OSU Remains Tied For 10th At NCAA West Regional

May 9, 2003

TEMPE, Ariz. - -

The Oregon State women's golf team remained in a tie for 10th at the NCAA West Regional Championships after shooting a 312 on Friday, and is six shots back of eighth-place Stanford with 18 holes to play Saturday at Arizona State's Karsten Golf Course.

The top eight teams in the 21-team field qualify for the NCAA Championships, hosted by Purdue May 20-23.

The Beavers are tied with UNLV at 38-over-par 614, and trail ninth-place Illinois by one stroke. Only five strokes separate eighth and ninth place.

After leading OSU with a 73 Thursday on the par-72 layout, Stacie Ferguson led the Beavers with a 4-over 76 Friday, and moved up to a tie for 17th at 149.

OSU followed the trend of higher scores on Friday, as 14 of the 21 teams turned in higher scores in the second round than in the first while battling a consistent wind.

'We played the back nine great, which was our first nine, but we fell apart coming in except for number nine,' OSU coach Rise Lakowske said. OSU played its final hole (No. 9) in 1-under par.

'It's still very doable though, and it's ours to do,' Lakowske said. 'We can choose to do it, or not. It's an opportunity, and they need to take it; I'm optimistic. We still haven't had that low round yet.'

'We threw shots out the window today, and we can't do that tomorrow. The wind was a factor, but our mistakes weren't made because of the wind. They hit some great shots into the wind, but made mistakes around the green.'

Fourth-ranked USC's lead held at nine strokes over No. 3 Oklahoma State, as both teams posted rounds of 14-over 302 Friday. USC stands at 5-over 581 for the tournament.

OSU's Kelly Ferris followed a Thursday 73 - a career-low - with a 79, and slid into a tie for 34th at 8-over 152. Ferris, from Albany, Ore., is playing in her first NCAA Regional.

After playing her first ten holes in even par (OSU teed off on No. 10), Leah Whiting finished her final eight holes in 6-over and carded her second consecutive 78 to tie for 52nd.

Ashlei Pendleton shot a 79 and is tied for 60th at 157, and Laura Skinner's 160 put her in a tie for 78th among the 108-player field.

Individually, UNLV's Sunny Oh grabbed a four-shot lead over USC's Tanya Dergal and Washington State's Kim Welch with a 1-under 71 Friday. Overall, Oh is at 6-under 138 for the tournament.

Oregon State qualified for the NCAA Championships once before, in 1998.

TEAM SCORES (PAR 288/576)

1. USC 279-302--581; 2. Oklahoma State 288-302--590; 3. Pepperdine 294-302-596; 4. Arizona State 290-307-597; 5. UCLA 298-300-598; 6. Ohio State 299-302-601; 7. Washington State 297-306-603; 8. Stanford 301-307-608; 9. Illinois 309-304-613; 10. Oregon State 302-312-614; 10. UNLV 298-316-614; 12. San Francisco 302-313-615; 13. San Jose State 304-314-618; 14. New Mexico State 307-313-620; 15. CSU-Northridge 320-305-625; 16. Portland State 313-314-627; 17. Nevada 315-313-628; 18. Denver 315-314-629; 18. Washington 311-318-629; 20. Oral Roberts 315-324-639; 21. Bradley 321-325-646.

TOP INDIVIDUALS (PAR 72/144)

1. Sunny Oh, UNLV 67-71-138; 2. Tanya Dergal, USC 68-74-142; 2. Kim Welch, Washington State 68-74-142; 4. Carolina Llano, Pepperdine 71-74-145; 5. Mikaela Parmlid, USC 67-79-146; 5. Alena Sharp, New Mexico State 72-74-146; 5. Karin Sjodin, Oklahoma State 75-71-146; 5. Linda Wessberg, Oklahoma State 70-76-146.

OREGON STATE

T17. Stacie Ferguson 73-76-149; t34. Kelly Ferris 73-79-152; t52. Leah Whiting 78-78-156; t60. Ashlei Pendleton 78-79-157; t78. Laura Skinner 79-81-160.

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