Beavers Tie For Second At OSU/Shanico Invitational As Cal Defends Its Title
Sept. 17, 2002
CORVALLIS, Ore. - -
Stacie Ferguson and Leah Whiting led the Oregon State women's golf team to its best finish in nearly four years, as the Beavers tied for second at the OSU/Shanico Invitational with a score of 893 at a soggy par-72 Trysting Tree Golf Club.
Ferguson had the best finish of her career, finishing tied for third after a final-round 70 propelled her up the leaderboard and gave her a three-round total of 220 - also a career best. The Tucson, Ariz., native began the day tied for 20th.
'Stacie played a very solid round today,' OSU coach Rise Lakowske said. 'Every time she missed a green, she got it up and down on the hole after that. She was striking the ball very well - she may have missed a shot every once in a while, but she didn't let it phase her.
'That's the key to having a good round. You're not going to hit every green, but she's been working very hard on staying consistent, and it's paying off.'
Joining Ferguson among the top five was Leah Whiting, a freshman from Hilo, Haw., who made her first collegiate start.
Whiting carded a 75 on Tuesday to give her a 221 for the tournament and put her in a three-way tie for fifth. The 221 equals the fifth-best score in school history.
'That's impressive, to be able to come in and do what she did in her first tournament,' Lakowske said of Whiting. 'We knew she was a good player, and a very good junior player in Hawaii. She carries herself very well on the course, and has a great attitude and a big heart.
'Leah's a player that doesn't let a bad hole affect her. She just carries on and keeps scoring.'
Oregon State's second-place finish was the best since the Beavers took second in November, 1998 at the Rainbow Wahine Classic. OSU also won two tournaments that season.
The 1998 Wahine was also the last time OSU had two individuals in the top five; Kathleen Takaishi placed second and Andrea Hehn tied for third.
The teams faced Tuesday's final round in a persistent rain, but the Beavers got solid performances from Ashlei Pendleton, Laura Skinner, and Alex Lucio, who carded a 74 on Tuesday, equaling her career-best and giving her a 232 for the tournament.
Pendleton started her season with a tie for 21st, shooting 228, while Skinner totaled a 230 to tie for 26th. Skinner also equaled her career-best 18 hole score on Monday, firing a second-round 71.
'I'm very proud of them,' Lakowske said. 'They had some very consistent scores in the rain, which isn't that easy to do. Most of them haven't played in the rain in seven or eight months, but they didn't let it bother them.'
Ferguson's efforts produced several results of note. The senior recorded her second career top-10 finish, bettering her eighth-place effort at the 2001 Dr. Thompson Invitational. She also recorded her third career round of 70, which is the second-lowest score in OSU history. Ferguson now has recorded one of OSU's top three scores four times in her career.
Of OSU's five individual competitors, Alex Lee led the way with a 239 to tie for 60th.
In the team competition, California maintained its nine-stroke second-round lead and held off UCLA and OSU to claim the OSU/Shanico Invitational title for the third year in a row with an 884. The Beavers and Bruins, which shot 893, built an 18-stroke cushion over fourth-place Oregon.
Individually, Idaho's Nicole Keller increased her two-stroke second-round lead to win by four with a 2-under 214, topping Cal's Vikki Laing.
The Beavers hit the links next at the Mason Rudolph Championship, hosted by Vanderbilt Sept. 23-24.
Fin. Top 20 Teams Scores1 California, U. of 297 288 299 8842 UCLA 291 296 306 893 Oregon State U. 298 298 297 8934 Oregon, U. of 308 300 303 9115 Colorado, U. of 301 297 318 9166 San Jose State Univ 302 305 310 9177 San Francisco, U. of 313 297 308 9188 UC - Irvine 303 312 311 9269 Brigham Young Univ. 309 309 309 92710 Washington State U. 307 311 315 93311 Portland State Univ. 310 311 314 935 Idaho, University of 313 310 312 93513 Weber State Univ. 317 308 316 94114 Long Beach State 319 303 320 94215 Boise State Univ. 306 314 325 94516 Eastern Washington U 321 309 317 94717 Charleston, Coll. of 308 310 334 95218 Hawaii, Univ. of 315 323 336 974
TOP INDIVIDUAL FINISHERS (PAR 72, 216)1. Nicole Keller, Idaho 70-71-73-214; 2. Vikki Laing, Cal 70-73-75-218; 3. Sarah Huarte, Cal 74-74-72-220; 3. Stacie Ferguson, Oregon State 74-76-70-220; 5. Leah Whiting, Oregon State 73-73-75-221; 5. Allison Rella, Colorado 74-72-75-221; 5. Therese Winslow, Oregon 79-69-73-221.