Beavers Tied for Third After Opening Round at WSU Inland Cup

Sept. 21, 2009

PULLMAN, Wash. - The Oregon State Women's Golf team is tied for third place after the opening round of play Monday at the Washington State University Inland Cup. The Beavers are two shots behind Nevada going into day two.

'Overall we played pretty well but I expect them to play a lot better tomorrow,' head coach Rise Lakowske said. 'We can do much better than (scores of) 79, 79, 80 in the three, four and five slots.'

On Monday, the first day of the three day tournament, teams played 18 holes with the Beavers starting on the 10th hole of the one-year-old Palouse Ridge Golf Course, a par-72, 6,126 yard course.

Leading the way for the Beavers was junior Cara Freeman, who shot a 2-over-par 74 and is tied for second, two strokes behind the leader, Amanda Jacobs from the University of Idaho. Sophomore Whitney French shot a 5-over-77 to tie for ninth. OSU junior transfer Kristina Gargaro, who is playing in the tournament as an individual, also shot a 77 Monday.

'Cara played pretty well today. She was even par most of the day,' Lakowske said. 'She got into a little trouble on the 8th (the second-to-last hole for OSU) hole and took a double bogey, but she came back to birdie the last hole.'

Senior Brittany Stewart and sophomore Elyse Okada each tallied 79's and senior Lauren Archer finished with an 80.

The Beavers' opening round total of 309 has them tied with Idaho and trailing Nevada (307) and Sacramento State (308).

'The greens are tricky with a lot of slopes and ridges and different breaks that are very severe. I think one more day on this course will really help us to learn to read the greens,' Lakowske said. 'It's a very hard and fast track. There are some spaces that are narrow and the hole placements are tight. Sometimes it sets you up for a three putt. '

Top Team Scores: 1. Nevada, 307; 2. Sacramento State, 308; t3. Oregon State, 309; t3. Idaho, 309.

Top Individual Scores: 1. Amanda Jacobs (Idaho), 72; t2. Eugenia Guerra (Nevada), 74; t2. Cara Freeman (Oregon State), 74; t2. Kayla Mortellaro (Idaho), 74; t2. Sage Suffecool (Gonzaga), 74.

Oregon State Scores: t2. Cara Freeman, 74; t9. Whitney French, 77; t18. Brittany Stewart, 79; t18. Elyse Okada, 79; t27. Lauren Archer, 80; *t9. Kristina Gargaro, 77; *t18. Christy Fogery, 79; *t69. Chelsey Lind, 88.

*denotes playing as an individual, separate from the team score.

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