Beavers Solid In Opening Round Of Stanford Pepsi Invitational

Oct. 18, 2002

STANFORD, Calif.-- - The Oregon State women's golf team is ninth after one round at the Stanford Pepsi Invitational, following solid scores from senior Ashlei Pendleton and freshman Leah Whiting.

Pendleton matched her second-best one round score of the year firing a 2-over-par 74, and is tied for 11th. Ashlei looks to have the inside track on what would be her 2nd career top-10 finish as a Beaver.

Whiting, who has been as consistent as any Beaver this fall, carded a 3-over 75 in pursuit of her third top-25 finish of the season. Leah currently is in a nine-way tie for 19th.

'Leah and Ashlei played really well today,' coach Rise Lakowske said. 'They both hung in there and got the ball up and down the course when they needed to.'

Laura Skinner shot a 79 and is tied for 43rd, followed by Stacie Ferguson with an 80 and Kelly Ferris with an 83.

OSU is only one shot behind top-ranked Arizona, and holds an 11 shot lead on intrastate rival Oregon.

'The course is in great shape and I feel that we are right in there with some of the top teams,' Lakowske said.

UCLA came into the tournament unranked, but their first round 293 has them in first after day one. All five UCLA players shot a 74 or better.

The Beavers will look to move up the field on Saturday as they hit the links at 8:00 a.m.

TEAM SCORES (PAR 288)1.UCLA 293; 2. Washington 295; 3. California 296; 4. Vanderbilt 302; 5. Stanford 303; 5. Georgia 303; 7. Arizona 307; 7. New Mexico 307; 9. Oregon State 308; 10. Tulsa 310; 11. San Jose State 314; 12. Oregon 319; 12. Washington State 319; 14. New Mexico State 321; 15. Texas Tech 323;16. Arizona State 325; 17. Texas A&M 327

LOW INDIVIDUALS (PAR 72)1.Courtney Wood, Vanderbilt 71; 1. Elena Sharp, New Mexico State 71; 1. Vikki Lang, California 71; 1. Kelly Froelich, Georgia 71; 2. Louise Friberg, Washington 72; 2. Yvonne Choe, UCLA 72.

OREGON STATE SCOREST11. Ashlei Pendleton 74; T19. Leah Whiting 75; T43. Laura Skinner 79; T59. Stacie Ferguson 80; T78. Kelly Ferris 83.

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