Women's Golf at Duck Invite Monday

March 20, 2009

CORVALLIS – Oregon State women’s golf will head to Junction City, Ore. for the Oregon Duck Invitational Monday-Tuesday, March 23-24 at Shadow Hills Country Club north of Eugene. The 12 team field will play 54 holes to decide the tournament. On Monday, teams will play 36 holes, two 18-hole rounds with the final 18-hole round to be played on Tuesday.

“We have the potential to have a great week. We have talked a lot about closing the gap in our first to third round scoring averages. We talked a lot about getting prepared and really understanding the golf course on the first day, regardless of the environment they have to play in. We just need to attack the golf course on the first day so we don’t have the discrepancy in round scoring that we have. The first round is killing us.”

All seven Oregon State golfers will be participating this week. Five golfers will count towards the team score with two golfers playing individually. Those playing for team scoring includes: junior Lauren Archer, sophomore Cara Freeman, freshman Whitney French, freshman Elyse Okada and senior Martha Burkard. Senior Sara Natwick and junior Brittany Stewart will play individually.

“Last time we played there Martha had a very nice final round shooting a score in the 60s. We are hoping that she can repeat that performance. Also, with all seven team members getting to play, we could see a lot of low scores as they have been putting up some good scores. This tournament will get everyone more experience and it will help set us up for the rest of the season as far as who will be traveling.”

In a very geographically diverse field at Shadow Hills Country Club, a par-72, 6,096 yard golf course, the Beavers will face two teams ranked in the top 30 according to GolfStat rankings in No. 29 Oregon and No. 30 San Francisco. The rest of the field includes: UC Davis, Missouri, Washington State, Wisconsin, Illinois, UC Riverside, Portland State, Portland and Montana.

“This tournament will give us an opportunity to go head-to-head with a couple teams we really need to beat in Oregon and San Francisco,” Lakowske said. “Those two are in our region which makes this tournament a must win, or finish second tournament.”

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