Women's Golf Inks Two Freshmen To Letters Of Intent

June 11, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - - The Oregon State women's golf team has signed two golfers to national letters of intent, it was announced by head coach Rise Lakowske on Monday. Alexandra Lucio and Kelly Kerkvliet will bring their talents to OSU for the start of fall season in 2001.

Lucio, from Bogota, Colombia, is one of eight golfers to represent Colombia on its national team.

'She's had a lot of international competition,' OSU coach Rise Lakowske said. 'She's been brought up in a golfing family, and she's played on teams representing Colombia.

Also from Colombia are Marissa Baena, who plays on the LPGA Tour, and Christina Baena, who plays for Arizona and is ranked 51st in the nation.

'Alexandra knows both of them, and I believe she's of the same level of ablility,' Lakowske said of Lucio. 'I've seen her play on tape and she is very impressive, she's very capable. She's excited to come to the United States, and her parents are excited for her, too.'

'I practice my short game quite a lot,' Lucio said. 'That's what makes a good player. Even though I'm not a long-hitter, I consider that one of my strengths is the woods because I have a lot of confidence in hitting them.'

Kerkvliet comes to OSU from Crescent Valley High School, in Corvallis. Kerkvliet placed fifth in the state championship her junior year under coach Gracie Zwahlen, and claimed the district title the last two years.

'Kelly is a very good athlete,' Lakowske commented. 'She hasn't played golf all that long, but I think she's going to grow and mature as a golfer as she moves through college. She definitely has the tools, but she's going to be learning a tremendous amount her first year. She's very capable of it.'

'She's one fine girl,' Zwahlen said of Kerkvliet. 'She's very coachable and will do anything that's asked of her. She's also a very good long-iron player.'

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