Pac-10 Championships on the Slate for Women's Golf
April 19, 2001
WHAT'S ON TAP: The Ducks will travel to Stanford to participate in the Pac-10 Championships, Monday through Wednesday, April 23-25, at the Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz. (par 72, 6,090 yards).
THE FIELD: Seven of the nation's top 50 teams are in the Pac-10, including No. 2 Arizona, No. 4 USC, No. 6 Stanford, No. 21 Arizona State, No. 27 UCLA, No. 36 Washington and No. 41 California. The Pac-10 tournament also features 22 of the top 100 individually, including No. 1 Lorena Ochoa of Arizona, No. 2 Candice Kung of USC and No. 35 Jerilyn White of Oregon.
OREGON IN THE PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS: Oregon has competed in all 14 Pac-10 championships with a high finish of fourth twice. Oregon's most recent fourth-place showing came in 1993 on a team that was led by current Oregon head coach Shannon Rouillard (then Shannon Hare) who tied for seventh individually. Last year, the Ducks finished seventh, shooting a 912 at Eugene Country Club. Arizona won last year's Pac-10 title shooitng an 883, it was the Wildcats' third title in the last four years. Jerilyn White has been Oregon's top individual golfer at the Pac-10 tournament each of the last two seasons. Last year, she finished ninth, while she tied for sixth as a sophomore. No Duck has ever won Pac-10 medalist honors, the closest was Karly Mills' tie for fourth in 1995. Here's a look at how Oregon's current team members have fared at the Pac-10 Championships during their careers:
Player 2000 1999 1998Jerilyn White 223/9th 219/T6th 238/T36thDawn Berry 234/T35t 241/47th ---Claire Hunter --- 269/59th ---
RANKINGS: Senior All-America candidate Jerilyn White was ranked 35th individually in the April 18 Mastercard Collegiate Golf rankings.
OREGON PROBABLE STARTERS
Jerilyn White Sr.-3L Salem, Ore. (McNary)Kathy Cho Jr.-TR Honolulu, Hawaii (Punanau/Hawaii)Dawn Berry Sr.-2L Calgary, Alberta (Lethbridge)Lacy Erickson Fr.-RS Austin, Minn. (Austin)Megan Heckeroth So.-1L Netarts, Ore. (Tillamook)Claire Hunter Sr.-2V 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. The Ducks have found a bit of consistency as they head into the championship season (Pac-10s, Regionals and NCAA Championships). Oregon's No. 1 player, Jerilyn White, has been very consistent in the spring with top 20 finishes in her last six tournaments, including her first collegiate win at the Peg Barnard California Collegiate last week to lead Oregon to its best showing of the spring (fifth). White will become one of a rare group of golfers who have competed in four Pac-10 championships. Dawn Berry makes her third Pac-10 appearance, while Claire Hunter makes her second. It will be the first Pac-10 championship experience for Kathy Cho, Lacy Erickson and Megan Heckeroth.
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 QUOTES: 'This is our first final exam. We've been stressing a lot of short game practice with our chipping and our putting and we're beginning to see it pay off. I'm excited and optimistic about going back to Arizona State. We played well when we were there at the beginning of the month and we should be able to build on that success. I feel that's to our advantage because our younger players like Lacy (Erickson) and Megan (Heckeroth), and even Dawn Berry, who is a senior, all know they can play this course well. And Jerilyn (White), who has also had good success at this course throughout her career, should have great confidence to lead us with her win last week and the way she has been playing the entire spring.'
ROUILLARD ON SENIOR ALL-AMERICA CANDIDATE JERILYN WHITE: 'Jerilyn has put herself in a position to win the Pac-10 championship and if she does that, she can put herself in a position to win the NCAA championship. In winning last week, she played well enough to beat the best golfers in the country, which should give her tremendous confidence because she'll see a lot of them at Pac-10s. Jerilyn has played well in this event before and has good memories of this course. She has proven time and and time again that you never have to worry about her mental toughness. She is one of the best pressure players in the country.'
PEG BARNARD CALIFORNIA COLLEGIATE: Senior All-America candidate Jerilyn White shot a career-low 4-under 68 in the final round to win the Peg Barnard California Collegiate April 13-14 at Stanford. It was the first career win for the Salem, Ore., native and her sixth straight top-20 finish. White shot an even-par 144 (76-68) for the tournament and defeated Stephanie Keever of Stanford by three stokes. White led Oregon to its highest finsh of the season, finishing fifth with a 620 composite. Stanford won the event with a 595. Sophomore Megan Heckeroth shot a 155 (including a career-low round of 76) for a career-high 21st-place finish. Junior Kathy Cho tied for 32nd at 161.
PING/ASU INVITATIONAL: Senior Jerilyn White tallied her fifth straight top-20 finish to lead the Ducks to an 11th place finish at the PING/ASU Invitational, held April 6-8 in Tempe, Ariz. White's three-round total of 222 (73-75-74) was just six short of Stanford senior Stephanie Keever's first-place finish. Redshirt freshman Lacy Erickson followed her first round score of 81 with the lowest of her collegiate career, a two-under par 70. And that, in combination with her third round, even-par 72, moved Erickson into a tie for 15th, her highest finish as a Duck. As a team, Oregon shot a season-low three-round 915 composite, including its lowest round, a 299.
UCLA BRUIN CLASSIC: Senior Jerilyn White had her fourth straight top-20 finish to lead Oregon to a tie for 11th place, March 12-13 at the Pioneer Electronic UCLA Bruin Classic in Temecula, Calif. Oregon finished with a team score of 926 to tie with Nevada. White shot a 74-77-72-223 to tie for 16th. Two other golfers shot season low rounds at the tournament as both senior Claire Hunter and sophomore Megan Heckeroth posted 76s.
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 in Houston, Texas. 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, her best finish in more than two years.
ARIZONA WILDCAT INVITATIONAL: Senior Jerilyn White led the Ducks, finishing seventh, and recorded her best finish of the season to date with a 78-69-71-218 series, Feb. 19-21 at the Arizona Wildcat Invitational in Tucson, Ariz. Although Oregon finished 15th in tournament of 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, Oct. 31-Nov. 1 in Kapolei, Hawaii. 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 top70, 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: 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-America candidate Jerilyn White was a stroke back at 157 to tie for 50th.
SENIOR ALL-AMERICA CANDIDATE JERILYN WHITE: Currently ranked 35th in the nation, senior Jerilyn White is looking to become just the second All-American at Oregon after a 13th-place showing at the 2000 NCAA Championships. 2000-01 Highlights: One win and six consecutive top-20 finishes, including all five tournaments this spring, have White in great shape heading into the championship season. White finished the fall season in strong fashion, tying for 14th at the Hawaii Fall Classic (74-81-76-231). Then she opened the spring by finishing seventh at the Arizona Wildcat Invitational (78-69-71-218), followed that with a tie for third (74-79-71-224) at the Verizon 'Mo'morial. Then came a tie for 16th at the UCLA Bruin Classic (74-77-72-223) and a tie for 12th at the Ping/ASU Invitational (73-75-74-222). Her finest day as a collegian came at the Peg Barnard California Collegiate where she won the first tournament of her collegiate career by shooting an even-par 76-68-144. The 4-under 68 was the best round of her career. 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.