Women Golfers Head to Stanford
Oct. 17, 2000
WHAT'S ON TAP: After finishing the last outing with the best round of the season, the Oregon women's golf team will try to build on that momentum Friday through Sunday at the Stanford-Pepsi Intercollegiate. Stanford will host this event at its own par-72, 6,154-yard campus golf course. This is the second-to-last tournament of the fall for the women.
THE FIELD: Top-ranked Arizona heads a full slate of Pac-10 teams in competition at the 2000 Stanford-Pepsi Intercollegiate. There are nine other ranked squads in the 18-team field, including No. 3 USC, No. 5 Stanford, No. 10 Pepperdine, No. 11 Tulsa, No. 12 New Mexico State, No. 15 Arizona State, No. 16 UCLA, No. 17 San Jose State and No. 25 New Mexico. The rest of the field includes California, Indiana, Oregon, Oregon State, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Washington and Washington State.
OREGON PROBABLE STARTERS
Claire Hunter Sr.-2V Aberdeen, Scotland (McLennan CC)Katharina Schallenberg Fr.-HS Lengerich, Germany (Gym. Teck Lenburg)Jerilyn White Sr.-3V Salem, Ore. (McNary)Kathy Cho Jr.-TR Honolulu, Hawaii (Punanau/Hawaii)Megan Heckeroth So.-SQ Netarts, Ore. (Tillamook)
ABOUT THE DUCKS: Only one golfer returns from last year's NCAA Championships quintet -- senior All-America candidate Jerilyn White. The other four, Anika Heuser, Angie Rizzo, Pam Sowden and Kylie Wilson, all graduated last spring.
But coming back to the squad this week after more than 18 months away from the game is redshirt sophomore Megan Heckeroth, who makes her welcome return to the Duck lineup this week. The 1997 3A state champion at Tillamook High School competed in a part-time role as a freshman in 1998-99 and then took a year off from school for personal reasons. Regaining her love for the game, Heckeroth came back to the University to be part of new head coach Shannon Rouillard's inaugural Duck team. 'Megan has played very well in our qualifiers and I think the whole team is excited to see her in the top five,' said Rouillard. 'The whole situation with her taking a year off from the game might have been a blessing in disguise. I think she appreciates being a part of the Oregon golf team more now. In turn, Megan has a lot to bring to this team. She's very talented and she works very hard.' This will be Heckeroth's first tournament since the Colby/Santa Clara Invitational, March 23, 1999.
Senior Claire Hunter is coming off her best finish in more than a year (T19th at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational), while Jerilyn White, Katharina Schallenberg and Kathy Cho are still working on cutting strokes.
COACH SHANNON ROUILLARD: Former all-Pac-10 golfer and `95 Oregon grad Shannon Rouillard is in her first year as head coach of the Ducks' women's golf program. Rouillard, who began her playing career as a walk-on, tied for 29th at the NCAA Championships as a senior and qualified for the 1999 U.S. Open. Last year as an assistant, Rouillard helped coach Oregon to a tie for 11th at the NCAA Championships.
ROUILLARD ON THE STANFORD-PEPSI INTERCOLLEGIATE: 'The field is possibly the toughest that we have seen yet this fall, so we are going to have to play some good golf. We really need to focus on ourselves and get the job done. Last week was a huge boost for our confidence because we proved to ourselves that we are capable of putting up a good score. Now, we need to go out and be able to do it consistently.'
EDEAN IHLANFELDT INVITATIONAL: A final round 304 was the best of the year for Oregon and allowed the Ducks to claim eighth place at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational Oct. 9-11 at Sahalee Country Club in Redmond, Wash. Senior Claire Hunter recorded her best finish in more than a year, tying for 19th at 15-over par. Katharina Schallenberg was 16-over to tie for 24th, while Jerilyn White tied for 26th at plus-17, but shot an encouraging final round of one-over par 73.
