Women's Golf Travels To East Coast For Spring Opener

Feb. 20, 2009

CORVALLIS - Oregon State women's golf opens the 2009 spring golf season at the largest Division I golf tournament in the nation. The Beavers will travel to the east coast for the Edwin Watts/Kiawah Island Classic, Feb. 22-24 at the Kiawah Island Resort in Kiawah Island, S.C.


The Edwin Watts/Kiawah Island Classic will host 43 teams from across the country including No. 25 Oregon, No. 28 Florida and No. 37 New Mexico. A total of 276 individual golfers will be in action.


'There will be 276 players on two courses; the largest field in college golf,' head coach Rise Lakowske said. 'We aren't stressing over the issue of such a large tournament, because we already prepare for slow play, late tee-times or only 20 minutes to warm-up. We are ready for those things already giving us more time to work on all other facets of the game.'


The tournament will be played on Cougar Point and Oak Point golf courses with teams alternating courses on Monday and Tuesday. The top 22 teams will play the Cougar Point course again on Tuesday.


Hitting the course for the Beavers will be: Lauren Archer, Cara Freeman, Martha Burkard, Whitney French and Elyse Okada.


'In early January our women got a good jump on training,' Lakowske said. 'As soon as they were back from winter break they were training. They came out prepared, really the best I've seen a group in the winter in a long time.


'They have looked good and are shooting very well. We've had a lot of low scores so far into the winter, which isn't all that common at this time in the year. Having them come out and do that shows me they are ready to perform this week.'


For results from The Edwin Watts/Kiawah Island Classic visit osubeavers.com.

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