Pendleton In Third; Women's Golf Slips To 10th At ASU Invitational

April 7, 2001

TEMPE, Ariz. - - Oregon State golfer Ashlei Pendleton kept alive her hopes of winning her first collegiate golf tournament, as she shot a 73 in the second round of the Ping/Arizona State Invitational and is tied for third with 18 holes to play Sunday. The Beavers shot 306 at the par 72 Karsten Golf Course on Saturday and stand in 10th with a total of 609.

Pendleton, a sophomore transfer from TCU who is playing in just her third tournament as a Beaver, backed up her opening round 72 with a 73 and stands at 145, just two strokes behind leader Lorena Ochoa of Arizona. Prior to this tournament, Pendleton's best round had been a 75, and her best finish was a tie for 34th. If Pendleton were to end up in the top 10, it would be the second consecutive week the Beavers have had a top-10 finisher. Stacie Ferguson was eighth in Hawaii last week.

Only 12 shots separate OSU from Arizona, which has the lead at 597. The Beavers are within striking distance of third-place Tulsa and TCU, which are tied at 602. Arizona State is second at 600.

On OSU's last hole of the day, the Beavers had to count a triple bogey, double bogey, a bogey and a par, which added a few unnecessary strokes to their round and kept them from possibly a higher standing.

'Today didn't go quite as well as yesterday, but it wasn't bad,' OSU coach Rise Lakowske said. 'Ashlei played well, and we're proud of that. We're certainly within striking distance of second and third place, so we just need to hang in and stick with the plan. I think the girls came up with a few things that they know they need to do differently tomorrow.'

Carina Olsson's 76 on Saturday was good enough to keep her in the top 20, as she is tied for 17th after shooting 149 for the first two rounds. The senior shot 73 in the first round and was tied for fifth.

Ferguson joined Olsson with a 76, as she carded her second consecutive round of 4-over par and is tied for 27th at 152.

Bridget Bieth and Laura Skinner shot matching scores again Saturday, as they each carded 81 after they shot 82 Friday. Marylyn Brand, who is playing as an individual, did the same, shooting 82-81.

TEAM SCORES

1. Arizona 304-293--597, 2. Arizona State 302-298--600, 3. Tulsa 302-300--602, 3. TCU 299-303--602, 5. USC 305-298--603, 6. New Mexico 309-295--604, 7. California 301-305--606, 8. New Mexico State 308-299--607, 8. Stanford 307-300--607, 10. Oregon State 303-306--609, 11. UCLA 302-310--612, 12. Oregon 312-304--616, 13. San Jose State 311-306--617, 14. Washington 311-308--619, 15. Washington State 321-320--641.

LOW INDIVIDUAL SCORES (PAR 72)

1. Loren Ochoa, Arizona, 71-72--143, 2. Kelli Kamimura, Washington, 73-71--144, 3. Ashlei Pendleton, Oregon State 72-73--145, 4. Molly Cooper, Arizona State, 71-75--146, 4. Blair O'Neal, Arizona State, 74-72--146.

OREGON STATE SCORES

3. Ashlei Pendleton 72-73--145, t17. Carina Olsson 73-76--149, t27. Stacie Ferguson 76-76--152, t70. Bridget Bieth 82-81--163, t70. Laura Skinner 82-81--163, Marylyn Brand 82-81--163 (individual).

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