MARY FOSSUM INVITATIONAL: Torrential rains shorted the Mary Fossum Invitational to just one round Sept. 24 at the Forest Acres Golf Course in Lansing, Mich. The Ducks finished ninth of 15 teams with a 311. Minnesota won the event with a 296. For the second straight week, freshman Katharina Schallenberg was Oregon's top finisher, shooting a 3-over 75 to tie for 12th. Jerilyn White and Dawn Berry tied for 34th at plus-6.
NCAA FALL PREVIEW RECAP: The Ducks battled themselves and Hurricane Gordon and finished a disappointing 19th of 21 teams at the weather-shortened NCAA Fall Preview Sept. 15-16 in Howie-in-the-Hills, Fla. Playing in wet and rainy conditions, Oregon shot a two-round 651 that was 67 strokes over par. Freshman Katharina Schallenberg was a bright spot for the Ducks, leading the team with a 12-over 156 to tie for 44th. All-American candidate Jerylin White was a stroke back at 157 to tie for 50th.
ALL-AMERICAN CANDIDATE JERILYN WHITE: Senior Jerilyn White is looking to become just the second All-American at Oregon after a 13th-place showing at the 2000 NCAA Championships. 'Jerilyn has a great chance to become an All-American,' said Rouillard. 'She's starting to play like she's capable of and I think she has both mentally and physically prepared herself for a great senior year.' 2000-01 Highlights: Best finish so far came at the Edean Ihlanfeldt where she tied for 26th at plus-17. Best round of the fall also came there, shooting a one-over 73 on the final day. Struggled in the first two events of the fall, shooitng plus-13 at the NCAA Fall Preview to tie for 50th and a 6-over 78 to tie for 34th at the Mary Fossum. 1999-2000: Oregon's best golfer down the stretch led the team at the NCAA, West Regional and Pac-10 championships. At last May's NCAA Championships, tied for 13th with a 10-over 298 (75-73-73-77). Tied teammate Anika Heuser for 21st place at the NCAA West Regional with a 223 (77-73-73). Finished her final two holes with a birdie then an eagle to help catapult the Ducks to a seventh-place finish at the Regional. Recorded Oregon's best overall score at the Pac-10 Championships with a 223 (78-72-73) to place in a tie for 9th. Finished in a tie for 6th place at the Lady Aztec Invitational after contributing a third place finish at the Colby Invitational. Tied for 32nd in Arizona Wildcat Invitational, shooting a combined 222 (77-72-73). Finished in a tie for eighth place at Hawaii Classic and Oregon's top finisher (tie for 20th place) at the Stanford Invitational, shooting a 76-72-76--224 series. Placed sixth at the Nittany Lion Invitational that included a season-low round of 71. Was Oregon's top finisher in the 1999 NCAA Fall Preview Tournament.
1998-99: Shot a 72 in two consecutive rounds to finish tied for sixth place at the 1999 Bruin Invitational. Tied for 36th at the 1998 Pac-10 Championships and earned a final ranking of 96th in the NCAA poll. Ranked 76th, best on the team, with a 76.1 score (second lowest on the squad). Placed fifth at the Colby Invitational. Had a career-low 69 and tied for sixth at the Pac-10 Championships with a 3-over 219. Qualified for the U.S. Women's Amateur in 1998. Won the Pacific Northwest Golf Association women's championship and won the local Northwest Women's Amateur Qualifier. Participated in all five fall tournaments and finished tied for ninth at the Portland Invitational. Carded a low round of 73 at the Stanford Invitational, where she tied for 14th. 1997-98: Played 13 rounds as a freshman with a 77.9 average, fourth-best on the squad. Tied for 36th at the Pac-10 Championships. Best finish was a tie for fourth at the Peg Barnard Invitational with a two-round score of 150, playing as an individual. Earned a final rank of 87th in the NCAA poll. Before Oregon: The 1996 state high school champion was a three-time all-state selection (1995, '96, '97) and was a third team all-Valley League selection in basketball. Personal: Born July 30, 1979, in Salem, Ore. Parents are James and Jean White. Major is Sports Marketing.