Women's Golf Jumps Into Ninth At Duck Invite After Season-Best 295

March 29, 2002

LEBANON, Ore. - -

Juniors Stacie Ferguson and Ashlei Pendleton each shot 70 in the final round of the Oregon Duck Invitational on Friday to lead the Beavers to a season-best 295 and a ninth-place finish overall at the par-72 Mallard Creek Golf Club.

The 295 was the lowest score of the day among the 15-team field, and gave the Beavers a total of 922 for the tournament while equaling the fourth-lowest one-round score in school history.

'We played very well today,' 12th-year OSU coach Rise Lakowske said. 'I'm very proud of how they hung in and stayed focused. We got past some teams that we needed to beat and we accomplished some of our goals. They know now that they can play a lot better than they had been.'

OSU jumped past Nevada, San Diego State, Colorado and Oregon in the final round, earning wins over programs fighting for berths in the NCAA Regional Championships in May.

It was a banner day for the Beavers, as three players set or equaled career best scores or finishes.

Ferguson equaled her career-best and Pendleton set a new career mark while battling a minor foot injury, and tied second-lowest score in school history in the process with their 70s on Friday.

Ferguson bounced back with two solid rounds of 74 and 70 after opening with an 81 on Thursday to tie for 13th overall with a 225. The Tucson, Ariz., native equaled the second-best finish of her career, and recorded her fourth top-20 overall.

Laura Skinner gave OSU its second top-20 finisher of the tournament, carding a 76 on Friday to secure the highest finish of her career with a tie for 16th. The sophomore from Boise, Idaho, shot 227 for the tournament.

Despite carding the 70, Pendleton finished tied for 32nd after being handicapped by opening rounds of 80 and 82 on Thursday.

Skinner and Ferguson became the first OSU tandem this year to finish in the top 20 at the same tournament.

'Stacie really stayed focused all day long,' Lakowske said. 'She birdied the last hole and only had one bogie. She hit the greens and fairways and made a lot of putts. She really could have been a lot lower, she was looking at birdie putts all day long.

'Ashlei started off okay today and then really kicked it into gear as the day went on. She didn't hit as many greens, but she was getting up and down, and when she didn't get up and down, she came back with a birdie.'

Sophomore Kelly Ferris closed with a 79 to tie for 51st with a 238, but was close to being much lower. Ferris has begun to hit fairways and greens much more consistently since adjusting her swing during the winter.

'She played very well from tee to green,' Lakowske said. 'Once she gets on top of her putting, her game will really take off.'

Kelly Kerkvliet, a freshman from Corvallis, carded an 85 Friday to finish with a 259 overall.

In the team competition, the field couldn't keep pace with Washington, as the Huskies sprinted away with the win thanks to a score of 882. Idaho was next at 903.

Washington State's Kim Welch earned the individual win by three shots over UW's Lindsay Morgan by firing a 2-under 70 in the final round.

The Beavers head to Tempe, Ariz., next weekend for the Ping/Arizona State Invitational April 5-7, where OSU will have a chance to carry over its momentum from Friday's final round.

'I'm glad we're playing again pretty soon,' Lakowske said. 'It'll be nice to hopefully carry this into the ASU tournament. 'They've been so close all year, they just needed to know they could do it.'

TEAM SCORES (PAR 864)

1. Washington 294-292-296-882, 2. Idaho 303-299-301-903, 3. San Jose State 305-297-296-908, 4. San Francisco 302-303-304-909, 5. Minnesota 311-300-303-914, 6. Washington State 305-308-305-918, 6. BYU 318-299-301-918, 8. Colorado State 309-305-305-919, 9. Oregon State 317-310-295-922, 10. San Diego State 312-311-305-928, 11. Oregon 312-312-307-931, 12. Colorado 319-303-311-933, 13. Nevada 314-302-318-934, 14. Boise State 318-322-325-965, 15. Montana State 332-338-340-1,010.

TOP INDIVIDUAL FINISHERS (PAR 72/216)

1. Kim Welch, Washington State 74-72-70-216, 2. Lindsay Morgan, Washington 74-72-73-219, 3. Susannah Laing, USF 73-70-77-220, 4. Louise Friberg, Washington 72-75-74-221, 4. Tai Kinney, Minnesota 78-73-70-221.

OREGON STATE INDIVIDUALS

T13. Stacie Ferguson 81-74-70-225, t16. Laura Skinner 77-74-76-227, t32. Ashlei Pendleton 80-82-70-232, t51. Kelly Ferris 79-80-79-238, t78. Kelly Kerkvliet 84-90-85-259, (individual) Alex Lucio 78-77-80-235.

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