Lucio, Ferguson Among Top 14 At Peg Barnard Collegiate

April 13, 2002

STANFORD, Calif. - -

Oregon State golfers Alexandra Lucio and Stacie Ferguson finished the opening round of Stanford's Peg Barnard Collegiate in the top 14 on Saturday, with 18 holes to play Sunday morning.

The Beavers shot 317 as a team and are tied with UNLV for 11th, three shots behind 10th-place San Diego State.

Lucio, a freshman who is playing as an individual and whose score will not count toward OSU's team total, carded a career-best 74 at the par-72, 6,168-yard Stanford Golf Course, and is among four golfers tied for 10th.

Lucio's career-best finish was a tie for 43rd at the Duck Invitational earlier this spring.

Ferguson is tied for 14th after opening with a 75. The junior from Tucson, Ariz., has a season best finish of 13th, and a career-best of eighth.

Kelly Ferris continued her solid play of late, firing a 77 to place herself in a tie for 27th, while fellow sophomore Marylyn Brand carded an 81.

Two of OSU's more consistent golfers, Ashlei Pendleton and Laura Skinner, shot 84 and 87, respectively, after poor starts.

'We've got to find out who our players are,' OSU coach Rise Lakowske said. 'It's too bad Alex wasn't playing for us today, her score would have helped us a bit.

'Ashlei and Laura got off to bad starts and just couldn't recover, and they need to learn how to do that. I think they will, they're very talented, but it's just a learning process. We'll play better tomorrow and come out of this weekend better as a team.'

No individuals among the field of 77 broke par Saturday, and only San Jose State's Marcela Leon and Washington State's Tasha Browner carded even-par 72s.

The course is being prepared to host the NCAA West Regional Championships in May, and as a result the rough is grown up a bit and is much thicker than normal. That, coupled with very dry and fast greens, was a likely cause for the higher scores on Saturday.

Nineteenth-ranked Washington, one of five top-25 squads competing this weekend, forged a three-shot lead over No. 14 USC by opening with a 9-over-par 297.

TEAM SCORES (PAR 72/288)

1. Washington 297, 2. USC 300, 3. Washington State 301, 4. California 303, 4. San Jose State 303, 6. Stanford 306, 7. UCLA 307, 7. Nevada 307, 9. Arizona State 309, 10. San Diego State 314, 11. Oregon State 317, 11. UNLV 317, 13. Long Beach State 322, 14. Santa Clara 363.

TOP INDIVIDUALS

1. Marcela Leon, San Jose State 37-35-72, 1. Tasha Browner, Washington State 38-34-72, 3. Mikaela Parmlid, USC 36-37-73, 3. Kim Rowton, Stanford 37-36-73, 3. Kim Welch, Washington State 36-37-73, 3. Hwanhee Lee, UNLV 37-36-73, 3. Helle Gram, San Jose State 36-37-73, 3. Louise Friberg, Washington 39-34-73, 3. Jessica Belskis (individual), Stanford 36-37-73.

OREGON STATE SCORES

T10. Alex Lucio (individual) 37-37-74, t13. Stacie Ferguson 38-37-75, t27. Kelly Ferris 42-35-77, t56. Marylyn Brand 40-41-81, t65. Ashlei Pendleton 44-40-84, 71. Laura Skinner 42-45-87.

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