Women's Golf Goes To Sunny Hawai'i

Oct. 30, 2003


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THIS WEEK: The Oregon State University women's golf team travels to Kapolei, Hawai'i to play in the Kent Youel Invitational, hosted by the University of Hawai'i, at Kapolei Golf Course. The tournament begins with 36 holes on Tuesday, Nov. 4 and concludes Wednesday, Nov. 5 with the final 18 holes. Play will begin with a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. both days. Teams will have five members, with the lowest four scores counting toward the team total. Team and individual ties will be broken by a sudden death playoff.

THE FIELD: Oregon State (ranked 89th in the Golfweek poll) will be joined by fellow Pac-10 members Washington (8) and Oregon (24), as well as Oklahoma (11), San Francisco (34), Texas A&M (38), Portland State (46), UC Irvine (61), San Jose State (63), Cal State Northridge (65), New Mexico State (74), Colorado (76), Hawai'i (85, host), Long Beach State (96), Santa Clara (103), Southern Illinois (124), and Brigham Young.

GOLF COURSE: Kapolei Golf Course, located in Kapolei, Hawai'i, hosts the tournament and will play to 6,139 yards with a par of 72.

LAST YEAR: California took home the team title with a total score of 870 and Stanford's Kim Rowton earned individual medalist honors with a 1-under 215. Oregon State did not play in the tournament last year.

THE LINEUP: Oregon State will field one team for the tournament. This team will include seniors Laura Skinner and Kelly Ferris, freshman Lindsay Eide, junior Alex Lucio, and sophomore Leah Whiting.


Laura Skinner (Sr., Boise, Idaho) (77.67/73/9 rds.) Laura shot a 73 in the final round of the Stanford Intercollegiate, her season low... fired 233 at the Oregon State Invitational, which was good enough to crack the top 20 and tie her for 19th.

Kelly Ferris (Sr., Albany, Ore.) (79.67/74/9 rds.) Kelly fired a season-low first-round 74 in the Stanford Intercollegiate... 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.

Lindsay Eide (Fr., Bend, Ore.) (81.58/74/12 rds.) Lindsay posted a final-round 74 in the Stanford Intercollegiate, her career-low... tied for 47th at the her first collegiate tournament, the Oregon State Invitational, shooting a 242.

Alex Lucio (Jr., Bogota, Colombia) (80.9/76/9 rds.) Alex most recently carded a season-low 76 at the Stanford Intercollegiate... tied for 65th at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational, shooting 248.

Leah Whiting (So., Hilo, Hawaii) (79.08/74/12 rds.) Leah shot a 225 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.

Rebekah Saxon (So., Walnut Creek, Calif.) (84.6/79/5 rds.) Most recently, Rebekah posted a 264 at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational.

Jill Ferrante (Fr., Battle Ground, Wash.) (81.0/76/6 rds.) Jill tied for 16th at the Oregon State Invitational, shooting a 232 in her first collegiate tournament.

Holly Cornell (Jr., Myrtle Creek, Ore.) (83.83/79/6 rds.) Holly fired a 246 at the Oregon State Invitational, which tied her for 55th.

Anna Rosvall (So., Skoghall, Sweden) (84.0/79/6 rds.) Anna tied for 66th at the Oregon State Invitational, shooting 250.

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

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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