Women's Golf Opens Spring Season In Tucson

Feb. 18, 2005


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THIS WEEK: The Oregon State women's golf team returns to action after almost four months off at the Wildcat Invitational Mon.-Tues., Feb. 21-22 in Tucson, Ariz. Teams will play 36 holes Monday and conclude with 18 on Tuesday. Competition begins Monday morning at 8:00 a.m. MST with a shotgun start.

THE COURSE: Arizona National Golf Club will host the tournament. It will play to 6,134 yards with a par of 72.

COMPLETE FIELD: Oregon State will be joined by fellow Pac-10 members Arizona (host), Arizona State, Oregon, Stanford, and UCLA, as well as Nevada, New Mexico State, Northern Arizona, Oklahoma State, Pepperdine, Tennessee, UNLV, and Vanderbilt.

OSU LINEUP: The Beavers will field one team for this event, consisting of junior Leah Whiting, freshman Jessi Gebhardt, sophomore Jill Ferrante, freshman Julie Uhrik, and senior Kelly Kerkvliet.

LAST YEAR: Vanderbilt won the team title with a 5-over 869. Vandy's own May Wood captured individual medalist honors with a 7-under 209.

FALL RECAP: The Beavers concluded a tough fall season with a seventh-place finish at the Kent Youel Invitational in Hawai'i, their best finish of the year. Junior Leah Whiting led the team in stroke average at 75.56 while competing in three of four tournaments. She also recorded the best individual finish on the team, placing 14th in her home state of Hawai'i with a three-round total of 223. Sophomore Jill Ferrante posted the low round for the year with a 69 in the second round of the Kent Youel and went on to tie for 19th. Sophomore Lindsay Eide was one of only two Beavers to play in all four fall tournaments and provided consistent performances throughout the season. Freshmen Jessi Gebhardt and Julie Uhrik opened their college careers this past fall and gained valuable experience for the upcoming spring season.

LAKOWSKE ON THE TOURNAMENT/SPRING SEASON: 'This is an excellent tournament to begin our spring competition with. There are nine top-25 teams in this competition. Our team has come back from the winter break with renewed enthusiasm and a much more positive attitude. Their practice and qualifying rounds indicate much more preparedness to compete than in the fall season. I am especially pleased with their efforts. With three freshmen in the lineup, we are poised to begin a successful few years at Oregon State. The spring is the beginning of an exciting year for us.'

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