Women's Golf Closes Out Season At Pac-10 Championships

April 20, 2005

PLEASANTON, Calif.- - The Oregon State women's golf team finished out the spring season Wednesday with a 10th-place finish in the Pacific-10 Championships at the par-72 Ruby Hills Golf Club. The Beavers posted a three-round team total of 946.

'They played a lot better today,' said Coach Risë Lakowske. 'Of course we didn't want to finish in 10th, but the improvement in our play was a nice way to end the season.'

OSU was led by sophomore Jill Ferrante, who tied for 26th, her second-best finish of the season. Ferrante was 1-under after 16 holes, but struggled on her final two holes and finished with a 4-over 76, giving her a three-round total of 230.

'Jill had a really great round going until the last couple holes where she struggled in the sand,' added Lakowske, 'but she had a good tournament.'

Freshman Jessi Gebhardt fired an even-par back nine and posted a 5-over 77, earning her a tie for 34th with a total of 233 in her first Pac-10 tournament.

'Jessi had some trouble on her front nine, but she really picked it up on the back,' Lakowske said.

Senior Kelly Kerkvliet also carded a solid round with a 4-over 76, including one birdie and five bogeys.

'Kelly really fought it out today,' Lakowske said of Kerkvliet's final round as a Beaver. 'She came out and did her job and I'm proud of her for that.'

Second-ranked UCLA closed out the wire-to-wire victory to defend its Pac-10 title with a final team score of 10-over 874, including two final rounds under par from Susie Mathews and Charlotte Mayorkas. Arizona State took second, four strokes behind the Bruins.

The Sun Devils' Louise Stahl, ranked No. 1 in the country by Golfweek, fired a bogey-free 67 to come from behind and earn individual medalist honors with a 9-under 207. Stahle posted five birdies on the day. Mathews finished second, two strokes behind Stahle. Mayorkas, who won last year's tournament, finished fifth.

Freshman Julie Uhrik finished 46th and senior Alex Lucio placed 50th in her final collegiate tournament.

Lakowske is optimistic about the potential her team possesses:

'We play in the best conference in the country, so when you have a bad year, it gets magnified. But these kids are high-quality players with a lot of talent and we're going to see significant improvement for next season.'

TEAM SCORES (PAR 288/864)

1. UCLA 289-290-295--874; 2. Arizona State 297-292-289--878; 3. USC 291-295-294--880; 4. Arizona 300-289-297--886; 5. California 305-295-294--894; 6. Washington 298-304-295--897; 7. Washington State 299-293-306--898; 8. Oregon 308-308-306--922; 9. Stanford 304-315-313--932; 10. Oregon State 327-312-307--946.

INDIVIDUAL SCORES (PAR 72/216)

1. Louise Stahle, Arizona State 69-71-67--207; 2. Susie Mathews, UCLA 68-71-70--209; 3. Cassandra Kirkland, Arizona 72-67-72--211; 3. Kim Welch, Washington State 70-66-75--211; 5. Charlotte Mayorkas, UCLA 73-70-71--214.

OREGON STATE SCORES

T26. Jill Ferrante 76-78-76--230; t34. Jessi Gebhardt 81-75-77--233; 46. Julie Uhrik 84-78-78--240; 48. Kelly Kerkvliet 90-81-76--247; 50. Alex Lucio 86-88-81--255.

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