Ducks finish second in stroke play, against Auburn on Tuesday

Story Links ATLANTA – The No. 6 women’s golf team from Oregon will face the No. 24 Auburn in the East Lake Cup semifinals on Tuesday, after finishing second in stroke play on Monday with a 1-over 289 at East Lake Golf Club.

The Ducks and Tigers will tee off in match play Tuesday at 9:45 a.m. PT, with the winner advancing to the winner of No. 3 Texas A&M and No. 18 UCLA in the championship game on Wednesday. The format mimics that of the NCAA Championships, where Oregon finished as the national runner-up last spring.

“It is an honor for our players to have earned this great opportunity to compete for a championship in a format similar to what we will see at the end of the spring,” said head coach Derek Radley. “I’m really proud of the way we kept to our game plan from start to finish today. I’m excited to see us compete in match play against a really good team tomorrow.”

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How it happened: The Ducks started a little slow in stroke play with 11 bogeys and a double bogey to just four birdies on the first nine, but got it on the back nine with nine birdies and only six bogeys.

Oregon was led by the trio of Briana Chacon, Hsin-Yu (Cynthia) Lu and Ashleigh Park, who all finished with a par 72 tie to take second overall. Texas A&M’s Blanca Fernandez Garcia-Poggio was the individual medalist with a 2-under 70.

Chacon was the most consistent Duck on Monday, making two birdies and two bogeys while remaining level for most of the day. Park was 2 over at the turn before shooting 2 under on the back nine. Lu made the highlight of the day, hollowing out of the greenside bunker at number 16 for one of three birdies in her last five holes, even after sitting at 3 over to 13.

“Get out of town!”

Incredible hole-out from the greenside bunker at 16 for Hsin-Yu (Cynthia) Lu, one of three birdies in her last five holes to finish with a par 72 ??

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— Oregon Women’s Golf (@OregonWGolf) October 24, 2022 Brittany Shin rounded out the counting scores for Oregon with a 1-over 73, and Ching-Tzu Chen came in with a 5-over 77.

Team Standings 1. #3 Texas A&M – 287 (-1) 2. #6 Oregon – 289 (+1) 3. #24 Auburn – 294 (+6) 4. #18 UCLA – 306 (+18)

Ducks on the Leaderboard T2. Briana Chacon – 72(E)T2. Hsin-Yu (Cynthia) Lu – 72 (E) T2. Ashleigh Park – 72(E) T9. Brittany Shin (73 (+1) 16. Ching-Tzu Chen – 77 (+5)

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