Women's Golf tied for Ninth after Day One at Kiawah Island

Feb. 21, 2010

Kiawah Island, S.C. - The Oregon State women's golf team is in a tie for ninth through one round at the Edwin Watts/Kiawah Island Classic. Senior Brittany Stewart and Sophomore Whitney French led the Beavers with a 3-over-par 75 on the day.

'They have played the golf course before, because golf courses in this area have a lot of water and different grasses,' women's golf head coach Risë Lakowske said. 'The knowledge that they got from last year was definitely helpful. Brittney Stewart was 2-under-par after 12 holes, and she played pretty steady all day, and it was just a good solid round today,'

The event features a unique set up where each team will play both the Cougar Point and Oak Point golf courses in the first and second rounds. The top 20 teams after two rounds will play for the tournament championship on the Cougar Point course with the remaining teams playing on the Oak Point course.

The Beavers are currently standing at 22-over with a round one score of 382 on the par 72, 6,007 yard Cougar Point golf course in clear sunny weather conditions.

Sophomore Elyse Okada shot a 4-over 76 to tie for 42nd. Senior Lauren Archer shot a 77 which is good for a tie for 58th, and Kristina Gargaro followed closely behind with a 7-over 79.

'Any golf course on this island is sandy soil, so there can be delays because of the rain, and then it accumulates of the greens,' Lakowske said. 'I think we will run into the weather, and have a delay possibly, so everybody has to deal with the same type of thing. We are prepared for the rain.'

Sarah Mooney of Augusta State is currently leading the tournament after shooting 4-under, 68 on the Cougar Point course. Augusta State leads all teams after shooting a 4-under-par 284 as a team on the Cougar Point course.

Oregon State returns to action tomorrow morning at the par-72, 5,907 yard Oak Point course and will be starting on the back nine at 7:15 a.m. EST.

All day coverage with live stats is available at golfstat.com.

Top Team Scores: 1. Augusta State, 284; 2. East Carolina, 290; 3. Western Carolina, 293; t4.Miami, 296; t4. East Tennessee St., 296; 6. Campbell, 297; 7. Oral Roberts, 298; 8. Illinois State, 300; t9. Kansas, 303; t9. Oregon State, 303; t9. Middle Tennessee State, 303t t9. Minnesota, 303.

Top Individual Scores: 1. Sarad Mooney, Augusta State 68; 2. Josefine Sundh, Western Carolona Univ. 69; 3. Natalie Wille, Augusta State 70; t4. Amber Littman, East Carolina Univ. 71; t4. Abby Bools, East Carolina Univ. 71; t4. Sinead O'Sullivan, East Tennessee St. 71; t4. Stacey Miller, Illinois State Univ. 71.

t9. Oregon State, 303; - Individual Scorest32. Whitney French 75, t32; Brittney Stewart 75, t42; Elyse Okada 76, t58; Lauren Archer 77; t80. Kristina Gargaro 79.

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