OSU Looks For Strong Performance At Peg Barnard Invitational

April 7, 2005

CORVALLIS, Ore.- -

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THIS WEEK: In a final tune-up before the Pac-10 Championships, the OSU women's golf team will compete in the Peg Barnard Invitational Sat.-Sun., Apr. 9-10 in Stanford, Calif. The two-round tournament begins Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. and the final round will commence Sunday at 8:00 a.m., both with shotgun starts. Teams will play in a play five-score four format.

THE COURSE: Stanford Golf Course will host the event. It carries a par of 72 and will play to 6,168 yards.

COMPLETE FIELD: Four other Pac-10 teams will compete alongside the Beavers, including Stanford (host), Washington, Washington State, and Oregon, as well as San Francisco, Montana State, UC-Irvine, Portland State, Fresno State, Long Beach State, Santa Clara, Denver, and San Jose State.

OSU LINEUP: Freshman Jessi Gebhardt, freshman Julie Uhrik, senior Kelly Kerkvliet, senior Alex Lucio, and sophomore Jill Ferrante will make up OSU's lineup.

LAST YEAR: Tournament-host Stanford took home the team title by 14 strokes over Washington with a 590. WSU's Kim Welch earned individual medalist honors with a 2-under 142. Oregon State finished eighth.

LAKOWSKE ON THE TOURNAMENT: 'The Stanford event is 36 holes and we are coming off a good last round at ASU last Sunday. The team feels like they are ready to break through with some of the best scores of the year. I feel they have grown immensely over the last couple months in their ability to play and not just hit the golf ball.'

PLAYER NOTES:

Julie Uhrik (Fr., Modesto, Calif.) (78.54/72/24 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.) (81.0/73/21 rds.) Jessi has played seven of the eight tournaments so far as a freshman and had her best finish of the season with a tie for 27th Duck Invitational.

Jill Ferrante (So., Battle Ground, Wash.) (78.5/69/20 rds.) Jill 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.

Alex Lucio (Sr., Bogota, Colombia) (80.65/74/17 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.) (83.67/7/12 rds.) Kelly has played in four tournaments this season, with her best finish at the Duck Invitational.

Leah Whiting (Jr., Hilo, Haw.) (76.73/71/15 rds.) Leah has missed the last two tournaments due to injury ... posted her best finish at the Kent Youel Invitational with a tie for 14th.

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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