Women's Golf Finishes Fall Season at Hawaii
Oct. 29, 2000
WHAT'S ON TAP: A senior-laden squad will lead the Ducks into the Rainbow Wahine Fall Golf Classic Tuesday and Wednesday in Kapolei, Hawaii. The final event of the fall season will be played at the 5,900-yard, par-72 Kapolei Golf Course, which is on the island of Oahu. Teams will play 36 holes Tuesday and a final round of 18 Wednesday.
THE FIELD: No. 16 UCLA, the tournament's defending champion, heads a well-rounded 15-team field. No. 17 San Jose State and No. 25 New Mexico are also scheduled to join Alabama-Birmingham, Hawaii, Idaho, Long Beach State, Mississippi, Northern Arizona, Oregon, San Diego State, San Francisco, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Tulane and Washington.
OREGON PROBABLE STARTERS
Jerilyn White Sr.-3V Salem, Ore. (McNary)
Claire Hunter Sr.-2V Aberdeen, Scotland (McLennan CC)
Kathy Cho Jr.-TR Honolulu, Hawaii (Punanau/Hawaii)
Dawn Berry Sr.-1V Calgary, Alberta (Lethbridge)
Julia Smith Sr.-RS Lake Oswego, Ore. (L. Oswego/Washington)
Kimi Cunningham Sr.-1V West Linn, Ore. (West Linn)
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. All six of Oregon's upperclassmen will make the Hawaii trip, led by White. The tournament is a homecoming for junior transfer Kathy Cho, a native of Honolulu who competed at Hawaii the previous two seasons. It will be just the second tournament of the season for seniors Kimi Cunningham and Julia Smith, though Cunningham will be competing unattached. Senior Dawn Berry also returns to the lineup after a one-week absence.
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 SAYS: 'This is a group that has not played together yet, but we're fired up for Hawaii. When push comes to shove, we will be ready to play well when the gun goes off. The fall has been a little disappointing, but I think we can look at it as a midterm and see what we need to improve on for the spring. Everyone has had a chance to play in the top five and get that experience and I think they have a greater understanding of what it takes to play at a high level. Winning and playing well are the easy parts, it's how you react to hard times that determine if you are able to reach your goal.'
STANFORD-PEPSI INTERCOLLEGIATE: Freshman Katharina Schallenberg was Oregon's top finisher for the third time this fall, but her 61st-place 237 was not enough to lift the Ducks out of 18th (955) in the team's worst finish of the season Oct. 20-22 at Stanford. Jerilyn White was the only other Duck in the top 70, tying for 65th with a 238.
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 Jerilyn 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, shooting 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.