Short turn as ducks head to Tucson

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EUGENE, ore. After finishing third at the Bruin Wave Invitational, which ended on Wednesday in Somis, California, the Ducks are about to take a brief turn. The Arizona Wildcat Invitational begins Monday with 36 holes at Sewailo Golf Course in Tucson. Oregon has achieved its eighth top 5 result in its last nine tournaments from last season and has moved up to 21st on the national rankings according to Golfweek and 28th according to Golfstat.

2021 Arizona Wildcat Invitational

Dates: Monday, March 8th – Tuesday, March 9th
Location: Tucson, Ariz.
Golf course: Sewailo Golf Course
Per / yards: 72 / 6,627
Format: Five-Count-Four; Three rounds; 36 holes on Monday, 18 holes on Tuesday

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The field (16 teams)

Arizona, Colorado, Denver, Iowa, State of Iowa, State of Long Beach, Northern Arizona, Nebraska, New Mexico, State of New Mexico, State of Oklahoma, Oregon, Oregon State, Texas, UNLV, USC

Tee for the ducks (2020-21 scoring average)

1. Briana Chacon (75.67)
2. Ching-Tzu Chen (74.17)
3. Hsin-Yu (Cynthia) Lu (76.50)
Sofie Kibsgaard Nielsen (77.33)
5. Tze-Han (Heather) Lin (80.67)

To know numbers
1 – Hsin-Yu (Cynthia) Lu made her first hole-in-one as a college on Wednesday, hitting a par-3 from 176 meters with a 5-iron.
T2 – Ching-Tzu Chen finished 2nd at the Bruin Wave Invitational last week, the best end of her career and the best of a duck since 2019.
8th – Oregon is from 2019-20 and has finished in the top five in eight of its last nine team tournaments.
21 – Oregon competes in the Wildcat Invitational at # 21 on the Golf Weeks rankings after opening the spring with two top 4 finishes.
50 – Freshman Hsin-Yu (Cynthia) Lu is Oregon’s top-rated player and is ranked 50th in the world amateur golf rankings.

Full circle

The ducks will be on Sewailo Golf Course almost exactly a year since completing the 2020 Wildcat Invitational, the last event for Oregon before the spring season was canceled by the pandemic. The ducks took second place, shooting under 2 on the final round to end the week 4 over par. Three players finished in the top 15 for UO, including Sofie Kibsgaard Nielsen with a tie for 16th place overall at 2 under. Oregon finished second on its own in the 2019 Wildcat Invitational, the first season under head coach Derek Radley, after guiding Arizona to the national championship as an assistant in 2018.

Chen leads ducks to third place

Oregon jumped the 18-hole lead for the second year in a row at the Bruin Wave Invitational last week, shooting an 18-over-306 to take a 3-stroke lead in the opening round on Monday. The Ducks played through the wind and rain on what Derek Radley described as “one of the most challenging I have ever seen”. They couldn’t improve that score from day one, but left SoCal in third place. Ching-Tzu Chen achieved the best result of her career and the best result of a duck since 2019 in a tie for second place with 5 points ahead. Hsin-Yu (Cynthia) Lu finished seventh overall at 14 – highlighted by a hole-in-one on a par-3 in the finals – and Briana Chacon (singles) was one stroke back in a tie for the ninth time Oregon is that only team with three players in the individual top 10.

Ducks rank fourth in Scottsdale

Oregon entered a scoring tournament for the first time in 342 days when the Ducks opened the Sun Devil Winter Classic in Scottsdale on February 15 and Derek Radley’s roster took the lead in the opening round with a 3-under-285 victory through 18 holes . The ducks cooled off a bit over the next two days, but still achieved a solid fourth place in a field of 10 Pac-12 teams. Sofie Kibsgaard Nielsen was Oregon’s top finisher in 15th place overall with 4 points ahead, Alexis Phadungmartvorakul one stroke behind in 16th place. Four of the five ducks’ players landed in the top 25 of the individual ranking.

All-American debut for Nielsen

The ducks are returning their top player from the shortened 2020 season in the second year, Sofie Kibsgaard Nielsen, who immediately established herself as one of the top players in the Pac-12 as a true newbie. The native Dane was only the third player in program history to receive the WGCA All-America Award. After finishing the year in 24th on the individual Golfstat national rankings, the ninth-best in the NCAA among newcomers, he received an Honorable Mention. Nielsen scored par 10 rounds or better as a freshman and led Oregon with an average of 72.52 points, which is good for the second best in UO singles season history. Nielsen opened her second season with her eighth consecutive top 20 finish to start her career before finishing 45th in California last week.

Elite addition

Head coach Derek Radley already had a young squad full of talent and caused the biggest recruitment splash in program history when he signed Hsin-Yu (Cynthia) Lu as a newcomer to the Ducks this season. Lu is number 1 among recruits from Asia in the 2020 college signing class and is taking part in her third college tournament at number 50 in the world amateur golf rankings. Sofie Kibsgaard Nielsen is the second highest duck in 120th place.Lu, who scored her top 10 career top 10 result for the seventh time at the Bruin Wave Invitational last week, has soared up the ranking since signing with Oregon November 18, 2019, Ranked as No. 154 amateur in the world. Radley has called Lu “one of the most talented recruits we have ever seen”.


Oregon is expected to return to Arizona for the PING / ASU Invitational in Tempe March 26-28.

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