Women's Golf Competes at Pioneer Electronics Bruin Classic
March 9, 2001
WHAT'S ON TAP: Senior All-America candidate Jerilyn White has a pair of top-10 finishes in her last two events and will go for the trifecta at the 11th Pioneer Electronics Bruin Classic, which will be played Monday and Tuesday March 12-13 at the 6,019-yards, par-72 Menifee Lakes Country Club in Temecula, Calif. White finished third at last week's Verizon 'Mo'morial and seventh two weeks earlier at the Arizona Wildcat Invitational.
THE FIELD: The 18-team field is dominated by the top teams in the West, including No. 4 USC, defending tournament champ and 11th-ranked Pepperdine, No. 16 Oklahoma, No. 21 UCLA (the host team), No. 29 New Mexico, No. 35 Washington, No. 38 Texas A&M, No. 44 San Francisco, No. 47 California and No. 48 Brigham Young. The rest of the field is comprised of . Cal State Northridge, Long Beach State, Nevada, Northern Arizona, Oregon, Oregon State, Portland State and San Diego State.
OREGON IN THE BRUIN CLASSIC: This will be the Ducks' sixth appearance in the Pioneer Electronics Bruin Classic and the first since 1999. Oregon's best finish at the Bruin Classic was a runner-up finish in 1998. The Ducks were fourth in 1997, fifth in both 1992 and 1999 and eighth in 1993.
RANKINGS: Senior All-America candidate Jerilyn White was ranked 55th individually in the March 7 Mastercard Collegiate Golf rankings.
OREGON PROBABLE STARTERS
Jerilyn White Sr.-3V Salem, Ore. (McNary)Kathy Cho Jr.-TR Honolulu, Hawaii (Punanau/Hawaii)Dawn Berry Sr.-2L Calgary, Alberta (Lethbridge)Megan Heckeroth So.-1L Netarts, Ore. (Tillamook)Lacy Erickson Fr.-RS Austin, Minn. (Austin)Claire Hunter Sr.-2L Aberdeen, Scotland (Kincorth/McLennan CC)
ABOUT THE DUCKS: Only one golfer returns from last year's NCAA Championships quintet -- senior All-America candidate Jerilyn White. The other four, Anika Heuser, Angie Rizzo, Pam Sowden and Kylie Wilson, all graduated last spring. Oregon's seventh-place showing at the Verizon 'Mo'morial was its second-best of the season, and was made even better with the best final round of the tournament -- a 302. White shot a 74-79-71-224 to tie for third and match her highest finish as a collegian. Senior Claire Hunter returns to the lineup this week in place of fellow senior Julia Smith, other than that, the travel squad is unchanged from a week ago.
COACH SHANNON ROUILLARD: Former all-Pac-10 golfer and `95 Oregon grad Shannon Rouillard is in her first year as head coach of the Ducks' women's golf program. Rouillard, who began her playing career as a walk-on, tied for 29th at the NCAA Championships as a senior and qualified for the 1999 U.S. Open. Last year as an assistant, Rouillard helped coach Oregon to a tie for 11th at the NCAA Championships.
ROUILLARD SAYS: 'We have another opportunity to grow as a team. The goal this week is to put two or three good rounds together. That's something we've struggled with this year. The field is a little stronger than last week, but it's also an opportunity to beat some teams we're going against for a regional spot. This is really just another midterm for us as we continue our quest to improve.'
VERIZON 'MO'MORIAL: Senior Jerilyn White matched the best finish of her career -- firing a 74-79-71-224 to tie for third March 5-6 at the Verizon 'Mo'morial. It was the second top 10 finish for the All-America candidate and helped the Ducks to a seventh place finish. Oregon shot the low round -- a 302 -- during the tournament's final day. Senior Dawn Berry also had a strong tournament, shooting 78-79-73-230 to tie for 13th, which was her best finish in more than two years.
ARIZONA WILDCAT INVITATIONAL: Senior Jerilyn White led the Ducks, finishing 7th, while also recording her best finish of the season to date with a 78-69-71-218 series Feb. 19-21 at the Arizona Wildcat Invitational. Although Oregon finished 15th in tournament of only 16 teams, the Ducks' Lacy Erickson made strong finish, shooting career lows on the last two days, 80 and 79, respectively.
HAWAII FALL GOLF CLASSIC: The Oregon women's golf team shot a season-low 300 to finish in a season-high sixth place finish with a 64-over, 928 combined team score. Three Oregon golfers finished in the top 20, led by senior Jerilyn White's 14th-place finish. White shot a 4-over 76 Wednesday to finish the tournament at 15-over, tied with four other golfers with 231. The 14th-place finish was White's highest finish since tying for 13th at last June's NCAA Championships, also tying her fall low round of 74. Senior Dawn Berry and junior Kathy Cho tied for 19th overall at plus-16. Berry had the low round of the day for the Ducks, shooting an even-par 72.
