Women's Golf Goes Up Against Nation's Best To Start Season

Sept. 22, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

SCHEDULE: OSU travels to Seattle, Wash., for The Preview, held Monday, Sept. 24 through Wednesday, Sept. 26. The teams play 18 holes each day for a 54-hole total.

THE COURSE: Washington National Golf Club plays to a par of 72 and totals 6,283 yards. Washington National was designed by John Fought.

THE FIELD: The Beavers face what should be their toughest competition of the year before the postseason, as 20 of the 23 teams are ranked in the Golfweek top 25, every top-10 school will compete. Here's a look (ranking in parentheses): Arizona (2), Arizona State (13), Auburn (4), California, Duke (1), Georgia (6), LSU (12), Michigan State (19), New Mexico State (9), Ohio State (20), Oklahoma State (14), Oregon, Oregon State, Pepperdine (11), Purdue (17), Stanford (3), Tennessee (10), Texas (7), TCU (16), Tulsa (8), UCLA (15), USC (5), Washington (23).

HEAD COACH RIS� LAKOWSKE ON THE TEAM'S FIRST FEW WEEKS: 'We qualified early for the Vanderbilt event (cancelled due to the events of Sept. 11), and that was going to carry over to this event because we wouldn't have had any time in between the tournaments.

'The first three qualifiers scored very well and it looked like they'd been working hard over the summer and were prepared.

'Then one of our freshmen (Alexandra Lucio, Bogota, Colombia), who probably wasn't accustomed to a lot of things here, got settled and came around.

'Marylyn (Brand) was struggling a little bit, but she's good in that four spot - she's very consistent.

'We went over to Sunriver because they plugged the greens at Trysting Tree, and were able to play Crosswater and the Meadows, which are two very tough golf courses with fast greens. I think that puts them in a good situation for the coming week, because I know the greens up there are going to be fast. The course is not mature yet, so the greens are going to be hard and fast. That was the good thing about going over there this weekend, was that the courses are more similar to what we're going to play next week than Trysting Tree is.

'It's like with any sport - there's that unknown. You're prepared, but you still don't know. Nobody's seen the golf course except Washington. Normally, we've seen the course before and know how to prepare for it. I think we've done about as well as we can by getting on those greens over in Central Oregon.'

LAKOWSKE ON WASHINGTON NATIONAL: 'It's a John Fought design, I've heard a lot of good things about it, but I haven't actually seen it. I think there are some holes that we're really going to have to look at and decide on a game plan. There's a lot of trouble on the golf course, and it's set up as a target golf course in a lush environment, which is different - you don't see that very often. We'll just have to see how it fits our game and their games individually. We'll go from there and develop a game plan and try and stick to it.'

LAKOWSKE ON THE FIELD: 'You're playing against the best - that's the way The Preview usually is. Being in the Pac-10, it's nice to be invited to that event, and I'm anticipating being there in May as well (for the NCAA Championships). We're going to get a feel for where we stand right away.

'Duke and Stanford will be there, along with some other very mature teams that don't have a lot of freshmen playing. That'll be a little bit different for us, since our team's still fairly young - we don't have any seniors playing yet this year.'

THE LINEUP:Ashlei Pendleton (Jr., Las Vegas, Nev.) Ashlei returns this year after transferring from TCU over winter break last season... she made an immediate impact, finishing second on the team in scoring with a 77.3 average over 15 rounds, including playing in the Pac-10 Championships and the NCAA West Regional... season-low of 72 came in the first round of the ASU/Ping Invitational, where she tied for 12th for her best career finish... figures to be a consistent member of OSU's lineup.

Laura Skinner (So., Boise, Idaho) Laura was a steady contributor in her first season at OSU, averaging 80.3 strokes over eight tournaments... best finish was a tie for 33rd at the UCLA Bruin Classic, where she carded a career-low of 74.

Stacie Ferguson (Jr., Tucson, Ariz.) Stacie was fourth on the team in scoring as a sophomore at 78.2, but had the highest finish of any OSU golfer on the year when she tied for eighth at the Dr. Thompson Invitational in Hawaii... also shot a career-best 70 in Hawaii, which also tied the second-lowest score in OSU history... at Pac-10s, shot a career-low 222 and tied for 13th... played in all 11 events last year.

Marylyn Brand (So., Yorkshire, England) Marylyn played in eight tournaments as a freshman, averaging 79.0 strokes per round... career-best of tied for 19th came at the OSU/Shanico Invitational... also tied for 25th at the NCAA West Regional... career-low of 72 came at Pac-10s.

Alexandra Lucio (Fr., Bogota, Colombia) Alexandra begins her career at OSU this fall.

Individual: Kelly Kerkvliet (Fr., Corvallis, Ore.) Kelly begins her career at OSU this fall.

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 has yet to play this year.

OSU IN THE RANKINGS: The Beavers are ranked 51st in the most recent Golfweek poll.

THE COACHES: Ris� Lakowske is in her 12th 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).

SEASON BESTS: A look at the Beavers' best rounds and tournaments last season (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

*- No longer on team#- Since graduated

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