Ducks In Second Entering Final Round
NAPA, Calif. — Oregon improved after the turn for the second day in a row but has work to do in the final round of the Silverado Showdown after finishing Tuesday's second round in second place at 9-over 585, eight strokes behind San Jose State.
One day after cutting a 12-stroke deficit through nine holes to just one after 18, the Ducks shot even par after the turn Tuesday but didn't make up their gap behind the Spartans.
"I told them I'm excited that the tournament is not over with yet, and I'm thankful we've got one more day," UO coach Derek Radley said. "I know it feels like we're a little bit far back, but anything is possible. So hopefully we can come out tomorrow with some energy and try to finish this regular season off the way they deserve."
How It Happened: Oregon's back-nine charge Tuesday was led by Ching-Tzu Chen, who was 4 over at the turn but made four birdies on the back nine to finish the day with a 2-over 74. She enters Wednesday tied for fifth overall at even par for the tournament.
Sofie Kibsgaard Nielsen and Tze-Han (Heather) Lin enter the final round in a tie for 12th at 3 over for the tournament. Lin played her last 11 holes Tuesday at 3 under to card a 1-over 73 for the day, and Kibsgaard Nielsen shot 2-over 74.
Both Kibsgaard Nielsen and Chen recorded a birdie on No. 18, with Chen getting up-and-down on the par-5 18th to close Oregon's day as a team by getting a birdie putt to drop.
"Golf is about momentum, not only for themselves but for each other," Radley said. "They see that, so if the others can see a couple of their team members finishing off strong, yeah, we're going to use that going into tomorrow."
Briana Chacon carded a 4-over 76 to round out Oregon's roster of counting scores, and Hsin-Yu (Cynthia) Lu finished the day at 5-over 77. Lu is 4 over for the tournament, in a tie for 18th overall.
1. #5 San Jose State — 287-290—577 (+1)
2. #2 Oregon — 288-297—585 (+9)
3. #11 Texas A&M — 294-292—586 (+10)
4. #26 Arizona — 297-292—589 (+13)
5. #38 Northwestern — 300-293—593 (+17)
Ducks on the Leaderboard
T5. Ching-Tzu Chen — 70-74—144 (E)
T12. Tze-Han (Heather) Lin — 74-73—147 (+3)
T12. Sofie Kibsgaard Nielsen — 73-74—147 (+3)
T18. Hsin-Yu (Cynthia) Lu — 71-77—148 (+4)
T33. Briana Chacon — 74-76—150 (+6)
T53. Baylee Hammericksen (i) — 74-79—153 (+9)
T76. Brittany Shin (i) — 80-79—159 (+15)
What It Means: The Ducks remain in solid position to extend their perfect record of top-five tournament finishes this season, and will look to finish strong and challenge for their fourth tournament victory.
"Certainly this wasn't the day that we wanted," Radley said. "I think we were maybe fifth or sixth best for the day. So that's a little bit uncharacteristic of us. But the good news is we're still in second place. And like I said, anything's anything's possible."
Up Next: The tournament concludes Wednesday with a shotgun start at 8 a.m.