Ducks' Run at West Regional Ends Seven Strokes Shy of NCAA Bid

May 12, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon's women's golf team knew it needed to pass Tennessee and one other team Saturday to earn a bid to the NCAA women's golf championships. Under sunny but breezy conditions at the 6,089-yard, par-72 Trysting Tree Golf Course, the Ducks shot a 311 to blow by the Lady Vols, who had a 318, but could not catch USC or Washington and fell seven strokes shy of earning a bid to the national championships at the final day of the NCAA West Regional.

The Lady Vols came into the final round holding a two-stroke edge over Washington and four-shot lead over Oregon for the eighth and final bid to the NCAA championships. Washington fired a 304 to pass both Tennessee and USC, which had a 310, while the Ducks could only keep pace with the Trojans. Washington finished the three-day event in seventh with a 914 total, while second-seeded USC hung on for eighth at 916. Oregon was ninth at 923, while Oregon State was a shot back of the Ducks at 324. Tennessee fell all the way to 11th at 926.

Still, first-year Oregon head coach Shannon Rouillard said she was not disappointed by the effort put forth by her 12th-seeded Ducks. 'I'm really proud of this team,' she said. 'Our goal was to put ourselves into a position to have a chance and that's exactly what we did.

'We were right there in it, but we made a few too many mistakes coming down the stretch. We got by Tennessee, but we just couldn't get Washington or USC and that just goes to show how tough the Pac-10 is.'

Arizona defended its West Regional title with relative ease, besting Stanford by 20 strokes. The Wildcats had a 289 Saturday and finished the tournament at 4-over par 868. Stanford was at 888, followed by Michigan State third at 901, UCLA at 903, Ohio State at 906 and Arizona State sixth with a 910.

Senior Jerilyn White finished her Oregon career by firing a 74 Saturday and ended up tied for tied for 16th on the tournament at 8-over par. The Salem, Ore., native had rounds of 74-76-74 for a 224 total. It White's eighth consecutive top-20 finish this season and her highest-ever finish in NCAA Regional action. White was just two strokes shy of advancing to the NCAA Championships as an individual. The top two players not on the eight teams who advanced received bids. Those spots went to Tennessee's Yong-A Yang, who had a 221, and Meaghan Francella of Memphis with a 222.

Natalie Gulbis and Lorena Ochoa helped lead Arizona to the team title with a 1-2 finish in the individual standings. Gulbis won the Regional by shooting a 71 Saturday and finished the tournament at 9-under. Ochoa was 3-under Saturday and 6-under for the tournament.

For Oregon, junior Kathy Cho and freshman Lacy Erickson each carded 78s Saturday. Cho finished the tournament at 14-over and tied for 29th (230), her second-highest finish of the year. Erickson was 18-over and tied for 45th (234). Senior Dawn Berry, playing in her final collegiate event, had an 81 Saturday and tied for 50th at 235 (plus-19).

'After seeing the competition we were up against, we did very well to finish ninth,' said Rouillard, whose team recorded its third-best score of the season. 'This will end up helping us a lot next year because this was the first Regional experience for Kathy, Lacy and Megan (Heckeroth). We worked hard this tournament and we worked hard all year. We made this a great learning experience for our younger players and our seniors will go out knowing, that even though we didn't advance to nationals, we put forth our best overall effort of the season. I really am very proud of how they came up here and represented the University of Oregon this weekend.'

NCAA West Regional
Trysting Tree Golf Course
Corvallis, Ore.
Final Round
6,089 Yards, Par-72

TEAM SCORES - 1, Arizona, 287-292-289-868. 2, Stanford, 302-292-294-888. 3, Michigan State, 304-298-299-901. 4, UCLA, 307-297-299-903. 5, Ohio State, 306-298-302-906. 6, Arizona State, 308-294-308-910. 7, Washington, 308-302-304-914. 8, USC, 308-298-310-916. 9, Oregon, 308-304-311-923. 10, Oregon State, 311-306-307-924. 11, Tennessee, 308-300-318-926. 12, Missouri, 318-304-311-933. 13, Nevada, 310-311-313-934. 14, Memphis, 305-312-320-937. 15, Colorado State, 320-303-319-942. 16, Furman, 312-311-320-943. 17, Indiana, 314-311-325-950. 18, Brigham Young, 322-313-332-967. 19, Southwest Missouri State, 334-324-347-1006. 20, Weber State, 352-327-331-1010. 21, Central Connecticut State, 363-336-369-1068.

OREGON FINISHERS - 16 (tie), Jerilyn White, 74-76-74-224. 29 (tie), Kathy Cho, 79-73-78-230. 45 (tie), Lacy Erickson, 77-79-78-234. 50 (tie), Dawn Berry, 78-76-81-235. 84 (tie), Megan Heckeroth, 82-81-82-245.

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