Women's Golf Jumps Up To Ninth At Bruin Classic

March 26, 2003

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. - -

Senior Stacie Ferguson's final round 71 propelled the Oregon State women's golf team up six spots to ninth at the UCLA/Pioneer Classic, as the Beavers closed with a 301 Wednesday.

OSU tied with Pacific-10 rivals Stanford and Washington in the final standings, each scoring 944. With their 301, the Beavers lopped 29 strokes off Tuesday's second round score.

'This is a difficult golf course - you really have to manage your ball well and be smart,' OSU coach Rise Lakowske said of the par-72 Robinson Ranch Country Club. 'Today, we finally realized what we had to do off the tee on a very tight golf course. The greens were also very severe, and we figured that out today and had great speed.'

'This is good preparation not only for ASU next week and for Pac-10s, but if we get to the national championships, this course is very similar to the course at Purdue.'

Ferguson equaled the third-lowest round in school history a day after playing her 100th career round. She finished in a tie for 34th with a 235 after opening with two rounds of 82.

Alex Lucio led the team overall with a tie for 28th on the strength of a 76 in the final round to finish a stroke ahead of Ferguson. Though her 234 was not a personal best, her tie for 28th was.

Laura Skinner and Kelly Ferris shared a tie for 46th, each shooting 238. Ferris finished with a 76 and Skinner a 78 to knock six and five shots off their respective scores from the previous round.

Ashlei Pendleton lowered her scores each day while battling a wrist injury to shoot 251 and tie for 81st.

OSU beat several teams Lakowske felt it needed to beat in order to help secure a spot in the NCAA Regional Championships, including San Jose State, Washington State, BYU, San Francisco, and UC-Irvine.

OSU also beat Oregon to earn a point in the Civil War Series standings.

Pepperdine fired a tournament-best 289 to overtake USC by two strokes for the title. Pepperdine's Katherine Hull and Mikaela Parmlid of USC shared the team title at 3-over-par 219.

OSU's next action is Apr. 4-6 at the Arizona State/PING Invitational.

TEAM SCORES (PAR 288/864)

1. Pepperdine 304-305-289-898; 2. USC 304-300-296-900; 3. Texas Tech 315-305-297-917; 3. New Mexico 306-307-304-917; 5. California 296-315-307-918; 6. UCLA 'B' 300-320-306-926; 7. UCLA 310-315-307-932; 8. New Mexico State 320-306-308-934; 9. Stanford 310-322-312-944; 9. Oregon State 313-330-301-944; 9. Washington 313-318-313-944; 12. San Jose State 316-308-322-946; 13. Washington State 310-324-315-949; 13. BYU 321-316-312-949; 15. San Francisco 311-330-313-954; 16. UC-Irvine 330-316-325-971; 17. Oregon 324-329-320-973; 18. Long Beach State 323-333-319-975; 19. Portland State 331-327-335-993; 20. CS-Northridge 327-325-343-995.

TOP INDIVIDUALS (PAR 72/216)

1.Katherine Hull, Pepperdine 73-75-71-219; 1. Mikaela Parmlid, USC 71-76-72-219; 3. Lindsay Morgan, Washington 71-76-73-220; 4. Sheila Mendez, Texas Tech 75-76-70-221; 4. Irene Cho, USC 75-73-73-221.

OREGON STATE

T28. Alex Lucio 74-84-76-234; t34. Stacie Ferguson 82-82-71-235; t46. Laura Skinner 77-83-78-238; t46. Kelly Ferris 80-82-76-238; t81. Ashlei Pendleton 87-83-81-251.

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