CORVALLIS, Ore. – Coming off team and individual titles in its most recent event, the Oregon State women’s golf team returns to action in its penultimate tournament of the fall season, the 16-team Stanford Intercollegiate, Friday through Sunday in Stanford, Calif.
The tourney includes five teams ranked in the top 10 in the nation -- No. 1 UCLA, No. 2 USC, No. 3 Stanford, No. 5 Washington and No. 8 Pepperdine -- and a total of 10 teams ranked in the top 25. The field also includes the last two individual champions at this event -- Kyung Kim of USC last year and Washington’s SooBin Kim in 2011.
Oregon State enters the Stanford Intercollegiate coming off one of its most successful tournaments in school history. The Beavers won the Rose City Collegiate on Oct. 1, their first team title in five years, and Anica Yoo became the first OSU golfer to claim medalist honors in 16 years when she took home the individual crown.
FIELD (16): Oregon State, Auburn, California, Georgia, Kentucky, Northwestern, Oregon, Pepperdine, San Jose State, Stanford, UC Davis, UCLA, USC, Vanderbilt, Washington and Washington State.
COURSE: The tournament will be held at the par-71, 6,130-yard Stanford Golf Course.
BEAVERS’ LINEUP: Oregon State will go with a lineup of seniors Lauren Sewell and Seshia Telles, junior Anica Yoo and sophomores Ashlee Pickerell and Chelsea Saelee, the same group that has played every tournament this fall.
FORMAT: Three-day, 54-hole tournament with 18 holes each day. The top-four individuals from each five-member team with the lowest scores for each 18-hole round constitute the scoring members for that given round.
TEE TIMES: Groups will begin on the first and 10th holes each day with an 8:30 a.m. tee time on Friday and Saturday and a 7:30 a.m. start on Sunday. The Beavers will be paired with California and Vanderbilt in the first round and start at 8:30 a.m. off the first tee.
QUOTING HEAD COACH RISË ALEXANDER:
“After three weeks of practice and playing, we are ready to get back to competing again. Stanford is a great opportunity for us to perform at a high level in a great field of teams. All of the players have had experience on this course which is very beneficial to having a great game plan.
“Anica is coming of a win at PSU's Langdon Farms event and Chelsea had a third-place at the same event. All of the players also have been playing well in recent qualifying rounds. Seshia particularly has been playing well lately. Everyone has worked hard on their games the past few weeks and it should pay off and translate to some great golf this weekend. Also, Lauren Sewell had a great event here last year and that should give her confidence going into the weekend as well.
“The practice round on Thursday went very well and Ashlee in particular was able to learn a lot about the course. All in all, I think their games and level of confidence is in a very positive and energized place right now.”
LAST TIME OUT: The Beavers won the 15-team Rose City Collegiate, which was shortened to 36 holes due to weather, by a whopping 14 strokes after posting a 10-over 293-293--586 at the par-72, 6,080-yard Langdon Farms Golf Club. It was the first team title for Oregon State in five years after claiming the Giustina Memorial Classic on its home course back in September 2008.
Not only did the team win the title, but Yoo won medalist honors with a 2-under 69-73--142, becoming the first Oregon State golfer to win an outright individual crown in 16 years after Anjeanette Dabbs won the Pepperdine Invitational in November 1997.
Not only did Oregon State win the team title and Yoo take medalist honors, but Telles got a hole-in-one on the par-3 third hole, her first in collegiate competition.
Oregon State won by 14 strokes over Gonzaga and UC Irvine, which tied for second with a 24-over 600, and Yoo held off a late charge by Luciane Lee of UC Irvine, who was the only other player in the 84-person field to finish in red numbers with a 1-under 71-72--143. Whitney French tied for the individual lead at this event in 2010 but lost on the 12th hole of sudden-death playoff to Kelsey Kipp of North Texas.
Saelee recorded a career-best finish with a tie for third place after posting a 2-over 75-71--146. The 1-under 71 in the final round was the first sub-par round of her young career. The ace by Telles helped her shoot a 1-over 73 and move up the leaderboard into sole eighth with a 4-over 75-73--148, while Pickerell also posted a career-best finish with a tie for 10th with a 6-over 74-76--150. Sewell was only a stroke back with a 7-over 75-76--152 that put her in a tie for 14th.
LAST YEAR AT THE STANFORD INTERCOLLEGIATE: Oregon State wrapped up its 2012 fall season with a tie for eighth place in a highly-competitive field and Sewell had a career-best finish with a tie for third at the Stanford Intercollegiate last year.
The Beavers concluded the three-day, 54-hole event with a 27-over 287-290-302--879 at the par-71, 6,130-yard Stanford Golf Course and finished ahead of seven teams ranked in the top 50 in the nation in a field that included six top-10 teams.
Sewell was steady all three rounds, finishing with nine birdies en route to a 1-under 71-70-71--212 to equal the third-lowest under-par score in Oregon State history. It was just the fourth-ever sub-par finish by a Beaver and second of the fall after Telles shot a 2-under 214 at the Oregon State Invitational.
Saelee also recorded a career-best three-round score and finish with a 3-over 71-72-73--216 for a tie for 12th place. She had 10 birdies in the three rounds and has been a regular contributor to the Beavers’ team score in all four tournaments this fall. Her previous best was a 17-over 233 at the Rose City Collegiate when she finished in a tie for 22nd.
Yoo finished in a tie for 62nd with a 14-over 73-75-79--227 and Rachael Fischer bounced back after a tough first round to finish with a 33-over 88-79-79--246. Telles was tied for 20th entering the final round but signed a scorecard that had a wrong score listed and had her third round disqualified.