Conference Championships In California Await Women's Golf

April 17, 2005


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THIS WEEK: After much preparation and anticipation, the Beavers look to earn a spot in the NCAA Regional Championships by playing their best golf of the season at the Pacific-10 Conference Championships, April 18-20 at the Ruby Hills Golf Club in Pleasanton, Calif.

Five-person teams will play 54 holes (18 each day) and the top four individual scores will count toward the team score for each round. Rounds will begin at 8 a.m. each day.

Oregon State placed 10th at last year's tournament with a three-round total of 989. Leah Whiting led the team with a tie for 41st.

UCLA won the team title by 18 strokes over California with a total of 902.

The Bruins' Charlotte Mayorkas (currently ranked No. 9 individually, Golfweek) won individual medalist honors with a 2-over 218, two strokes ahead of teammate Hannah Jun.

OSU's best finish at the Pac-10s was sixth in 1993 in Walla Walla, Wash.

This year's field features seven of the nation's top 25 golfers, including No. 1 Louise Stahle of Arizona State.

In the lineup for the Championships will be sophomore Jill Ferrante, freshman Jessi Gebhardt, freshman Julie Uhrik, senior Kelly Kerkvliet, and senior Alex Lucio.

The Beavers are coming off a tie for 11th at the Peg Barnard Invitational, where Gebhardt and Uhrik led the team and both placed in the top 30.

Gebhardt has played in eight of nine tournements this season in her first year as a Beaver. Her best finish was a tie for 27th at the Duck Invitational and has placed in the top 45 her last three tournaments.

Uhrik has played in all nine tournaments as a freshman and is second on the team in stroke average with a 78.46. Her best finish came at the Duck Invitational, where she placed ninth with a 10-over 226.

Ferrante is back in the lineup after an injury forced her to withdraw from the Peg Barnard. She holds the second-best individual performance on the team this season with a tie for 19th at the Kent Youel Invitational.

Lucio is the only member of the team participating who played in last year's Pac-10s, where she placed 49th.

The Beavers will have to do without the services of junior Leah Whiting, who has been absent from the team's lineup since the 'Mo'morial Invitational due to illness. She holds the low stroke average on the team and had her best finish at the Kent Youel with a tie for 14th.

COMPLETE FIELD (Golfweek rankings in parentheses): Oregon State (79), UCLA (2), Arizona State (5), Washington (8), Arizona (17), Stanford (18), USC (20), Washington State (22), host California (27), and Oregon (33).

LIVE SCORING: For those who want to keep updated on the latest scores, head to either or for live scoring. Scores are updated every three holes. Final scores will be available after each round at

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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