WGolf Finish 3rd at Oregon Duck Invitational

March 24, 2009


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SPRINGFIELD, Ore – Despite improving two shots from round two, the Oregon State women’s golf was unable to move up the leaderboard to finish in third place at the Oregon Duck Invitational Tuesday shooting a three-round total 910 (308-302-300) on the par-72, 5,954 yard Shadow Hill Country Club course.

“We played pretty well here,” head coach Rise Lakowske said. “We struck the ball very well from tee-to-green, but just struggled with our putting. We are close, but not quite there yet.” 

Leading the way in the final round for the Beavers was junior Lauren Archer shooting an even-par 72, bringing her tournament total to 225 (77-76-72) good enough for sixth-place, a career best finish.

“Lauren has a very solid, steady tournament,” Lakowske said. “She struck the ball well, putted well and just overall played very well.” 

Senior Martha Burkard finished just a shot back of Archer with 226 (78-73-75) finishing tied for seventh, her best finish of the spring.

“Martha had a very good short game working for her in the final round,” Lakowske said. “She played a very good tournament for us. If she had been able to strike the ball a little better, she could have scored really low.” 

Sophomore Cara Freeman and freshman Whitney French each scored a 230 to tie for 17th. The score of 230 and 17th place finish were both career bests for French.

Freshman Elyse Okada finished tied for 27th, a career best, with a score of 236. 

“We only had one score in the 80s through the entire 54 holes. It was a solid tournament for us, but we just need to figure out what is going on with the putting. I think we are capable of much more. We are the verge of breaking out.”

Taking the team title was San Francisco with a tournament total 887. Taking the individual title was San Francisco’s Natasha Podmore, shooting a 218.

The Beavers finished just eight shots back of second-place finishing Oregon. The one possible NW Dodge Civil War Series point will be awarded to Oregon.

The Beavers are back in action Saturday-Sunday, March 28-29 in Tucson, Ariz. for the Mountain View Intercollegiate.


Team Scores: 1. San Francisco (291-301-295) 887; 2. Oregon (301-303-298) 902; 3. Oregon State (308-302-300) 910; 4. Missouri (313-303-299) 915; 5. UC Davis (320-302-305) 927; 6. Wisconsin (312-323-303) 938; 7. Washington State (327-326-295) 948; 8. UC Riverside (327-326-295) 948; 9. Illinois (320-316-322) 958; 10. Portland State (333-326-322) 981; 11. Montana (330-333-322) 985; 12. Portland (329-335-326) 990.

Top Finishers: 1. Natasha Podmore, San Francisco (71-72-75) 218; 2. Danielle Cvitanov, San Francisco (72-75-73) 220; 3. Kendra Little, Oregon (73-75-73) 221; 4. Julia Potter, Missouri (78-71-74) 223; 5. Ashley Edwards, Oregon (73-75-76) 224; 6. Lauren Archer, Oregon State (77-76-72) 225; t7. Martha Burkard, Oregon State (78-73-75) 226. 

Other Oregon State Scores: t17. Cara Freeman (76-76-78) 230; t17. Whitney French (77-77-76) 230; t27. Elyse Okada (79-80-77) 236; 40. *Sara Natwick (85-76-79) 239; 63. *Brittany Stewart (85-87-85) 257. 

*Denotes players participating individually separate from team

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