Ducks golf team finishes third in first tournament of the season

Oregon opened its 2016-2017 golf season with a third place finish at the Red Raider Invitational in Lubbock, Texas. The Ducks were led by a trio of underclassmen who all finished in the top 15 individually.

Freshman Amy Matsuoka and sophomore Petra Salko each finished the weekend with a six-over 222, good enough to a tie for tenth place. Fellow sophomore Kathleen Scavo tied for 15th overall with a score of seven-over 223 for the weekend.

Oregon got off to a rough first round. As a team, they shot an 18-over 300 and found themselves in fifth place when the round concluded.

But Oregon bounced back. In the second round, lead by Salko and Scavo, the Ducks posted a three-over 291 and jumped into third. Salko shot a two-under 70 in the second round and finished her day with a two-over 146. Scavo posted scores of one-over 73 in both her opening rounds to also finish at two-over 146.

While Scavo and Salko posted the high scores of the day, senior Cathleen Santoso delivered the biggest shot. On the 10th hole, a par three, Santoso landed a hole-in-one. She finished five-over 149 for the day.

Oregon’s final round saw them shoot an 11-over 299, putting their score at 26-over 890, good enough to remain in third place. They finished one stroke behind host Texas Tech who finished second with a 25-over 889.

Matsuoka led the Ducks on the final day of action. She shot an even par (72), and finished her last two rounds at two-over 146. Salko and Scavo finished at four and five-over par respectively while Santoso finished at four-over par.

Sophomore and new team No. 1 Brooke Hamilton couldn’t recover from a rough first round nine-over 81 and finished the weekend at 16-over 232.

Oregon returns home for a few days before heading to Ann Arbor, Michigan for the East-West Match Play Challenge, which runs from Sept. 18 to Sept. 20.

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Gus Morris

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