Pioneer Bruin Classic Up Next For Women's Golf

March 10, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

SCHEDULE: The Oregon State women's golf team plays in the UCLA Pioneer Bruin Classic March 12-13. The field plays 36 holes on Monday, with the final 18 on Tuesday. Menifee Lakes Country Club, which plays to 5,962 yards adn carries a par of 72, hosts the event.

THE FIELD: Along with Oregon State, the field includes host and 18th-ranked UCLA, No. 3 USC, No. 10 Pepperdine, No. 21 Oklahoma, No. 23 New Mexico, Long Beach, Nevada, San Francisco, Washington State, BYU, Northern Arizona, Portland State, Texas A&M, Oregon, California, Cal St.-Northridge and San Diego State.

HEAD COACH RISE LAKOWSKE ON THE FIELD: 'This competition has a lot of schools that we need to beat (to help qualify for Regionals). Washington State, USF, BYU again, NAU, Oregon. With the larger region and more schools in the region, we've dropped down a bit since we didn't play well in the fall. We can definitely pick it up - we see those teams enough.

'I would say it's not as strong a field, but there are some very strong schools in it. You've got USC, which is a top-notch program, you've got UCLA, Pepperdine, Oregon and Cal-Berkely, which are all strong teams. Texas A&M and Oklahoma are strong teams as well. It's a good field, and it's a different field. Maybe not quite as deep.'

LAKOWSKE ON THE COURSE/TEAM: 'It's a course that we should be fairly familiar with. The architect is the same architect that designed Trysting Tree Golf Club, and it's very similar in a lot of ways. It's fairly wide-open, though it has more water. It has the same kind of mounding around the greens. It should be similar situations that they'll run into. So that should be an advantage for us, I would think. Carina is the only (current OSU) player that's played it.

'I think the positive attitude is beginning to kick in. We met every night at the San Jose State tournament and talked about it. Not stressing them out by talking about it, but just talking about what they need to do and how they need to approach the game. I think for three or four of them, it's really starting to kick in. The other ones are working on it and they understand it, it's just a matter of taking it onto the golf course during competition and using it. It seems to be a good thing, and a very positive thing. They're very excited about it.'

BROOKSBY/BRAND INJURED: Senior Anne Brooksby (Portland) will miss the entire spring season with a shoulder injury. Brooksby is a three-year senior letterwinner. She averaged 79.0 strokes per round last season. Brooksby does have a redshirt season remaining.

Freshman Marylyn Brand will miss this tournament, but should resume practice in the next two weeks.

HOME OF THE NCAA REGIONALS: The Trysting Tree Golf Club is home to the NCAA West Regionals for both the men and women in 2001. This will be the first major collegiate tournament held at Trysting Tree in the 12-year history of the course. The women's regional is scheduled for May 10-12, and the men's from May 17-19.

THE COACHES: Ris� Lakowske is in her 11th season at Oregon State, and is the most successful women's golf coach in school history. Lakowske has taken the team to seven consecutive NCAA West Regional appearances, and was honored as the 1998 Far West District Coach of the Year. Lakowske is a former OSU student-athlete (1973-77).

Brian Watts is in his second year at OSU, and serves as assistant coach to both the men's and women's programs. The Western Oregon State University graduate brings vast experience to the Beavers, as he played professionally on the Golden State Tour, the Florida State Tour, and on the Candian PGA Tour for four years. He also worked as an assistant professional at the DeBell Golf Course in Burbank, Calif., and at Golf Classics of America in Beverly Hills and San Dimas.

SEASON BESTS: A look at the Beavers' best rounds and tournaments to date (if different, * = career best):

Bridget Bieth: Best finish: t13 (OSU Shanico, '01), best three-round score: 229 (twice), best round: 72 (OSU Shanico, 01)

Marylyn Brand: t19 - OSU Shanico, 231 - OSU Shanico, '01, 76 - OSU Shanico, '01

Stacie Ferguson: t35 - NMSU (*t14 - Pac-10s, '00), 232 - SJSU (*226 - Pac-10s, '00), 74 - NMSU(*71- Pac-10s, '00)

Kelly Ferris: t45 - OSU Shanico, 238 - OSU Shanico, 76 - OSU Shanico

Melanie Furuta: t42 - NMSU, 235 - NMSU, 75 - NMSU

Carina Olsson: t19 twice (*t2 - BYU Invitational, '97), 226 - Stanford (*223 - Ping/ASU, '00), 72 - Stanford(*70 - BYU Invitational, '99)

Laura Skinner: t62 - OSU Shanico, 240 - Stanford, 77 - Stanford

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