Women's Golf Set for Pac-10 Championship

April 23, 2009

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Pac-10 Championship Central

 

THIS WEEK — Oregon State women’s golf is in Stanford, Calif. this weekend for the Pac-10 Championship tournament. The tournament title will be decided in a three-day 54-hole tournament Friday-Sunday, April 24-26 at Stanford Golf Course.

 

THE COURSE — The Stanford Golf Course is a par-71, 6,117 yard course. 

 

THE FIELD — No. 1 Arizona State; No. 2 UCLA; No. 3 USC; No. 21 Arizona; No. 24 Stanford; No. 26 California; No. 36 Oregon; No. 40 Washington; No. 64 Oregon State; No. 71 Washington State.

 

LAKOWSKE SAYS — “Going to Mississippi a couple weeks ago will really help us prepare for Stanford’s golf course in getting used to elevation changes.  Having played a course that is demanding and hilly will really help us pay attention to the different elevations. The five that are going are all playing well. They have been shooting some good numbers in practice and have been looking good. We have a lot of confidence going into the tournament.”

“This is the first time we’ve had this much time off before the conference tournament, so I don’t have much to relate this to, but I think it has been really good for us. The women have been able to get a chance to work on some swing issues they wanted to iron out. We’ve had a lot of good weather to work on our short game. It has been a good two weeks of practice. I am anxious to see how it turns out. I think we should see an improvement from the last three events.”

“We are going to play the tournament and then regionals are all up to the selection committee. Right now we’re ranked 62nd, typically they are only going to take 54 or 55 teams due to automatic qualifiers. Really it depends on what happens throughout the nation with automatic qualifiers. I think a top six finish would help, I don’t know if it would get us in, but it would be a great finish to the season when you figure in you have the No. 1, 2 and 3 teams competing.”

 

LIVE STATS/RESULTS — Live hole-by-hole scores will be made available at www.golfstat.com. Full final results will be made available at www.osubeavers.com following each round of every tournament.

 

LAST TIME OUT — The Beavers finished 3rd out of 14 at the Lady Rebel Intercollegiate in Oxford, Miss. Cara Freeman led the way for finishing fifth shooting a 222, her second top 10 finish this season.

WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE BEAVERS — Oregon State will wait and see if they receive and NCAA Regional birth following the Pac-10 tournament.

 

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 seventh 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. Also, Burkard’s 111 rounds played in her career is ninth best in OSU 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 tying for the sixth best three-round tournament 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.

 

SEASON/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 and Lady Rebel Intercollegiate finishing tied for 17th, shot a single-round career best even-par 72 at the Lady Rebel as well as a shooting a 54-hole low 229 twice (at UNLV; at Mississippi).

 

PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIP LINEUP —

Lauren Archer

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

SPRING 2009: Finished a career best sixth at the Oregon Duck Invitational shooting a tournament total 225 and final round of even-par, 72... tied for 18th at the MountainView Collegiate... tied for 37th at the Kiawah Island Classic firing a career low, 3-under-par 69 in the final round… finished 23rd at the Lady Rebel Intercollegiate... tied for 40th at the UNLV Spring Rebel Invitational… currently has a final round scoring average of 74.4.

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.

 

Cara Freeman

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

SPRING 2009: Finished fifth at the Lady Rebel Intercollegiate shooting a 222... tied for 22nd at the MountainView Collegiate shooting a 222... 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.

 

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 40th at the Lady Rebel Intercollegiate... tied for 81st at the Kiawah Island Classic... tied for 68th at the MountainView Collegiate.

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 and Lady Rebel Intercollegiate with a tie for 17th shooting a 230 and a 229... Shot a career best single round of even-par 72 at the Lady Rebel Intercollegiate... tied for 57th at the MountainView Collegiate... shot a career best 229 at the UNLV Spring Rebel Invitational (t36th) and Lady Rebel Intercollegiate (t17th)… tied for 124th at the Kiawah Island Classic.

FALL 2008: Participated in all four fall tournaments… finished tied for 23rd at the Giustina Memorial Classic (1st event)… finished the fall season with a scoring average of 78.67.

 

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 29th at the Lady Rebel Intercollegiate... tied for 48th at the Kiawah Island Classic while shooting a career low 232… tied for 52nd at the UNLV Spring Rebel Invitational shooting a career low 73 twice in the second and final rounds... tied for 88th at the MountainView Collegiate.

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.

 

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