Ducks Finish Fall Season at Hawaii
Oct. 26, 2001
WHAT'S ON TAP: The Ducks return to the site of one of their best performances of last season for the Hawaii Fall Golf Classic. The tournament will be played Tuesday, Oct. 30 and Wednesday, Oct. 31 at the par-72, 5,900-yard Kapolei Golf Course, with two rounds on Tuesday and one Wednesday. The tournament is a homecoming for senior Kathy Cho, a native of Honolulu, who transferred to Oregon from Hawaii. At last year's Hawaii Fall Golf Classic, Cho finished a career-best 19th at 232. As a team, the Ducks finished sixth at 929, which was their best tournament of the fall.
THE FIELD: Teams from as far away as Florida will be competing in the final event of the fall. No. 13 Arizona and No. 30 California are the only two ranked teams, but a very diverse 19-team field also includes Baylor, Brigham Young, UC Riverside, Central Florida, Colorado, Denver, host Hawaii, Idaho, Long Beach State, Nevada-Las Vegas, New Mexico, Oregon, Oregon State, San Diego State, San Francisco, San Jose State and Southern Illinois.
OREGON PROBABLE STARTERS
Kathy Cho Sr.-1V Honolulu, Hawaii (Punanau/Hawaii)Lacy Erickson So.-1V Austin, Minn. (Austin)Kim Melrose Jr.-TR Ontario, Calif. (Upland/Mt. San Antonio JC)Jessica Carlyon Fr.-HS Daisy Hill, Australia (John Paul)Johnna Nealy Fr.-HS Grants Pass, Ore. (Grants Pass)Jaime Seefried Fr-RS Spokane, Wash. (Ferris)
ABOUT THE DUCKS: The Ducks stick with the same lineup for the third straight tournament, plus freshman Jaime Seefried, who will compete as an individual. Duck newcomers Kim Melrose, Johnna Nealy and Jessica Carlyon occupy three of the five spots. Kathy Cho is the lone senior on the squad and inherited the No. 1 spot vacated by one of the best golfers in school history -- Pac-10 all-second team performer Jerilyn White. Sophomore Lacy Erickson rounds out the travel squad.
COACH SHANNON ROUILLARD: Former all-Pac-10 golfer and '95 Oregon grad Shannon Rouillard is in her second 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 Rouillard helped Jerilyn White become just the second all-Pac-10 golfer in school history. As an assistant coach in 2000-01, Rouillard helped coach Oregon to a tie for 11th at the NCAA Championships.
ROUILLARD HAWAII FALL GOLF CLASSIC: 'It's our last midterm of the fall and we're looking to end on a good note. We're also looking for some momentum going into the spring. The course is pretty straight-forward and fairly flat. It's a very scoreable golf course.'
STANFORD/PEPSI INTERCOLLEGIATE RECAP: Kathy Cho had rounds of 79-74-75 to tie for 44th at 228 at the Stanford/Pepsi Invitational, played Oct. 19-21 at the par-72, 6,154-yard Stanford Golf Course. Freshman Johnna Nealy had a final round 79 to tie for 76th at 240, while junior Kim Melrose finished 79th at 241 after closing with a 79. Tulsa ran away with the team title, shooting a final round 285 to defeat USC and Vanderbilt by 17 strokes. Oregon's 946 was good for 16th place and easily outdistanced Washington State's last place 969.
OSU/SHANICO INVITATIONAL RECAP: Oregon shot three rounds near 310 and finished in the middle of the pack -- 12th at the OSU/Shanico Invitational, which was played through rain showers Oct. 8-10 at the 6,072-yard, par-72 Trysting Tree Golf Course. Kathy Cho was the Ducks' high finisher, tying for 21st at 227. It was the highest finish for the senior from Honolulu, Hawaii, since tying for 19th at last year's Hawaii Fall Golf Classic. Freshman Johnna Nealy was the only other Duck in the top 50, finishing the tournament tied for 37th at 231. California and Arizona tied for the team title at 882 at the end of 54 holes and the Golden Bears were declared the winner based on having a better fifth-player score in round three than the Wildcats. Oregon had rounds of 309-311-312 for a 932 total.
NCAA FALL PREVIEW RECAP: A steady rain shortened the NCAA Fall Preview to two rounds Sept. 24-26 at the 6,250-yard, par-72 Washington National Golf Club. The Ducks posted a 23rd place finish with a 36-hole total of 652 for their inaugural event of the 2001-02 season, edging Washington State by five strokes (657) for the 24th and final place. Senior Kathy Cho was Oregon's highest finisher, tying for 101st at 161. Freshman Jessica Carlyon tied for 107th at 164, while freshmen Jaime Seefried and Johnna Nealy tied for 112th at 167.
WHO'S BACK: Oregon returns senior Kathy Cho, who transferred from Hawaii prior to the 2000-01 season, sophomores Lacy Erickson and Katie Cunningham and redshirt freshman Jaime Seefried. Cho was one of only two golfers to compete in all 12 events last year, while Erickson saw action in eight tournaments, including the last seven in 2001. Cho was second on the team with a 79.0 average, while Erickson ranked fourth at 80.2.
WHO'S GONE: The Ducks lost six letterwinners and four regulars from the 2000-01 team, most notably all-Pac-10 second teamer Jerilyn White. The Salem, Ore., native and four-year letterwinner was a model of consistency down the stretch with top 20 finishes in her final eight tournaments, including a win at the Peg Barnard Collegiate. The three other regulars not returning are seniors Dawn Berry and Claire Hunter, and sophomore Megan Heckeroth, who decided curtail her golfing career and concentrate on academics. Berry was third on the team in scoring average a year ago (79.3), while Heckeroth was fifth at 81.0 and Hunter sixth (81.2). Two other seniors also exhausted their eligibility -- Kimi Cunningham and Julia Smith.
FOREIGN LEGION: Australian freshman Jess Carlyon became the latest of a long line of excellent overseas golfers to compete for the Ducks, meaning for the ninth straight year, a non-American will contribute for Oregon. She follows in the footsteps of Dawn Berry (Canada/1997-01), Claire Hunter (Scotland/1999-01), Anika Heuser (Germany/1997-00), Pam Sowden (New Zealand/1997-00), Kylie Wilson (New Zealand/1996-00), Karen Bristow (Australia/1996-98) and Brooke Taylor (Canada/1994-97). Oregon can only hope Carlyon matches or exceeds the career of Bristow, the only other Australian in school history. She was team MVP in 1999, and a three-time Academic All-American (1997-98-99).
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