Skinner Paces Beavs At PING/ASU Tourney

April 5, 2002

TEMPE, Ariz. - -

Oregon State sophomore Laura Skinner opened the PING/Arizona State Invitational with a 1-over-par 73 on Friday to tie for 17th after one round, while the Beavers finished the day in 13th with a score of 307.

Skinner capitalized on her birdie opportunities on the front nine, going out in 1-under 35 and finishing with a 38 at the par-72, 6,122-yard Karsten Golf Course. Karsten is a similar links-style layout to that of Trysting Tree Golf Club, which serves as OSU's home course.

Skinner, from Boise, Idaho, is one of nine players at 73, and is one shot out of the top 10, as 10 individuals are knotted in a tie for seventh with 72s. Arizona's Lorena Ochoa, the nation's top-ranked golfer, grabbed the first-round lead with a 68.

As a team, OSU is three shots back of 11th-place TCU, and trails No. 16-ranked Washington by two shots. The Beavers hold a three-shot margin over No. 22 New Mexico State and lead Oregon by seven. Of the 15 teams competing this weekend, 10 are ranked among the nation's top 25 and several are among OSU's competitors for a spot in the NCAA Regional Championships.

OSU also got a solid performance from junior Ashlei Pendleton, who carded a 75 and is among a group of five players tied for 40th.

Sophomore Kelly Ferris opened the day with one of the lowest nine-hole scores of her career, shooting 35 on her first nine en route to a season-best 77, which was just one-shot off her career mark and placed her in a tie for 52nd.

Ferris, who has re-tooled her swing over the last few months, capitalized on her solid putting, which has been a strength throughout her career.

Fellow sophomore Marylyn Brand, who rejoined the team two weeks ago upon her return from her hometown in Yorkshire, England, worked off the rust and carded an 82 in her first round of the spring.

Junior Stacie Ferguson, who tied for 13th at last week's Oregon Duck Invitational, shot an 86 on Friday.

Three teams stand tied atop the leaderboard, as Texas, New Mexico, and Stanford forged a one-shot lead over Arizona State and USC with scores of 292. In all, three shots separate the top nine teams.

The tournament continues with 18 holes Saturday and Sunday.


1. Texas 292, 1. New Mexico 292, 1. Stanford 292, 4. Arizona State 293, 4. USC 293, 6. Tulsa 294, 6. California 294, 8. San Jose State 295, 8. Arizona 295, 10. UCLA 298, 11. TCU 304, 12. Washington 305, 13. Oregon State 307, 14. New Mexico State 310, 15. Oregon 314.


1. Lorena Ochoa, Arizona 34-34-68, 2. Stacy Prammanasudh, Tulsa 35-35-70, 2. Kailin Downs, New Mexico 35-35-70, 2. Vikki Laing, California 33-37-70, 2. Bianca Clark, Washington (individual) 33-37-70, 6. Becky Lucidi, USC 33-38-71.


T17. Laura Skinner 35-38-73, t40. Ashlei Pendleton 38-37-75, t52. Kelly Ferris 35-42-77, t79. Marylyn Brand 38-44-82, t84. Stacie Ferguson 41-45-86.

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