Beavers Travel South To Stanford

Oct. 15, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore.- -

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THIS WEEK: The Oregon State University women's golf team travels to Stanford, California to play in the Stanford/Pepsi Intercollegiate, hosted by Stanford University, at the Stanford Golf Course. The tournament begins Friday, Oct. 17 and concludes Sunday, Oct. 19. 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: Eighteen teams are scheduled to participate in the tournament. Joining Oregon State (ranked 106th in the Golfweek poll) will be fellow Pac-10 Conference members Stanford (25, host), Arizona (2), UCLA (5), California (6), Washington (28), Oregon (35), Arizona State (58), and Washington State (89), as well as Duke (1), New Mexico (4), Vanderbilt (9), Pepperdine (17), Tulsa (19), Texas Tech (38), Texas A&M (50), New Mexico State (57), and San Jose State (70).

STANFORD GOLF COURSE: Hosting the tournament is Stanford Golf Course, which is located in Stanford, Calif. It will carry a par of 72 and play to 6,168 yards.

LAST YEAR: California won by two strokes over Vanderbilt with a total score of 885 at Stanford Golf Course. Arizona's Erica Blasberg took individual medalist honors with a 5-under 211. Oregon State came in 11th at 935, shooting rounds of 308, 313, and 314.

PLAYER NOTES:

Leah Whiting (So., Hilo, Hawaii) (79.22/74/9 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) (78.5/75/6 rds.) Laura 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 95 career rounds, including a career-high 34 last year.

Kelly Ferris (Sr., Albany, Ore.) (81.33/78/6 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.

Lindsay Eide (Fr., Bend, Ore.) (82.89/78/9 rds.) Lindsay tied for 47th at the her first collegiate tournament, the Oregon State Invitational, shooting a 242.

Alex Lucio (Jr., Bogota, Colombia) (82.0/78/6 rds.) Alex most recently tied for 65th at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational, shooting 248.

Rebekah Saxon (So., Walnut Creek, Calif.) (84.6/79/5 rds.) Most recently, Rebekah posted a 264 at the Edean Ihlanfeldt 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 for 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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