OSU Travels To Famed Sahalee For Ihlanfeldt Invitational

Oct. 1, 2004


THIS WEEK: The Oregon State women's golf team heads to Sammamish, Wash. to play in the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational Mon.-Wed., Oct 4-6 at Sahalee Golf and Country Club. The lowest four scores from each five-member team count toward the team total each day. Play begins Monday at 9 a.m. with players teeing off at both the first and tenth tees.

SAHALEE: Sahalee Golf and Country Club, which carries a par of 72 and will play to 6,192 yards, hosted the 1998 and 2002 NEC World Golf Championships and will welcome the 2010 PGA Championship.

COMPLETE FIELD (Golfweek ranking in parentheses): Joining Oregon State will be Washington (2), Oklahoma State (8), Pepperdine (9), Stanford (20), California (21), BYU (22), Long Beach State, Oregon, San Francisco, USC, Stirling (Scotland), UNLV, and Washington State..

OSU LINEUP: The Beaver lineup will feature Jessi Gebhardt (fr./Bellingham, Wash.), Jill Ferrante (so./Battle Ground, Wash.), Kelly Kerkvliet (sr./Corvallis, Ore.), Lindsay Eide (so./Bend, Ore.), and Julie Uhrik (fr./Modesto, Calif.).

LAST YEAR: Arizona captured the team title with a total score of 896, just three strokes ahead of Pac-10 rivals California and UCLA. Arizona's Erica Blasberg and USC's Irene Cho shared individual medalist honors with totals of 219. Oregon State tied for 12th.

TOURNAMENT OUTLOOK: OSU head coach Risë Lakowske is optimistic about this week's tournament: 'Having such a young team will give us great experience on a difficult golf course like Sahalee and the opportunity to build confidence in a competitive field. It also says great things about the future of OSU's women's golf program.'

LIVE SCORING: Live scoring for each round can be found at www.golfstat.com.

THE COACHES: The Oregon State women's golf program is in its 15th year under the guidance of coach Risë (pronounced Reesa) Lakowske. In those 15 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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