STANFORD-PEPSI INTERCOLLEGIATE: Freshman Katharina Schallenberg was Oregon's top finisher for the third time this fall, but her 61st-place 237 was not enough to lift the Ducks out of 18th (955) in the team's worst finish of the season Oct. 20-22 at Stanford. Jerilyn White was the only other Duck in the top 70, tying for 65th with a 238.
EDEAN IHLANFELDT INVITATIONAL: A final round 304 was the best of the year for Oregon and allowed the Ducks to claim eighth place at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational Oct. 9-11 at Sahalee Country Club in Redmond, Wash. Senior Claire Hunter recorded her best finish in more than a year, tying for 19th at 15-over par. Katharina Schallenberg was 16-over to tie for 24th, while Jerilyn White tied for 26th at plus-17, but shot an encouraging final round of one-over par 73.
MARY FOSSUM INVITATIONAL: Torrential rains shorted the Mary Fossum Invitational to just one round Sept. 24 at the Forest Acres Golf Course in Lansing, Mich. The Ducks finished ninth of 15 teams with a 311. Minnesota won the event with a 296. For the second straight week, freshman Katharina Schallenberg was Oregon's top finisher, shooting a 3-over 75 to tie for 12th. Jerilyn White and Dawn Berry tied for 34th at plus-6.
NCAA FALL PREVIEW RECAP: The Ducks battled themselves and Hurricane Gordon and finished a disappointing 19th of 21 teams at the weather-shortened NCAA Fall Preview Sept. 15-16 in Howie-in-the-Hills, Fla. Playing in wet and rainy conditions, Oregon shot a two-round 651 that was 67 strokes over par. Freshman Katharina Schallenberg was a bright spot for the Ducks, leading the team with a 12-over 156 to tie for 44th. All-American candidate Jerilyn White was a stroke back at 157 to tie for 50th.
SENIOR ALL-AMERICAN CANDIDATE JERILYN WHITE: Senior Jerilyn White is looking to become just the second All-American at Oregon after a 13th-place showing at the 2000 NCAA Championships. 'Jerilyn has a great chance to become an All-American,' said Rouillard. 'She's starting to play like she's capable of and I think she has both mentally and physically prepared herself for a great senior year.' 2000-01 Highlights: Back-to-back top 10 finishes have White off to a great spring. She finished seventh at the Arizona Wildcat Invitational (78-69-71-218) and followed that with a tie for third (74-79-71-224) at the Verizon 'Mo'morial. White finished the fall season in strong fashion, tying for 14th at the Hawaii Fall Classic (74-81-76-231). 1999-2000: Oregon's best golfer down the stretch led the team at the NCAA, West Regional and Pac-10 championships. At last May's NCAA Championships, tied for 13th with a 10-over 298 (75-73-73-77). Tied teammate Anika Heuser for 21st place at the NCAA West Regional with a 223 (77-73-73). Finished her final two holes with a birdie then an eagle to help catapult the Ducks to a seventh-place finish at the Regional. Recorded Oregon's best overall score at the Pac-10 Championships with a 223 (78-72-73) to place in a tie for 9th. Finished in a tie for 6th place at the Lady Aztec Invitational after contributing a third place finish at the Colby Invitational. Tied for 32nd in Arizona Wildcat Invitational, shooting a combined 222 (77-72-73). Finished in a tie for eighth place at Hawaii Classic and Oregon's top finisher (tie for 20th place) at the Stanford Invitational, shooting a 76-72-76--224 series. Placed sixth at the Nittany Lion Invitational that included a season-low round of 71. Was Oregon's top finisher in the 1999 NCAA Fall Preview Tournament. 1998-99: Shot a 72 in two consecutive rounds to finish tied for sixth place at the 1999 Bruin Invitational. Tied for 36th at the 1998 Pac-10 Championships and earned a final ranking of 96th in the NCAA poll. Ranked 76th, best on the team, with a 76.1 score (second lowest on the squad). Placed fifth at the Colby Invitational. Had a career-low 69 and tied for sixth at the Pac-10 Championships with a 3-over 219. Qualified for the U.S. Women's Amateur in 1998. Won the Pacific Northwest Golf Association women's championship and won the local Northwest Women's Amateur Qualifier. Participated in all five fall tournaments and finished tied for ninth at the Portland Invitational. Carded a low round of 73 at the Stanford Invitational, where she tied for 14th. 1997-98: Played 13 rounds as a freshman with a 77.9 average, fourth-best on the squad. Tied for 36th at the Pac-10 Championships. Best finish was a tie for fourth at the Peg Barnard Invitational with a two-round score of 150, playing as an individual. Earned a final rank of 87th in the NCAA poll. Before Oregon: The 1996 state high school champion was a three-time all-state selection (1995, '96, '97) and was a third team all-Valley League selection in basketball. Personal: Born July 30, 1979, in Salem, Ore. Parents are James and Jean White. Major is sociology.