Lucio Leads Beavers At Pioneer Classic

March 24, 2003

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. - -

Sophomore Alex Lucio equaled a career-low with a 74 in Monday's opening round of the UCLA/Pioneer Classic to lead the Beavers to a tie for 10th in the 20-team field.

Lucio is among six golfers tied for eighth, three shots off the pace of leaders Mikaela Parmlid of USC and Washington's Lindsay Morgan. The native of Bogota, Colombia, equaled her career-best for the second time this year with a steady 37-37-74.

OSU and No. 12 Washington are tied after shooting 313 on Monday at the par-72 Robinson Ranch Country Club. OSU and UW are 17 shots back of leader and No. 9 California in a field that features six of the nation's top 25 programs.

Teams are scheduled to play 18 holes Tuesday and Wednesday.

'The course was playing very difficult today,' OSU coach Rise Lakowske said, noting that scores were high among the teams as a whole. 'It's a matter of learning the golf course in terms of where to put the ball off the tee. The pin placements were very tough today as well, but everybody has to play the course.'

Laura Skinner's 77 put her in a tie for 27th, while Kelly Ferris and Stacie Ferguson shot 80 and 82, respectively. Ashlei Pendleton carded an 87.

TEAM SCORES (PAR 72/288)

1. California 296; 2. UCLA 'B' 300; 3. Pepperdine 304; 3. USC 304; 5. New Mexico 306; 6.Stanford 310; 6. Washington State 310; 6. UCLA 310; 9. San Francisco 311; 10. Oregon State313; 10. Washington 313; 12. Texas Tech 315; 13. San Jose State 316; 15. New Mexico State 320; 16. Long Beach State 323; 17. Oregon 324; 18. CS-Northridge 327; 19. UC-Irvine 330; 20. Portland State 331.

TOP INDIVIDUALS

1. Mikaela Parmlid, USC 34-37-71; 1. Lindsay Morgan, Washington 35-36-71; 3. Sarah Huarte, California 35-37-72; 4. Katherine Hull, Pepperdine 37-36-73; 4. Kailin Downs, New Mexico 36-37-73; 4. Hana Kim, UCLA 'B' 39-34-73; 4. Joan M. Shimozaki, USF 37-36-73.

OREGON STATE SCORES

T8. Alex Lucio 37-37-74; t27. Laura Skinner 38-39-77; t52. Kelly Ferris 41-39-80; t66. Stacie Ferguson 41-41-82; 89. Ashlei Pendleton 46-41-87.

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