Women's Golf Season Culminated By Matching Best-Ever Finish At Regionals

June 7, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

COACH RISE LAKOWSKE ON THE TEAM'S PROGRESS OVER THE COURSE OF THE YEAR: 'Our roster was a little bit different in the spring than in the fall, but overall the experience level was not that significant - we had a lot of freshmen and a lot of sophomores. We had lost our number one player from the previous year - Anne Brooksby - to injury, so we started out with less confidence than we would have if Anne had been in the lineup. They felt a little bit more pressure.

Then when we transitioned into the spring and added Ashlei Pendleton into the lineup, the confidence seemed to build. There were some other things that went on over the winter that we did that we purposefully began to do. A lot of that was with the mental game because their level of confidence was down.

'We began looking at the mental side of the game in a much different way, a much more positive way. We really started focusing on that - half the time I felt like a broken record, but they let me know as the year went on that they needed that. They needed to be reminded because some of the negative things that happen in golf that are very specific to golf were recurring. They needed to get out of that bad cyclical pattern they were in and start moving up and have a good positive attitude. That lifted their confidence, which in turn lifted their ability.

'(assistant coach )Brian (Watts) and I changed our coaching to be able to accomodate each individual. That was a change in our coaching philosophy and the way we approach things, and it worked.

'You do that every year, in a way, but this was much more drastic. With the level of ability that this group had, I had never seen a drop in confidence as severe because of the loss of a player. I think a lot of it - and they may not realize it - was because of the loss of Anne Brooksby. They just didn't feel as good about their ability, and once you have a doubt about your game, it's very difficult to play with a lot of confidence and rely on the expertise that you have. It took us (coaches) a while to notice it, but we figured out a way to deal with it.'

RISING TO THE OCCASION: 'Ashlei really started that in the first event when we went to San Jose in the spring,' Lakowske commented. 'Her ability to step into the role that the kids needed - someone who was always positive and always up - motivated everybody. They all had a good event.

'Carina (Olsson) finishing 19th at the regionals was a terrific way for her to finish up her eligibility here. If they had all been clicking on all cylinders at the same time, we would have been at nationals. They gained a lot of valuable experience that they're going to carry over into next year. I think one of the freshman that we signed is going to add to that as well. She's got a lot of experience already.'

YOUNG GUNS: 'You'll never be able to replace Carina. She's one-of-a-kind, she's a great student, a great athlete, highly motivated, does everything she's asked to do by the coaches. She's exceptional. But we feel like the kids coming back are a much more experienced group and know what they have to do, they're going to train well this summer, stay in shape, and play in a lot of events. They'll play in more tournaments this summer than what we've normally had in the past, which is good because they're national-caliber tournaments. They're going to come in a lot better off than most sophomores and juniors, and we'll have Anne back.'

MOVIN' ON UP: 'I think it's significant that our scoring average dropped from the fall to the spring, but even more importantly is the fact that we went in as the 17th seed in the West Regional and ended up 10th,' Lakowske said. 'After looking at the three regionals, we improved the most of any team in the country when compared to our seed and our finish. That's a good indicator of what happened from the beginning to the end, because we really got stuck with that 17th seed because of our poor performance in the fall. The spring was so much better, which didn't really surprise me, but it was good to see happen what I thought would happen.'

Stacie Ferguson (So., Tucson, Ariz.) Stacie carded the best score of her career at the Pac-10 Championships, as she shot 222 to tie for 13th... 222 was a career-low, and the tie for 13th was her second-best finish ever... most recently, Stacie tied for 61st at the West Regional with a 239... finished a career-best of tied for eighth at the Dr. Thompson Invitational with a 224 March 28-29... 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)... shot 225 at the Ping/ASU to tie for 22nd... shot 73 in final round at ASU... finished 22nd or higher her last three tournaments... one of two Beavers (Carina Olsson) to have played in all 11 events this year... averages 78.2 strokes over 33 rounds... also shot a 74 at New Mexico State in the fall where she tied for 35th wih a 234... one of five Beavers to have carded a 71 in their career, which is the third-lowest score in school history.

Carina Olsson (Senior, Sollentuna, Sweden) Carina, who completed her eligibility this year, is the cornerstone of the women's golf program, as she continued her solid play this year, averaged a career-best and team-leading 77.2 strokes in all 11 tournaments to lead the team in both average (among players with over four tournaments played) and tournaments played (along with Stacie Ferguson)... most recently, tied for 19th at the NCAA West Regional with a 226... her finish was a career-best... tied for 25th at Pac-10s with a 227, including a round of 73... tied for 22nd at ASU with a 225, which is her lowest score of the season... has five top-25 finishes this year (OSU/t19th, Stanford/t19th, ASU/t22, Pac-10s/t25, Regionals/t19)... low round of 72 came at Stanford... Olsson is one of several Beavers to have shot 70 (BYU Inv., 1997-98) in her career, which is the second-lowest score in OSU history... Academic All-America candidate.

