STANFORD, Calif. — Fifth-year senior Ching-Tzu Chen secured her second consecutive top-five finish on Sunday as the Oregon women’s golf team wrapped up its fall season at the Stanford Intercollegiate.
Chen shot par-or-better for the sixth straight round with her second 2-under 69 in a row, finishing in a tie for third overall at 5-under par. Earlier this month, Chen tied for fourth overall at the Windy City Classic.
The No. 4 Ducks put together their best round of the weekend with an even-par 284, moving up three spots to finish 11th overall 20-over par.
How it Happened: Senior Ashleigh Park matched Chen with a 2-under 69 to help lead the Ducks in the final round, and freshman Kiara Romero came in with a 1-over 72. Junior Baylee Hammericksen bounced back from a pair of tough rounds with a 3-over 74 to round out the counting scores, matching the best round of her collegiate career.
Sunday’s action began with a shotgun start, with Oregon’s lineup starting on various holes on the back nine. Chen was 1 over after back-to-back bogeys on holes 17 and 18, but shot 3 under with three birdies and eight pars the rest of the way to break 70 and finish just two strokes back of USC’s Catherine Park, the individual medalist at 7 under.
Park had a similarly strong finish, recording three birdies and seven pars across her final 10 holes to break 70 for the fourth time this fall.
Romero bounced back from two bogeys and a double bogey early on with a stretch of three birdies in five holes to get back down to 1 over, and Hammericksen made three birdies.
Ducks on the Leaderboard:
11. Oregon – 296-292-284 – 872 (+20)
T3. Ching-Tzu Chen – 70-69-69 – 208 (-5)
T42. Kiara Romero – 71-75-72 – 218 (+5)
T58. Ashleigh Park – 79-73-69 – 221 (+8)
T75. Ting-Hsuan (Tiffany) Huang – 76-75-77 – 228 (+15)
T90. Baylee Hammericksen – 79-80-74 – 233 (+20)
What it Means: Playing without two-time all-American Briana Chacon and senior Minori Nagano – both competing at the second stage of LPGA Q-School – the Ducks were able put together a strong round to close their fall season. Oregon top-three finishes in each of its first three fall tournaments, including a win at the Molly Collegiate Invitational, and looks poised to once again be a force at both the Pac-12 and NCAA levels come this spring.
Up Next: Oregon’s 2023-24 season will resume with its spring schedule beginning on Feb. 4-6 at the Therese Hession Regional Challenge.