Women's Golf Tunes up for Pac-10s at ASU/Ping Invitational

April 2, 2002

EUGENE, Ore. - The Oregon women's golf team heads to its final regular season competition Friday through Sunday at the Ping/ASU Invitational. Ten of the nation's top 25 schools will be in competition this weekend. Teams will play 18 holes each day on the par 72, 6,112-yard Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz.

Tulsa, No. 3 in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, heads the field, followed by No. 4 Texas, No. 8 Arizona, No. 11 Arizona State, No. 14 USC, No. 16 Washington, No. 18 UCLA, No. 20 California, No. 21 New Mexico State and No. 23 New Mexico. Oregon, Oregon State, San Jose State, Stanford and Texas Christian round out the 15-team field.

'At this point, we're just trying to keep our momentum going,' said Oregon head coach Shannon Rouillard. 'We're trying to refine our game and learn from past tournaments so we can progress in our scoring ability.

'We have to focus on ourselves,' she said. 'We have one more midterm before postseason play starts. We're still a developing and growing team, a young team that has improved quite a bit this year.'

The Ducks will send a team consisting of senior Kathy Cho, sophomore Lacy Erickson and freshmen Jess Carlyon, Johnna Nealy and Jaime Seefried. Junior Kim Melrose will compete as an individual.

Last year, Oregon finished 11th at the Ping/ASU Invitational as Jerilyn White tied for 12th at 222 and Erickson tied for 15th at 223. Cho also played in the 2001 Ping/ASU Invitational, tying for 52nd at 233.

This is the last regular season competition for the women before the Pac-10 Championships, Apr. 22-24, hosted by Washington State at the Walla Walla Country Club in Walla Walla, Wash.


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