Ferris Leads OSU At Spartan Invitational

March 4, 2003

SALINAS, Calif. - -

Oregon State junior Kelly Ferris led the women's golf team with a 7-over-par 151 in Tuesday's opening 36 holes of the San Jose State Spartan Invitational.

The Beavers are in 11th place among 14 teams after shooting 306-311-617. The field, which includes four teams ranked 13th or higher, wraps up play with 18 holes Wednesday morning at the par-72 Corral de Tierra Country Club.

Ferris shot the best back-to-back rounds of her career, signing for a 75 and 76 en route to a tie for 23rd. The Albany, Ore., native's best finish to date has been a tie for 40th.

Senior Stacie Ferguson's 153 put her in a tie for 31st; she is in the hunt for her ninth top-25 finish of her career.

Fellow senior Ashlei Pendleton is tied for 42nd after duplicate rounds of 78 with a score of 156, and sophomore Alex Lucio provided the final counting score with a 157 to tie for 48th.Junior Laura Skinner shot 161.

The Beavers are one shot back of 10th-place San Francisco, and five behind Oregon in eighth.Pepperdine, ranked ninth, shot out to a commanding 18-stroke lead with a 9-under 567 - a score that included a whopping 13-under 275 in the morning round. Thirteenth-ranked UCLA is second at 585.

Individually, Pepperdine's Katherine Hull and Lindsey Wright are first and second atop the leaderboard; Hull peppered the course for a 63 in the opening round and finished at 10-under 134, while Wright shot 137.

TEAM SCORES (PAR 72/576)

1.Pepperdine 275-292-567; 2. UCLA 283-302-585; 3. Arizona State 284-306-590; 4. California 300-297-597; 5. UNLV 299-299-598; 6. Washington 303-300-603; 7. UC-Irvine 303-304-607; 8. Oregon 305-307-612; 9. San Jose State 302-313-615; 10. San Francisco 302-314-616; 11. Oregon State 306-311-617; 12. Long Beach State 313-309-622; 13. Hawaii 322-333-655; 14. CSU-Monterey Bay 360-339-699.

TOP INDIVIDUALS (PAR 72/144)

1. Katherine Hull, Pepperdine 63-71-134; 2. Lindsey Wright, Pepperdine 65-72-137; 3. Angela Won, UC-Irvine 71-71-142; 4. Johnna Nealy, Oregon 69-75-144; 4. Gina Umeck, UCLA 70-74-144.

OREGON STATE

T23. Kelly Ferris 75-76-151; t31. Stacie Ferguson 75-78-153; t42. Ashlei Pendleton 78-78-156; t48. Alex Lucio 78-79-157; t59. Laura Skinner 79-82-161.

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