WGolf Travel to Tucson for MountainView Collegiate

March 26, 2009

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THIS WEEK -- Oregon State women's golf will head to Tucson, Ariz. for the Mountain View Collegiate hosted by the University of Colorado Saturday-Sunday, March 28-29, at MountainView Golf Course. On Saturday, teams will play 36 holes (two 18-hole rounds) with the final 18-hole round to be played on Sunday. Both rounds will be a shot gun start.

Again the Beavers are facing a very strong and geographically diverse field. The Beavers will face off against top 40 opponents according to golfstat rankings: No. 19 San Jose State, No. 20 Louisville, No. 32 UNLV and No. 38 Colorado.

THE COURSE -- MountainView Golf Course is a par-72, 6,263 yard desert golf course. 

THE FIELD -- [Golf Stat rankings in parenthesis] Oregon State (60), Colorado (38), Arizona B, Boise State (136), Colorado State (67), Fresno State (78), Indiana (60), Iowa State (73), Kansas State (120), Louisville (20), Michigan (48), Missouri (65), Nebraska (64), Northwestern (79), Oklahoma (61), San Jose State (19), Texas Tech (49), UNLV (32), Washington State (68). 

LAKOWSKE SAYS -- 'It's getting down to a do or die situation in regards to postseason play. We will play a very good field in Arizona. There are teams ranked ahead and behind us, but we are in a position now where we really need to beat some of the higher ranked teams to move forward and this is the kind of golf course that we're going to be able to do it on. If we can take this opportunity and capitalize on it, we should be able to move up considerably in the rankings.'

'Stats are showing we are capable of scoring. We basically need to make more putts, because we are hitting the fairways and we're hitting the greens, we're scoring fairly well, we just need to convert when we get to the greens. If we can do that, everything should fall into place. We are starting to play very well and that is what you want at this time in the season.' 

RESULTS -- Full results will be made available at www.osubeavers.com following each round of every tournament.

LAST TIME OUT -- The Beavers finished in 3rd at the Oregon Duck Invitational in Springfield, Ore. Junior Lauren Archer led the way finishing with a career best sixth-place finish after shooting a 225.

WHAT'S NEXT FOR THE BEAVERS -- Oregon State will return to action Saturday, March 28, through Sunday, March 29, in Tucson, Ariz. for the Mountain View Collegiate. 

HEAD COACH Rise Lakowske -- Lakowske is now in her 22nd season heading the Oregon State women's golf team. In that time the program has been in consistent postseason contention making 10 team appearances in NCAA Regional events. Lakowske has had players earn Pac-10 All-Academic honors 21 times and NCGA All-American Scholar status 13 times. Her 1998 squad became the first OSU women's team to qualify for the NCAA Championships and she was named Far West District Coach of the Year.

BEAVS IN THE BOOKS -- Senior Martha Burkard is breaking her way into Oregon State's all-time top 10 lists. With her tie for 7th at the Oregon Duck Invitational makes for three top 10 finishes this season (t7th UO Duck; t4th Giustina Memorial; t9th Kent Youel Invite) tying her for the eighth most in a single season. 

Burkard now has six top 10 finishes for her career putting her in a tie for  the seventh most in school history. Burkard's performance of 2-over-par, 218 at the Kent Youel Invitational marks the fifth best tournament score in school history.

Junior Lauren Archer's 3-under-par 69 at the Kiawah Island Classic ties her for the fourth best score in Oregon State history.

Sophomore Cara Freeman broke into the school's all-time top 10 lists with the sixth best single-round score with her 3-over-par 219 at the Giustina Memorial Classic.

MORE SCHOOL LOWS -- The 7-over-par, 295 in the second round of the Kent Youel Invitational ranks as the seventh lowest single round team score in school history, and the 8-over-par 296 shot in the final round of the Kiawah Island Classic and in the second and third rounds of the UNLV Spring Rebel Invitational are tied for 10th lowest. 

