Ferguson Leads Beavers In Second Round Of Pac-10 Championships

April 25, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

The Oregon State women's golf team climbed to ninth after shooting a 307 in the second round of the Pacific-10 Conference Women's Golf Championships on Friday, while No. 8 California extended its lead to five strokes with 18 holes to play Saturday.

OSU - at 624 - pulled ahead of Oregon by four shots, and trails eighth-place Washington State by three and Stanford by six.

Stacie Ferguson, a senior, led the Beavers with a 73 to jump into a tie for 24th at 10-over-par 154, putting herself in a good position for a third-round charge. Over the last two years, Ferguson has averaged roughly two strokes less in the final round than her overall average.

At one point in the second round, California built its lead to 11 strokes over No. 6 Arizona, but the Wildcats and No. 5 USC closed strong at the par-72 Trysting Tree Golf Club to narrow the gap to five and tie for second. California stands at 15-over 591.

In the individual medalist race, Arizona State's Blair O'Neal carded a 69 to move up from eighth place and capture the lead by day's end. O'Neal's 69 is the lowest score of the tournament; she stands at 2-under-par 142 overall.

California's Vikki Laing and USC's Mikaela Parmlid lurk one shot back of O'Neal, while Thursday's leader Sarah Huarte of California fell to even par with a 74 Friday.

California is looking for its first ever Pac-10 championship, while Arizona seeks to become the all-time conference leader with its seventh Pac-10 title.

Of the five teams in the second half of the leaderboard, OSU's 307 was the lowest of the day.

OSU's Ashlei Pendleton used a 76 to move into 29th, at 155, while Leah Whiting's 78 put her in a tie for 39th.

Kelly Ferris and Alex Lucio round out OSU's scoring at 158 and 161, respectively, to tie for 41st and 46th.

Playing as an individual, Laura Skinner moved up to a tie for 30th thanks to a 77 Friday.

TEAM SCORES (PAR 288/576)

1. California 292-299-591; 2. Arizona 299-297-596; 2. USC 294-302-596; 4. UCLA 298-300-598; 5. Arizona State 301-304-605; 6. Washington 300-314-614; 7. Stanford 307-311-618; 8. Washington State 312-309-621; 9. Oregon State 317-307-624; 10. Oregon 316-312-628.

TOP INDIVIDUALS (PAR 72/144)

1. Blair O'Neal, Arizona State 73-69-142; 2. Vikki Laing, California 71-72-143; 2. Mikaela Parmlid, USC 70-73-143; 4. Sarah Huarte, California 70-74-144; 5. Erica Blasberg, Arizona 72-74-146; 5. Anne Lee, Arizona 75-71-146.

OREGON STATE

T24. Stacie Ferguson 81-73-154; 29. Ashlei Pendleton 79-76-155; t30. Laura Skinner (individual) 79-77-156; t39. Leah Whiting 79-78-157; t41. Kelly Ferris 78-80-158; t46. Alex Lucio 81-80-161.

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