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National Title Run Begins In Albuquerque

May 6, 2022

EUGENE, Ore. - After claiming the first Pac-12 title in program history last month on their home course, the No. 2 ranked Oregon Ducks will begin their quest for a first-ever NCAA championship at the Albuquerque Regional on May 9-11 at UNM Championship Course. The top seed in the 12-team field, Oregon will need a top-four finish in the three-day tournament in order to advance to the NCAA Championships on May 20-25 at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.

"You can really see their confidence continuing to build week in and week out," head coach Derek Radley said about his team when previewing NCAA Regionals."We're so excited about the challenge and about the opportunity, and we're going to go take care of business."

2022 NCAA Albuquerque Regional
Dates: Monday, May 9 - Wednesday, May 11
Location: Albuquerque, N.M.
Course: UNM Championship Course
Par/Yards: 72/6,414
Format: Three rounds of stroke play, one round each day. 

How to Follow
Live scoring for the Silverado Showdown will be available at Golfstat.com. Live updates for Oregon will be provided throughout the tournament on Twitter at @OregonWGolf. 

The Field (Golfstat national rankings)
Oregon has competed against six of the other 11 teams in the Albuquerque field this season, holding a combined 14-3 competitive record against Florida (1-1), Texas (3-1), Arizona (6-1), Georgia (2-0), TCU (1-0) and Louisville (1-0).  

1. Oregon (2)
2. Florida (11)
3. Texas (13)
4. Arizona (23)
5. Georgia (28)
6. TCU (33)
7. Louisville (38)
8. North Texas (47)
9. Oklahoma (50)
10. Sam Houston State (57)
11. Northern Arizona (108)
12. New Mexico State (113)

Teeing Off for the Ducks (Scoring Avg.)
1. Hsin-Yu (Cynthia) Lu (72.23)
2. Tze-Han (Heather) Lin (72.60)
3. Sofie Kibsgaard Nielsen (73.07)
4. Briana Chacon (73.30)
5. Ching-Tzu Chen (73.33)

Numbers to Know
1 - Oregon is a No. 1 seed in an NCAA Regional for the first time in program history after winning its first-ever Pac-12 title. 
2 - Hsin-Yu (Cynthia) Lu became the second Duck ever to win the Pac-12 individual title, joining Caroline Inglis (2015).
4 - The Ducks have won four team tournament titles in 2021-22, matching the program single-season record set in 1996-97.
5 - Oregon's entire five-player lineup earned all-Pac-12 honors (three first team, two honorable mention), the most in the league.
96 - Tze-Han (Heather) Lin is tied for No. 5 in UO single-season history with 96 birdies, and her 267 career birdies are No. 7 all-time. 

NCAA Regional History
Oregon heads to Albuquerque seeking the program's first-ever NCAA Regional victory. UO's best Regional showing was a third-place finish in Lubbock, Texas, in 2017, and Kathleen Scavo's fourth-place showing at the 2019 Cle Elum Regional is the program's best individual performance. UO is looking to advance to the NCAA Championships for a second straight season and the 12th time in program history. 

Pac-12 Champs, And Hungry For More
The Oregon Ducks are the best team in the Pac-12 Conference, and now they're looking to prove they're the best team in the entire country. UO won the first conference title in program history on April 18-20 at Eugene Country Club, finishing seven strokes up on the field on the strength of a tremendous 3-under 285 in the second round. Hsin-Yu (Cynthia) Lu fueled Oregon's surge to the top of the leaderboard with a 6-under 66 in the second round, and she went on to join Caroline Inglis (2015) as the only Ducks ever to win the Pac-12 individual title. The Ducks battled through rainy and windy conditions all week to win the title, setting the stage for a run at the national title this month.

Loaded Lineup
Oregon's five-player starting lineup has emerged as one of the nation's elite this season, combining for 19 top-10 finishes and 32 top-20 showings through 10 tournaments. The entire lineup earned all-Pac-12 recognition, including a program-record three players on the first team in Hsin-Yu (Cynthia) Lu, Tze-Han (Heather) Lin and Sofie Kibsgaard Nielsen. Briana Chacon and Ching-Tzu Chen each received honorable mention. All five players are currently in the top 60 of the national individual Golfstat rankings, with an average national ranking of 26.2.

Ducks in the National Golfstat Rankings
Hsin-Yu (Cynthia) Lu -- No. 11
Tze-Han (Heather) Lin -- No. 16
Sofie Kibsgaard Nielsen -- No. 22
Ching-Tzu Chen -- No. 26
Briana Chacon -- No. 56

Living In The Top Five
The Ducks enter NCAA Regionals with an impressive history of top-five finishes under head coach Derek Radley. Oregon has placed in the top five in each of its 10 tournaments so far in 2021-22, headlined by a program record-tying four wins. UO has recorded 22 top-five finishes in its last 24 tournaments dating back to the 2019-20 season, with five total wins during that stretch. Overall, the Ducks have earned 28 top-five finishes in 35 total tournaments since Radley and assistant coach Monica Vaughn took over ahead of the 2018-19 season.