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Isagawa shoots 75 in first round of NCAA tournament

May 21, 2013 - Robert Collias
Cassy Isagawa shot a 3-over-par 75 in the first NCAA championship round of her career today at the University of Georgia Golf Course.

Isagawa, a 2011 Baldwin graduate and a first-team All-American last season for Oregon, was a large part of this story that appeared in today's Eugene Register-Guard.

The story by Rob Moseley focuses on Ducks coach Ria Scott and the way she tests her players, mostly by putting them in against tough tournament fields.

“Knowing we can do that really boosted our confidence,” Isagawa said in the story. “It really prepared us for nationals.”

Later, Moseley says this in his story:

An added level of comfort was provided by Isagawa, simply the best player in the program’s history. Her scoring average of 72.76 as a freshman was the best ever at Oregon, and at 72.78 this year she could better with a strong week at nationals. Of Isagawa’s 65 career rounds, 34 have been at or under par — the only Duck with more, Kendra Little with 40, did so in 134 (rounds).

Interestingly, one of the tests Scott set up for the Ducks came in March at the Kapalua Bay Course in the Anuenue Spring Break Classic, hosted by UH.

A ton of the teams and players who appeared on Maui are in the NCAA field, but — illustrating how tough it can be to make it that far — Anuenue individual champion Grace Na and her Pepperdine team are not.

According to Moseley's story, the Maui event was a turning point for Isagawa and Oregon, which made the NCAA field by one stroke after missing by one stroke last season.

The Ducks shot 13-over par as a team today, but they are in the 24-team NCAA field for the first time since 2010 and only the second time since 2000.

We will keep up with Isagawa's play in the four-round event all week right here.


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