Women's Golf Heads to Ping/ASU Invitational
April 3, 2001
WHAT'S ON TAP: The Ducks get a tune-up for the Pacific-10 Championships at the Ping/ASU Invitational Friday, April 6 through Sunday, April 8 in Tempe, Ariz. Oregon will be playing on the 6,090-yard, par-72 Karsten Golf Course on the campus of Arizona State, which is the same course that will host the Pac-10 Championships two weeks later.
THE FIELD: Twelve of the 15 teams in the field are ranked in this week's Mastercard Collegiate Golf top 50. No. 2 Arizona leads the field, followed by No. 4 USC, No. 5 Stanford, No. 7 New Mexico State, No. 10 Tulsa, No. 18 Texas Christian, No. 21 UCLA, No. 22 Arizona State, No. 28 New Mexico, No. 32 Washington, No. 40 California and No. 41 San Jose State. The remaining teams are Oregon, Oregon State and Washington State.
OREGON IN THE PING/ASU INVITATIONAL: This will be the Ducks' 12th appearance in the Ping/ASU Invitational. Last year, the Ducks finished 13th with a 916. Angie Rizzo and Pam Sowden were Oregon's top individual finishers at 230 (T44th). Oregon's best finsh at the Ping/ASU Invitational was fourth (905) in 1997.
RANKINGS: Senior All-America candidate Jerilyn White was ranked 55th individually in the March 28 Mastercard Collegiate Golf rankings.
OREGON PROBABLE STARTERS
Jerilyn White Sr.-3V Salem, Ore. (McNary)Kathy Cho Jr.-TR Honolulu, Hawaii (Punanau/Hawaii)Dawn Berry Sr.-2L Calgary, Alberta (Lethbridge)Claire Hunter Sr.-2L Aberdeen, Scotland (Kincorth/McLennan CC)Megan Heckeroth So.-1L Netarts, Ore. (Tillamook)Lacy Erickson Fr.-RS Austin, Minn. (Austin)
OREGON ADDS TOURNEY: The Ducks have added the 2001 Peg Barnard California Collegiate to their spring schedule. The tournament will be played April 13-14 at the Stanford Golf Course and will be Oregon's last event prior to the Pac-10 Championships April 23-25.
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.
The Ducks are looking for consistency as the championship season is right around the corner with the Pac-10s, Regionals and NCAA Championships on the slate in the coming weeks. Oregon's No. 1 player, Jerilyn White, has been very consistent in the spring with top 20 finishes in her last four tournaments.
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: 'It is one of the toughest fields we will play in this year, but we need to be playing in tournaments where we are forced to play well against these teams. It's another test, another midterm for us. We need to keep focusing on doing the things that we need to do as a team that will get us to nationals. We took a couple of days off for spring break and I think the girls have come back rejuvinated for the last two months of the season and ready to work really hard on their short game, because that is what got us to nationals last year and it will probably boil down to that again.'
UCLA BRUIN CLASSIC: Senior Jerilyn White had her fourth straight top-20 finish to lead Oregon to a tie for 11th place March 12-13 at the Pioneer Electronic UCLA Bruin Classic in Temecula, Calif. Oregon finished with a team score of 926 to tie with Nevada. White shot a 74-77-72-223 to tie for 16th. Two other golfers shot season low rounds at the tournament as both senior Claire Hunter and sophomore Megan Heckeroth posted 76s.
VERIZON 'MO'MORIAL: Senior Jerilyn White matched the best finish of her career -- firing a 74-79-71-224 to tie for third March 5-6 at the Verizon 'Mo'morial in Houston, Texas. It was the second top 10 finish for the All-America candidate and helped the Ducks to a seventh place finish. Oregon shot the low round -- a 302 -- during the tournament's final day. Senior Dawn Berry also had a strong tournament, shooting 78-79-73-230 to tie for 13th, which was her best finish in more than two years.
ARIZONA WILDCAT INVITATIONAL: Senior Jerilyn White led the Ducks, finishing 7th, while also recording her best finish of the season to date with a 78-69-71-218 series Feb. 19-21 at the Arizona Wildcat Invitational in Tucson, Ariz. Although Oregon finished 15th in tournament of only 16 teams, the Ducks' Lacy Erickson made strong finish, shooting career lows on the last two days, 80 and 79, respectively.
HAWAII FALL GOLF CLASSIC: The Oregon women's golf team shot a season-low 300 to finish in a season-high sixth place finish with a 64-over, 928 combined team score Oct. 31-Nov. 1 in Kapolei, Hawaii. Three Oregon golfers finished in the top 20, led by senior Jerilyn White's 14th-place finish. White shot a 4-over 76 Wednesday to finish the tournament at 15-over, tied with four other golfers with 231. The 14th-place finish was White's highest finish since tying for 13th at last June's NCAA Championships, also tying her fall low round of 74. Senior Dawn Berry and junior Kathy Cho tied for 19th overall at plus-16. Berry had the low round of the day for the Ducks, shooting an even-par 72.
