Women's Golf Stands in 15th Two Rounds in South Carolina

Feb. 22, 2010

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. - Despite battling wind and rain, the Oregon State women's golf remains in the top 20 at the Edwin Watts/Kiawah Island Classic, the largest Division I tournament in the country. Sophomore Elyse Okada led the Beavers Monday with a 4-over par 76 and sits tied for 30th overall at 8-over through two rounds.

The Beavers slipped from a tie for ninth to 15th during Monday second round. The three-day tournament hosted by the College of Charleston is being played on the Cougar Point and Oak Point courses at Kiawah Island Resort. Monday's round was played on the par-72, 5,957-yard Oak Point course.

'We just had a tough time with a few holes today, overall we played pretty well,' head coach Ris¸ Lakowske said. 'As a team we understand that we can't look backward, we need to focus on what lies ahead by learning from some of today's mistakes. At the same time, we won't be playing on the same golf course tomorrow and the weather is expected to be much better. We just need to look forward to controlling what is in front of us.'

The Beavers, who started the day from the 10th hole, ran into trouble early on combining to shot 7-over on the par 4, 14th hole. Senior Brittany Stewart, who tied for the team lead on Sunday at 4-over, was the only OSU golfer to par the 14th, but she later carded a disastrous 10 on the 4th hole to ruin what was an otherwise solid round to force the Beavers to drop her second round score. Whitney French and Lauren Archer each shot 7-over 79's, Kristina Gargaro posted a 10-over 82 and Stewart finished with an 11-over.

Oregon State has now played each of the courses with considerably more success on Sunday at the Cougar Point course, which the Beavers along with the other top 20 teams in the tournament will play their final round on Tuesday.

'It was a rough start today, but tomorrow we'll be back on the Cougar Point course and with improved weather we look forward to putting up a good score tomorrow,' Lakowske said. 'We played pretty well at Cougar Point but didn't have a strong finish. We'll look for an improvement on yesterday's performance and expect better decision making and course management.'

Oregon State returns to action tomorrow morning at the par-72, 6,009 yard Cougar Point course for the final 18 holes with a 9 a.m. PST shotgun start.

All day coverage with live stats is available at golfstat.com.

Team Scores: 1. Augusta State (284, 307) 591; t2. East Tennessee State (296, 299) 595; t2. East Carolina (290, 305) 595; 4. Minnesota (303, 297) 600; t5. Western Carolina (293, 309) 602; t. Middle Tennessee State (303, 299) 602; t7. Miami (296, 307) 603; t7. Oral Roberts (298, 305) 603; 9. Campbell (297, 308) 605; 10. Illinois State (300, 307) 607.

Individual Leaders: 1. Crystal Reeves, Oral Roberts (72, 68) 140; t2. Nina Muehl, East Tennessee State (72, 70) 142; t2. Sinead O'Sullivan, East Tennessee State (71, 71) 142; t4. Tamara Luccioli, Augusta State (73, 71) 144; t6. Morgan Hale, Middle Tennessee State (75, 70) 145; t6. Josefine Sundh, Western Carolina (69, 76) 145; t6. Tara McFadden, Elon (74, 71) 145; t9. Sarah Bejgrowicz, Campbell (73, 73) 146; t9. Christine Shimel, Maryland (73, 73) 146; t9. Amber Littman, East Carolina (71, 75) 146; t9. Abby Bools, East Carolina (71, 75) 146.

Oregon State Scores: t30. Elyse Okada (76, 76) 152; t47. Whitney French (75, 79) 154; t60. Lauren Archer (77, 79) 156; t74. Brittany Stewart (75, 83) 158; t107. Kristina Gargaro (79, 82) 161.

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