Women's Golf Gets Final Test Before Pac-10s

April 3, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

SCHEDULE: The Oregon State women's golf team gets a final tune-up before Pac-10s when it plays in the Ping/ASU Invitational Friday-Sunday, April 6-8 at the par-72, 6,090-yard Karsten Golf Course on the campus of Arizona State University. The teams play 18 holes each day with starts at 8:00 Friday and Saturday mornings, and 7:30 Sunday.

THE FIELD: A total of 15 teams will compete, and 12 of those are ranked in the MasterCard top 50 as of March 28. Five are in the top 10. Along with Oregon State, the field includes host and No. 22 Arizona State, No. 2 Arizona, No. 4 USC, No. 5 Stanford, No. 7 New Mexico State, No. 10 Tulsa, No. 18 TCU, No. 21 UCLA, No. 28 New Mexico, No. 32 Washington, No. 40 California, No. 41 San Jose State, Oregon and Washington State.

OSU COACH RISE LAKOWSKE ON THE TEAM/COURSE: 'Their attitude is pretty good. They're still learning and they're still interested in learning about certain things, so we're just trying to get them on an accelerated program for that right now, but they're doing well. They've got a good attitude and they're staying in the present. We'll just go and keep doing what we're doing.

'I think we're ready. We've got some preparation to do on Thursday in our practice round that's going to be a little different than what they're used to, but I've let them know what we're going to do.

'Karsten Golf Course is similar to (OSU's home course) Trysting Tree, it has different grass, but you have your bail-out areas, the big greens, and mounding, so it's more similar than anything else we play.' The Pac-10 Conference Championships will be held at Karsten April 23-25.

THE LINEUP: Stacie Ferguson (So., Tucson, Ariz.) Stacie is coming off the best performance of her career, as she shot 224 in the Dr. Thompson Tournament to tie for eighth, both of which are career bests... also carded a round of 70 in the first round of the Dr. Thompson, which is the second-lowest round in OSU history (six others have shot 70)... one of two Beavers (Carina Olsson) to have played in all eight events this year... averages 79.0 strokes over 24 rounds... also shot a 74 at New Mexico State last fall... one of five Beavers to have carded a 71 in their career, which is the third-lowest score in school history... tied for 44th at Spartan Invitational March 5-7 with a 232.

Bridget Bieth (So., Sacramento, Calif.): Bridget has played in five tournaments this year, three this spring, and is averaging 77.5 strokes, which is a team-best... low round of 72 came at the OSU Shanico Invitational in the fall, along with a career-best finish of 13th... low tournament score of 229 at the Shanico and at Dr. Thompson... most recently, posted second-best career finish when she tied for 18th at Dr. Thompson, where she had a round of 74.

Carina Olsson (Senior, Sollentuna, Sweden) Carina has been the cornerstone of the women's golf program for four seasons, and she continues her solid play this year, averaging 77.9 strokes (second on squad among players with three or more starts) in all eight tournaments this year... low round of 72 came at Stanford, where she tied for 19th... low three-round score is 231, which came at the OSU Shanico and the Dick McGuire Invitational... Olsson is one of several Beavers to have shot 70 (BYU Inv., 1997-98) in their career, which is the second-lowest score in OSU history.

Ashlei Pendleton (So.-Tr., Las Vegas, Nev.) Ashlei played in the Spartan Invitational and Dr. Thompson since transferring from TCU over winter break... averages 78.3 strokes in six rounds... low of 75 came in final round of Spartan Invitational, where she finished 55th and shot 235... most recently, tied for 34th at Dr. Thompson with a 235.

Laura Skinner (Fr., Boise, Idaho) Laura's best tournament was 33rd at UCLA, where she shot a 12-over 228 to lead the Beavers... low of 74 came at UCLA as well... averages 80.2 strokes in six tournaments... most recently, shot 239 at Dr. Thompson to tie for 49th.

Individuals: Marylyn Brand (Fr., Yorkshire, England) Marylyn has made an immediate impact at OSU, playing in five tournaments and averaging 79.5 strokes... top finish of 19th came at the OSU Shanico Invitational in her first collegiate tournament, where she posted a 231... low round of 76.

LAST ACTION: The Beavers tied for sixth at the Dr. Thompson Rainbow Tournament in Hawaii, where they shot 919. The Beavers led after a first-round 299, but the result was still OSU's second-best of the year. Stacie Ferguson recorded the best tournament of her career, as she tied for eighth by shooting eight-over 224. The sophomore had a career-low of 70 in the opening round, which put her in the lead, and she finished with two rounds of 77. Ferguson is now one of only seven OSU golfers to shoot 70, which is the second-lowest number in school history. She shot a round of 71 last year.

LAST YEAR: OSU placed 11th at the Ping/ASU in 2000, shooting 912. Carina Olsson tied for 16th with a 223, and Ferguson tied for 65th at 234.

IT'S ALL ACADEMIC: Four women's golfers had accumulative GPAs of 3.15 of higher after the winter term.

NO PEG BARNARD: OSU will not play in Stanford's Peg Barnard Intercollegiate April 14-15 due to a limit on the number of rounds teams can play. The Beavers now have two weeks between the Ping/Arizona State Invitational and Pac-10s.

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, best three-round score: 229 (twice), best round: 72 - OSU Shanico. Avg: 77.5Marylyn Brand: t19 - OSU Shanico, 231 - OSU Shanico, 76 - OSU Shanico. Avg: 79.5Stacie Ferguson: t8 - Dr. Thompson, 224 - Dr. Thompson, 70 - Dr. Thompson. Avg: 79.0Kelly Ferris: t45 - OSU Shanico, 238 - OSU Shanico, 76 - OSU Shanico. Avg: 81.8Melanie Furuta: t42 - NMSU, 235 - NMSU, 75 - 2 times. Avg: 80.6Carina Olsson: t19 twice (*t2 - BYU Invitational, '97), 226 - Stanford (*223 - Ping/ASU, '00), 72 - Stanford(*70 - BYU Invitational, '99). Avg: 77.9Laura Skinner: t33 - UCLA Pioneer, 228 - UCLA Pioneer, 74 - UCLA Pioneer. Avg: 80.2Ashlei Pendleton: t34 - Dr. Thompson, 235 - twice, 75 - Spartan Invitational. Avg: 78.3
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