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Beavers To Conclude Fall Season In Hawai’i

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State women's golf team will compete in its final tournament of the fall season when it travels to Kona, Hawai'i for the Pac-12 Preview on Monday and Tuesday.
The Beavers are wrapping up a very successful fall season that has seen them win the Rose City Collegiate, finish third at the Pat Lesser Harbottle Invitational and place fourth at the Ptarmigan Ram Classic.
FIELD (12): Oregon State, Arizona, Arizona State, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Washington and Washington State.
COURSE: The tournament will be held at the par-73, 6,392-yard Nanea Golf Club for the fourth consecutive year. The member's only golf course, built in 2003, is the creation of financiers George Roberts and Charles Schwab. The clubhouse at Nanea was constructed to resemble Kona Island's five volcanoes, while the course, designed by David McLay Kidd, was carved from a mountainside on the Big Island with lava rock lining the far stretches of playable area before it drops into the Pacific Ocean.
BEAVERS' LINEUP: Oregon State will go with a lineup of senior Elyse Smidinger, juniors Susie Cavanagh, Haley Nist and Hannah Swanson and sophomore Olivia Benzin.
FORMAT: Two-day, 54-hole tournament with 36 holes on Monday and 18 holes on Tuesday. 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: There will be a shotgun start at 8 a.m. on Monday with 36 holes of continuous play and tee times off the first and 10th holes beginning at 8 a.m. on Tuesday.
LIVE SCORING: There will be live scoring for the tournament on
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LAST YEAR AT THE PAC-12 PREVIEW: Ashlee Pickerell fired a 1-over for the third consecutive round at the Pac-12 Preview to lead the Oregon State women's golf team in their final tournament of the fall season.
Oregon State finished in eighth place in a field that featured seven ranked teams, shooting a 41-over 304-311-302--917 at the par-73, 6,372-yard Nanea Golf Club. The Beavers took state bragging rights after finishing ahead of No. 35 Oregon, which finished in ninth place with a 44-over 309-311-300--920.
No. 3 UCLA took the team title with a 1-over 877 and Charlotte Thomas of Washington held on for medalist honors with a 7-under 212.
Pickerell was a consistent as can be, shooting a 1-over 74 in all three rounds to finish in a tie for 12th place with a 3-over 222. She had three birdies in the final round, after carding two in each of the first two rounds, to lead the Beavers throughout the two-day, 54-hole tournament.
Olivia Benzin and Chelsea Saelee both tied for 36th place with a 13-over 232. Benzin went 77-78-77 over the three rounds, while Saelee carded scores of 76-80-76.
Haley Nist was a stroke back with a 14-over 77-81-75--233 to finish in a tie for 39th place and Hannah Swanson concluded play in a tie for 51st place with a 24-over 78-79-86--243.
LAST TIME OUT: Oregon State continued its strong fall season with a third-place finish at the 15-team Pat Lesser-Harbottle Invitational two weeks ago.
The Beavers shot a 23-over 292-300-295--887 at the par-72, 6,086-yard Tacoma Country and Golf Club to finish third at the two-day, 54-hole tournament.
Washington won the team title with a 16-over 291-298-291--880 and BYU rallied in the final round to finish second with a 19-over 306-291-286--883.
"It was a good week of golf for the team on a difficult course," Oregon State head coach Dawn Shockley said. "We were steady all three rounds and happy with the finish. Washington and BYU played great golf today.
"It was solid golf all week by Olivia and Haley. This is Olivia's third consecutive top 10 and the hard work she puts in is paying off."
Olivia Benzin recorded a top-10 finish for the third time this fall, finishing in a career-best tie for fourth place with an even-par 70-73-73--216. She has led the Beavers in every tourney this season, placing 10th at the Ptarmigan Ram Classic and tied for fifth at the Rose City Collegiate.
Benzin has already fired three sub-par rounds this season after carding one last year as a freshman.
Haley Nist was as consistent as can be, carding a 1-over 73 all three rounds to finish in a tie for sixth place with a 3-over 219. It's her fourth career top-10 finish, after finishing in a tie for ninth at the Oregon State Invitational as a freshman, tied for third at the Rose City Collegiate last fall and tied for sixth at the Bay Area Collegiate last spring.
Freshman Nicole Schroeder finished in a tie for 24th place with an 11-over 73-76-78--227, Susie Cavanagh was a stroke back with a 12-over 76-79-73--228 for a tie for 27th and Hannah Swanson finished 66th with a 22-over 84-78-76--238.
Julianne Alvarez of Washington claimed medalist honors with a 3-under 71-73-69--213.
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