STANFORD-PEPSI INTERCOLLEGIATE: Freshman Katharina Schallenberg was Oregon's top finisher for the third time this fall, but her 61st-place 237 was not enough to lift the Ducks out of 18th (955) in the team's worst finish of the season Oct. 20-22 at Stanford. Jerilyn White was the only other Duck in the top 70, tying for 65th with a 238.
EDEAN IHLANFELDT INVITATIONAL: A final round 304 was the best of the year for Oregon and allowed the Ducks to claim eighth place at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational Oct. 9-11 at Sahalee Country Club in Redmond, Wash. Senior Claire Hunter recorded her best finish in more than a year, tying for 19th at 15-over par. Katharina Schallenberg was 16-over to tie for 24th, while Jerilyn White tied for 26th at plus-17, but shot an encouraging final round of one-over par 73.
MARY FOSSUM INVITATIONAL: Torrential rains shorted the Mary Fossum Invitational to just one round Sept. 24 at the Forest Acres Golf Course in Lansing, Mich. The Ducks finished ninth of 15 teams with a 311. Minnesota won the event with a 296. For the second straight week, freshman Katharina Schallenberg was Oregon's top finisher, shooting a 3-over 75 to tie for 12th. Jerilyn White and Dawn Berry tied for 34th at plus-6.
NCAA FALL PREVIEW: The Ducks battled themselves and Hurricane Gordon and finished a disappointing 19th of 21 teams at the weather-shortened NCAA Fall Preview Sept. 15-16 in Howie-in-the-Hills, Fla. Playing in wet and rainy conditions, Oregon shot a two-round 651 that was 67 strokes over par. Freshman Katharina Schallenberg was a bright spot for the Ducks, leading the team with a 12-over 156 to tie for 44th. All-American candidate Jerilyn White was a stroke back at 157 to tie for 50th.
SENIOR ALL-AMERICAN CANDIDATE JERILYN WHITE: Senior Jerilyn White is looking to become just the second All-American at Oregon after a 13th-place showing at the 2000 NCAA Championships. 'Jerilyn has a great chance to become an All-American,' said Rouillard. 'She's starting to play like she's capable of and I think she has both mentally and physically prepared herself for a great senior year.' 2000-01 Highlights: Four consecutive top-20 finishes, including all three tournaments this spring, have White in great shape heading into the championship season. White finished the fall season in strong fashion, tying for 14th at the Hawaii Fall Classic (74-81-76-231). Then she opened the spring by finishing seventh at the Arizona Wildcat Invitational (78-69-71-218), followed that by matching a career best with a tie for third (74-79-71-224) at the Verizon 'Mo'morial. Then came a tie for 16th at the UCLA Bruin Classic (74-77-72-223). 1999-2000: Oregon's best golfer down the stretch led the team at the NCAA, West Regional and Pac-10 championships. At last May's NCAA Championships, tied for 13th with a 10-over 298 (75-73-73-77). Tied teammate Anika Heuser for 21st place at the NCAA West Regional with a 223 (77-73-73). Finished her final two holes with a birdie then an eagle to help catapult the Ducks to a seventh-place finish at the Regional. Recorded Oregon's best overall score at the Pac-10 Championships with a 223 (78-72-73) to place in a tie for 9th. Finished in a tie for 6th place at the Lady Aztec Invitational after contributing a third place finish at the Colby Invitational. Tied for 32nd in Arizona Wildcat Invitational, shooting a combined 222 (77-72-73). Finished in a tie for eighth place at Hawaii Classic and Oregon's top finisher (tie for 20th place) at the Stanford Invitational, shooting a 76-72-76--224 series. Placed sixth at the Nittany Lion Invitational that included a season-low round of 71. Was Oregon's top finisher in the 1999 NCAA Fall Preview Tournament. 1998-99: Shot a 72 in two consecutive rounds to finish tied for sixth place at the 1999 Bruin Invitational. Tied for 36th at the 1998 Pac-10 Championships and earned a final ranking of 96th in the NCAA poll. Ranked 76th, best on the team, with a 76.1 score (second lowest on the squad). Placed fifth at the Colby Invitational. Had a career-low 69 and tied for sixth at the Pac-10 Championships with a 3-over 219. Qualified for the U.S. Women's Amateur in 1998. Won the Pacific Northwest Golf Association women's championship and won the local Northwest Women's Amateur Qualifier. Participated in all five fall tournaments and finished tied for ninth at the Portland Invitational. Carded a low round of 73 at the Stanford Invitational, where she tied for 14th. 1997-98: Played 13 rounds as a freshman with a 77.9 average, fourth-best on the squad. Tied for 36th at the Pac-10 Championships. Best finish was a tie for fourth at the Peg Barnard Invitational with a two-round score of 150, playing as an individual. Earned a final rank of 87th in the NCAA poll. Before Oregon: The 1996 state high school champion was a three-time all-state selection (1995, '96, '97) and was a third team all-Valley League selection in basketball. Personal: Born July 30, 1979, in Salem, Ore. Parents are James and Jean White. Major is sociology.