Duke, Washington Share Lead At Mercedes-Benz Of Bend Fall Preview

Sept. 21, 2004

SUNRIVER, Ore. - -

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Twelfth-ranked Washington moved into a share of the lead with No. 1 Duke after 36 holes of the Mercedes-Benz of Bend Fall Preview after a second round of 8-over-par 292 on Tuesday at the par-71, 6,312-yard Meadows Course.

Duke owned a two-shot lead over Washington heading into the second round, but totaled a 10-over 294 Tuesday. The Huskies and Blue Devils, at 9-over 577, hold a two-shot lead over Arizona State with 18 holes to play Wednesday. Ninth-ranked Oklahoma State and No. 7 Georgia are three shots off the lead in a tie for fourth, and No. 2 UCLA and No. 6 New Mexico are eight and 11 shots back of the leaders, respectively.

Oklahoma State's Karin Sjodin and Louise Stahl of ASU are deadlocked at 8-under 134 after rounds of 67 and 66, respectively Tuesday. First-round leader Brittany Lang of Duke followed Monday's 64 with a 74 and is third at 138.

Oregon State fired a 17-over 301 to move into 15th, up from a tie for 16th after the first round.

Beaver junior Leah Whiting carded a 1-over 72 Tuesday to follow a 77 and is tied for 39th overall at 7-over 149.

Freshman Julie Uhrik, from Modesto, Calif., finished her round birdie-birdie-eagle, and carded a 74 for a two-round total of 151. Uhrik is tied for 57th.

'When I talked to Julie on the 16th tee, she told me she was just going to hit it to the middle of the greens. She did, and went birdie-birdie-eagle,' OSU coach Rise Lakowske said. 'It was just one of those things that happen in golf - she just took the right club out of the bag and hit some good shots - she absolutely stuck her approach on 18. Julie's got it going in the right direction after some struggles Monday. She is very calm and patient on the course - she doesn't play like your typical freshman.'

Lindsay Eide, a sophomore, fired a 4-over 75 for the second day in a row and is tied for 47th at 8-over 150.

'This was a good day,' OSU coach Rise Lakowske said. 'Lindsay was very consistent and Leah four-putted 17, but she really had it going and made a lot of putts today. Lindsay just got into trouble on one hole. Overall, I'm pleased. These are better scores than last year.

'They're definitely learning about the golf course. The pins should be a little more accessible tomorrow, so I think we should score even better.'

Senior Alex Lucio followed her opening-round 74 with a 80 Tuesday.

After a front nine of 11-over 46, freshman Jessi Gebhardt (Bellingham, Wash.) finished in even-par 36 to shoot 82.


1. Duke 283-294--577; 1. Washington 285-292--577; 3. Arizona State 292-287--579; 4. Oklahoma State 289-291--580; 4. Georgia 286-294--580; 6. UCLA 295-290--585; 7. New Mexico 287-301-588; 8. California 298-292--590; 9. Auburn 295-296--591; 10. Tennessee 296-296--592; 11. Ohio State 295-299--594; 12. Stanford 300-295--595; 13. Arizona 294-302--596; 13. Texas 301-295--596; 15. Oregon State 303-301--604; 16. USC 300-305--605; 16. South Carolina 303-302--605; 18. Oregon 308-298--606; 19. Vanderbilt 306-303--609; 20. Texas A&M 307-303--610; 21. Washington State 304-310--614.


1. Karin Sjodin, Oklahoma State 67-67--134; 1. Louise Stahle, Arizona State 68-66--134; 3. Brittany Lang, Duke 64-74--138; 4. Ana Kostina, Washington State 69-72--141; 4. Allison Martin, Georgia 68-73--141; 4. Whitney Wade, Georgia 70-71--141.


T39. Leah Whiting 77-72--149; t47. Lindsay Eide 75-75--150; t57. Julie Uhrik 77-74--151; t74. Alex Lucio 74-80--154; 103. Jessi Gebhardt 84-82--166.

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