Golfers Return to Home State for OSU Shanico Invitational
Oct. 5, 2001
WHAT'S ON TAP: The Ducks return to their home state for the OSU/Shanico Invitational Monday, Oct. 8 through Wednesday Oct. 10 at the par-72, 6,072-yard Trysting Tree Golf Course. Teams will play 18 holes each day. Trysting Tree was the site of the 2001 NCAA West Regional, where Oregon came up just eight strokes shy of earning a bid to the NCAA Championships -- a major accomplishment for the 12th-seeded Ducks.
THE FIELD: A promising 19-team field includes Arizona, Boise State, Brigham Young, defending champion California, Eastern Washington, Idaho, Idaho State, Long Beach State, Nevada-Las Vegas, New Mexico, Northern Arizona, Oregon, Oregon State, Portland State, San Francisco, Stanford, Washington, Washington State and Weber State.
OREGON PROBABLE STARTERS
Kathy Cho Sr.-1V Honolulu, Hawaii (Punanau/Hawaii)Lacy Erickson So.-1V Austin, Minn. (Austin)Kim Melrose Jr.-TR Ontario, Calif. (Upland/Mt. San Antonio JC)Jessica Carlyon Fr.-HS Daisy Hill, Australia (John Paul)Johnna Nealy Fr.-HS Grants Pass, Ore. (Grants Pass)
ABOUT THE DUCKS: Duck newcomers occupy three of the five spots for the OSU/Shanico Invitational, including one, junior Kim Melrose, who will be making her Oregon debut. True freshmen Johnna Nealy and Jessica Carlyon bowed last week at the NCAA Fall Preview. 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. Sophomore Lacy Erickson rounds out the travel squad.
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 OSU/SHANICO INVITATIONAL: 'We've been working on a few things this past week to try and improve from our last tournament. I'm definitely looking for some improvement and I think we'll see more rounds in 70's. Lacy and Kathy are familiar with the course and played it quite well at last year's Regionals. For the new players, it's not a golf course that is tough to learn. There are no tricks or surprises out there. We're definitely looking for a big contribution from our new players, because they are going to be a major part of our program for a long time.'
NCAA FALL PREVIEW RECAP: A steady rain shortened the NCAA Fall Preview to two rounds Sept. 24-26 at the 6,250-yard, par-72 Washington National Golf Club. The Ducks posted a 23rd place finish with a 36-hole total of 652 for their inaugural event of the 2001-02 season, edging Washington State by five strokes (657) for the 24th and final place. Senior Kathy Cho was Oregon's highest finisher, tying for 101st at 161. Freshman Jessica Carlyon tied for 107th at 164, while freshmen Jaime Seefried and Johnna Nealy tied for 112th at 167.
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 became 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 three-time Academic All-American (1997-98-99).
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