-over 77 in the final round. Shin notched her first top-20 finish as a Duck and the 11th of her career.

Ducks on the Leaderboard:
1. Oregon – 290-281-290 – 861 (-3)
2. Hsin-Yu (Cynthia) Lu – 68-75-72 – 215 (-1)
T3. Ching-Tzu Chen – 71-70-75 – 216 (E)
6. Sofie Kibsgaard Nielsen – 75-72-70 – 217 (+1)
T7. Briana Chacon – 76-70-73 – 219 (+3)
T7. Tze-Han (Heather) Lin* - 77-69-73 – 219 (+3)
T12. Brittany Shin -76-69-77 – 222 (+6)
* Competing as an individual
What it Means: The Ducks moved up to No. 3 in the national rankings ahead of this weekend, and they validated their standing as the best team in the field with their performance on the course. Oregon has now won three tournaments in the last 11 months after going nearly five full years without a team win. The Ducks entered this season with aspirations to compete for both the Pac-12 and NCAA championships, and they are quickly establishing themselves as one of the elite teams in the nation.
Notable: Oregon was the best team in the field on par 3s (+3), par 4s (+20), and par 5s (-14) … The Ducks led the field with 180 total pars and were second with 41 total birdies … Lu was the best player in the field on par 4s, shooting 1 under … Chacon tied for the second-best mark in the field on both par 3s (-1) and par 5s (-5) … Lu led the field with 39 total pars, and Chen was second with 38 … Nielsen led Oregon with nine total birdies for the weekend.  
Up Next: Oregon will return to action at the Northrop Grumman Challenge in Palos Verdes, Calif., on March 13-15.