Ducks wrap up regionals in 5th place, advance to NCAA Championships
The Oregon Ducks are returning home to Eugene with a chance to compete for an NCAA Championship.
After securing the five-seed in the Baton Rouge regional last week in Louisiana, the Ducks made sure their season would continue with a fifth place finish over the weekend. The top six teams in the region advance to the national championships.
Oregon got off to a strong start during the opening round. It shot a four-over par (292), led by junior Cathleen Santoso, who shot one-under par (71). Freshman Kathleen Scavo added the second-lowest score of the round, a one-over par (73).
The second day saw Oregon drop several spots but still remain in a position to advance. An eight-over (296) round saw the Ducks fall from third to fifth, but there were some positive takeaways. Freshman Petra Salko led the Ducks, shooting a one-under par (71).
Oregon used a six-over par (294) performance on the final day to stay securely in fifth place, finishing the tournament at 18-over (882). Santoso was the best individual performer for Oregon. She tied her low score for the tournament with a one-under par (71) on her way to a one-over par (217) tournament.
Junior Marcella Pranovia, the fifth player in Oregon’s rotation, posted the second-best score for the Ducks, a five-over par (221), and finished tied for 25th overall.
Florida and South Carolina split first place honors, tying at seven-under par (857). Pac-12 foe Washington finished in third at one-under (863), while Duke took fourth at six-over (870). BYU posted a 24-over (884) to round out the top six.
The Ducks will now prepare for the NCAA Championships, which will be held at the Eugene Country Club. Oregon, along with the 23 other qualifying schools, will play an opening 72 holes in which the top eight teams will advance to elimination match play.
The championships will run May 20-25.
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