Women’s golf prepares to for ultra competitive spring schedule

The Oregon women’s golf program wrapped up its fall season in early November and finished ninth out of 10 teams in the Nanea Pac-12 Preview, a mark indicative of a somewhat disappointing first half of the season.

Oregon had a promising start to its Fall season, finishing its first tournament, the 36th Branch Law/Dick McGuire Invitational in Albuquerque, New Mexico, sixth out of 18 teams. They then went on to win the East-West Match Play Challenge in Madison, Wisconsin, its first fall tournament win since 2012.

The Ducks would struggle in their final three fall tournaments, however, finishing in the bottom half of all teams, with their best showing coming in the Stanford Intercollegiate Tournament, in which they finished 10th out of 17.

“I think that the fall season was a bit of a slow start for us as a team but gave us motivation to improve and keep working hard,” senior captain Caroline Inglis said. “We all know that we can play so much better as a team and it made us realize that it won’t come easy.”

Despite struggling in its final three tournaments, Oregon is still ranked 23rd in the country by the NCAA and has found itself a great leader in Inglis, who is ranked the 2oth best amateur in the world by the World Amateur Golf Ranking and who head coach Ria Scott called “the best senior leader I have ever had in my time coaching.”

Scott said that the Ducks “obvious goal” for the Ducks upcoming season is to compete for a National Championship, a goal that she knows her players already have in mind. “Obviously it’s probably something that we individually think about everyday but it’s not something that they need to be reminded about everyday.” A reason for that may also be that the location of this year’s National Championship is Eugene Country Club. This marks the first time that the women’s NCAA National Championship will be held in Eugene.

For Inglis, a Eugene native, there could be no better motivator for her, especially during her final season as a Duck. “It would be such an amazing feeling to compete in Nationals right here in my hometown and for my senior year,” she said.

With Inglis’ leadership, the Ducks hope they can right the ship as the ultra competitive spring season rolls around.

Here is the full Spring schedule for the Ducks:

Feb 4: Civil War Match Play Challenge, Bandon Dunes Golf Course (Bandon OR)

Feb 13-14: Peg Barnard Invitational, Stanford Golf Course (Stanford, CA)

Feb 20-21: Westbrook Invitational, Westbrook Village Golf Club (Peoria, AZ)

Mar 5-6: Suntrust Gator Invitation, Mark Bostick Golf Course (Gainsville, FL)

Mar 21-23: San Diego State March Mayhem Invitational, The Farms Golf Club (Rancho Santa Fe, CA)

Apr 3-5: Silverado Showdown, Silverado North Course (Napa, CA)

Apr 18-20: Pac-12 Championships, Ruby Hill Golf Course (Pleasanton, CA)

May 5-7: NCAA Regionals, locations vary (Stanford, CA; Bryan, TX; Baton Rogue, LA; Shoal Creek, AL)

May 20-25: NCAA Championships, Eugene Country Club (Eugene, OR)

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