Beavers Look To Make Strides At Stanford Pepsi Invitational

Oct. 17, 2002

Corvallis, Ore. -

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TEEING OFF: The Beaver women hit the links at the 2002 Pepsi Invitational in Stanford, Calif. Oct. 18-20. The teams will play 18 holes each day, teeing off at 8 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Sunday's action will begin with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.

THE COURSE: The tournament will be played at the Stanford Golf Club, which features a par of 72 and measures 6,190 yards.

THE FIELD: The field will consist of 18 teams, including all 10 teams from the Pac-10. The tournament features seven teams from Golfweek's top-25 in the nation No. 1 Arizona, No. 2 Vanderbilt, No. 9 Southern California, No. 11 New Mexico, No. 16 New Mexico State, No. 20 Georgia, No. 24 California. Rounding out the field will be Oregon State, Washington State, Stanford, UCLA, San Jose State, Tulsa, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Arizona State, Washington and Oregon.

THE CIVIL WAR PRESENTED BY NORTHWEST DODGE DEALERS: Oregon State and Oregon faced off in the OSU Shanico Invitational on Sept. 16-17, with the Beavers earning one point with the win to count toward the 2002-03 Civil War series standings. The schools meet again in the UCLA Pioneer Bruin Classic March 24-26.

THE LINEUP: 1. Leah Whiting (Fr., Hilo, Haw.) (76.3/71/9 rds.) Leah will be playing in the No. 1 position for the second time during the fall season.... Whiting posted her best score at the OSU Shanico with a 5-over-par 221. Whiting has broken the top-25 twice this season, most recently with a 230 at the Ihlanfeldt.... carded a 71 in the first round.

2. Stacie Ferguson (Sr., Tucson, Ariz.) (76.3/70/9 rds.) Stacie opened her season by tallying the best finish of her career at the OSU/Shanico, finishing tied for third with a 220... final-round 70 at the Shanico was the third of her career and equaled the second-best round in OSU history... her 220 equaled the fourth-lowest three-round total in OSU history... since her first tournament Stacie has finished tied for 37th and 32nd in the Beavers' last two tournaments... firing scores of 233 and 234... Stacie is currently tied with teammate Leah Whiting for the lowest one round average (76.3) and the lowest three round average (229).

3. Ashlei Pendleton (Sr., Las Vegas, Nev.) (77.1/72/9 rds.) Ashlei had a strong opening tournament, finishing tied for 21st after shooting a 228... fired a 72 in the first round... Pendleton is currently second on the team with a three round average of 231.3... posted a 15-over-par 215 at the Ihlanfeldt... The Pepsi Invitational will be Ashlei's 19th tournament as a Beaver.

4. Laura Skinner (Jr., Boise, Idaho) (78.8/71/9 rds.) Laura equaled her career-best in the second round of the OSU Invitational, firing a 71 en route to a tie for 26th with a 230... at the Ihlanfeldt Laura fired a 15-over-par 234.

5. Kelly Ferris (Jr., Albany, Ore.) (82.3/76/9 rds.)Kelly shot a 254 and placed 78th in her most recent action at the Mason Rudolph Classic.

COACH RISE LAKOWSKE ON PLAYING AT STANFORD: 'It's a good golf course and one that our older players have played quite a bit. We have played well there in the past and that along with the fact that our players feel comfortable playing there is encouraging.'

LAKOWSKE ON FRESHMAN LEAH WHITING: 'I didn't expect her to play this well this soon, but I knew she could. She has continued to play well for us and it's a nice surprise. I am pleased with how well she has handled the adjustment of being a student-athlete.'

LAKOWSKE ON WHAT THE TEAM HAS BEEN WORKING ON: 'We've been focusing mainly on the short game, things like putting, chipping and being more creative with our shots. We are also at the point in the season where we need to focus on the mental aspects of our game.'

LAST TIME: At the 2001 Stanford Intercollegiate the Beavers finished in 12th-place with a score of 917. OSU was paced by sophomore Laura Skinner who posted the best finish of her career with a tie for 24th after shooting a 6-over-par 222. The Beavers also received solid performances from Ashlei Pendleton and Stacie Ferguson who tied for 44th with a 12-over 228.

MOST RECENT ACTION: In their most recent action the Beavers placed ninth with a 927 in three rounds at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational in Tacoma, Wash. Freshman Leah Whiting got off to a fast start in round-one firing a 71, she closed out the tournament with a 5-over 230, which was good enough for 22nd. Teammate Stacie Ferguson wasn't far behind with an opening round 73, she closed out her performance tied for 32nd wth a 234. Joining Ferguson were Ashlei Pendleton and Laura Skinner, who also posted 234's and tied for 32nd. Alex Lee fired a 240 and tied for 45th. Alex Lucio finished tied for 50th with a 242.

BEAVERS ON TRACK FOR PERSONAL BESTS: Senior Stacie Ferguson is on track to top her one round season average 78, she currently leads the team averaging a 76.3. Senior Ashlei Pendleton is also headed in the right direction with her current one round average of 77.1... her previous best average is 77.7.

HOW LOW CAN YOU GO?: After three tournaments, OSU individuals have posted four rounds of 72 or better. Last year, OSU recorded five.

HOME OF THE PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS: Oregon State will host the 2003 Pac-10 Championships at Trysting Tree Golf Club. OSU has hosted the champioships once before in 1995 when the Beavers placed eighth overall.

THE COACHES: Ris� Lakowske is in her 13th season at Oregon State - the longest tenure of any coach at Oregon State - and is the most successful women's golf coach in school history. Lakowske has taken the team to the NCAA West Regional eight of the last nine years, and was honored as the 1998 Far West District Coach of the Year. Lakowske is a former OSU student-athlete (1973-77).

Now in her second year, Angie Cates joined the OSU staff as the assistant coach for both the men's and women's programs in the fall of 2001. Cates came to OSU after playing professionally since 2000 on the Futures Tour and the Ladies Challenge Tour. The 1998 Washington State graduate worked three years as an associate producer for The Golf Channel before playing professionally. Cates was an Academic All-American at WSU, as well as an All-Pac-10 selection her senior year.

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