Duck Golfers Head to Stanford
Oct. 16, 2001
WHAT'S ON TAP: One of the best fields of the fall awaits the Ducks at the Stanford/Pepsi Invitational, which will be played Friday, Oct. 19 through Sunday, Oct. 21 at the par-72, 6,154-yard Stanford Golf Course. Teams will play 18 holes each day at the course that will host the 2002 NCAA West Regional.
THE FIELD: Teams from the West and Southwest are prominent among the 17-team field. Seven of the nation's top 20 teams will be at the tournament, including No. 3 Tulsa, No. 6 Vanderbilt, No. 7 New Mexico, No. 10 Arizona State, No. 15 Pepperdine, No. 18 New Mexico State and No. 19 USC. The rest of the field is California, Oregon, Oregon State, San Jose State, host Stanford, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UCLA, Washington and Washington 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: The Ducks send the same lineup to Stanford as they did to the Oct. 8-10 OSU/Shanico Invitational, where they finished 12th. Duck newcomers Kim Melrose, Johnna Nealy and Jessica Carlyon occupy three of the five spots. Kathy Cho is the lone senior on the squad and inherited 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 STANFORD/PEPSI INVITATIONAL: 'This is definitely going to be a good challenge for us. The course will challenge us mentally and physically. It's a more target-oriented golf course. People who play smart golf will score well. We'll be looking to make improvements and continue what we started at Oregon State. It's also the site where the West Regional will be played, so it's a good opportunity to get the experience of playing this golf course.'
OSU/SHANICO INVITATIONAL RECAP: Oregon shot three rounds near 310 and finished in the middle of the pack -- 12th at the OSU/Shanico Invitational, which was played through rain showers Oct. 8-10 at the 6,072-yard, par-72 Trysting Tree Golf Course. Kathy Cho was the Ducks' high finisher, tying for 21st at 227. It was the highest finish for the senior from Honolulu, Hawaii, since tying for 19th at last year's Hawaii Fall Golf Classic. Freshman Johnna Nealy was the only other Duck in the top 50, finishing the tournament tied for 37th at 231. California and Arizona tied for the team title at 882 at the end of 54 holes and the Golden Bears were declared the winner based on having a better fifth-player score in round three than the Wildcats. Oregon had rounds of 309-311-312 for a 932 total.
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).
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).