Pendleton Leads Beavers With A Tie For 21st

April 26, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

Oregon State's women's golf team finished ninth at the Pacific-10 Conference Championships on Saturday, while No. 8 California won its first conference title in the eighth year of its program.

California senior Vikki Laing captured the individual title by shooting an even-par 216 at the par-72 Trysting Tree Golf Club.

OSU senior Ashlei Pendleton paced the Beavers with her tie for 21st by shooting 231.

After a final-round 314, the Beavers finished five shots ahead of Oregon with a 938, and nine shots back of eighth-place Washington.

For the third day in a row, weather was a factor, as cold, rainy, and windy conditions prevailed.

California, which led the tournament after all three rounds, held as much as a seven-stroke lead Saturday. Arizona whittled the lead to two strokes midway through the round, but the Wildcats came up short in their bid to become the first team to win seven Pac-10 titles.

Playing in the final group, Laing and USC's Mikaela Parmlid began the day tied for second at 1-under, and moved into the lead when second-round leader Blair O'Neal, of Arizona State, slid down the leaderboard, where she would finish fourth.

Arizona's Erica Blasberg, the highest-ranked player at the tournament at No. 2, was third at 219.

A birdie on the 13th hole gave Laing a short-lived lead, until Parmlid caught her with a birdie on 14. Parmlid then bogeyed 15 to fall one shot back.

Laing fell back into a tie with a bogie on 16, but another bogie by Parmlid on 18 opened the door for Laing to win with her par on the final hole.

Also of note was the final round of Washington State's Kim Welch, who was the only player to break par on Saturday with a 70. She birdied four of her last five holes.

Pendleton finished with birdies on two of her final five holes, and carded a 76 for the second day in a row. Her tie for 21st was Pendleton's best Pac-10 finish.

Fellow senior Stacie Ferguson tied for 33rd, sandwiching rounds of 81 around a 73 on Friday to finish at 235.

Freshman Leah Whiting closed with her best round of the tournament, a 77, and tied for 30th.Albany, Ore., native Kelly Ferris tied for 40th at 238, and Laura Skinner closed with an 83 to finish 44th while playing as an individual.

Alex Lucio tied for 52nd at 245.

The Beavers now await word on their postseason fate. If it qualifies, OSU will likely play in the NCAA West Regional May 8-10 at ASU's Karsten Golf Course.

TEAM SCORES (PAR 288/864)

1. California 292-299-301-892; 2. Arizona 299-297-301-897; 3. UCLA 298-300-304-902; 4. USC 297-302-304-903; 5. Arizona State 301-304-310-915; 6. Stanford 307-311-302-920; 7. Washington State 312-309-303-924; 8. Washington 300-314-315-929; 9. Oregon State 317-307-314-938; 10. Oregon 316-312-315-943.

TOP INDIVIDUALS (PAR 72/216)

1. Vikki Laing, California 71-72-73-216; 2. Mikaela Parmlid, USC 70-73-74-217; 3. Erica Blasberg, Arizona 72-74-73-219; 4. Blair O'Neal, Arizona State 73-69-78-220; 5. Sarah Huarte, California 70-74-77-221; 5. Hana Kim, UCLA 74-74-73-221.

OREGON STATE

T21. Ashlei Pendleton 79-76-76-231; t30. Leah Whiting 79-78-77-234; t33. Stacie Ferguson 81-73-81-235; t40. Kelly Ferris 78-80-80-238; 44. Laura Skinner 79-77-83-239; t52. Alex Lucio 81-80-84-245.

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