Women's Golf In 20th Among Nation's Best At NCAA Fall Preview

Sept. 24, 2001

SEATTLE, Wash. - -

The Oregon State women's golf team started its season with a 313, good for 20th place among a field of the Nation's best, at the NCAA Fall Preview on Monday.

The Beavers took advantage of a 76 from true freshman Alexandra Lucio and a 77 from Stacie Ferguson to finish the first 18 holes ahead of Purdue, California , Oregon, and Washington State. Lucio is tied for 43rd and Ferguson is knotted with nine others in 53rd.

The Preview field is likely the strongest the Beavers will face in the regular season, as 20 of the 24 teams are ranked in the top 25, and every top-10 program is competing. The tournament is played at the par-72, 6,283-yard Washington National.

'Today wasn't great, but I saw a lot of possibility,' 12th-year head coach Rise Lakowske said of her young squad that has no seniors playing. 'They could have done better than 313, and I think they will do a lot better tomorrow. There are a few holes where if you don't hit the green, it's very hard to make par or bogey, so they'll have to adjust to that. Today could have easily been a 302 or 303.'

Ashlei Pendleton and Laura Skinner are among a group of 12 players tied for 84th after an 80, while Marylyn Brand and true freshman Kelly Kerkvleit are tied with an 82. Kerkveliet is playing as an individual.

Tenth-ranked Tennessee leads the tournament with a 293, while No. 20 Ohio State is one stroke back.

Duke's Virada Nirapathpongporn and Tennessee's Young-A Yang lead the individual competition after 2-under 70s.

The field continues with another 18 holes tomorrow, and wraps up the 54-hole tournament on Wednesday.


1. Tennessee 293, 2. Ohio State 294, 3. USC 298, 4. Arizona State 299, 5. Auburn 300, 6. Duke 301, 6. Michigan State 301, 6. Tulsa 301, 9. Arizona 302, 9. Georgia 302, 9. LSU 302, 12. Oklahoma State 304, 12. Pepperdine 304, 12. Texas 304, 15. UCLA 306, 16. TCU 307, 16. Washington 307, 18. Stanford 308, 19. New Mexico State 309, 20. Oregon State 313, 21. Purdue 318, 22. California 321, 23. Oregon 324, 24. Washington State 327.


1. Virada Nirapathpongporn, Duke 70, 1. Young-A Yang 70, 3. Emily Bastel, Michigan State 71, 3. Lindsay Knowlton, Ohio State 71, 3. Lorena Ochoa, Arizona 71.


T43. Alexandra Lucio 76, t53. Stacie Ferguson 77, t84. Ashlei Pendleton 80, t84 Laura Skinner 80, t104. Marylyn Brand 82, t104. Kelly Kerkvleit 82 (individual).

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