Beavers Part Of Tough Field At PING/ASU Tourney

April 2, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

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TEEING OFF: The Oregon State women's golf team plays in the PING/ASU Invitational Apr. 4-6 at Karsten Golf Course on the campus of Arizona State University. Teams play 18 holes each day for a total of 54, with the top four scores from each five-member team counting toward the team's total each day. Tee times begin at 7 a.m. PST Friday and Saturday, and 6:30 Sunday.

THE COURSE: Karsten Golf Course, the layout of which is very similar to OSU's own Trysting Tree Golf Club, plays to 6,183 yards and has a par of 72.

THE FIELD: The field at the PING will be one of the toughest OSU has faced to date. Of the 16 teams, eight are ranked 17th or higher in the Golfweek rankings, including four of the top 10, and all but three are among the top 50. Here's a look, with rankings in parentheses: Arizona State (29, host), Arizona (6), California (9), New Mexico (11), New Mexico State (26), Northern Arizona (84), Oregon (78), Oregon State (46), San Jose State (54), Stanford (27), Texas (4), TCU (32), Tulsa (15), UCLA (16), USC (5), and Washington (17).

BEAVERS IN THE RANKINGS: The Beavers enter the week ranked 46th in the Golfweek rankings. Overall, OSU has a 52-58-3 record, with the following breakdown: vs. top 25, 0-32-2; vs. top 50, 8-50-3; vs. top 100, 37-58-3.

RECENT ACTION: After posting its worst round of the year and dropping to 15th in the second round of the Bruin Classic, OSU roared back on the final day with a 301 at the challenging Robinson Ranch Country Club to tie Stanford and Washington for ninth. Stacie Ferguson's final round 71 boosted OSU, while Kelly Ferris, Alex Lucio, and Laura Skinner all scored 78 or better on the final day and finished no worse than a tie for 46th. With the exception of a second-round 84, Lucio played a consistent tournament, shooting 74 and 76 in the first and final rounds to lead the way with a career best tie for 28th.

LAST YEAR: OSU fired a 299 in the final round at ASU, but still finished 13th in the field of 15. Laura Skinner's tie for 35th led the Beavs, as her 226 was the lowest of her spring season.

TOP-10 LIST: The Beavers have already nailed down five top-10 finishes this year after only two last year. OSU's best finish was second at its own Shanico Invitational last fall.

HOW LOW CAN YOU GO?: After eight tournaments, OSU individuals have posted six rounds of 72 or better. Last year, OSU recorded five.

HOME OF THE PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS: Oregon State will host the 2003 Pac-10 Championships at Trysting Tree Golf Club Apr. 24-26. OSU has hosted the championships once before in 1995 when the Beavers placed eighth overall. Trysting Tree was the site of the men's Pac-10 Championships last year, and hosted the men's and women's NCAA Regional Championships in 2001.

THE LINEUP:1. Alex Lucio (So., Bogota, Colombia) (79.88/74/17 rds.) Alex is coming off the best finish of her career with her tie for 28th at the Bruin Classic, where she shot 234... equaled her career-best of 74 at the OSU/Shanico... very strong in the final round of tournaments, averaging nearly three strokes less than her overall average.

2. Stacie Ferguson (Sr., Tucson, Ariz.) (76.80/70/20 rds.) Stacie opened her season by tallying the best finish of her career at the OSU/Shanico, finishing tied for third with a 220... final-round 70 at the Shanico was the third 70 of her career and equaled the second-best round in OSU history... her 220 equaled the fourth-lowest three-round total in OSU history... leads the team in scoring average... tallied her second top-10 of the year and third of her career with a tie for ninth at the Bay Area Classic... has played in 32 of the last 33 tournaments, dating back to her freshman year; she missed the Charleston Invitational last fall when she became ill just before the team departed... one of two seniors, she has played in 101 career rounds... most recently, Stacie carded a 71 at the Bruin Classic to move up to a tie for 34th with a 235.

3. Laura Skinner (Jr., Boise, Idaho) (79.26/71/23 rds.) Laura equaled her career-best in the second round of the OSU Invitational, firing a 71 en route to a tie for 26th with a 230... leads the team with 23 rounds played... most recently, tied for 46th at the Spartan Invitational with a 235... Laura has been a regular in the lineup since her freshman year, playing in 75 career rounds.

4. Kelly Ferris (Jr., Albany, Ore.) (80.46/75/15 rds.) Kelly turned in her best performance as a Beaver at the Spartan Invitational, finishing tied for 28th... her 228 was also a career best... most recently, tied for 46th at the Bruin Classic... has shown dramatic improvement from the fall season.

5. Ashlei Pendleton (Sr., Las Vegas, Nev.) (78.60/72/23 rds.) Best finish of the year was 14th at the Bay Area Classic... tied for 21st at the OSU Shanico... finished 33rd or better in five of eight tournaments... one of two seniors on the team... most recently, finished 81st at the Bruin Classic... has battled a wrist injury for much of the year... recently changed both her driver and putter.

HEAD COACH RISE LAKOWSKE ON THE TEAM: 'That's definitely a positive sign that we've been able to finish well in the last few tournaments. I'd like to get rid of the one bad round we've had each time, but they have played well in the first and last rounds.

'They all know ASU's course pretty well, with the exception of Alex Lucio, so they're comfortable playing there. If we continue playing well and make it to regionals, this is where we'll play, so we're looking forward to seeing the course.'

THE CIVIL WAR PRESENTED BY NORTHWEST DODGE DEALERS: Oregon State beat Oregon in the two official Civil War matchups this year, earning two points toward the final series tally for all sports in which the schools compete head-to-head in 2002-03. The Beavers topped Oregon 944-973 at the Bruin Classic Mar. 24-26, and also at the OSU Shanico Invitational Sept. 16-17 by a score of 893-911.

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