Women's Golf 11th At Spartan Invitational

March 5, 2001

SAN JOSE, Calif. - - The Oregon State women's golf squad shot a score of 312 at the San Jose State Spartan Invitational on Monday in wet conditions, as they face a field that includes six teams ranked nationally 17th or higher. The par-72 Coral de Tierra Country Club hosts the tournament.

The Beavers are only 10 shots out of seventh place heading into Tuesday's second round. Monday's start was pushed back to 11:00 a.m. because of rain.

'They played better than their score showed,' OSU head coach Rise Lakowske said. 'It was wet today, and they were a little nervous. This was their first tournament since the fall, but I think they'll be fine now.'

The Beavers were led by sophomore Ashlei Pendleton, who carded a 77 in her first round at Oregon State, and is tied for 36th.

Bridget Bieth and Carina Olsson each shot 78s, and are tied for 44th.

'They all had some big holes today,' Lakowske said. 'They took a double bogey, but then they just went on and put it behind them. They're doing what they need to do to shoot lower scores, they just need to get their confidence.

'They all had a couple birdies, but they had some bogies, too. They didn't have a practice round yesterday (due to rain), and they didn't adjust well to the speed of the greens today. We're a younger team though, so I'm not too worried about it.'

Stacie Ferguson shot a 79, as she recorded a few birdies, but let a some holes get away for bogies. Melanie Furuta carded a 83.

New Mexico State, ranked 14th, leads the tournament with a 287. NMSU was the only team to break par Monday, and it holds a three-shot lead over fourth-ranked Arizona State.

NMSU has a hold on the top three spots on the individual leaderboard, as Alena Sharp and Rachel Bailey are tied for first after shooting 70, and Krista Ursula-Tuutti is tied with ASU's Lisa Meredith at 71.

Weather permitting, play will continue Tuesday, with the final 18 holes on Wednesday.

TEAM SCORES

1. New Mexico State 287, 2. Arizona State 290, 3. Pepperdine 298, 4. Oklahoma State 299, 4. Tulsa 299, 4. Washington 299, 7. Stanford 302, 8. Washington State 305, 9. San Jose State 306, 10. Penn State 308, 11. Oregon State 312, 12. BYU 315, 13. Colorado 317, 14. Hawaii 324, 15. Rhodes College 328, 16. CSU-Monterey Bay 414.

LOW INDIVIDUAL SCORES

1. Alena Sharp, NMSU 36-34--70, 1. Rachel Bailey, NMSU 35-35--70, 3. Krista Ursula-Tuuti, NMSU 35-36--71, 3. Lisa Maredith, ASU 34-37--71, 5. Jimin Kang, ASU 33-39--72, 5. Stacy Prammanasudh, Tulsa 35-37--72, 5. Hilary Homeyer, Stanford 37-35--72, 5. Lindsay Morgan, Washington 35-37--72.

OREGON STATE SCORES

T36. Ashlei Pendleton 37-40--77, t44. Bridget Bieth 38-40--78, t44. Carina Olsson 40-38--78, t52. Stacie Ferguson 39-40--79, t72. Melanie Furuta 41-42--83.

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