CAREER BESTS -- The spring season has proved to be a successful one with a number of golfers garnering season and career best scores. Junior Lauren Archer shot the best single-round score of her career with a 3-under-par 69 at the Kiawah Island Classic and had a career best sixth place finish at the Oregon Duck Invitational.

Senior Martha Burkard's 1-under-par 71 in the second round of the UNLV Spring Rebel Invitational was a season best.  

Freshman Elyse Okada's 73 in the second round and 73 in the final round of the UNLV Spring Rebel Invitational was her career best round, her tournament total of 232 at the Kiawah Island Classic was a career best and the 27th-place finish at the Oregon Duck Invitational was also a career best.

Freshman Whitney French recorded a career best finish at the Oregon Duck Invitational finishing tied for 17th.

 

OREGON DUCK INVITATIONAL LINEUP --

 

Lauren Archer

Junior • 5-6 • Boise, Idaho • Borah HS

SPRING 2009: Finished a career best sixth at the Oregon Duck Invitational after shooting a tournament total 225 and final round of even-par, 72... tied for 37th at the Kiawah Island Classic firing a career low, 3-under-par 69 in the final round... tied for 40th at the UNLV Spring Rebel Invitational... currently has a final round scoring average of 74.7.

FALL 2008: Participated in all four fall tournaments... her strongest showing came at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational where she finished in a tie for seventh shooting a 227... tied for 13th at the Giustina Memorial Classic... had a fall scoring average of 75.58.

 

Martha Burkard

Senior • 5-10 • Alameda, Calif. • Bishop O'Dowd HS

SPRING 2009: Tied for 7th at the Oregon Duck Invitational, her third top 10 finish tying her for the eighth most top 10 finishes in a single season at OSU and her six top 10 career finishes ranks tied for seventh... tied for 31st at the UNLV Spring Rebel Invitational shooting a season low 1-under-par 71 in the second round... tied for 81st at the Kiawah Island Classic.

FALL 2008: Led the team with a 75.33 scoring average... participated in all four fall tournaments that included two top 10 finishes... opened the season strong with a tie for fourth at the Giustina Memorial Classic shooting 222... finished the fall season with a tie for ninth place at the Kent Youel Invitational shooting a 2-over-par 218.

 

Whitney French

Freshman • 5-6 • Laguna Niguel, Calif. • Dana Hills HS

SPRING 2009: Recorded a career best finish at the Oregon Duck Invitation finished tied for 17th shooting a 230... shot a career best 229 at the UNLV Spring Rebel Invitational where she tied for 36th... tied for 124th at the Kiawah Island Classic.

FALL 2008: Participated in all four fall tournaments... finished in a tie for 23rd at the Giustina Memorial Classic, her first college event... finished the fall season with a scoring average of 78.67.

 

Cara Freeman

Sophomore • 5-10 • San Juan Capistrano, Calif. • Capistrano Valley HS

SPRING 2009: Tied for 17th at the Oregon Duck Invitational shooting a 230... tied for 20th at the Kiawah Island Classic shooting a final round of even-par 72... tied for 52nd at the UNLV Spring Rebel Invitational. 

FALL 2008: Opened the season on a high note finishing second at the Giustina Memorial Classic with a 3-over-par 219, the second place finish was the best by a Beaver golfer in the fall... finished the fall season with a scoring average of 77.67 strokes per round.

 

Elyse Okada

Freshman • 5-2 • Kahului, HI • Maui HS 

SPRING 2009: Recorded a career best finish at the Oregon Duck Invitational finishing tied for 27th... tied for 48th at the Kiawah Island Classic while shooting a career low 232... tied for 52nd at the UNLV Spring Rebel Invitational where she shot a career low 73 twice in the second and final rounds.

FALL 2008: Participated in two events in the fall... finished in a tie for 58th at the Kent Youel Invitational... had a scoring average of 79 strokes per round in the fall.

 

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