Beavers Tied For 16th Amid Nation's Top Teams At Fall Preview

Sept. 20, 2004

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Top-ranked Duke grabbed the lead at the Mercedes-Benz of Bend Fall Preview women's golf tournament on Monday with a 1-under-par 283, forging a two-shot lead over No. 12 Washington with 18 holes to play Tuesday and Wednesday.

Tournament host Oregon State fired a 19-over 303 and is tied for 16th with No. 30 South Carolina at the par-71, 6,312-yard Meadows Course. The start of play was delayed Monday morning due to frost, and a frost delay is anticipated Tuesday morning as well.

The Beavers lead four other teams, including No. 4 Vanderbilt and Oregon.

The field at the Preview features the nation's top 12 programs (as ranked by, including No. 7 Georgia, which is three strokes out of first in third at 286, and No. 6 New Mexico in fourth at 287.

Only nine shots separate places 7-16.

Duke's Brittany Lang blazed her way to the individual lead with a 7-under 64, earning a three-shot lead over Oklahoma State's Karin Sjodin.

Beaver senior Alex Lucio led OSU with a 3-over 74 in the team's first action of the year and is tied for 37th.

Sophomore Lindsay Eide carded a 75 and is tied for 53rd.

'I think we definitely learned a little more about the golf course today,' 15th-year head coach Rise Lakowske said. 'We had two freshmen in the lineup, and I thought they did fine. They have to get their feet wet, and this is a good event to start with. It's an adjustment for them.

'We took some big holes when they didn't play to the proper side of the green, but they came back with some birdies and made some great saves. I saw a lot of good up-and-downs today - this is a good start.'

Leah Whiting, a junior, carded a 77, while freshmen Julie Uhrik and Jessi Gebhardt shot 77 and 84, respectively. Uhrik played her final nine holes in even par after a 41 on the front.

'They're definitely more in tune with sticking with a round and fighting back after a bad hole. I think they're going to have a much better time on the golf course. Their attitude is great - hopefully, they'll take what they learned today and apply it tomorrow.'


1. Duke, 283; 2. Washington 285; 3. Georgia 286; 4. New Mexico 287; 5.Oklahoma State 289; 6. Arizona State 292; 7. Arizona 294; 8. Auburn 295; 8. Ohio State 295; 8. UCLA 295; 11. Tennessee 296; 12. California 298; 13. Stanford 300; 13. USC 300; 15. Texas 301; 16. South Carolina 303; 16. Oregon State 303; 18. Washington State 304; 19. Vanderbilt 306; 20.Texas A&M 307; 21. Oregon 308


1. Brittany Lang, Duke 64; 2. Karin Sjodin, Oklahoma State 67; 2. Kristin White, Ohio State 67; 3. Christine Fernandez, New Mexico 68; 3. Paige Mackenzie, Washington 68; 3. Allison Martin, Georgia 68; 3. Louise Stahl,Arizona State 68


T33. Alex Lucio 74; t46. Lindsay Eide 75; t65. Leah Whiting 77; t65. Julie Uhrik; 104. Jessi Gebhardt 84

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