Beavs In Fourth at Lady Rebel
April 3, 2009
OXFORD, Miss. – Oregon State women’s golf finished the opening round of the Lady Rebel Intercollegiate in fourth place, Friday, after shooting a 311. The Beavers are just 11 strokes behind tournament leading Tulane at the Country Club of Oxford, a par-72 6,132 yard course.
“We still have some work to do out there,” head coach Rise Lakowske said. “This is a different type of course than we have been playing. I think we got accustomed to it today and made some adjustment during the round. Fourth isn’t a bad place to start. This is a tough course, but I believe we should be able to do better tomorrow.”
Sophomore Cara Freeman turned in her card tied for eighth place as the Beavers’ top performer after shooting a 4-over-par 76. Freeman recovered from an early triple-bogey on the seventh hole with a birdie on nine and an eagle on the 17th, one of the most difficult holes on the back nine. Freeman is just three shots off the lead.
“Cara responded very well after hitting a ball out-of-bounds on seven,' Lakowske said. 'She didn’t let it affect the rest of her round. I don’t see Cara making the same mistake twice, so she should be able to shoot better in the next couple rounds.”
Freshman Whitney French came in tied for 14th and just one shot back from Freeman with a 77. Junior Lauren Archer shot a 78 en route to a tie for 22nd, freshman Elyse Okada is tied for 34th with an 80 and senior Martha Burkard rounded out the Beaver scoring with an 81, tying for 38th.
“We had a pretty average round today,” Lakowske said. “We will have a different strategy tomorrow. We need to play smart golf, execute and improve our putting. I think we got a good feel for the course today and if we execute our adjustments we should see a much better score.”
Tulane, No. 34 according to golfstat.com, leads the tournament with a 12-over-par 300 heading to the second round. Sitting atop the leaderboard is Dori Carter of Mississippi and Daniela Holmqvist each shooting a 1-over-par 73.
Oregon State returns to action tomorrow morning with the first Beaver golfer teeing off at 6:08 a.m. PT.