Women's Golf Signs Two To Letters Of Intent

Nov. 14, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

Jill Ferrante and Lindsay Eide have signed national letters of intent to play golf for Oregon State University, beginning the in 2003-04 season, OSU head coach Rise Lakowske announced Thursday.

Ferrante, from Battle Ground, Wash., finished third at the Oregon Golf Association Junior Stroke Play Championships last summer to qualify for the Girls Junior America's Cup in Boise, Idaho, last August.

A two-time first-team all-district and district Player of the Year at Battle Ground High School, Ferrante won the 4A district championship in 2001 and 2002.

Ferrante also won four national tournaments on the IJGT Tour, and, though living in Washington, also competed in some Oregon Junior Golf events.

'I think Jill will contribute much like the freshmen we have this year in that she can come in and have an impact right away in her first year,' Lakowske said.

'Jill hits the ball out there with a lot of the big-hitters - she can hit it 260-plus off the tee. She definitely has enough experience that she's ready for Division I golf. We're excited to have Jill - she's a good player and a good student.'

Eide, from Bend High School in Bend, Ore., comes to Oregon State a seasoned tournament golfer as well.

In July, Eide was one of 144 players from around the world to compete in the Junior World Golf Championships in San Diego at Torrey Pines Golf Course.

Eide finished second at the OGA Junior World Qualifier, and edged out Ferrante by finishing second at the OGA Junior Stroke Play Championships over the summer. Like Ferrante, that finish qualified her for the Girls Junior America's Cup matches; Eide was one of four girls from Oregon to qualify.

Eide also reached the semifinals in the Oregon Junior Championships last summer, and finished fifth in the high school state championships last year.

'Lindsay has shot scores in the 60s before, and I think she can come in and contribute with some rounds under par next year,' Lakowske said. 'Both recruits have had that kind of success and can shoot low numbers.'

'I think the most important thing is that we have two good players that are from the Northwest, and they have both played in the Oregon junior system,' Lakowske said. 'That starts to give people some reasons to stay at home and go to school in the Northwest.'

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