OSU Travels To Vanderbilt

Sept. 24, 2003


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THIS WEEK: The Oregon State University women's golf team plays its second tournament of the 2003-2004 season at the Mason Rudolph Championship, which will take place at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tennessee. The tournament begins Friday, Sept. 26 and concludes Sunday, Sept. 28. This is a three-day tournament consisting of 54 holes, with 18 holes per day. Teams will consist of five members, with the lowest four scores counting toward the team total.

THE FIELD: Sixteen teams are scheduled to participate in the tournament. Joining Oregon State(ranked 86th in the Golfweek poll) will be fellow Pac-10 Conference members Arizona(5), UCLA(15), and USC(24), as well as Vanderbilt(19), Tulane(50), Missouri(40), Auburn(2), Florida(33), South Carolina(57), UNC-Wilmington, North Carolina(35), Wake Forest(56), Kentucky(65), Georgia(44), and Furman(6).

VANDERBILT LEGENDS: Vanderbilt Legends Club, in Franklin, Tenn., hosts the tournament and will carry a par of 72 and play to 6,276 yards.

LAST YEAR: Vanderbilt won decisively at the Mason Rudolph with a total score of 878. Vanderbilt's Courtney Wood was the individual medalist, posting a total score of 214. Oregon State finished 12th at 946, firing rounds of 314, 319, and 313.

THE LINEUP: Oregon State will field one team in the tournament. The team will be made up of freshman Jill Ferrante, sophomore Leah Whiting, freshman Lindsay Eide, senior Holly Cornell, and sophomore Anna Rosvall.

PLAYER NOTES:Jill Ferrante (Fr., Battle Ground, Wash.) (77.33/76/3 rds.) Most recently, Jill tied for 16th at the Oregon State Invitational, shooting a 232. Jill is the only player to go undefeated all four years at Battle Ground HS... four-time team and conference player of the year... three-time 4A district champion.

Leah Whiting (So., Hilo, Hawaii) (78.33/74/3 rds.) Leah most recently shot a 235 at the Oregon State Invitational to tie for 26th... best finish last year was a tie for fifth at the OSU Shanico Invitational, where she shot 5-over 221.

Lindsay Eide (Fr., Bend, Ore.) (80.67/78/3 rds.) Lindsay most recently tied for 47th at the Oregon State Invitational, shooting a 242... was first-team all-state as a junior and senior in 2002 and 2003... medalist in 16 of 21 tournaments as a junior and senior... competed at 2002 Callaway Junior Worlds... 2002 state junior match play semifinalist.

Holly Cornell (Sr., Myrtle Creek, Ore.) (82.0/79/3 rds.) Most recently, Holly fired a 246 at the Oregon State Invitational, which tied her at 55th.

Anna Rosvall (So., Skoghall, Sweden) (83.33/79/3 rds.) Anna most recently tied for 66th at the Oregon State Invitational, shooting 250.

Kelly Ferris (Sr., Albany, Ore.) (81.0/79/3 rds.) Most recently, Kelly placed 50th at the Oregon State Invitational, shooting 243... shot a career-low 73 in the first round of the NCAA West Regional Championships last year.

Kelly Kerkvliet (Jr., Corvallis, Ore.) (83.0/81/3 rds.) Kelly most recently tied for 62nd at the Oregon State Invitational, shooting 249.

Alex Lucio (Jr., Bogota, Colombia) (81.33/78/3 rds.) Alex most recently tied for 51st at the Oregon State Invitational, shooting 244.

Rebekah Saxon (So., Walnut Creek, Calif.) (79.5/79/2 rds.) Most recently, Rebekah posted a 159 through two rounds before withdrawing at the Oregon State Invitational.

Laura Skinner (Sr., Boise, Idaho) (77.67/75/3 rds.) Laura most recently fired 233 at the Oregon State Invitational, which was good enough to crack the top 20 and tie her for 19th... has been a regular in the lineup since her freshman year, playing in 92 career rounds, including a career-high 34 last year.

THE COACHES: The Oregon State women's golf program is in its 14th year under the guidance of coach Ris� (pronounced Reesa) Lakowske. In those 14 years, the program has been a consistent postseason contender with 10 team and individual appearances at the NCAA Regional Championships and two at the NCAA Championships.

Lakowske competed at OSU from 1973-77, playing in four AIAW National Championships, winning two collegiate events and several non-collegiate tournaments during her career. Most notably as an amateur competitor she was a semifinalist in the 1973 Western Junior Championship and also a semifinalist in the 1976 U.S. Women's Amateur. The U.S. Amateur semifinal finish exempted her from U.S. Open qualifiers for three consecutive years. Those experiences have given her an understanding of the demands of golf.

Now in her third season, Angie Cates brings a wealth of experience to Oregon State University as the assistant coach for both the men's and women's golf programs.

A 1998 Washington State University graduate, Angie was a three-time All-American Scholar and Academic All-Pac-10 selection. She also competed on the Pac-10 All-Star USA team in Asia. In 1997, she won both the Seattle City Championship and the Washington State Championship. Subsequently, she was granted a sponsor's exemption to play in the LPGA Safeco Classic in Seattle that same year.

Following graduation, Cates was an associate producer for three years at The Golf Channel.

In 2000, she opted to test her skills on the professional tour, playing both on The Futures Tour and The Challenge Tour. Her best finish was second place in the Telluride Classic.

Cates earned a bachelor's degree in Communication with an emphasis in Broadcast News from WSU's Edward R. Murrow School of Communication.

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