Beavers Ready For Peg Barnard Collegiate

April 10, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

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TEEING OFF: Oregon State plays in the 36-hole Peg Barnard Collegiate Saturday, April 12 and Sunday, April 13 at the par-72, 6,168-yard Stanford Golf Course. Teams play 18 holes each day.

THE FIELD: A total of 12 teams make up this weekend's field. Joining Oregon State will be Stanford, Washington, Montana State, UC-Irvine, The Scottish Institute, Nevada, Long Beach State, San Jose State, Hawaii, San Francisco, and Washington State.

RECENT ACTION: OSU tied for 13th with Washington at the PING/ASU Invitational April 4-6. OSU's 919 was its third-best score of the year. Sophomore Alex Lucio led the Beavers with a career-best score of 228 to tie for 41st.

LAST YEAR: The Beavers tied for 11th at the 2002 Peg Barnard Collegiate with a score of 639. Stacie Ferguson shot 153 to tie for 21st, and Alex Lucio tied for 30th with a score of 155 while playing as an individual. Washington earned a six-stroke win over California with a 593.

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) (79.3/74/20 rds.) Alex had the best three-round score of her career with a 228 at the PING/ASU Invite... best finish of her career was her tie for 28th at the Bruin Classic... equaled her career-best of 74 at the OSU/Shanico and Spartan Invitational.

2. Stacie Ferguson (Sr., Tucson, Ariz.) (76.82/70/23 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... has played in 33 of the last 34 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 104 career rounds.

3. Ashlei Pendleton (Sr., Las Vegas, Nev.) (78.46/72/26 rds.) Best finish of the year was 14th at the Bay Area Classic... tied for 21st at the OSU Shanico... has battled a wrist injury much of the year.

4. Kelly Ferris (Jr., Albany, Ore.) (79.88/75/18 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.

5. Laura Skinner (Jr., Boise, Idaho) (79.07/71/26 rds.) Laura equaled her career-best in the second round of the OSU/Shanico, firing a 71... Laura has been a regular in the lineup since her freshman year, playing in 81 career rounds.

Individuals: Kelly Kerkvliet (So., Corvallis, Ore.) (83.8/80/5 rds) Kelly played in two tournaments this year.

Leah Whiting (Fr., Hilo, Haw.) (77.38/71/18 rds.) Whiting posted her best score at the OSU Shanico with a 5-over-par 221 to tie for fifth... has three finishes of 22nd or better.

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.

THE COACHES: Ris� Lakowske is in her 13th season at Oregon State - the longest tenure of any coach at OSU - and is the most successful women's golf coach in school history. Lakowske has taken the team to the NCAA West Regional eight of the last nine years, and was honored as the 1998 Far West District Coach of the Year. Lakowske is a former OSU student-athlete (1973-77).

Now in her second year, Angie Cates joined the OSU staff as the assistant coach for both the men's and women's programs in the fall of 2001. Cates came to OSU after playing professionally since 2000 on the Futures Tour and the Ladies Challenge Tour. The 1998 Washington State graduate worked three years as an associate producer for The Golf Channel before playing professionally. Cates was an Academic All-American at WSU, as well as an All-Pac-10 selection her senior year.

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