WSU Wins, but Ducks Shoot Low Final Round at Oregon Duck Invitational

March 11, 2003

JUNCTION CITY, Ore. - Washington State cruised to an easy victory, but Oregon posted the lowest score of the day to climb to seventh in the final standings at the Oregon Duck Invitational, played Tuesday at the par-72, 5,953-yard Shadow Hills Country Club.

WSU's Kim Welch won the individual title in impressive fashion, shooting a final round 71 to finish at 7-under 209. That was 14 strokes better than runner-up Shayna Miyajima of San Diego State, who carded a 223 three-round total. Welch and teammate Maria Kostina, who finished third at 226, led the Cougars to an 896 team total and an 18-stroke victory over San Diego State, which finished at 914. Missouri was third at 916, followed by Portland State (923), Colorado State (927) and Idaho (937).

Oregon had its best round of the season, a 299, to climb one spot to seventh in the final standings at 940. Freshman Therese Wenslow garnered her third top 10 finish of the season, tying for 10th at 230 following Tuesday's round of 74.

Junior Lacy Erickson tied for 27th at 237 to post the second-highest finish of her career. It was her best finish since tying for 15th at Arizona State as a freshman. The Austin, Minn., native who is just now getting back to full strength after a fall bout of mononucleosis, closed with a 75 Tuesday, which was her best round since carding a 73 at ASU last spring. Freshman Erin Andrews posted the best finish of her young Duck career, tying for 29th at 238.

For Oregon's second team, senior Annie Davis, the former trackster-turned-golfer, carded a career-low 75 Tuesday, which led to a career-best finish, tying for 36th at 240. Sophomore Jess Carlyon tied for 34th at 239, the second-highest finish of her career, as the Duck second team finished 10th at 978.

It was the second straight Oregon Duck Invitational individual title for Welch, who shot a course record 68 during Monday's second round. The sophomore from Sacramento, Calif., won last year's Oregon Duck Invitational when it was played at Mallard Creek in Lebanon, Ore.

Oregon next returns to action March 24-26 at the UCLA Bruin Classic.

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