Ashlei Pendleton (So.-Tr., TCU/Las Vegas, Nev.) Ashlei made an immediate impact after transferring during winter break... averaged 77.3 strokes in 15 rounds... most recently, tied for 50th at West Regional at 235... tied for 42nd at the Pac-10s, shooting 236... tied for 12th at ASU after shooting 6-over 222... was in third after two rounds... season-low of 72 came in first round at ASU... tied for 34th at Dr. Thompson with a 235... has become a consistent figure in the starting lineup since transferring from TCU over winter break.

Marylyn Brand (Fr., Yorkshire, England) Marylyn has played in eight tournaments, averaging 79.0 strokes... most recently, shot 229 to tie for 25th in her first NCAA Regional... carded a 229 to tie for 31st in her first Pac-10 Championship... shot a career-low of 72 at Pac-10s, which came in the final round... top finish of 19th came at the OSU Shanico Invitational in her first collegiate tournament, where she posted a 231.

Laura Skinner (Fr., Boise, Idaho) Laura has been a steady contributor in her first season at OSU... best finish was 33rd at UCLA, where she shot a 12-over 228 to lead the Beavers... low of 74 came at UCLA as well... averages 80.3 strokes in eight tournaments... most recently, tied for 50th at West Regional with a 235... tied for 51st at Pac-10s after turning in a 239... shot 239 at Dr. Thompson to tie for 49th.

Bridget Bieth (So., Sacramento, Calif.): Bridget played in six tournaments this year, three this spring, and averaged 78.1 strokes... 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... posted second-best career finish when she tied for 18th at Dr. Thompson, where she had a round of 74... most recently, shot 244 and tied for 74th at Ping/ASU Invitational.

Kelly Ferris (Fr., Albany, Ore.): Kelly averaged 82.2 strokes over 12 rounds in her freshman campaign... best finish was a tie for 45th at the OSU Shanico Invitational, where she posted a 238

LAST ACTION: The Beavers rang in with a 10th-place finish at the NCAA West Regional which OSU hosted at Trysting Tree Golf Club May 10-12. OSU shot a 924 over three rounds, paced by Carina Olsson's 226. Olsson wrapped up her career at Oregon State with a tie for 19th and a final-round 73. OSU was nine shots away from advancing to the NCAA Championships for the second time in school history, and one shot out of ninth.

OSU IN THE RANKINGS: The Beavers are ranked 51st in this week's Golfweek poll.

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

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 eight 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, '01), best three-round score: 229 (twice), best round: 72 (OSU Shanico, 01)

Marylyn Brand: t19 - OSU Shanico, 229 - Pac-10s, 72 - Pac-10s

Stacie Ferguson: t8 - Dr. Thompson, 222 - Pac-10s, 70 - Dr. Thompson

Kelly Ferris: t45 - OSU Shanico, 238 - OSU Shanico, 76 - OSU Shanico

Melanie Furuta: t42 - NMSU, 235 - NMSU, 75 - 2 times

Carina Olsson: t19 three times (*t2 - BYU Invitational, '97), 226 - Stanford (*223 -

Ping/ASU, '00), 72 - Stanford(*70 - BYU Invitational, '99)

Laura Skinner: t33 - UCLA Pioneer, 228 - UCLA Pioneer, 74 - UCLA Pioneer

Ashlei Pendleton: t12 - Ping/ASU, 222 - Ping/ASU, 72 - Ping/ASU

TEAM RESULTSDATES	        TOURNAMENT	                TOTAL	RD. 1	RD. 2	RD. 3	FINISH	PARSept. 15-16	OSU Shanico Invitational	924	311	298	315	5th/18	72Sept. 21-23	Comcast Dick McGuire Invitat.	947	305	316	326	16th/18	73Oct. 9-11	Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational	975	322	328	325	13th/17	72Oct. 20-22	Pepsi/Stanford Invitational	939	310	313	316	14th/18	72Oct. 30-31	New Mexico State         	952	310	317	325	14th/18	72March 5-7	Spartan Invitational	        931	312	318	301	12th/16	72March 12-13	UCLA Pioneer Bruin Classic	930	306	303	322	14th/18	72March 27-29	Dr. Thompson Rainbow Tournament	919	299	307	313	t6th/18	72April 7-9	Ping/ASU Invitational	        916	303	306	307	12/15	72April 23-25	Pac-10 Championships    	912	309	306	296	8/10	72May 11-13	NCAA West Regionals     	924	311	306	307	10/21	72	        TOTALS:                     	10,269	3398	3418	3453	124/187	        AVERAGES:                 	933.5	308.9	310.7	313.9	11.2/17.0
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