Women's Golf Signs Two To Letters Of Intent

Nov. 18, 2003


Julianna Uhrik and Jessi Gebhardt have signed national letters of intent to play golf for Oregon State University, beginning in the 2004-2005 season, coach Rise Lakowske announced Tuesday.

Uhrik, from Modesto, Calif., finished fourth at the International Junior Golf Tournament of Champions in Orlando, Fla. earlier this year.

A First All-District player and First Team All-League MVP, Uhrik also holds the All-Conference Academic Award and is the first female athlete from Modesto High to make Nor-Cals.

Uhrik also was the Modesto Bee's 2002 'Golfer of the Year' and was named the Central California Conference (CCC) girls golf high school MVP this past season

'Julianna is one of the most competent and highly skilled recruits we have ever signed,' Lakowske said.

'She is a tremendous athlete and excellent student. Currently ranked among the best juniors in the country, she recently won the Northern California High School Girls Championship (Monday, Nov. 10). She advances to the first statewide California High School Championships in Calimesa, Calif. later this month.'

Gebhardt, from Bellingham, Wash., also brings to Oregon State an impressive list of accomplishments.

This past summer, Gebhardt finished fourth in her age division at the WJGA State Championship, qualified to play in the Frank Rodia Pacific Northwest PGA Junior Championship, and participated in the PNGA Junior Girls Amateur Championship.

In Gebhardt's most recent high school season, she led Bellingham High School by placing first in League, second in District, and fourth in State, and helped her team finish first in both League and District and to take the 3A State title for a second consecutive year.

'Jessi is one of the most talented overall athletes to sign with women's golf at Oregon State,' Lakowske said.

'Giving up a potential Division-I volleyball career, she has only played golf for three seasons. Her commitment to golf and learning the game allowed her to be recruited by several outstanding Division-I programs.

'Jessi will be a factor at the Pac-10 level. She is strong and hits the ball well over 250 yards off the tee.

'Oregon State women's golf will benefit from the talent and maturity of both these young players. They will give our program the added depth it needs to become a Pac-10 and NCAA contender.'

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