Ducks Finish Second At Silverado
NAPA, Calif. — The second-ranked Oregon women's golf team made it nine-for-nine recording top-five tournament finishes in the 2021-22 regular season after finishing second Wednesday in the Silverado Showdown at Silverado Country Club.
After trailing by eight shots entering the day, the Ducks briefly rallied into the late with just a few holes left in Wednesday's third and final round. Three UO women carded birdies at No. 14, Hsin-Yu (Cynthia) Lu had another at No. 15, Tze-Han (Heather) Lin added another at No. 16 and Lu made a 7-foot putt at No. 17 for her third birdie in four holes. That run put Oregon up a shot over San Jose State, but the Ducks counted two bogeys at No. 18 while the Spartans had a player card a birdie on her 17th hole of the day.
That put San Jose State back in front by two holes, which proved to be the final margin as SJSU finished at 6-over 870 and Oregon carded an 8-over 872.
"Yesterday we kind of buried ourselves a little bit," said UO coach Derek Radley, whose team trailed the Spartans by one shot after Monday's opening round before falling farther behind Tuesday. "The speech I gave this morning was, anything's possible if we get firing on all cylinders. To be right there at the end, I was really proud of that. As I told them, we're never out of it."
All five of Oregon's starters shot within two strokes of each other Wednesday, from rounds of 1-under 71 by Lu and Sofie Kibsgaard Nielsen to an even-par 72 by Lin, to 1-over 73 by Ching-Tzu Chen and Briana Chacon. The best round of the tournament for the Ducks was Brittany Shin's 4-under 68 on Wednesday; she played the tournament as an individual along with freshman Baylee Hammericksen.
How It Happened: For the third round in a row, the Ducks got going in the afternoon following a slow start. The final round of the tournament utilized a shotgun start, and Lu was 3 over through four holes after starting at No. 3, while Chacon was 3 over through four after starting at No. 4. Kibsgaard Nielsen and Chen were exceptions; each started at No. 1 and Kibsgaard Nielsen was 1 under at the turn, while Chen was even.
Lu caught fire at No. 12, her 10th hole of the day, carding birdies on four of her next six holes. Lin had three birdies between Nos. 12 and 16, Chen had back-to-back birdies at Nos. 15 and 16 and Chacon added another at 18.
For a few minutes, the Ducks seemed to be looking at their fourth tournament win of the season, which would have tied the program record. But Nielsen's only bogey of the day was at No. 18, Lin took a bogey there as well and SJSU pulled back in front to win.
"The thing I'm most proud of is, all five of our Ducks continue to have great tournaments," Radley said. "That's huge, because they can rely on each other and be confident in each other. I'm just extremely proud of this entire regular season, which was one for the history books. And just really excited for the postseason moving forward."
1. #5 San Jose State — 287-290-293—870 (+6)
2. #2 Oregon — 288-297-287—872 (+8)
T3. #11 Texas A&M — 294-292-294—880 (+16)
T3. #26 Arizona — 297-292-291—880 (+16)
5. #12 Southern California — 300-297-290—887 (+23)
Ducks on the Leaderboard
T10. Ching-Tzu Chen — 70-74-73—217 (+1)
T14. Sofie Kibsgaard Nielsen — 73-74-71—218 (+2)
T16. Hsin-Yu (Cynthia) Lu — 71-77-71—219 (+3)
T16. Tze-Han (Heather) Lin — 74-73-72—219 (+3)
T28. Briana Chacon — 74-76-73—223 (+7)
48. Brittany Shin — 80-79-68—227 (+11)
T61. Baylee Hammericksen — 74-79-78—231 (+15)
What It Means: The Ducks wrapped up a tough stretch of golf that began with a runner-up finish at the PING/ASU Invitational on March 25-27, saw Lu and Chacon play at the August National Women's Amateur last week and then wrapped up this week in Napa. Now, they'll have almost two weeks between events, with the conference championship next up.
"I told them we're taking three day off when we go home," Radley said. "Catch up on academics, and just get some rest. Then, I'm excited — we've got home-course advantage, and in my four years at the University of Oregon we haven't had that yet. Hopefully we'll be comfortable and ready to come out of the gates and take advantage of the situation."
Up Next: The three-day Pac-12 Championship tournament begins Monday, April 18, at Eugene Country Club.