Beavers Take On Pac-10 Foes At Conference Championships

April 16, 2004

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

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THIS WEEK: The Beavers try to lock down a NCAA Regional Championships spot by making a splash at the Pacific-10 Conference Championships Apr. 19-21 at the Saticoy Country Club in Somis, Calif., near Los Angeles.

Teams will play 54 holes over three days, with 18 holes Mon.-Wed. Tee times begin at 8:30 each morning.

The Beavers, who finished ninth at last year's Pac-10 Championships in Corvallis, are up against some of the nation's finest teams and individuals including tournament host and No. 2 (Golfweek) UCLA, defending Pac-10 champion No. 4 California, No. 9, USC, No. 11 Arizona and No. 13 Washington.

'We're ready to go,' OSU coach Rise Lakowske said. 'There are definitely some teams we need to beat to help our cause for NCAA Regionals, and I think we're ready to do that.

'This will be the first time we've played Saticoy Country Club. It's similar to the Corvallis Country Club, which we've played all week to get ready for uphill, downhill, sidehill and any other lie you can have on a hilly, tree-lined course. Saticoy is an older course with a lot of tradition, so we're looking forward to playing it.'

Cal's Vikki Laing won last year's individual title as a senior, but several highly-ranked individuals will fight for medalist honors this time around, including six of country's the top 18.

OSU enters the week after an eighth-place finish at Stanford's 36-hole Peg Barnard Collegiate Apr. 10-11, where the Beavers earned wins over regional competitors Oregon, Nevada and Long Beach State with a 53-over 629.

Teeing it up for the Beavers are freshman Lindsay Eide (79.81), junior Alex Lucio (80.39), senior Laura Skinner (79.26), sophomore Leah Whiting (78.81) and sophomore Anna Rosvall (84.64). Senior Kelly Ferris was a late scratch with a wrist injury, which moved Rosvall into the fifth spot in the lineup. OSU will not bring an individual.

Eide has weilded a hot stick of late, carding an average of 76.8 strokes over her last five rounds, three strokes better than her season average. Whiting has been OSU's steadiest competitor, leading the team in scoring at 78.81 and notching four finishes of 30th or better.

The Beavers continue to go without the services of freshman Jill Ferrante, who recovers from an early-season injury.

OSU's best finish at Pac-10s was sixth, in 1993 in Walla Walla, Wash. OSU finished eighth the last time UCLA hosted the Pac-10 Championships in 1994 at Brentwood Country Club in Brentwood, Calif.

The lowest four scores from each five-member team count toward the team's total that day. Teams will bring one individual, who's score does not count toward the team total throughout the tournament.

COMPLETE FIELD (ranking in parentheses)

Oregon State (75), host UCLA (2), California (4), USC (9), Arizona (11), Washington (13), Stanford (23), Arizona State (31), Oregon (38) and Washington State (62).

THE COACHES: The Oregon State women's golf program is in its 14th year under the guidance ofcoach 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, earning her a three-year exemption from U.S. Open qualifiers.

Kathleen Takaishi officially became Oregon State University's assistant women's golf coach on Feb. 23, 2004, returning to her alma mater after serving as the assistant coach for both the men's and women's programs at the University of California-Riverside for the last 1 1/2 years.

The former OSU All-American played professionally on the Futures Tour for three years after finishing her OSU career.

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