OSU Women's Golf Locks Down Eleventh At Stanford Invitational

Oct. 20, 2002

STANFORD, Calif. - The Oregon State women's golf team finished the Stanford Pepsi Invitational in 11th-place Sunday at the par-72 Stanford Golf Course with a 935. Oregon State hit the links against some of the top teams in the nation, six of whom were ranked in the top-25.

The Beavers just missed their third top-10 finish this fall, trailing 10th-place New Mexico State by six strokes.

Facing a long course with difficult pin placements, the Beavers struggled to make shots when they needed to and suffered from three-putt situations.

'The Stanford course is the longest course we will play all year,' coach Rise Lakowske said. 'When we play a course this long it puts extra pressure on our short game, and that is where we struggled this tournament.'

Ashlei Pendleton, a senior from Las Vegas, Nev., led the Beavers with her second tie for 33rd this season. Pendleton, who is one of the best long ball hitters on the team, closed out the tournament with a 230, which is her second lowest score of the fall.

Stacie Ferguson and Laura Skinner both fired 234 and moved up four and seven spots, respectively, finishing tied for 49th. Skinner fired the low round of the day with a 77, giving her a 234 to match Ferguson.

'Stacie played solid for us again today, but just wasn't able to put any birdies together,' Lakowske said of Ferguson's 78.

Leah Whiting, a freshman from Hilo, Haw., fired a 238 with a 79 on Sunday; Kelly Ferris closed out the scoring for OSU with a 247.

'Leah just had an off couple of days,' Lakowske said. 'I am confident that she will be back and playing more like herself by the next competition.'

The Stanford Invitational featured nine teams from the Pac-10 conference, a conference that is known for its solid competition.

'When we compete against teams in our conference, we aren't just competing against the teams to beat in the conference, but the teams to beat in the nation,' Lakowske said.

Medalist Honors went to Arizona's Erica Blasberg, who carded a 3-under-par 69 for the second day in a row, giving her a five-under 211 for the tournament.

In the team competition, No.24 California closed out with an 885, two shots ahead of No. 2 Vanderbilt's 887.

The Beavers close out the fall season Nov. 4-5 at the College of Charleston Invitational in Charleston, SC.

TEAM SCORES (PAR 288/864)1.California 296-295-294--885; 2. Vanderbilt 302-293-292--887; 3. Washington 295-294-301--890; 4. New Mexico 307-294-295-896; 5. Arizona 307-301-292-900; 6. UCLA 293-303-305--901; 7. Georgia 303-296-304--903; 8. Tulsa 310-300-301--911; 9. Stanford 303-310-301--914; 10. New Mexico State 321-306-301--928 11. Oregon State 308-313-314--935; 12. Arizona State 325-300-314--939 13. Texas Tech University 323-309-321--953; 13. Texas A&M 327-304-322--953; 15. Washington State 319-315-322--956; 16. San Jose State 314-316-329--959; 17. Oregon 319-321-323--963.

LOW INDIVIDUALS (PAR 72/216)1.Erica Blasberg, Arizona 73-69-69--211; 2. Alena Sharp, New Mexico State 71-72-73-216; 3. Vikki Lang, California 71-72-76-219; Six players tied for fourth with a 220.

OREGON STATE SCOREST33. Ashlei Pendleton 74-76-80--230; T49. Stacie Ferguson 80-76-78--234; T49. Laura Skinner 79-78-77--234; T62. Leah Whiting 75-84-79-238; T81. Kelly Ferris 83-83-81--247.

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