Strong Final Round Not Enough To Move Beavs Out Of 13th At ASU Invitational

April 7, 2002

TEMPE, Ariz. - -

Despite recording what was its best round of the Arizona State/Ping nvitational, the Oregon State women's golf team couldn't move up from 13th place with a final-round 299 on Sunday and finished at 922.

Sophomore Laura Skinner led the way for OSU, carding a 75 Sunday to tie for 35th overall with a 226 at the par-72, 6,122-yard Karsten Golf Course.

In all, three players shot their best rounds of the tournament Sunday, including Kelly Ferris' career-best 74, Stacie Ferguson's 73, and Marylyn Brand's 78.

Ferris, who finished in a tie for 46th, also set a career mark with her three-round total of 229, topping her previous best by nine strokes among some of the tougher competition the Beavers have faced this year.

Ten of the 15 teams in the field were ranked among the nation's top 25. OSU topped No. 22 New Mexico State by nine strokes and defeated Oregon by five.

'We played very well today,' 12th-year head coach Rise Lakowske said of her young team, which included three sophomores and two juniors this week. 'We made a big improvement and finished very well for the second week in a row, which is encouraging. I'm proud of them.' OSU recorded a 295 in the final round of last week's Duck Invitational.

Two other encouraging signs came in the form of sophomore Brand's 78 and junior Stacie Ferguson's 73. Brand was playing in her first tournament of the spring and showed improvement over her first two rounds, while Ferguson knocked 11 strokes off her second round score to finish at 243, one shot behind Brand.

Junior Ashlei Pendleton carded a final-round 77 to tie for 49th with a 230.

'Stacie seemed to get her confidence back today,' Lakowske said of Ferguson's team-best 73. 'That should help us for Stanford (at the Peg Barnard Collegiate, April 13-14) next week, which is big in terms of us getting to Regionals. We'll be looking forward to that.'

Arizona's Lorena Ochoa earned a four-stroke win over Arizona State's Jimin Kang, shooting 9-under 207 for the tournament, while Tulsa captured the team championship with a six-stroke win over tournament host ASU.

TEAM SCORES (par 864)

1. Tulsa 294-291-286-871, 2. Arizona State 293-297-287-877, 3. Arizona 295-296-290-881, 4. UCLA 298-295-290-883, 5. California 294-303-293-890, 6. Stanford 292-310-291-893, 7. Texas 292-306-296-894, 8. USC 293-310-294-897, 9. TCU 304-299-295-898, 10. New Mexico 292-305-308-905, 11. Washington 305-305-297-907, 11. San Jose State 295-311-301-907, 13. Oregon State 307-316-299-922, 14. Oregon 314-316-297-927, 15. New Mexico State 310-315-306-931.

TOP INDIVIDUAL FINISHERS (par 72/288)

1. Lorena Ochoa, Arizona 68-71-68-207, 2. Jimin Kang, Arizona State 72-73-66-211, 3. Stacy Prammanasudh, Tulsa 70-69-73-212, 4. Vikki Laing, California 70-74-70-214, 5. Kim Rowton, Stanford 74-71-71-216.

OREGON STATE INDIVIDUALS

T35. Laura Skinner 73-78-75-226, t46. Kelly Ferris 77-78-74-229, t49. Ashlei Pendleton 75-78-77-230, t78. Marylyn Brand 82-82-78-242, t80. Stacie Ferguson 86-84-73-243.

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