Huskies win Oregon Duck Invitational by 21 Strokes

March 29, 2002

LEBANON, Ore. - Lindsay Morgan's 3-over 217 led five Washington golfers who finished in the top nine as the 17th-ranked Huskies ran away with the Oregon Duck Invitational Friday, winning the team title by 21 strokes over second place Idaho. Washington shot 18-over 882 during the three round event at the 5,975-yard, par-72 Mallard Creek Golf Course.

Washington State's Kim Welsh won individual medalist honors by shooting a 2-under 70 Friday to finish at even par 216. Morgan was three stokes back in second place, while UW's Louise Friberg was tied for fourth at 221, Kelli Kamamura and Paige Mackenzie tied for seventh at 223 and Michelle Grafos tied for ninth at 224.

Oregon had its best round of the tournament Friday, shooting a 307 that helped the Ducks move up a spot in the final standings to 11th at 931. Kathy Cho had a one-over 73 for Oregon Friday and finished tied for 13th at 225. Lacy Erickson tied for 32nd at 232.

'The Duck are headed in th right direction,' said Oregon head coach Shannon Rouillard. 'The last three tournaments have been a huge improvement over anything we did in the fall. It's just a matter of time before we come more consistent.

San Jose State followed Idaho in third at 908, while San Francisco was fourth at 909, Minnesota was fifth at 914 and Washington State and Brigham Young tied for sixth at 918. Oregon State had the low round of the day Friday with a 295, and climbed four spots in the final standings to ninth at 922.

This was the fifth Oregon Duck Classic, but the first since 1999. Rouillard said based on the response this year, she plans to make the tournament an annual event. 'I was really excited about the tournament,' she said. 'It went really well. The facility and staff at Mallard Creek were great and we got a lot of positive feedback from the coaches who want to come back next year. That's encouraging because we want to set a standard for Oregon hosting a first class event.'

The Ducks return to action April 5-7 at the Ping/ASU Invitational in Tempe, Ariz.

Oregon Duck InvitationalMallard Creek Golf CourseLebanon, Ore.First & Second Rounds5,975 Yards, Par-72

TEAM SCORES - 1, Washington, 294-292-296-882. 2, Idaho, 303-299-301-903. 4, San Jose State, 305-307-296-908. 4, San Francisco, 302-303-304-909. 5, Minnesota, 311-300-303-914. 6 (tie), Washington State, 305-308-305-918, Brigham Young, 318-299-301-918. 8, Colorado State, 309-305-305-919. 9, Oregon State, 317-310-295-922. 10, San Diego State, 312-311-305-928. 11, Oregon, 312-312-307-931. 12, Colorado, 319-303-311-933. 13, Nevada, 314-302-318-934. 14, Boise State, 318-322-325-965. 15, Montana State, 332-338-340-1010.

TOP TEN INDIVIDUALS - 1, Kim Welch, Washington State, 74-72-70-216. 2, Lindsay Morgan, Washington, 74-72-73-219. 3, Susannah Laing, San Francisco, 73-70-77-220. 4 (tie), Louise Friberg, Washington, 72-75-74-221, Tai Kinney, Minnesota, 78-73-70-221. 6, Jean Shimozaki, San Francisco, 75-73-74-222. 7 (tie), Kelli Kamimura, Washington, 74-73-76-223, Paige Mackenzie, Washington, 74-76-73-223. 9 (tie), Helle Gram, San Jose State, 76-73-75-224, Lani Elston, Idaho, 76-73-75-224, Michelle Grafos, 75-72-77-224, Allison Rella, Colorado, 78-73-73-224.

OREGON FINISHERS - 13 (tie), Kathy Cho, 77-75-73-225. 32 (tie), Lacy Erickson, 75-80-77-232. 48 (tie), Jess Carlyon, 76-80-81-237. 57 (tie), Jaime Seefried., 82-78-79-239. 70, Kim Melrose, 84-87-76-247. 78 (tie), Annie Davis, 84-90-85-259. 80 (tie), Katie Cunningham, 86-69-86-261. DNF-Johnna Nealy, DQ-77-81.

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