Q&A With Senior Stacie Ferguson

May 2, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

As one of two seniors on the women's golf team, Stacie Ferguson has assumed a leadership role and helped the Beavers to the NCAA West Regional Championships for the ninth time in the last 10 years. Ferguson and the Beavers play May 8-10 at Arizona State's Karsten Golf Course.

Ferguson, from Tucson, Ariz., has played in 109 career rounds and 35 of OSU's last 36 tournaments. She leads the team in scoring average this year with a 77.14 mark, and three times in her career has shot the second-lowest score in OSU history - a 70. Ferguson has two top-10 finishes this year.

The following is a question-and-answer with the senior at a recent practice:

Q: HOW HAS YOUR ROLE CHANGED OVER YOUR FOUR YEARS HERE?

A: 'Coming in as a freshman, I pretty much just followed the seniors and watched what they did and tried to follow from that. Now, as a senior, hopefully the freshmen that are here now can look up to me. I try to be a leader and be there for everyone.'

Q: DO YOU LEAD BY EXAMPLE OR ARE YOU MORE VOCAL?

A: 'More by example.'

Q: WHAT KIND OF ADVICE DO YOU GIVE THE YOUNGER PLAYERS?

A: 'Just to be patient. They have four years here, so have the best time you can. Enjoy everyday of it, because it goes by fast.'

Q: WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS BEING YOUR LAST REGIONAL AS A SENIOR?

A: 'I have a lot of mixed emotions. I'm really sad that this could be my last tournament - hopefully, it won't. Hopefully, we'll go to Nationals. It's also exciting, because I'm going to go on to another part of my life and move on and go back to Arizona. I'm definitely sad that it's the end of the season.'

Q: WHAT PLANS DO YOU HAVE WHEN YOU MOVE BACK TO ARIZONA?

A: 'I'm going to hopefully get into retail.'

Q: (OSU COACH) RISE (LAKOWSKE) SAID YOU ENJOY SHOPPING.

A: 'I really enjoy it, and my major is Merchandising Management, so I really want to get into that.'

Q: WHAT AREA OF YOUR GAME HAS IMPROVED THE MOST SINCE YOU CAME TO OSU?

A: 'Definitely my short game. I came in really not knowing what I needed to work on. In high school, you just kind of go through the motions, but Rise teaches us drills and the important stuff that helps you score.'

Q: DO YOU HAVE ANY SUPERSTITIONS?

A: 'Not really.'

Q: YOU'VE PLAYED IN 109 CAREER ROUNDS. WHAT'S BEEN THE KEY TO YOUR DURABILITY?

A: 'I've been playing so long, since I was little, so you kind of get used to it. I just keep plugging along and following our workout plans.'

Q: DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE CLUB?

A: 'My favorite club would be my putter, for sure. I just switched to a different one, and I love it.'

Q: HOW DOES TRYSTING TREE RANK AMONG THE COURSES YOU'VE PLAYED?

A: 'It's a great, great course.'

Q: IF YOU COULD EAT ANYTHING IN THE WORLD, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

A: 'Mexican food. Taco salad. The girls always go get them.'

Q: FAVORITE MUSICAL GROUP?

A: 'I like both rap and country. I don't have one favorite group.'

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