Women's Golf In Sixth At OSU Shanico Invitational

Oct. 9, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

OSU sophomore golfer Laura Skinner paced the women's golf team with a career-low 71 in Tuesday's second round of the OSU Shanico Invitational, as the Beavers slipped one spot to sixth after a second-round 302.

OSU's two-round total of 600 puts them five shots back of fourth-place BYU and four behind Washington with 18 holes to play Wednesday at the par-72 Trysting Tree Golf Club.

Arizona shot into the lead with a 288 Tuesday, overtaking California by seven strokes. Individually, the Wildcats' Lorena Ochoa and Kim Kouwabunpat of Stanford are in the lead, knotted at 139.

A career-low by three shots, Skinner's 71 cut eight strokes from her opening-round score to put her in a tie for 24th at 150.

'Laura stayed very focused today,' 12th-year OSU coach Rise Lakowske said. 'We had a long talk yesterday about staying focused and staying in the moment, and she did it today.

'She has tremendous ability, and I think today will help her confidence a great deal.'

In addition to Skinner, OSU had several bright spots on Tuesday. Ashlei Pendleton and Stacie Ferguson both reside in the top 20, as Pendleton is tied for 12th and Ferguson for 20th.

After carding 18 pars on Monday, Pendleton came back with a 75 Tuesday for a 147 heading into the final round.

Ferguson's 76 came on the heels of a 73 to put her in a group of four players tied at 149.

Corvallis native Kelly Kerkvliet, playing as an individual, tallied a career-best 76. The 76 was the third-lowest score turned in by any Beaver on Tuesday.

Marylyn Brand and Alex Lucio are tied for 52nd and 59th, respectively. Brand shot 81 on Tuesday, while Lucio signed for an 80.

Also competing as an individual was Kelly Ferris, who carded an 80 and is tied for 59th.

'We played pretty well today,' Lakowske said. 'There were some tough pin placements, and that made it tough to get up and down if you didn't put it in the right place.

'We've been down around 300 in both rounds, which is where we can expect to be from now on on courses with layouts like this.'

TEAM SCORES

1. Arizona, 289-288-577, 2. California, 286-298-584, 3. Stanford, 295-296-591, 4. BYU, 296-299-595, 5. Washington, 300-296-596, 6. Oregon State, 298-302-600, 7. New Mexico, 310-291-601, 8. USF, 299-303-602, 9. Idaho, 309-296-605, 10. Long Beach State, 308-306-614, 11. UNLV, 307-308-615, 12. Oregon, 309-311-620, 13. Northern Arizona, 307-316-623, 14. Washington State, 317-314-631, 15. Idaho State, 316-319-635, 16. Eastern Washington, 325-315-640, 17. Weber State, 324-319-643, 18. Boise State, 326-320-646, 19. Portland State, 321-331-652.

LOW INDIVIDUAL SCORES (PAR 72)

1. Lorena Ochoa, Arizona, 72-67-139, 1. Kim Kouwabunpat, Stanford, 67-72-139, 3. Marie Louise Juul, Long Beach State, 71-70-141, 4. Sarah Huarte, California, 71-71-142, 5. Susannah Laing, USF, 72-71-143.

OREGON STATE SCORES

T12. Ashlei Pendleton 72-75-147, t20. Stacie Ferguson 73-76-149, t24. Laura Skinner 79-71-150, t52. Marylyn Brand 75-81-156, t59. Alex Lucio 78-80-158, t59. Kelly Ferris (individual) 78-80-158, t59. Kelly Kerkvliet (individual) 82-76-158.

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