Women’s Golf Looks For Repeat, Back-To-Back Titles

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CORVALLIS, Ore. The Oregon State women’s golf team looks to repeat at the Rose City Collegiate and make it back-to-back titles to start the 2014-15 season when it travels up the I-5 to compete Monday and Tuesday at Langdon Farms Golf Club in Aurora, Ore.

The Beavers have played in the Rose City Collegiate three times previously in the four-year history of the event and have walked away with a team title (2013) and two second-place finishes (2010 and 2012). Anica Yoo won medalist honors last year, becoming the first Oregon State women’s golfer to win an outright tournament in 16 years.

It was a great start to the 2014-15 campaign for the Beavers as they won the Oregon State Invitational two weeks ago by posting the second-best three-round in school history.

FIELD (14): Oregon State, Boise State, Cal State Fullerton, Eastern Washington, Idaho, Idaho State, Montana, Northern Colorado, Portland State, San Francisco, Seattle, UC Irvine, Louisiana-Monroe and Weber State.

COURSE: The tournament will be held at the par-72, 6,080-yard Langdon Farms Golf Club.

BEAVERS’ LINEUP: Oregon State will go with a lineup of senior Anica Yoo, juniors Ashlee Pickerell and Chelsea Saelee, and freshmen Haley Nist and Hannah Swanson. Four Beaver players will compete as individuals, and they are senior Lauren Fischer, sophomores Jesse Hamilton and Krissy Peterson, and freshman Laura Hoskin.

FORMAT: Two-day, 54-hole tournament with 36 holes of continuous play on Monday and 18 holes on Tuesday. The top-four individuals from each five-member team with the lowest scores for each 18-hole round constitute the scoring members for that given round.

TEE TIMES: There will be a shotgun start at 8 a.m. on Monday and tee times beginning at 8 a.m. off the first and 10th holes on Tuesday.

LIVE SCORING: There will be live scoring for the tournament on golfstat.com.

LAST TIME OUT: Oregon State took advantage of playing on its home course by winning the Oregon State Invitational by a commanding 10 strokes in the Beavers’ first tournament of the 2014-15 season.

It was an ideal start for first-year Oregon State head coach Sammie Chergo and assistant Dawn Shockley, as the Beavers had three players finish in the top 10, led by Anica Yoo’s second-place showing, to cruise to the 10th team title in school history.

OSU shot a 15-over 292-290-297--879 at the par-72, 6,283-yard Trysting Tree Golf Club to post its second-best three-round score in school history. San Francisco finished second in the 10-team field with a 25-over 889, while High Point was third (29-over 893), and Portland State and Boise State tied for fourth (30-over 894).

Yoo fell just short of winning her second career individual title, finishing with a 2-over 72-72-74--218, which was three strokes behind Isabella Leung of Hawai’i, who was the lone player in the field in red figures with a 1-under 67-75-73--215.

Chelsea Saelee recorded the second top-five finish of her career after carding a 4-over 74-73-73--220 to finish in a tie for fifth place. Her best career finish is a tie for third at last year’s Rose City Collegiate and her best three-round score is a 3-over 216 as a freshman at the Stanford Intercollegiate.

Freshman Haley Nist had an impressive start to her Oregon State career as she finished in a tie for ninth place with a 5-over 72-73-76--221. It’s the first time a freshman Beaver golfer has posted a top-10 finish since the great Seshia Telles finished in a tie for ninth and tie for 10th in 2010.

Krissy Peterson also had a very solid tournament, as she recorded career bests in finishes (tie for 13th) and three-round score (7-over 74-72-77--223). Her previous best marks came at the Westbrook Spring Invitational when she shot a 9-over 225 to finish in a tie for 55th at the Westbrook Spring Invitational.

After a tough opening round, junior Ashlee Pickerell bounced back in a big way over her next 36 holes by carding a 73 and 74 to finish with a 15-over 231 to finish in 35th place. She failed to get a birdie in the morning on Monday but dropped five over the next two rounds to climb the leaderboard.

Oregon State had all nine golfers on its roster compete in the tournament, as four of them participated as individuals. Sophomore Jesse Hamilton led the bunch with a 10-over 71-79-76--226 to finish in a tie for 22nd place, while senior Lauren Fischer was tied for 26th with a 12-over 76-74-78--228, freshman Hannah Swanson was a stroke back with a 13-over 76-76-77--229 for a tie for 29th and freshman Laura Hoskin finished 57th with a 39-over 87-87-81--255.

The 15-over 879 is the second-best three-round score in Oregon State history, trailing only the 10-over 874 it shot at last season’s Westbrook Spring Invitational. The 15-over mark shatters the Beavers’ record at Trysting Tree Golf Club, which was previously a 29-over 893 at the OSU Shanico Invitational in 2002.

LAST TIME AT THE ROSE CITY COLLEGIATE: It was a huge day for Oregon State at the Rose City Collegiate on Oct. 1 a year ago, which included a team title, an individual win and an ace.

The Beavers won the 15-team event, which was shortened to 36 holes due to weather, by a whopping 14 strokes after posting a 10-over 293-293--586 at the par-72, 6,080-yard Langdon Farms Golf Club. It was the first team title for Oregon State in five years after claiming the Giustina Memorial Classic on its home course back in September 2008.

Not only did the team win the title, but Anica Yoo won medalist honors with a 2-under 69-73--142, becoming the first Oregon State golfer to win an outright individual crown in 16 years after Anjeanette Dabbs won the Pepperdine Invitational in November 1997.

Not only did Oregon State win the team title and Yoo take medalist honors, but Seshia Telles got a hole-in-one on the par-3 third hole, her first in collegiate competition.

Oregon State won by 14 strokes over Gonzaga and UC Irvine, which tied for second with a 24-over 600, and Yoo held off a late charge by Luciane Lee of UC Irvine, who was the only other player in the 84-person field to finish in red numbers with a 1-under 71-72--143.

Whitney French tied for the individual lead at this event in 2010 but lost on the 12th hole of sudden-death playoff to Kelsey Kipp of North Texas.

Chelsea Saelee recorded a career-best finish with a tie for third place after posting a 2-over 75-71--146. The 1-under 71 in Tuesday’s final round is the first sub-par round of her young career.

The ace by Telles helped her shoot a 1-over 73 and move up the leaderboard into sole eighth with a 4-over 75-73--148, while Ashlee Pickerell also posted a career-best finish with a tie for 10th with a 6-over 74-76--150. Lauren Sewell was only a stroke back with a 7-over 75-76--152 that put her in a tie for 14th.

Competing as individuals, Krissy Peterson shot a 21-over 85-80--165 for a tie for 69th and Melissa Gibbons finished in a tie for 72nd with a 23-over 86-81--167.

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