Ducks Open Spring Schedule at Arizona
Feb. 16, 2001
WHAT'S ON TAP: The women's golf team will travel to the desert as one of 16 teams competing in the Wildcat Invitational. Arizona will play host to many of the nation's top teams being held at the par 71 (6,776 yards) Raven at Sabino Springs. Action begins Monday and runs through Wednesday, with 18 holes each day and an 8 a.m. shotgun start. A practice round will be held at the Raven on Sunday.
THE FIELD: The tournament features the last 14 NCAA Champions, including the 2000 NCAA Champions and host Arizona Wildcats. According to the latest MasterCard rankings, seven of the nation's top 10 teams will compete. Additionally, 10 of the 16 teams are currently ranked in the nation's top 25. The schools include Arizona State, California, Duke, Nevada, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Oregon, Pepperdine, San Jose State, Southern California, Stanford, Texas, Tulsa, UCLA and Washington.
LAST YEAR: The Wildcat Invitational Individual champion was Duke's Beth Bauer, who shot a five-under par, 67-71-73--211, series. The team champion was Arizona, with a combined 857 team score. Oregon shot a 902 for a tie in 14th place, with a low round score of 292. Oregon's Jerilyn White led the Ducks, finishing in a tie for 32nd with a score of 222 (77-72-73).
OREGON PROBABLE STARTERSJerilyn White Sr.-3V Salem, Ore. (McNary)Claire Hunter Sr.-2V Aberdeen, Scotland (McLennan CC)Kathy Cho Jr.-TR Honolulu, Hawaii (Punanau/Hawaii)Lacy Erickson Fr.-RS Austin, Minn. (Austin)Julia Smith Sr.-RS Lake Oswego, Ore. (L. Oswego/Washington)Katie Cunningham Fr.-RS 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. This particular group of five girls have never played together before in a tournament. This will be Katie Cunninham's first experience in tournament play, who will be travelling to compete as an individual.
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: 'In our trip to Tucson, we are looking to lay a foundation for the remainder of the season. We need to find out what we need to work on and refine to become more consistent for the rest of the year. This is a wonderful chance to see how this group of girls will play together. It will also be a great opportunity to take the pressure off Katie Cunningham by allowing her to compete as an individual in a tournament situation, while also gaining some experience. '