OSU Moves Up The Leaderboard At PING/ASU Invite

April 5, 2003

TEMPE, Ariz. - -

Oregon State's 304 in the second round of the PING/ASU Invitational moved the women's golf team up one spot to 11th place overall, as other teams slid back in the pack on Saturday at the par-72 Karsten Golf Course.

The Beavers now stand at 610, two shots ahead of No. 15 Tulsa and one back of Pacific-10 rival Stanford with 18 holes to play Sunday.

Alex Lucio and Ashlei Pendleton carded 75s to help OSU shake off its recent case of second round blues. In the three tournaments prior to the PING, OSU's worst team scores came in the second round. Saturday, OSU topped its first round score by two strokes.

'All in all, we played pretty well and improved our standing a little bit today,' OSU coach Rise Lakowske said. 'We had a good second round, which is good for us, because the second round has been a struggle lately.

'We're hitting it well and are playing consistently, so we feel good about tomorrow.'

Lucio and Pendleton are tied for 39th with scores of 8-over-par 152.

Pendleton's 75 is her best score in nine rounds. The senior recently changed to a new driver and putter, and has battled a wrist injury all year.

Stacie Ferguson and Laura Skinner remained consistent, each shooting 77 for the second day in a row, while Kelly Ferris signed for a 79 after a 75 on Friday. The trio is tied for 51st at 154.

Leah Whiting, playing as an individual in her first tournament of the spring, shot 164 after two rounds with an 84 Saturday.

After ending the first round tied with No. 17 Washington, OSU moved past the Huskies as well as San Jose State on a day when 10 of the 16 teams shot higher scores than on Friday. Golfers dealt with windy conditions that altered shots by up to three club lengths, according to Lakowske.

Ninth-ranked California leads a field in which half of the teams are ranked 17th or better in the country. The Golden Bears stand at 5-over 581 after a 293 on Saturday, and hold a four-shot lead over second-place and No. 4 Texas, the highest-ranked team in the tournament. UCLA slipped from first to third.

The Bruins' Charlotte Mayorkas, at 7-under 137, owns a three-shot lead over California' Sarah Huarte.

TEAM SCORES (PAR 288/576)

1. California 288-293-581; 2. Texas 285-300-585; 3. UCLA 282-304-586; 4. USC 296-296-592; 5. Arizona 295-300-594; 6. New Mexico State 302-299-601; 6. New Mexico 296-305-601; 8. TCU 297-306-603; 9. Arizona State 302-302-604; 10. Stanford 302-307-609; 11. Oregon State 306-304-610; 12. Tulsa 311-301-612; 13. San Jose State 302-312-614; 14. Washington 306-309-615; 15. Oregon 313-307-620; 16. Northern Arizona 320-324-644.

TOP INDIVIDUALS (PAR 72/144)

1. Charlotte Mayorkas, UCLA 66-71-137; 2. Sarah Huarte, California 70-70-140; 3. Louise Friberg, Washington 70-73-143; 3. Jessica Reese, Texas 68-75-143; 5. Vikki Laing, California 72-72-144.

OREGON STATE

T39. Alex Lucio 77-75-152; t39. Ashlei Pendleton 77-75-152; t51. Stacie Ferguson 77-77-154; t51. Laura Skinner 77-77-154; t51. Kelly Ferris 75-79-154. 84. Leah Whiting (individual) 80-84-164.

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