Women's Golf Tees It Up Back East to Start Season

Feb. 19, 2010

The Oregon State women's golf team opens the 2010 spring golf season at the Edwin Watts/Kiawah Island Classic hosted by the College of Charleston Sunday-Tuesday, Feb. 21-23.

The tournament, which is billed as the largest Division I golf tournament in the nation, features 35 teams playing at the Kiawah Island Resort near Charleston, S.C.

The three-day tourney will be played Cougar Point and Oak Point courses at Kiawah Island Resort. Cougar Point is a par-72, 6,007-yard course while Oak Point is par-72, 5,957-yards. It is a 54-hole tournament consisting of thre3 18-hole rounds with one being played each day. Tee times are fixed for the first two rounds, with teams alternating between the two courses on Sunday and Monday. A shotgun start used for the final round. The top 20 teams will play at Cougar Point on the final day, while teams 21-35 will play at Oak Point.

'I expect this team to perform to the level of its ability,' head coach Risë Lakowske said. 'I know they can accomplish that. Through the winter, we've been working to strengthen our mental skills and really working on improving our course management.'

The 35-team tournament field includes Akron, Augusta State, Bucknell, Campbell, Central Arkansas, Charleston Southern, The Citadel, College of Charleston, Drake, East Carolina, East Tennessee State, Elon, Florida International, Illinois State, Jacksonville State, Kansas, Kennesaw State, Maryland, Mercer, Miami, Middle Tennessee State, Minnesota, Morehead State, Old Dominion, Oral Roberts, Richmond, South Carolina State, Southern Illinois, Toledo, USC-Upstate, Western Carolina, Wichita State and William & Mary.

Five Oregon State golfers will hit the links this week with four players counting toward the team score each round. Those playing this week are seniors Lauren Archer and Brittany Stewart, junior Kristina Gargaro, and sophomores Whitney French and Elyse Okada.

Live hole-by-hole scoring will be available at Golfstat throughout the tournament.

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