Freeman finishes 6th, Beavers 7th at Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational

Oct. 7, 2009

SAMMAMISH, Wash. -

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Junior Cara Freeman fired a 3-under-par 69 in the final round Wednesday to help the Oregon State women's golf team a 310, its best round of the three-day Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational to finish in seventh place.

Oregon State shot a 54-hole total of 951, showing marked improvement with each round. At the end of the first day the Beavers were in 10th place after shooting a 324. In round two, Oregon State cut seven strokes for a 317 moving into a tie for seventh and today shaving another seven strokes (310) to finish alone in seventh place.

'Every day we got better which shows that we're learning and getting better every time out,' head coach Rise Lakowske said. 'Finishing ahead of Oregon and Idaho, who have won our two previous tournaments is nice for us. Those are two top 50 teams and later in the season, those wins will be valuable.'

Freeman was the Beavers' top performer finishingtied for sixth place in the 73-player field with a score of (80-75-69) 224. She wrapped up the tournament with a 3-under 69, the low round of the tournament.

'Cara hit the ball well this week,' Lakowske said. 'Starting the round today with three birdies really helped to take the pressure off. She hit 15 greens today which is an incredible number for this golf course.'

Freshman Christy Fogerty, who played the tournament as an individual, was the Beavers' next highest finisher tying for 33rd with a final (77-82-79) 238.

Senior Lauren Archer finished tied for 37th with a 240, sophomore Whitney French and junior Kristina Gargaro tied for 46th with a 246 and senior Brittany Stewart was tied for 51st with a 248.

'We played a lot better today although it wasn't necessarily reflected with the scores,' Lakowske said. 'Brittany (Stewart), Whitney (French) and Lauren (Archer) struck the ball well, but struggled a little with the hole locations, which was a common thing for the entire field today.'

Katrina Delen Briones of San Jose State took the tournament honors shooting a three-round total 219. California earned the team title going wire-to-wire to win with an 897.

The Beavers are back in action next week, Oct. 12-14, in Las Cruces, N.M. for the Price's New Mexico State Collegiate on the NMSU Golf Course.

Team Scores: 1. California (296-303-298) 897; 2. Stanford (308-301-303) 912; 3. Pepperdine (311-302-304) 917; 4. San Francisco (301-313-307) 921; 5. San Jose State (309-311-314) 934; 6. Washington (310-314-315) 939; 7. Oregon State (324-317-310) 951; 8. Oregon (326-315-314) 955; 9. Idaho (321-321-323) 965; 10. Washington State (333-315-318) 966; t11. BYU (320-330-318) 968; t11. Long Beach State (322-329-317) 968; 13. New Mexico State (333-350-332) 1015.

Individual Leaders: 1. Katrina Delen Briones, San Jose State (73-75-71) 219; 2. Natasha Podmore, San Francisco (72-76-72) 220; 3. Emily Childs, California (73-74-74) 221; t4. Joanne Lee, California (75-74-74) 223; t4. Sally Watson, Stanford (77-72-74) 223.

Oregon State Scores: t6. Cara Freeman (80-75-69) 224; t37. Lauren Archer (77-83-80) 240; t46. Whitney French (84-81-81) 246; t46. Kristina Gargaro (83-80-83) 246; t51. Brittany Stewart (87-81-80) 248; *t33. Christy Fogerty (77-82-79) 238.

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