Women's Golf Eighth At OSU Shanico Invitational

Oct. 10, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

Ashlei Pendleton tied for 10th at the Oregon State Shanico Invitational while helping the OSU women's golf squad to eighth overall in the 19-team field that wrapped up play on a rainy Wednesday at Trysting Tree Golf Club.

The Beavers' 912 was enough to beat out several teams in their region, including Idaho, UNLV, Long Beach State, Oregon, and Washington State.

Pendleton's 223 gave her the best finish of her career, as she moved up from 12th in the 97-team field after Tuesday's round with a 76 Wednesday. Pendleton's previous career-best was a tie for 12th at the Ping/ASU Invitational last spring.

Junior Stacie Ferguson fired a 227 and tied for 21st - her best finish of the season. Ferguson wrapped up her tournament with a 78 on Wednesday while battling an illness.

Laura Skinner's 29th-place finish gave the Beavs three players in the top 30. After firing a career-low 71 yesterday, Skinner closed with a 79.

'They're on their way,' OSU coach Rise Lakowske said of her team, and Pendleton, Ferguson and Skinner in particular. 'They need to figure out how to play in bad weather, they need to be able to adjust to that. They come from places like Tucson and Las Vegas, where they usually don't have bad weather.

'People think that because they play up here all the time, they're used to it. But really, it's been very nice here for the last year-and-a-half, so we haven't dealt with a lot of rain. It's something that we talk about a lot, and they're adjusting to it.'

Alex Lucio, playing in the second tournament of her career, tied for 57th with a 237, while Marylyn Brand shot 239 to tie for 62nd.

OSU's Kelly Ferris tied for 62nd and Kelly Kerkvliet tied for 73rd while playing as individuals.

California won the team competition in a tiebreaker over Arizona, as both teams tied at 882. In the tiebreaker, the two schools' fifth individual score was used to determine a winner, and Anna Temple's 79 on Wednesday put the Bears over the top.

Arizona's Lorena Ochoa ran away with the individual title, scoring a nine-stroke win with a 10-under 206.

OSU's next action will take be at Stanford, where the Beavers will compete in the Stanford Invitational.

'I was pleased overall with the tournament this week, and we're heading down to Stanford next,' Lakowske said. 'That course fits our games pretty well, so we're looking forward to that.'

TEAM SCORES

1. California 286-298-298-882 (won on tiebreaker), 1. Arizona 289-288-305-882, 3. Stanford 295-296-294-885, 4. Washington 300-296-301-897, 5. San Francisco 299-303-301-903, 6. BYU 296-299-312-907, 7. New Mexico 310-291-307-908, 8. Oregon State 298-302-312-912, 9. Idaho 309-296-309-914, 10. UNLV 307-308-312-927, 11. Long Beach State 308-306-316-927, 12. Oregon 309-311-312-932, 13. Northern Arizona 307-316-313-936, 14. Washington State 317-314-324-955, 15. Idaho State 316-319-323-958, 16. Weber State 324-319-324-967, 17. Boise State 326-320-324-970, 17. Eastern Washington 325-315-330-970, 19. Portland State 321-331-332-984.

TOP INDIVIDUALS (par 72)

1. Lorena Ochoa, Arizona 72-67-67-206, 2. Anne Walker, California 73-73-69-215, 2. Kim Kouwabunpat, Stanford 67-72-76-215, 2. Sarah Huarte, California 71-71-73-215.

OREGON STATE SCORES

T10. Ashlei Pendleton 72-75-76-223, t21. Stacie Ferguson 73-76-78-227, 29. Laura Skinner 79-71-79-229, t57. Alex Lucio 78-80-79-237, t62. Marylyn Brand 75-81-83-239, t62. Kelly Ferris 78-80-81-239, t73. Kelly Kerkvliet 82-76-85-250.

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