Women's Golf In Eighth At Pac-10s

April 23, 2001

TEMPE, Ariz. - - Oregon State's Stacie Ferguson fired a 3-over-par 75 on Monday to pace the Beavers at the Pacific-10 Conference Women's Golf Championships at the par-72, 6,101-yard Karsten Golf Course. OSU shot 306 for the day, and is in eighth place heading into Tuesday's second round.

OSU is five shots out of sixth place after UCLA shot 301, while California leads the field with an even-par performance of 288.

Ferguson's 37-38--75 put her in a tie for 19th, along with seven other golfers. The sophomore came up big at last year's championship, when she delivered a 14th-place finish, which was a career best at the time.

'It wasn't bad today,' OSU coach Rise Lakowske said. 'They played okay, but we just didn't get any low numbers. We had a few bogies and a couple doubles that hurt us.

'Stacie played well and putted well for her round, and Marylyn Brand had seven birdie opportunities within 10 feet that didn't fall. It wasn't that she didn't putt well, but they just lipped out.'

Brand, who is coming off an injury to her back and ribs, is tied for 34th after carding a 77 to give OSU a solid third score, while Carina Olsson went out in 35 and ended up with a 76 to tie for 27th.

Olsson has made a habit of strong showings at the Pac-10s, as she has not finished lower than 29th during her freshman year. She was 24th last year.

Ashlei Pendleton had to scramble all day to make par, as she hit only five of 18 greens in regulation, but still managed a 78 thanks to some clutch chipping and putting, while Laura Skinner came in at 81. Playing as an individual, freshman Kelly Ferris shot 84.

'The greens are harder and firmer than they were two weeks ago when we played here (at the ASU Invitational),' Lakowske commented. 'Overall, we just didn't make some of the adjustments we needed to make, so we need to think about that and try and fix those things tomorrow.

'Our goal is to finish in the top five, which would be our best finish at Pac-10s, and I believe we can do that. Twelve of our 18 shots over par came on four holes today, so if we can fix that and keep plugging away, I think we can accomplish our goal.'

The Beavers are 12 shots out of an outright fifth-place, as Arizona State, Stanford and USC are all tied for third at 295 with 36 holes remaining.

Individually, California's Sarah Huarte holds the lead after shooting 69 to open the tournament, but she leads the nation's top-ranked player, Lorena Ochoa, by just one stroke.


1. California 288, 2. Arizona 294, 3. Arizona State 295, 3. Stanford 295, 3. USC 295, 6. UCLA 301, 7. Washington 302, 8. Oregon State 306, 9. Oregon 309, 10. Washington State 334.


1. Sarah Huarte, California 33-36--69, 2. Lorena Ochoa, Arizona 32-38--70, 3. Natalie Gulbis, Arizona 38-33-71, 4. Jerilyn White, Oregon 36-36--72, 4. Hilary Homeyer, Stanford 36-36--72, 4. Vikki Laing, California 34-38--72, 4. Kim Rowton, Stanford 36-36--72, 4. Lisa Meredith, Arizona State 34-38--72, 4. Anne Walker, California 36-36--72.


T19. Stacie Ferguson 37-38--75, t27. Carina Olsson 35-41--76, t34. Marylyn Brand 38-39--77, t39. Ashlei Pendleton 37-41--78, t51. Laura Skinner 40-41--81, t57. Kelly Ferris (individual) 43-41--84.

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