Women's Golf Opens Season at Home

Sept. 13, 2002

Corvallis, Ore. -

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THIS WEEK: The Oregon State University women's golf team opens the 2002-2003 season by hosting the Shanico Invitational at the Trysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis. The 54-hole tournament begins Mon., Sept. 16 with 36 holes, followed by the final 18 Tuesday. The first and third rounds begin with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.

PART OF THE NORTHWEST DODGE CIVIL WAR SERIES: This event is the first of the 2002-2003 academic year that will count toward Northwest Dodge Civil War Series points, pitting Oregon State against Oregon. The two schools play for a total of 17 points during the course of the year in nine sports. This is the fourth year of the Series, with each school capturing one title, and one year concluding in a tie.

THE FIELD: Eighteen teams will participate in the tournament. Oregon State will be joined by fellow Pacific-10 Conference members California (No. 37 in final 2002 poll), UCLA (21), Oregon, and Washington State. The remaining field includes Boise State, BYU, UC Irvine, College of Charleston, Colorado, Eastern Washington, Hawaii, Idaho, Long Beach State, Portland State, San Francisco, San Jose State (33), and Weber State.

TRYSTING TREE: Trysting Tree Golf Club will carry a par of 72 for the tournament, and play to 6,072 yards.

LAST YEAR: California edged Arizona in a tiebreaker at last year's OSU Shanico Invitational. Oregon State finished eighth at 912, firing rounds of 298, 302, and 312. Ashlei Pendleton led the Beavers with a 223 score, tieing for 10th place. Stacie Ferguson tied for 21st at 227, Laura Skinner was 29th at 229, Alex Lucio tied for 57th at 237, and Marylyn Brand tied for 62nd at 239. Skinner shot the low round of the tournament for the Beavers, a 1-under-71 in round two.

THE COACHES: Head Coach Ris� Lakowske is in her 13th year at Oregon State, the longest current tenure of any coach at the school. Lakowske has guided the program to eight postseason appearances and she was honored as the Far West District Coach of the Year in 1998. Lakowske is assisted by second-year coach Angie Cates, a 1998 All-Pac-10 selection from Washington State.

RESULTS: Results for the tournament will be sent via fax to each participating school, plus be included on OSU's official website -- www.osubeavers.com.

THE ROSTER: Oregon State will field one team in the tournament, plus have five players competing as individuals. The team will be made up of, in order of qualifying, freshman Leah Whiting, seniors Ashlei Pendleton and Stacie Ferguson, junior Laura Skinner, and sophomore Alex Lucio. Players competing as individuals include junior Kelly Ferris, sophomores Holly Cornell and Kelly Kerkvliet, and freshmen Alex Lee and Rebekah Saxon.

LAKOWSKE ON THE TOURNAMENT/TEAM: 'This is the best roster this program has had entering a year since 1997, and a lot of that can be attributed to the facility changes at Trysting Tree and our schedule. This is the first year I have been able to recruit two of the top five players on my list since the mid-90s, and that makes a huge difference immediately and long term. This is our first tournament, so I don't have expectations of winning or where we should place, what I want to see are individuals competing at their best and gaining experience in a college tournament atmosphere. As for the tournament overall, the field is solid, especially considering the NCAA Fall Preview is at the same time. I just want to encourage the community to come out to Trysting and enjoy some good golf.'

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