Women's Golf Off To Desert For PING/ASU Invitational

March 31, 2005


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THIS WEEK: Looking to leave the rainy weather behind in search of sunny skies and low scores, the OSU women's golf team will play in the PING/ASU Invitational Fri.-Sun., Apr. 1-3 at the Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz. Teams will play 18 holes each day beginning at 8:00 MST and will tee off from the first and tenth tees. The top four scores from each five-person team will count toward the team score.

THE COURSE: The par-72 Karsten Golf Course will host the tournament and play to a yardage of 6,230.

COMPLETE FIELD: The Beavers will compete against 16 other teams in this event, including ASU (host), Arizona, California, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Northern Arizona, Oregon, Pepperdine, San Jose State, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Texas, TCU, Tulsa, and Washington.

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

LAST YEAR: UCLA won the team title at last year's event with a 3-under 861. The Bruins' Charlotte Mayorkas earned individual medalist honors with a 9-under 207, her second win in as many tries in Tempe. Oregon State tied for 13th overall with a 915 and was led by Leah Whiting, who fired a final-round even-par 72 and tied for 44th.

COACH LAKOWSKE ON THE TOURNAMENT: 'The team is in good spirits after a good finish at the Duck Invitational last week and they are upbeat about this week. This season has been really good for the three freshmen in the lineup. They have had an opportunity to get a great deal of experience against some tough competition and golf courses. That gives them a lot to draw on, not only for the remainder of the season, but especially for next year.'

SCORING: Live scoring will be available at www.golfstatresults.com.


Julie Uhrik (Fr., Modesto, Calif.) (78.81/72/21 rds.) Julie has played in every tournament this season. Her best finish was at the Duck Invitational, where she placed ninth for her first top-10 finish of her collegiate career.

Jessi Gebhardt (Fr., Bellingham, Wash.) (82.0/75/18 rds.) Jessi has played six of the seven tournaments so far as a freshman and recently had her best finish of the season with a tie for 27th at the Duck Invitational.

Alex Lucio (Sr., Bogota, Colombia) (80.14/74/14 rds.) Alex posted her best finish of the year at the 'Mo'morial with a tie for 48th in a season that has brought limited action due to injuries.

Kelly Kerkvliet (Sr., Corvallis, Ore.) (84.89/79/9 rds.) Kelly has played in three tournaments this season, with her best finish most recently at the Duck Invitational.

Jill Ferrante (So., Battle Ground, Wash.) (78.5/69/18 rds.) Jill recently tied for 32nd at the Duck Invitational with a total of 236... posted her best finish of the season at the Kent Youel Invitational, tying for 19th with an 8-over 224. She has the low round of the year for the team with a 69, which she fired in the second round of the Kent Youel.

Leah Whiting (Jr., Hilo, Hawaii) (76.73/71/15 rds.) Leah has been sidelined recently with an illness but should be probable for the upcoming tournament in Stanford... tied for 31st at the 'Mo'morial Invitational... had her best finish at the Kent Youel Invitational with a tie for 14th, including her season-low 1-under 71 in the first round... opened the season at the Mercedes-Benz Fall Preview and tied for 35th, which included an even-par second round, to lead the team. She leads the team in stroke average and has the low three-round total for the season.

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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