Women's Golf To Compete Against Diverse Field In Texas

Feb. 26, 2005

CORVALLIS, Ore.- -

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THIS WEEK: The Oregon State women's golf team will face an unfamiliar field at the Texas A&M 'Mo'morial Mon.-Tues., Feb. 28-Mar. 1 in Bryan, Tex. Teams will play 36 holes Monday and the final 18 on Tuesday. Scoring will be based on a play five-score four format.

THE COURSE: The Traditions Golf Club will host the tournament. It carries a par of 72 and will play to 6,255 yards.

COMPLETE FIELD: Oregon State will be competing against Baylor, Illinois State Indiana, Kansas, Kansas State, Kent State, UNC-Chapel Hill, Northwestern, SMU, host Texas A&M, TCU, UTEP, Texas Pan American, and Wisconsin.

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

LAST YEAR: Big 12 rivals Kansas State and Missouri completed 54 holes tied at 909, then played the 18th hole again, where Kansas state carded a 1-under to take the team title. The Wildcats' Christine Bouchar won the individual title by three strokes with a 2-over 218. Oregon State did not compete in this tournament last year.

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, and began the spring season last week with a 13th-place finish at the Wildcat Invitational. Junior Leah Whiting leads the team in stroke average at 75.67. She has 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 THIS WEEK'S TOURNAMENT: 'These are teams we rarely compete against and it will be interesting to see how we do in this field. The team learned a great deal last week and it should benefit their performance this coming week.'

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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