Women's Golf To Play UNLV Spring Invite

March 6, 2009

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THIS WEEK -- Oregon State women's golf will head to Boulder City, Nev. for the UNLV Spring Invitational beginning Monday, March 9, and stay through Wednesday, March 11. The 18 team field will play 54 holes to decide the tournament consisting of three 18-hole rounds at Boulder Creek Golf Course.

Of the 18 teams, five are ranked in the top 50 with three being ranked in the top 30 according to Golfweek's Sagarin rankings. Ranked teams include No. 10 Georgia, No. 23 Kent State, No. 29 Oregon, No. 40 UNLV and No. 41 Washington.

THE COURSE -- Boulder Creek Golf Course is a par-72, 6,234 yard golf course.  Boulder Creek features a number of palm trees, peach bunkers, lakes and waterfalls. The desert type course has an abundance of holes surrounded by playable sand. The players will encounter no blind shots or hidden hazards.

THE FIELD -- BYU, Cambell, Eastern Washington, Fresno State, No. 10 Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, No. 23 Kent State, Missouri, Nebraska, No. 29 Oregon, Oregon State, SMU, Texas Tech, Tulsa, No. 41 Washington, Washington State and No. 40 UNLV.

LAKOWSKE SAYS ­-- 'In South Carolina when we shot the 319 the women were disappointed with themselves. They sat down after the first round, made some commitments to each other and things they needed to focus on. Obviously, that meant something to them, because they affirmed it to each other on the course. It paid off and they fought back to a top 10 finish. Confidence begins to build when you end a tournament going in the right direction. I see us building on that through this tournament and into the season.'

LAST TIME OUT -- The Beavers finished in a tie for 10th place at the Edwin Watts/Kiawah Island Classic in Kiawah Island, S.C. In the final day Oregon State jumped eight spots on the leaderboard. In the final round, the Beavers were led by junior Lauren Archer firing a 3-under-par 69 and sophomore Cara Freeman shot an even-par 72.

CAREER LOWS IN S.C. -- Junior Lauren Archer the best single-round score of her career with a 3-under-par, 69 at the Kiawah Island Classic. Freshman Elyse Okada's 74 in the second round was her career best round, and her tournament total of 232 was a career best as well.

TRACKING THE BEAVS THIS WEEK -- Full results and releases from this week's tournament will be available on the freshly redesigned www.osubeavers.com.

LIVE STATS: Hole-by-hole live stats are available for all three rounds at golfstat.com

WHAT'S NEXT FOR THE BEAVERS -- Oregon State will return to action Monday, March 23, in Junction City, Ore. for the Oregon Duck Invitational. The two-day event runs through Tuesday, March 24.



Lauren Archer

Junior • 5-6 • Boise, Idaho • Borah HS

FALL 2008: Participated in all four fall tournaments... her strongest showing came at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational where she finished in a tie for seventh shooting a 227... tied for 13th at the Giustina Memorial Classic... had a fall scoring average of 75.58


Cara Freeman

Sophomore • 5-10 • San Juan Capistrano, Calif. • Capistrano Valley HS

FALL 2008: Opened the season on a high note finishing second at the Giustina Memorial Classic with a 3-over-par 219, the second place finish was the best by a Beaver golfer in the fall... finished the fall season with a scoring average of 77.67 strokes per round.


Whitney French

Freshman • 5-6 • Laguna Niguel, Calif. • Dana Hills HS

FALL 2008: Participated in all four fall tournaments... finished in a tie for 23rd at the Giustina Memorial Classic, her first college event... finished the fall season with a scoring average of 78.67.


Elyse Okada

Freshman • 5-2 • Kahului, HI • Maui HS

FALL 2008: Participated in two events in the fall... finished in a tie for 58th at the Kent Youel Invitational... had a scoring average of 79 strokes per round in the fall.


Martha Burkard

Senior • 5-10 • Alameda, Calif. • Bishop O'Dowd HS

FALL 2008: Led the team with a 75.33 scoring average... participated in all four fall tournaments that included two top 10 finishes... opened the season strong with a tie for fourth at the Giustina Memorial Classic shooting 222... finished the fall season with a tie for ninth place at the Kent Youel Invitational shooting a 2-over-par 218.

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