Ferguson, OSU In Fifth At Dr. Thompson Tournament

March 28, 2001

WAIMANALO, Haw. - - Four Oregon State women's golfers are in the top 30 at the Dr. Thompson Rainbow Tournament, held at the par-72 Olomana Golf Links. The Beavers are in fifth place, but only 10 strokes separate them from second-place Oklahoma State.

The Beavers slipped from the lead it held after Tuesday's opening round 299 when they shot 307 on Wednesday for a total of 606. The Beavers trail fourth-place LSU by one stroke and third-place Oklahoma by two shots with 18 holes to play Thursday.

Second-ranked Arizona took the lead with a 294 after trailing OSU by one shot Tuesday.

Sophomore Stacie Ferguson, who held the opening-round lead after shooting a 70, carded a 77 Wednesday and is in fifth with a score of 3-over-par 147, five back of the leaders. Ferguson's highest finish to date has been a tie for 14th at last year's Pac-10 Championships.

Bridget Bieth, also a sophomore, fired a 74 to forge a tie for 19th with a two-round total of 153. Bieth went out in 40, but managed two birdies and seven pars on the back nine to finish strong.

Head coach Rise Lakowske was happy with where the team stands and its chances for a top-three finish in Thursday's round, but also felt the team may have been tentative due to being in the lead for the first time this year.

'They're in a pretty good frame of mind right now,' Lakowske said. 'We talked about being in the lead and playing our game as opposed to just hanging on. They may have been a little afraid today, but their motivation needs to be desire, not fear. But they're learning, I think they'll play as well if not better tomorrow. It takes the experience of having been in this situation before to learn from it, and that's what they're doing.'

'The conditions are quite a bit different here than at home, since we're playing on Bermuda Grass. It takes some adjustment, and they've done a good job of that over the first few days.'

Senior Carina Olsson continued to notch a solid third score for the Beavers, as she recorded her second day of 77 to tie for 22nd at 144. Olson is averaging 77.9 strokes this year.

Ashlei Pendleton, a sophomore transfer from TCU, shot a 79 to tie for 29th with a 155, while Laura Skinner is four shots back in a tie for 44th.

TEAM SCORES

1. Arizona 300-294--594, 2. Oklahoma State 303-298--601, 3. Oklahoma 304-300--604, 4. LSU 304-301--605, 5. Oregon State 299-307--606, 6. BYU 304-307--611, 7. TCU 302-310--612, 8. Colorado 305-311--616, 9. Colorado State 305-312--617, 10. Minnesota 309-309--618, 11. Weber State 314-321--635, 12. UTEP 322-320--642, 13. Wichita State 327-319--646, 14. Hawaii 324-326--650, 15. Wyoming 327-334--661, 16. Montana State 336-327--663, 17. Cincinnati 329-339--668, 18. Osaka Gakuin 333-350--683.

LOW INDIVIDUAL SCORES (Par 72)

1. Natalie Gulbia, Arizona 71-71--142, 1. Christina Cano 71-71--142, 3. Laura Myerscough 75-71--146, 3. Katy Harris, LSU 73-73--146, 5. Stacie Ferguson, Oregon State 70-77--147.

OREGON STATE SCORES (Par 72)

5. Stacie Ferguson 70-77--147, t19. Bridget Bieth 79-74--153, t22. Carina Olsson 77-77--154, t29. Ashlei Pendleton 76-79--155, t44. Laura Skinner 76-83--159, t78. Melanie Furuta (individual) 83-85--168.

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