Women's Golf Opens Season at NCAA Fall Preview
Sept. 21, 2001
WHAT'S ON TAP: For the third straight season, Oregon opens the year at the prestigious NCAA Fall Preview Monday, Sept. 24 through Wednesday, Sept. 26. This year, the 6,250-yard, par-72 Washington National Golf Club in Auburn, Wash., plays host to the annual event. Teams will play 18 holes each day.
THE FIELD: The premier event of the fall features the top 13 team finishers from the 2001 NCAA Championships, including 2001 champion Georgia. The event includes 19 of the 24 teams who qualified for the 2001 NCAA Championships. Joining Georgia from that pool are (in order of 2001 finish): Duke, Texas, Auburn, Oklahoma State, UCLA, USC, Arizona, Stanford, Tulsa, New Mexico State, Louisiana State, Michigan State, Pepperdine, Washington, Arizona State, California, Purdue and Ohio State. Rounding out the 24-team field are Oregon, Oregon State, Tennessee, Texas Christian and Washington State.
OREGON PROBABLE STARTERS
Kathy Cho Sr.-1V Honolulu, Hawaii (Punanau/Hawaii)Johnna Nealy Fr.-HS Grants Pass, Ore. (Grants Pass)Jessica Carlyon Fr.-HS Daisy Hill, Australia (John Paul)Lacy Erickson So.-1V Austin, Minn. (Austin)Jaime Seefried Fr.-RS Spokane, Wash. (Ferris)Katie Cunningham* So.-1V West Linn, Ore. (West Linn)*will compete as an individual
ABOUT THE DUCKS: Three Ducks will be making their collegiate debuts at the NCAA Fall Preview -- true freshmen Johnna Nealy and Jessica Carlyon and redshirt frosh Jaime Seefried. Kathy Cho is the lone senior on the squad and inherits the No. 1 spot vacated by one of the best golfers in school history -- Pac-10 all-second team performer Jerilyn White. The rest of the travel squad is filled out by sophomores Lacy Erickson and Katie Cunningham, who are looking to have a bigger impacts in 2001-02 after having up-and-down freshmen campaigns.
COACH SHANNON ROUILLARD: Former all-Pac-10 golfer and '95 Oregon grad Shannon Rouillard is in her second year as head coach of the Ducks' women's golf program. Rouillard, who began her playing career as a walk-on, tied for 29th at the NCAA Championships as a senior and qualified for the 1999 U.S. Open. Last year Rouillard helped Jerilyn White become just the second all-Pac-10 golfer in school history. As an assistant coach in 2000-01, Rouillard helped coach Oregon to a tie for 11th at the NCAA Championships.
ROUILLARD ON THE NCAA FALL PREVIEW: 'We have three players going in their first collegiate tournament, so I have no expectations as to how we will do or where we should finish. I'm really excited to get out there and see what we can do. At the same time, we have a goal of making the NCAA Championships and I will not let our youth or inexperience be an excuse for not playing as well as are capable. I think we are going to surprise a lot of people this year including ourselves.'
OREGON AT THE NCAA FALL PREVIEW: Last year, the Ducks battled themselves and Hurricane Gordon and finished a disappointing 19th of 21 teams at the weather-shortened 2001 NCAA Fall Preview Sept. 15-16 in Howie-in-the-Hills, Fla. Playing in wet and rainy conditions, Oregon shot a two-round 651 that was 67 strokes over par. Freshman Katharina Schallenberg was a bright spot for the Ducks, leading the team with a 12-over 156 to tie for 44th. Jerilyn White was a stroke back at 157 to tie for 50th. The Ducks' highest finish at this event came in 1995 at Columbus, Ohio, when Oregon placed fifth. Senior Kathy Cho is the only current Duck on the roster with playing experience at the NCAA Fall Preview. Last year, Cho shot 86-82-168 to tie for 94th.
WHO'S BACK: Oregon returns senior Kathy Cho, who transferred from Hawaii prior to the 2000-01 season, sophomores Lacy Erickson and Katie Cunningham and redshirt freshman Jaime Seefried. Cho was one of only two golfers to compete in all 12 events last year, while Erickson saw action in eight tournaments, including the last seven in 2001. Cho was second on the team with a 79.0 average, while Erickson ranked fourth at 80.2.
WHO'S GONE: The Ducks lost six letterwinners and four regulars from the 2000-01 team, most notably all-Pac-10 second teamer Jerilyn White. The Salem, Ore., native and four-year letterwinner was a model of consistency down the stretch with top 20 finishes in her final eight tournaments, including a win at the Peg Barnard Collegiate. The three other regulars not returning are seniors Dawn Berry and Claire Hunter and sophomore Megan Heckeroth, who decided curtail her golfing career and concentrate on academics. Berry was third on the team in scoring average a year ago (79.3), while Heckeroth was fifth at 81.0 and Heckeroth sixth (81.2). Two other seniors also exhausted their eligibility -- Kimi Cunningham and Julia Smith.
FOREIGN LEGION: Australian freshman Jess Carlyon will become the latest of a long line of excellent overseas golfers to compete for the Ducks, meaning for the ninth straight year, a non-American will contribute for Oregon. She follows in the footsteps of Dawn Berry (Canada/1997-01), Claire Hunter (Scotland/1999-01), Anika Heuser (Germany/1997-00), Pam Sowden (New Zealand/1997-00), Kylie Wilson (New Zealand/1996-00), Karen Bristow (Australia/1996-98) and Brooke Taylor (Canada/1994-97). Oregon can only hope Carlyon matches or exceeds the career of Bristow, the only other Australian in school history. She was team MVP in 1999, and a two-time Academic All-American (1998-99).
WWW.GODUCKS.COM: Web surfers can find golf releases and results on the University of Oregon Athletic Department website (www.goducks.com). The Pac-10 Conference also maintains a web site featuring information on all of its member schools (www.pac-10.org).