Beavers Finish Seventh At Kent Youel Invitational

Nov. 5, 2003

Kapolei, Haw.- -

The Oregon State women's golf team finished with a strong final round of 300 Wednesday, a season-best, led by sophomore Leah Whiting's even-par 72, coming in seventh with a three-round score of 922 at the par-72 Kapolei Golf Course in Kapolei, Hawai'i.

Whiting's final-round 72 tied her for 27th and is the Hawai'i native's best round of the season. Her overall score of 230 is also a season-best.

Senior Laura Skinner finished tied for 21st with a 228, which was just one shot shy of tying her for 13th place. It also tied her low three-round score for the season.

'We played a lot better today,' said OSU coach Ris� Lakowske. 'This was our best finish of the fall and is a nice way to finish the first half of the season.

'We beat some teams we really needed to beat, such as PSU and BYU, and that is a helpful way to end the fall.

'We improved each tournament and this last tournament was a good springboard into the spring.'

Oklahoma, after bringing a six-stroke lead into the final round, held off a surging Washington to take home the team title with a final score of 889, just two strokes ahead of the Huskies.

Washington's Paige MacKenzie edged Oklahoma's Lisa Meldrum by one stroke to earn top individual honors with a 2-under 214, despite an impressive final-round 3-under 69 posted by Meldrum.

Freshman Lindsay Eide tied both her low single-round and three-round total scores with a 74 on Wednesday, giving her a final score of 233 and a tie for 40th.

Senior Kelly Ferris finished tied for 46th with a 234 and junior Alex Lucio finished tied for 66th with a 242.

This was the last tournament of the fall season for the Beavers. They resume play March 2-3 at the San Jose Invitational.

TEAM SCORES (PAR 288/864)

1. Oklahoma 297-299-293-889; 2. Washington 301-301-289-891; 3. San Jose State 303-302-302-907; 3. Long Beach State 307-306-294-907; 5. Texas A&M 301-303-309-913; 6. Oregon 308-306-300-914; 7. Oregon State 308-314-300-922; 8. Brigham Young 307-311-308-926; 9. San Francisco 322-304-306-932; 10. CSU Northridge 308-314-311-933; 11. New Mexico State 320-313-301-934; 12. Colorado 312-313-310-935; 12. Hawaii 315-309-311-935; 14. Portland State 314-309-317-940; 15. Santa Clara 319-319-309-947; 16. UC Irvine 314-321-321-956; 17. Southern Illinois 328-327-317-972.

TOP INDIVIDUALS (PAR 72/216)

1. Paige MacKenzie, Washington 72-71-71-214; 2. Lisa Meldrum, Oklahoma 72-74-69-215; 3. Angela Won, UC Irvine 75-74-72-221; 3. Lehua Wise, New Mexico State 73-73-75-221; 5. Nicole Melton, Texas A&M 75-73-74-222; 5. Sung Ea Lee, Washington 74-77-71-222; 5. Emily Milberger, Oklahoma 74-76-72-222.

OREGON STATE SCORES

T21. Laura Skinner 73-79-76-228; t27. Leah Whiting 79-79-72-230; t40. Lindsay Eide 81-78-74-233; t46. Kelly Ferris 75-81-78-234; t66. Alex Lucio 82-78-82-242.

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