OSU Hosts Mercedes-Benz Of Bend Fall Preview

Sept. 16, 2004

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

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THIS WEEK: The Oregon State women's golf team opens its 2004-05 campaign by hosting the Mercedes-Benz of Bend Fall Preview at the Meadows Course in Sunriver, Ore. The Preview runs Mon.-Wed., Sept. 20-22, and teams play 18 holes each day for a total of 54. The lowest four scores from each five-member team count toward the team total each day. The Meadows plays to 6,300 yards and carries a par of 71; altitude is 4,250 feet. Competition begins Monday and Tuesday at 8 a.m. with teams going off No. 1 tee. Wednesday's final round will be a shotgun start at 9 a.m.

COMPLETE FIELD (Golfweek ranking in parentheses)The field: A total of 21 teams make up the field at the Fall Preview, including the nation's top 12 programs: host Oregon State, defending national champion UCLA (2), Oregon (35), USC (8), Arizona (10), Arizona State (28), Washington (12), Washington State, Stanford (18), California (3), Oklahoma State (9), Duke (1), Vanderbilt (4), Texas (16), Ohio State (5), Georgia (7), Tennessee (21), South Carolina (30), Auburn (11), Texas A&M (32) and New Mexico (6).

OSU LINEUP: The Beaver lineup features Leah Whiting (jr./Hilo, Hawaii), Alex Lucio (sr./Bogota, Colombia), Jessi Gebhardt (fr./Bellingham, Wash.), Julie Uhrik (fr./Modesto, Calif.), Lindsay Eide (so./Bend, Ore.).

LIVE SCORING: Live scoring for each round can be found at osubeavers.com and golfstat.com.

HOST OF THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS: Oregon State will host the 2005 NCAA Championships at the Meadows Course in Sunriver, Ore., May 17-20.

THE COACHES: The Oregon State women's golf program is in its 15th year under the guidance of coach Risë (pronounced Reesa) Lakowske. In those 15 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, earning her a three-year exemption from U.S. Open qualifiers.

Kathleen Takaishi officially became Oregon State University's assistant women's golf coach on Feb. 23, 2004, returning to her alma mater after serving as the assistant coach for both the men's and women's programs at the University of California-Riverside for the last 1 1/2 years.

The former OSU All-American played professionally on the Futures Tour for three years after finishing her OSU career.

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