Wenslow Shoots UO Freshman Record 69 at Shanico Invitational

Sept. 16, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Freshman Therese Wenslow shot an Oregon freshman record 3-under 69 in the second round as the Ducks overcame the loss of their No. 1 golfer to stand sixth after the first two rounds of the Shanico Invitational, played Monday at the par-72, 6,072-yard Trysting Tree Golf Club.

Lacy Erickson, Oregon's No. 1 golfer who is battling mononucleosis, struggled to an opening round 81 and was forced to withdraw from the second round. The redshirt junior from Austin, Minn., is questionable for Tuesday's final round.

Wenslow, who became the first Swede ever to play for the Ducks, rebounded from an opening round 79 with an afternoon round that broke Erickson's freshman record of 70, set at the 2001 Ping ASU/Invitational. The 69 was also the lowest round of the day at Trysting Tree. Overall, Wenslow is tied for eighth at 4-over 148.

'I am just ecstatic,' said Oregon head coach Shannon Rouillard. 'Without having Lacy available in the afternoon, it's not what I expected at all.'

In the first round, Duck sophomore Johnna Nealy fired a career-low 72 on her way to a 5-over two-round total 149 that left her tied for 15th. The even-par total beat the Grants Pass, Ore., native's previous low - a 73 at last spring's Spartan Invitational - by a stroke.

In spite of a rainy afternoon, the Ducks also got solid performances from freshmen Erin Andrews, who is tied for 33rd following an 80-73-149, and Michelle Timpani (77-81-158) for a team composite of 608 that was just one stroke behind fifth-place San Jose State.

'I told them that I thought we could make up a lot of ground in the second round if we just played with a lot of heart and determination through the entire 18 holes, because I thought some of the other teams might wear down at the end under these conditions,' said Rouillard. 'I think this proves right away what Johnna and the freshmen are capable of doing and that's very exciting to me.'

Defending tournament champion California is the overnight leader at 585, followed by UCLA at 587, Oregon State at 596 and Colorado at 598.

Weather permitting, the final round is scheduled to get underway at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Shanico Invitational
Trysting Tree Golf Club
Corvallis, Ore.
6,072 Yards, Par-72

TEAM SCORES - 1, California, 297-288-585. 2, UCLA, 291-296-587.3, Oregon State, 298-298-596. 4, Colorado, 301-297-598. 5, San Jose State, 302-305-607. 6, Oregon, 308-300-608. 7, San Francisco, 313-297-610. 8, UC Irvine, 303-312-615. 9 (tie), Brigham Young, 309-309-618; Washington State, 307-311-618; College of Charleston, 308-310-618. 12, Boise State, 306-314-620. 13, Portland State, 310-311-621. 14, Long Beach State, 319-303-622. 15, Idaho, 313-310-623. 16, Weber State, 317-308-625. 17, Eastern Washington, 321-309. 18, Hawaii, 315-323-638.

TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS - 1, Nicole Keller, Idaho, 70-71-141. 2, Vikki Laing, California, 70-73-143. 3, Hanna Kim, UCLA, 72-73-145. 4 (tie), Leah Whiting, Oregon State, 73-73-146; Allison Rella, Colorado, 74-72-146; Claire Dury, 76-70-146. 7, Carling Cho, San Jose State, 75-72-147. 8 (tie), Therese Wenslow, Oregon, 79-69-148; Susannah Laing, San Francisco, 76-72-148; Jeanie Bagnell, Eastern Washington, 76-72-148; Gina Umeck, UCLA, 74-74-148; Sarah Huarte, California, 74-74-148; Sapna Patel, College of Charleston, 75-73-148; Yvonne Choe, UCLA, 74-74-148.

OTHER OREGON FINISHERS - 15 (tie), Johnna Nealy, 72-77-149. 33 (tie), Erin Andrews, 80-73-153. 59 (tie), Michelle Timpani, 77-81-158. 78 (tie), Jaime Seefried, 81-81-162. Lacy Erickson, 81-WD.


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