Strong Field Awaits Oregon at Stanford Pepsi Intercollegiate

Oct. 16, 2002

EUGENE, Ore. - Oregon will be one of 10 Pac-10 teams that comprises the best field of the fall on the West Coast Friday through Sunday at the Stanford Pepsi Intercollegiate. Teams will play one round each day on the par 73, 5,903-yard Stanford Golf Course on the Cardinal's campus.

'Stanford is a tough course, but fair,' said Oregon head coach Shannon Rouillard. 'It's a course where you can play smart and grind it out, and I think we're bring a team down there that is capable of competing with a very tough field.

'We haven't played bad in our first two tournaments this season,' said Rouillard. 'We've just had to count a few too many mediocre scores. We've got a lot of young players learning to make improvements in their course management, which should cut down on the number of mediocre scores we have to count. The most important thing is that we're seeing improvement in each tournament.'

Therese Wenslow, the rookie from Sweden who has established a pair of UO freshman records in her first two tournaments, leads the Ducks against an 18-team field that includes national powers Georgia, Vanderbilt, Texas A&M, New Mexico and Texas Tech, in addition to all 10 Pac-10 schools. Wenslow set a UO freshman 18-hole record with a 69 in her first outing at Oregon State, and then set a UO freshman 54-hole record with a 219 last week at Washington's tournament in Tacoma.

She will be joined by fellow freshmen Erin Andrews of Las Vegas, Nev., and Michelle Timpani of Gig Harbor, Wash., and sophomores Johnna Nealy of Grants Pass, Ore., and Jaime Seefried of Spokane, Wash. This will be Seefried's first action of the season in the varsity five. She competed as an individual at OSU, where she tied for 78th at 245.

'This is another midterm for us, though it will be a very challenging one,' said Rouillard. 'Only one of our players has ever seen this course before, but I think the other four are talented enough to handle the challenges of playing a new golf course.'

Nealy is the only Duck on the trip with experience at Stanford. She tied for 76th there as a freshman, carding a 240. Oregon finished 16th as a team at last season's Stanford tournament. The Ducks' best showing in the Stanford Pepsi Intercollegiate is fourth in 1993. Oregon has not placed in the top 10 since then.

'Fall is a time to give a lot of different players a chance to play,' said Rouillard. 'It's an ongoing process of trying to figure out who your best five are going to be, so that hopefully you'll know where you stand by the time spring rolls around.'

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