Women's Golf Ends Fall at Las Vegas

Nov. 8, 2002

EUGENE, Ore. - The Oregon women's golf team will close the fall season by participating in the first-ever women's collegiate event held in the Las Vegas. The Ducks will join 14 other teams at the Las Vegas Founders Women's Collegiate Showdown, Monday through Wednesday at the 6,194-yard, par-72 Anthem Country Club.

'It's exciting to be part of a new tournament,' said Oregon coach Shannon Rouillard. 'And it's good for our final midterm of the fall because we have an opportunity to finish strong and to beat some teams from our district that we really need to beat to get to the regional in the spring.'

Oregon's top three golfers are unchanged from their last tournament in Hawaii two weeks ago. Grants Pass sophomore Johnna Nealy continues to be the most consistent player on the squad, while Therese Wenslow has had a record-setting fall for a UO freshman. Senior Annie Davis from Portland has been a pleasant surprise to round out the fall's top three.

'Therese and Johnna have been so solid for us and I'm so excited that Annie has been able to come so far in such a short time,' Rouillard said. 'I don't think she even realizes what an accomplishment that is.'

The rest of the Duck contingent includes sophomore Jess Carlyon and freshman Erin Andrews, a Las Vegas native who will be playing at home for the first time as a collegian.

The field for the Las Vegas Founders includes Brigham Young, Colorado, Colorado State, Denver, Eastern Washington, Hawaii, Nevada-Las Vegas, New Mexico, Oregon, Pepperdine, San Diego State, San Jose State, Texas A&M, Washington and Wyoming. The tournament also features the nation's top-ranked individual in Pepperdine's Katherine Hull.

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