NASHVILLE, Tennessee – The Oregon women’s golf team ended what was arguably the most impressive weekend in program history on Sunday with another great round, shooting a 9-under 279 to win the team title at the Mason Rudolph Championship.
Oregon finished the weekend with an astonishing 26 under 838, breaking previous 54-hole records for both total (846) and par against par (-16). The Ducks opened the 2021/22 season with the second tournament victory of the Derek Radley Era and the 31st in program history.
“After four years, this is really just one testament to the culture we’re trying to cultivate here at the University of Oregon,” said Radley. “Trainer Monica (Vaughn) and I have been pushing that we can be one of the best teams in the country, especially with the resources and facilities we have in Oregon.
“I’m so incredibly proud of this team because they played this weekend. They played with confidence and stayed aggressive all weekend. Most of all, they feel like they can really rely on each other and that is real something “special in college golf.”
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– Oregon Women’s Golf (@OregonWGolf) September 26, 2021
Second Hsin-Yu Cynthia Lu ended an incredible weekend to take the singles title and became the first duck to win individual medalists since 2018. After rounds 66 and 68 to take a two-shot lead, Lu shot 17-under par with a 7-under-65 finish and won the singles title by six.
Lu’s 17-under weekend broke the previous program record (-12) for an individual over 54 holes, and her 7-under-65 is tied for the third-best individual round in program history. Lu made seven birdies on Sunday – including three on her final four holes – and ended the weekend with a streak of 42 consecutive holes without doing a bogey.
“Cynthia flipped the switch this week,” said Radley. “She was just so confident and rock solid all weekend. We always knew she was capable of putting together a tournament like this, but she really proved it this weekend. It was special to see it.”
How it happened: The Ducks opened Sunday four shots ahead of Alabama and ended up winning by a whopping 14 shots after shooting under 9 in the final round. Oregon’s 12-under 276 in the first round and 9-under 279 in the third round both rank in the top five in program history.
Lu fired a bogey-free 4 under 68 on Saturday, and she was even better on Sunday. She opened the round with a birdie and added two more at # 4 and # 7 to make the turn at 3 under. Lu tore off four more birdies on the second nine and her teammates greeted her with a water bottle bath in 18th place after her seventh and final birdie of the day.
– Oregon Women’s Golf (@OregonWGolf) September 26, 2021
“I didn’t expect to play this well this weekend,” said Lu. “I didn’t hit the ball that well, but our coaches kept challenging me and pushing me to get better. I started to hit the ball better and the putts started falling on me.
“My teammates played great – it was a total team effort. We’re getting so much better than last season. We always push each other and work hard every day. Everyone is improving and we’re all very excited about” the potential of this team in this season. “
It wasn’t all Lu for the Ducks on Sunday as the rest of the line-up shot 1-under par together. Ching-Tzu Chen and Briana Chacon both finished with a 1-under 71, with Chen bogey-free on the second nine and Chacon birdieing her last two holes to go below par.
Chacon was an all-American runner-up last season, scored equal or better in all three rounds this weekend and finished 10th in the individual.
Sofie Kibsgaard-Nielsen rounded off the scoring results for Oregon with a straight par 72, and Tze-Han (Heather) Lin was right behind with a 1-over 73. Lin tied in 19th single place at 1 under for the weekend, putting Oregon three players in the top 20.
Oregon was the only team in the field that placed all five of its players in the top 30 of the individual standings. At the weekend, no duck shot worse than 2 overs in a single round.
“We left a lot out there,” said Radley. “It’s a great part of golf, that we can get better and better. We’ll keep pushing it and continue to turn weaknesses into strengths. We’re only one tournament this year and we will just keep improving.” our standard every time we go out. “
Ducks on the leaderboard:
1. Oregon – 276-283-279 – 838 (-26)
1. Hsin-Yu (Cynthia) Lu – 66-68-65 – 199 (-17)
T10. Briana Chacon – 69-72-71 – 212 (-4)
T19. Tze-Han (Heather) Lin – 70-72-73 – 215 (-1)
T23. Ching-Tzu Chen – 74-71-71 – 216 (E)
T27. Sofie Kibsgaard Nielsen – 71-74-72 – 217 (+1)
What it means: The Ducks returned their entire grid from the team that missed the NCAA match game by just two strokes last spring, and this weekend has shown how valuable it can be for a team to have all that experience back. Oregon’s historic accomplishment is just the first chapter in what is sure to be an exciting season for the Ducks.
Remarkable: Lu won the 35th individual tournament win in program history and the first since Lin took first place at the 2018-19 Pac-12 Preview … Lu is the first duck to compete in the 2015-16 Silverado Showdown since Cathleen Santoso straight wins … Oregon dominated the field on par 5 holes, shooting a combined 24 under par … UO was also the best team on par 4 holes in 1 over … The Ducks led the field with 62 birdies, seven more than any other team … Lu was the best single player on par 4 holes at 11 under par, and her 19 total birdies were three more than any other player.
Next: Oregon’s fall season continues October 4-5 at the Windy City Classic in Chicago.