Ducks fall short of NCAA Championships bid with disappointment in regional
It was a disappointing week for the Oregon Ducks women’s golf team at the Westfield Regional, where they finished in 10th place and fell short of a bid to the NCAA Championships at Grayhawk Golf Club next week.
After entering the regional as a two-seed ranked No. 8 in the nation, for the Ducks to fall short is nothing less than disappointing.
“We’re obviously disappointed to see our season end and not have the opportunity to go back to Grayhawk for the NCAA Championships,” head coach Derek Radley said. “It was a tough week for us, but our ladies never stopped fighting and never gave up. I’m extremely proud of all of the hard work they put in this season and am thankful for the dedication they’ve shown to each other and to our program.”
A year ago, the Ducks finished as the runner-ups at Grayhawk, losing to the Stanford Cardinal in the national championships. They held a top-10 ranking throughout the 2023 season and won the Therese Hession Regional Challenge to open the spring for its seventh tournament win under Radley and assistant coach Monica Vaughn, and the Ducks posted an impressive runner-up showing at the Pac-12 Championships last month.
Oregon finished at +9 for the tournament, which was good for 10th place. After a tough showing in the first two rounds earlier this week, it was going to take a monstrous effort on Wednesday to get into the top 5 and advance to the championships.
The Ducks turned in an even-par showing in the final round.
No. 5 Mississippi State (19), Oregon State (-18), No. 17 Vanderbilt (-17), No. 25 Virginia (-15) and Tulsa (-9) earned the five qualifying spots.