Pendleton, Olsson In Top Five; OSU In Sixth At ASU Invitational

April 6, 2001

TEMPE, Ariz. - -

Oregon State golfers Ashlei Pendleton and Carina Olsson shot 72 and 73, respectively, to pace the Beavers in round one of the Ping/ASU Invitational on Friday. Both are in the top five heading into Saturday's second round at the par 72 Karsten Golf Course.

The Beavers are in sixth place after shooting a 303, and are only four shots off the lead held by TCU. Though only 13 shots separate 14 teams, the Beavers find themselves leading second ranked Arizona, No. 4 USC, No. 5 Stanford, and No. 7 New Mexico State.

'They're doing what they need to do,' OSU coach Rise Lakowske said of her team. 'They're starting to play pretty well. This is where I want them to be at this time of year - their mental approach is working.

'This is still anybody's tournament, so we need to go out tomorrow and stay focused and stay in the moment.'

Pendleton, a sophomore transfer from TCU, shot a career-low 72 to forge a tie for third place. Only one shot separates Pendleton from leaders Lorena Ochoa of Arizona and Molly Cooper of Arizona State.

'Ashlei played solid all day,' OSU coach Rise Lakowske said. 'We should see more of that from her, she'll be steady for us.'

Olsson, meanwhile, fired a 1-over 73 to tie for fifth and put herself in position, along with Pendleton, to make a charge for the lead over the weekend's final 36 holes. If it weren't for a tee shot that found the water after a gust of wind, Olsson could be atop the leaderboard. The water ball on a par three cost the Senior two strokes and a possible share of the lead.

Lakowske was also pleased with Olsson's first round.

'Carina played a steady round today, after putting a ball in the water she came back with some birdies. It was a good performance from a senior.'

Also turning in a sturdy round for the Beavers was Stacie Ferguson, who carded a 76 to place her in a tie for 23rd. The sophomore is coming off the best tournament of her career, which came last week when she tied for eighth at the Dr. Thompson Rainbow Tournament.

'Stacie was even on the back, but ran into some trouble on the fourth hole when she made a good approach shot but it rolled off the back of the green and into the water, so she ended up making bogey. She played a solid round overall.'

Bridget Bieth and Laura Skinner both shot opening round scores of 82, as did Marylyn Brand who is playing as an individual.


1. TCU 299, 2. CAL 301, 3. TULSA 302, 3. UCLA 302, 3. ARIZONA ST. 302, 6. OREGON STATE 303, 7. ARIZONA 304, 8. USC 305, 9. STANFORD 307, 10. NEW MEXICO ST. 308, 11. NEW MEXICO 309, 12. SAN JOSE ST. 311, 12. WASHINGTON 311, 14. OREGON 312, 15. WASHINGTON ST. 321.


1. Lorena Ochoa, Arizona 34-37--71, 1. Molly Cooper, Arizona St. 35-36--71, 3. Jennifer Patterson, TCU 36-36--72, 3. Ashlei Pendleton, Oregon St. 35-37--72, 5. Saki Vechi, UCLA 33-40--73, 5. Kelli Kmimura, Washington 37-36--73, 5. Mikaela Parmlid, USC 37-36--73, 5. Carina Olsson, Oregon St. 35-38--73, 5. Jerilyn White, Oregon 35-38--73, 5. Vikki Laing, California 34-39--73.


T3. Ashlei Pendleton 35-37--72, T5. Carina Olsson 35-38--73, T23. Stacie Ferguson 39-37--76, T70. Bridget Bieth 41-41--82, T70. Laura Skinner 41-41--82, T70. Marylyn Brand 38-44--82.

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