Women's Golf in Sixth at Rebel Invitational

March 9, 2009

BOULDER CITY, Nev. – After day one of a sunny and blustery UNLV Spring Rebel Invitational, the Oregon State women’s golf team is in sixth place. Freshman Whitney French is in a tie for eighth-place after shooting a 4-over-par 76 to lead the Beavers.

“The women managed the golf course pretty well today,” head coach Rise Lakowske said. “Whitney did a great job of keeping a good tempo all day. She made a real conscious effort to keep good tempo in the wind.”

The Beavers shot a team total 317 at the par-72, 6,234 yard Boulder Creek golf course that saw wind speeds in the upper 30s. Oregon State is just five shots back from breaking the top five behind No. 10 Georgia and No. 33 UNLV who each shot 312.

“In all of my years with college golf, this may have been the windiest conditions I have ever witnessed,” Lakowske said. “The wind made putting very difficult, moving the ball all over the place, and in the fairway it would push a ball 40, 50 yards.”

French, who’s 76 was a career low, is just one shot behind third place and six off the lead in the three-day, 54-hole tournament.

Sophomore Cara Freeman offered a steady performance for the Beavers shooting 79, leaving her tied for 25th after round one. Senior Martha Burkard pitched in an 80 leaving her tied for 32nd, junior Lauren Archer is tied for 48th with an 82 and freshman Elyse Okada rounded out the scoring with an 87 leaving her tied for 82nd

“We played in some pretty tough winds a couple weeks ago in South Carolina which helped to prep us for today,” Lakowske said. “We knew it was going to be windy today and we talked about how important it was to keep the ball down out of the wind. We need to continue good course management if we want to stay competitive.”

Tying for the team lead is Tulsa and Texas Tech each shooting a cumulative 306. Marta Silva of Georgia holds the individual lead shooting the round’s only negative score with a 2-under-par 70.

Round two gets underway tomorrow at 7:30 a.m. PT with teams teeing off holes one and 10. Okada will be the first Beaver golfer teeing off at 8:18.


Team Scores: t1. Tulsa 306; t1. Texas Tech 306; 3. Oregon 211; t4. UNLV 312; t4. Georgia 312; 6. Oregon State 317; 7. Kent State 319; 8. BYU 321; t9. Fresno State 323; t9. Campbell 323; 11. Missouri 324; t12. Washington 325; t12. SMU 325; 14. UNLV(B) 326; t15. Coastal Carolina 330; t15. Nebraska 334; 17. Idaho 334; 18. Washington State 337.


Individual Leaders: 1. Marta Silva, Georgia 70; 2. Ulrika van Niekerk, Texas Tech 74; t3. Cathryn Bristow, Oregon 75; t3. Kelly Fuchik, Tulsa 75; t3. Alejandra Guacaneme, UNLV 75; t3. Mallory Hetzel, Georgia 75; t3. Mary Mattson, Campbell 75.


Oregon State Scores: t8. Whitney French 76; t25. Cara Freeman 79; t32. Martha Burkard 80; t48. Lauren Archer 82; t82. Elyse Okada 87.


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