Women's Golf Tied For 10th At NCAA West Regional Championships

May 8, 2003

TEMPE, Ariz. - -

Kelly Ferris and Stacie Ferguson fired 73s on Thursday to lead the Oregon State women's golf team to a tie for 10th after one round of the NCAA West Regional Championships.

The top eight finishers at Arizona State's Karsten Golf Course qualify for the NCAA Championships, hosted by Purdue University May 20-23.

The Beavers are three shots out of eighth place, which is occupied by Ohio State. OSU shot a 14-over-par 302 at the par-72 track, and is tied with San Francisco. OSU is one shot behind Stanford and five back of fifth-place Washington State with 18 holes to play Friday and Saturday.

'We played pretty solid today, but we counted a double and triple bogie on No. 16,' head coach Rise Lakowske said. 'This was a good start for us though. We probably need to be under 300 on average for the tournament to move on.

'The players feel good about it. They'll take this and learn from it and play golf tomorrow.'

Fourth-ranked USC shot out to a nine-shot lead over No. 3 Oklahoma State with a 9-under 279. The Trojans were led by Mikaela Parmlid, who forged a tie for the lead with UNLV's Sunny Oh at 5-under 67.

For the Beavers, Ferris' 73 was a career-low, and featured four birdies, including one on the final hole. Ironically, Ferris' previous low round of 74 came at Karsten during her sophomore season in the PING/ASU Invitational. Ferris is from Albany, Ore.

Both Ferris and Ferguson are tied for 19th among the 108-player, 21-team field.

'Kelly recently made an adjustment with her clubs, which has given her more length and confidence,' Lakowske said. 'She's always been a good putter, so it makes sense that if she hits more greens, she'll have better scores.'

After a double bogey on her second hole, Ferguson rallied with two birdies on holes four and five before a bogey on No. 11.

'Stacie putted very well today,' Lakowske said. 'She had great speed, and if the putts didn't go in, they were just sliding by. She also did a good job of getting up and down.'

Ashlei Pendleton and Leah Whiting are tied for 57th after opening with 78s, and Laura Skinner shot 79 to tie for 70th.

Pendleton stood at 1-under after six holes, but went 7-over on her last 12.

The Beavers have qualified for the NCAA Championships once before, in 1998.

The first round of the Central Regional, hosted by Nebraska, was postponed due to rain. Duke leads the East Regional - hosted by Wake Forest - by two shots over Florida State.

TEAM SCORES (PAR 288)

1. USC 279; 2. Oklahoma State 288; 3. Arizona State 290; 4. Pepperdine 294; 5. Washington State 297; 6. UCLA 298; 6. UNLV 298; 8. Ohio State 299; 9. Stanford 301; 10. Oregon State 302; 12. San Jose State 304; 13. New Mexico State 307; 14. Illinois 309; 15. Washington 311; 16. Portland State 313; 17. Denver 315; 17. Nevada 315; 17. Oral Roberts 315; 20. Cal St.-Northridge 320; 21. Bradley 321.

TOP INDIVIDUALS (PAR 72)

1. Sunny Oh, UNLV 67; 1. Mikaela Parmlid, USC 67; 3. Tanya Dergal, USC 68; 3. Kim Welch, Washington State 68; 5. Charlotte Mayorkas, UCLA 70; 5. Erin Tone, Arizona State 70; 5. Linda Wessberg, Oklahoma State 70.

OREGON STATE

T19. Stacie Ferguson 73; t19. Kelly Ferris 73; t57. Ashlei Pendleton 78; t57. Leah Whiting 78; t70. Laura Skinner 79.

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