Beavers Tie For Second At OSU/Shanico Invitational As Cal Defends Its Title

Sept. 17, 2002


Stacie Ferguson and Leah Whiting led the Oregon State women's golf team to its best finish in nearly four years, as the Beavers tied for second at the OSU/Shanico Invitational with a score of 893 at a soggy par-72 Trysting Tree Golf Club.

Ferguson had the best finish of her career, finishing tied for third after a final-round 70 propelled her up the leaderboard and gave her a three-round total of 220 - also a career best. The Tucson, Ariz., native began the day tied for 20th.

'Stacie played a very solid round today,' OSU coach Rise Lakowske said. 'Every time she missed a green, she got it up and down on the hole after that. She was striking the ball very well - she may have missed a shot every once in a while, but she didn't let it phase her.

'That's the key to having a good round. You're not going to hit every green, but she's been working very hard on staying consistent, and it's paying off.'

Joining Ferguson among the top five was Leah Whiting, a freshman from Hilo, Haw., who made her first collegiate start.

Whiting carded a 75 on Tuesday to give her a 221 for the tournament and put her in a three-way tie for fifth. The 221 equals the fifth-best score in school history.

'That's impressive, to be able to come in and do what she did in her first tournament,' Lakowske said of Whiting. 'We knew she was a good player, and a very good junior player in Hawaii. She carries herself very well on the course, and has a great attitude and a big heart.

'Leah's a player that doesn't let a bad hole affect her. She just carries on and keeps scoring.'

Oregon State's second-place finish was the best since the Beavers took second in November, 1998 at the Rainbow Wahine Classic. OSU also won two tournaments that season.

The 1998 Wahine was also the last time OSU had two individuals in the top five; Kathleen Takaishi placed second and Andrea Hehn tied for third.

The teams faced Tuesday's final round in a persistent rain, but the Beavers got solid performances from Ashlei Pendleton, Laura Skinner, and Alex Lucio, who carded a 74 on Tuesday, equaling her career-best and giving her a 232 for the tournament.

Pendleton started her season with a tie for 21st, shooting 228, while Skinner totaled a 230 to tie for 26th. Skinner also equaled her career-best 18 hole score on Monday, firing a second-round 71.

'I'm very proud of them,' Lakowske said. 'They had some very consistent scores in the rain, which isn't that easy to do. Most of them haven't played in the rain in seven or eight months, but they didn't let it bother them.'

Ferguson's efforts produced several results of note. The senior recorded her second career top-10 finish, bettering her eighth-place effort at the 2001 Dr. Thompson Invitational. She also recorded her third career round of 70, which is the second-lowest score in OSU history. Ferguson now has recorded one of OSU's top three scores four times in her career.

Of OSU's five individual competitors, Alex Lee led the way with a 239 to tie for 60th.

In the team competition, California maintained its nine-stroke second-round lead and held off UCLA and OSU to claim the OSU/Shanico Invitational title for the third year in a row with an 884. The Beavers and Bruins, which shot 893, built an 18-stroke cushion over fourth-place Oregon.

Individually, Idaho's Nicole Keller increased her two-stroke second-round lead to win by four with a 2-under 214, topping Cal's Vikki Laing.

The Beavers hit the links next at the Mason Rudolph Championship, hosted by Vanderbilt Sept. 23-24.

Fin.  	Top 20 Teams             	Scores1   	California, U. of        	297  288  299    8842   	UCLA                     	291  296  306    893    	Oregon State U.          	298  298  297    8934   	Oregon, U. of            	308  300  303    9115   	Colorado, U. of          	301  297  318    9166   	San Jose State Univ      	302  305  310    9177   	San Francisco, U. of     	313  297  308    9188   	UC - Irvine              	303  312  311    9269   	Brigham Young Univ.     309  309  309    92710   	Washington State U.      	307  311  315    93311   	Portland State Univ.     	310  311  314    935	Idaho, University of     	313  310  312    93513   	Weber State Univ.        	317  308  316    94114   	Long Beach State         	319  303  320    94215   	Boise State Univ.        	306  314  325    94516   	Eastern Washington U     321  309  317    94717   	Charleston, Coll. of     	308  310  334    95218   	Hawaii, Univ. of         	315  323  336    974

TOP INDIVIDUAL FINISHERS (PAR 72, 216)1. Nicole Keller, Idaho 70-71-73-214; 2. Vikki Laing, Cal 70-73-75-218; 3. Sarah Huarte, Cal 74-74-72-220; 3. Stacie Ferguson, Oregon State 74-76-70-220; 5. Leah Whiting, Oregon State 73-73-75-221; 5. Allison Rella, Colorado 74-72-75-221; 5. Therese Winslow, Oregon 79-69-73-221.

OREGON STATE FINISHERST3. Stacie Ferguson 74-76-70-220; t5. Leah Whiting 73-73-75-221; t21. Ashlei Pendleton 72-78-78-228; t26. Laura Skinner 80-71-79-230; t37. Alex Lucio 79-79-74-232.

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