Women's Golf Season In Review
June 1, 2009
Under head coach Rise Lakowske, Oregon State women’s golf finished the 2008-09 golf season ranked 59th according to GolfStat rankings. The Beavers narrowly missed out on regional qualifying as 58 teams were selected after automatic qualifying bids.
The Giustina Memorial
The Beavers won the 2008 Giustina Memorial Classic in September, the first team victory since 1998. Oregon State carded a 904 with rounds of 303, 298 and 303 to take a two shot victory over rival Oregon. Sophomore Cara Freeman recorded a career best finish second place shooting a 3-over-par, 219.
As a team the Beavers notched a new school record averaging 304.87 strokes per round, a three shot per round improvement from last season.
The Beavers had a finishing rate of 58.2 percent against 158 opponents, the second best rate in program history.
In the fall, the team shot the fifth lowest three-round tournament score (899) in school history at the Kent Youel Invitational and the eighth lowest single-round score at the same tournament (295).
Mastering the Short Game
As a team, women’s golf finished the season ranked fourth in the nation in total short game with a 49.6 percent conversion rate. Junior Lauren Archer wrapped up the season with the sixth best total short game scoring average in the nation at 60.9 percent.
Junior Brittany Stewart received Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention for her contributions in the classroom.
In the Books
Archer had a 76.03 scoring average this season, the third best season average in school history and recorded the second best single-round score in school history with a 3-under-par 69 at the Kiawah Island Classic.
Cara Freeman had a 76.13 scoring average this season, the fourth best season average in school history. Freeman also carded the seventh best three-round score in school history scoring a 3-over-par, 219, at the Giustina Memorial Classic.
Senior Martha Burkard recorded three top 10 finishes this season, tying for eighth most in a single season at OSU, Burkard’s six career top-10 finishes ranks seventh all-time at OSU, has played 114 rounds -- the eighth most by a Beaver golfer and also registered the fifth lowest three-round score in OSU history with a 2-over-par, 218, at the Kent Youel Invitational.