OSU Heads North To Sahalee

Oct. 3, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore.- -

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THIS WEEK: The Oregon State University women's golf team travels to Sammamish, Washington to play in the 22nd Annual Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational, hosted by the University of Washington, at Sahalee Country Club. The tournament begins Monday, Oct. 6 and concludes Wednesday, Oct. 8. This is a three-day tournament consisting of 54 holes, with 18 holes per day. Teams will have five members, with the lowest four scores counting toward the team total.

THE FIELD: Fifteen teams are scheduled to participate in the tournament. Joining Oregon State (ranked 111th in the Golfweek poll) will be fellow Pac-10 Conference members Arizona (2), Arizona State (64), California (3), Oregon, USC (13), UCLA (4), Stanford, Washington (host), and Washington State (70), as well as BYU, Long Beach State (98), Nevada (65), San Francisco (54), and UNLV (38).

SAHALEE COUNTRY CLUB: Sahalee Country Club, in Sammamish, Wash., hosts the tournament and will play to 5,953 yards and carry a par of 72.

LAST YEAR: USC won by 15 strokes over Washington at the Edean Ihlanfeldt with a total score of 885 at Tacoma Country and Golf Club. USC's Mikaela Parmlid beat out Pepperdine's Lindsey Wright in a one-hole playoff to take individual medalist honors. Oregon State came in 11th at 927, shooting rounds of 301, 313, and 313.

THE LINEUP: Oregon State will field one team in the tournament. The team will include sophomore Leah Whiting, senior Laura Skinner, freshman Lindsay Eide, senior Kelly Ferris, and junior Alex Lucio. Sophomore Rebekah Saxon will also compete individually.

PLAYER NOTES:

Leah Whiting (So., Hilo, Hawaii) (79.17/74/6 rds.) Leah shot a 225 at the Oregon State Invitational to tie for 26th... best finish last year was a tie for fifth at the OSU Shanico Invitational, where she shot 5-over 221.

Laura Skinner (Sr., Boise, Idaho) (77.67/75/3 rds.) Laura most recently fired 233 at the Oregon State Invitational, which was good enough to crack the top 20 and tie her for 19th... has been a regular in the lineup since her freshman year, playing in 92 career rounds, including a career-high 34 last year.

Lindsay Eide (Fr., Bend, Ore.) (81.67/78/6 rds.) Lindsay tied for 47th at the her first collegiate tournament, the Oregon State Invitational, shooting a 242.

Kelly Ferris (Sr., Albany, Ore.) (81.0/79/3 rds.) Kelly placed 50th at the Oregon State Invitational, shooting 243... shot a career-low 73 in the first round of the NCAA West Regional Championships last year.

Alex Lucio (Jr., Bogota, Colombia) (81.33/78/3 rds.) Alex most recently tied for 51st at the Oregon State Invitational, shooting 244.

Rebekah Saxon (So., Walnut Creek, Calif.) (79.5/79/2 rds.) Most recently, Rebekah posted a 159 through two rounds before withdrawing at the Oregon State Invitational.

Jill Ferrante (Fr., Battle Ground, Wash.) (81.0/76/6 rds.) Jill tied for 16th at the Oregon State Invitational, shooting a 232 in her first collegiate tournament.

Holly Cornell (Jr., Myrtle Creek, Ore.) (83.83/79/6 rds.) Holly fired a 246 at the Oregon State Invitational, which tied her at 55th.

Anna Rosvall (So., Skoghall, Sweden) (84.0/79/6 rds.) Anna tied for 66th at the Oregon State Invitational, shooting 250.

Kelly Kerkvliet (Jr., Corvallis, Ore.) (83.0/81/3 rds.) Kelly most recently tied for 62nd at the Oregon State Invitational, shooting 249.

THE COACHES: The Oregon State women's golf program is in its 14th year under the guidance of coach Ris� (pronounced Reesa) Lakowske. In those 14 years, the program has been a consistent postseason contender with 10 team and individual appearances at the NCAA Regional Championships and two at the NCAA Championships.

Lakowske competed at OSU from 1973-77, playing in four AIAW National Championships, winning two collegiate events and several non-collegiate tournaments during her career. Most notably as an amateur competitor she was a semifinalist in the 1973 Western Junior Championship and also a semifinalist in the 1976 U.S. Women's Amateur. The U.S. Amateur semifinal finish exempted her from U.S. Open qualifiers for three consecutive years. Those experiences have given her an understanding of the demands of golf.

Now in her third season, Angie Cates brings a wealth of experience to Oregon State University as the assistant coach for both the men's and women's golf programs.

A 1998 Washington State University graduate, Angie was a three-time All-American Scholar and Academic All-Pac-10 selection. She also competed on the Pac-10 All-Star USA team in Asia. In 1997, she won both the Seattle City Championship and the Washington State Championship. Subsequently, she was granted a sponsor's exemption to play in the LPGA Safeco Classic in Seattle that same year.

Following graduation, Cates was an associate producer for three years at The Golf Channel.

In 2000, she opted to test her skills on the professional tour, playing both on The Futures Tour and The Challenge Tour. Her best finish was second place in the Telluride Classic.

Cates earned a bachelor's degree in Communication with an emphasis in Broadcast News from WSU's Edward R. Murrow School of Communication.

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