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Isagawa leads Ducks to fifth in the loaded Anuenue field
March 28, 2013 - Robert Collias
The University of Oregon women's golf team goes as Cassy Isagawa goes.
Isagawa, a 2011 Baldwin High graduate, was a first-team All-American last season as a freshman in Eugene and is currently ranked 43rd in the nation by Golfstat.com.
As Isagawa moved up the individual leaderboard this week at the Anuenue Spring Break Classic at the Kapalua Bay Course, so did the 38th-ranked Ducks — from a team tie for ninth after 18 holes to eighth after two rounds and then finishing fifth in a loaded field on Wednesday.
And all along the way, Isagawa showed she is maturing before our eyes — she shrugged off terrible stretch runs on days 1 and 2 to shoot 2-under 70 on Wednesday when the individual title was realistically out of reach, to finish tied for 12th with a solid even-par three-day run of 216.
Last season, Oregon missed the NCAA tournament by one stroke after a terrible final round at regionals and Isagawa missed an individual berth by two strokes. Clearly, those results are fueling the Ducks and Isagawa this season.
This season, Isagawa has won an event, finished fifth three times and that 12th-place finish in the Maui tournament — carrying the burden of playing at home — in a field that boasted 10 of the current top-50 players in the nation, according to Golfstat.com.
Wrapping up our coverage of the event, here is my first-round gamer, a look at the 50th state's impressive contingent here, my second-round gamer and I will link to today's final-round gamer when it is posted.
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