Fall Golf Season Winding Down at Hawaii

Oct. 25, 2002

EUGENE, Ore. - The best news for the Oregon women's golf team this week came off the course when Lacy Erickson was cleared to play for the first time since September. The junior from Austin, Minn., has been out with mononucleosis since being forced to withdraw after one round of the OSU Shanico Invitational on Sept. 16.

The return of Erickson, Oregon's top returning golfer from a year ago, bolsters a young lineup made up of at least three freshmen in each of the Ducks' first three tournaments. Erickson's teammates for the 2002 Rainbow Wahine Fall Golf Classic, which runs Tuesday and Wednesday at the 5,900-yard, par 72 Kapolei Golf Course on the island of Oahu, will be senior Annie Davis, sophomores Johnna Nealy and Jess Carlyon and freshman Therese Wenslow. This will also be Carlyon's first tournament of the fall among Oregon's top five.

'Lacy's getting her strength back and being able to add her to the lineup gives us a little more experience,' said head coach Shannon Rouillard. 'We need consistent scores from Lacy. Jess is getting the confidence back in her swing and Johnna and Therese have been playing fairly well for us, so I like group we have going to Hawaii.'

The 17-team field is a mix of teams from the western United States. No. 7 New Mexico is the defending champion and is the highest-ranked team in the 2002 field. Other ranked teams include No. 11 California, No. 21 UCLA and No. 25 New Mexico State, who will join Brigham Young, UC Irvine, host Hawaii, Kansas, Long Beach State, Northern Arizona, Oregon, San Diego State, San Francisco, Southern Illinois, Stanford, Texas A&M and Texas Tech.

'There are a lot of teams in this tournament that we need to beat,' said Rouillard. 'Three of our five golfers have seen this course before, so I think with that, positive things are possible at this event.'

This will be Oregon's third appearance in the Hawaii tournament. The Ducks finished sixth in 2000 and 17th in 2001.

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