Women's Golf To Compete In Stanford Pepsi Invitational

Oct. 14, 2004


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THIS WEEK: The Oregon State women's golf team will play in the Stanford Pepsi Invitational Fri.-Sun., Oct. 15-17 at the par-72 Stanford Golf Course in Stanford, Calif. The lowest four scores from each five-member team count toward the team total each day. Players will tee off Friday at 8:30 a.m. at both the first and tenth tees.

THE COURSE: Stanford Golf Course hosts the tournament. It carries a par of 72 and will play to 6,168 yards.

COMPLETE FIELD (Golfweek ranking in parentheses): Oregon State (76) will be joined by fellow Pac-10 members UCLA (3), Washington (5), Arizona State (9), USC (21), Oregon (26), Stanford (29), Arizona (34), and Washington State (41), as well as New Mexico (12), Texas (15), Pepperdine (16), Tulsa (22), Vanderbilt (28), San Jose State (35), Texas Tech (50), and New Mexico State (68).

OSU LINEUP: The Beavers will field one team for this event. This team consists of Jessi Gebhardt (fr./Bellingham, Wash.), Jill Ferrante (so./Battle Ground, Wash.), Lindsay Eide (so./Bend, Ore.), Julie Uhrik (fr./Modesto, Calif.), and Leah Whiting (jr./Hilo, Haw.).

LAST YEAR: Duke won the team title with a three-round total of 845. Arizona's Erica Blasberg and Duke's Elizabeth Janangelo shared individual medalist honors, each posting a 7-under 209. Oregon State finished 14th.


Leah Whiting (Jr., Hilo, Hawaii) (74.0/72/3 rds.) Leah opened the season at the Mercedes-Benz Fall Preview and tied for 35th, which included an even-par second round, to lead the team. She leads the team in stroke average and has the low round for the season thusfar.

Jill Ferrante (So., Battle Ground, Wash.) (81.33/79/3 rds.) Jill's most recent action was at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational, where she posted a 244 and tied for 51st.

Lindsay Eide (So., Bend, Ore.) (79.83/75/6 rds.) Lindsay posted a 233 at the Stanford Invitational last year in only her second colegiate tournement.

Julie Uhrik (Fr., Modesto, Calif.) (78.83/74/6 rds.) Julie posted a 12-over 225 in her very first collegiate tournament at the Mercedes-Benz Invitational to begin the season. In high school, she lettered and was the MVP for her golf team all four years.

Jessi Gebhardt (Fr., Bellingham, Wash.) (83.33/80/6 rds.) Jessi saw her first collegiate action at the Mercedes Benz Fall Preview and most recently tied for 58th at the Ihlanfeldt Invitational. She was captain of her three-time state champion high school team in 2004 and placed second at the 2004 state championships.

Kelly Kerkvliet (Sr., Corvallis, Ore.) (86.67/84/3 rds.) Kelly played in the Ihlanfeldt Invitational this month after participating in just one tournament last season.

Alex Lucio (Sr., Bogota, Colombia) (78.33/74/3 rds.) Alex played in nine tournaments last year, including the Stanford Invitational, where she posted a 236. She recently played in the Fall Preview and fired a 74 in the first round.

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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