OSU Ninth On Windy First Day Of Pac-10s.

High winds posed problems for many of the teams at the women's Pac-10 Championships on Monday, including Oregon State, which is in ninth place after an opening round score of 320.

Teams play 18 holes Tuesday and Wednesday at the par-72 Walla Walla Country Club.

Ashlei Pendleton ably handled the blustery conditions, carding a 76 to put herself in a tie for 16th, just five shots out of the lead. Pendleton is among a group of nine golfers at 76.

Kelly Ferris continued her steady play this spring with a 78, and is tied for 30th while freshman Alex Lucio carded an 81 to tie for 42nd.

Two of OSU's top golfers, Stacie Ferguson and Laura Skinner, struggled with the conditions and carded 85s Monday to tie for 52nd. Marylyn Brand, playing as an individual, shot 84.

'You just never know from week-to-week or day-to-day,' 12th-year coach Rise Lakowske said. 'It looks like we can make up some ground though, we've just got to hang in there.

'It was very windy today, and I really think that the two who shot 85 just didn't handle it very well, they didn't really factor in how much the wind was going to effect their shot.

'Hopefully, tomorrow they will have learned a lot from today and can put that to use. We'll see what happens.'

The Beavers hold an 11-shot lead over Oregon and are one back of Washington State.

UCLA's Yvonne Choe and Mikaela Parmlid of USC are deadlocked atop the leaderboard with 1-under 71s, one shot in front of Arizona's Lorena Ochoa and Jimin Kang of Arizona State. In all, 22 players are within five shots of the leaders.

In the race for the team title, eighth-ranked Arizona leads by four shots over USC after a 293.

TEAM SCORES (PAR 288)

1. Arizona 293, 2. USC 297, 3. California 299, 4. Stanford 300, 5. UCLA 301, 6. Arizona State305, 7. Washington 309, 8. Washington State 319, 9. Oregon State 320, 10. Oregon 331.

TOP INDIVIDUALS (PAR 72)

1. Yvonne Choe, UCLA 71, 2. Mikaela Parmlid, USC 71, 3. Jimin Kang, Arizona State 72, 3. Lorena Ochoa, Arizona 72, 5. Christina Baena, Arizona 73, 5. Sarah Huarte, California 73, 5. Laura Myerscough, Arizona 73, 5. Kim Rowton, Stanford 73.

OREGON STATE SCORES

T16. Ashlei Pendleton 76, t30. Kelly Ferris 78, t40. Alex Lucio 81, t48. Marylyn Brand 84, t52. Stacie Ferguson 85, t52. Laura Skinner 85.

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