In a season of firsts, Oregon women’s golf checked another box Wednesday when the Ducks won the NCAA Albuquerque Regional.
Playing at the University of New Mexico’s Championship Course, the top-seeded Ducks edged Texas by three strokes to win the 12-team regional.
It is the first time Oregon has won a women’s golf regional, just two weeks after the Ducks won their first-ever Pac-12 tournament championship.
The Ducks were one of four teams from the Albuquerque Regional to advance to the NCAA Championship, May 20-25 at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. Oregon is ranked second nationally.
Meanwhile, Oregon State’s season came to an end when the Beavers finished eighth at the Franklin (Tenn.) Regional.
Oregon held off a final-round charge by Texas to win the regional. The Ducks shot a 54-hole score of 4-under 860, and join Texas, Georgia and Texas Christian as teams that will advance to nationals.
The Ducks swept top honors at Albuquerque as Briana Chacon was the medalist. Oregon’s No. 4 player, Chacon shot a 9-under 207 to beat Georgia’s Jenny Bae by four strokes. Chacon took control with an opening round 65, then added scores of 69 and 73 to her tournament total.
The Ducks also had a top-10 finish from Hsin-Yu Lu, shot tied for eighth at 1-over 217.
Oregon State shot itself out of the tournament with a poor second round. The Beavers posted a 19-over 883 to finish 35 strokes behind regional winner Vanderbilt. OSU’s best day was Wednesday, when it shot a 1-under 287.
The Beavers’ low scorer was Chayse Gomez, who shot an even-par 216 at Vanderbilt Legends Club to tie for 15th. Senior Ellie Slama tied for 27th at 4-over 220.
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