Women's Golf Hosts Stanford/Pepsi Intercollegiate

Oct. 16, 2000

THIS WEEK: The Stanford Cardinal women's golf team hosts the Stanford/Pepsi Women's Intercollegiate on the Stanford Golf Course, October 20-22, in Stanford, Calif. Participating teams include: Arizona, Arizona State, California, Indiana, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Oregon, Oregon State, Pepperdine, San Jose State, Stanford - host, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Tulsa, UCLA, USC, Washington and Washington State. The golf course is a par 72 (6,154 yards). Teams will begin to tee off at 8 a.m. on Friday and Saturday while Sunday's shotgun start is set for 8:30 a.m.

LAST WEEK: The Stanford women's golf team finished second at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational in Redmond, Wash. (307-302-299--908). The Cardinal jumped three teams on the final day to move from fifth to second. USC won the tournament, shooting a three-round total of 896. Individually for Stanford, senior Stephanie Keever tied for first (70-72-74--216) with Tulsa's Stacy Prammanasudh. Freshman Angela Rho tied for sixth (75-77-72--224) while senior Hilary Homeyer tied for 17th (77-76-77--230). Sophomore Kim Rowton tied for 47th (85-80-76--241) and junior Jessica Belskis finished 53rd (87-77-78--242).

KEEVER CAPTURES HER FIRST INDIVIDUAL TITLE OF THE YEAR: Senior Stephanie Keever (Las Vegas, Nev.) captured her first individual title of the season last week at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational. Keever led the entire tournament, shooting rounds of 70, 72 and 74 to tie with Tulsa's Stacy Prammanasudh for the top spot. It is the second collegiate victory of Keever's career (placed first at the Peg Barnard California Collegiate last year). Her current stroke average is a 72.00. This week, Keever is ranked No. 1 nationally in the GolfWeek/Sagarin individual rankings.

RHO MAKES GOOD FIRST IMPRESSION: Freshman Anglea Rho (Fullerton, Calif./Sonoma) finished sixth individually (75-77-72--224) in her first collegiate tournament as a Cardinal last weekend. Rho shot a par 72 on the final day of competition to move up from 14th to 6th. Her stroke average, through on etournament, is 74.67. Rho is ranked 13th individually in the latest GolfWeek/Sagarin rankings.

DID YOU KNOW: As a team, Stanford has finished in the top 10 in their last 23 tournaments ... they have finished in the top five in four out of the last five tourneys ... last year, the Cardinal finished seventh at the Stanford/Pepsi Intercollegiate (299-303-298) ... Tulsa won the tourney, shooting a 879 (+15) over three days ... individually, Tulsa's Stacy Prammanaudh finished first, shooting a six-under-par 210.

SEASON IN REVIEW: The Cardinal placed second at the 2000 NCAA Championships held in Sunriver, Oregon to post their best finish in school history. Stanford shot a four-round total of 1,196, trailing national champion Arizona by 24 strokes. Stephanie Keever tied for fifth individually carding a 295 for the tournament. Hilary Homeyer tallied a 298 for 13th place and Kim Rowton placed 18th with a 299. Stanford competed in 12 events in 1999-2000, recording seven top 5 finishes and 12 top 10 finishes. Individually, Stephanie Keever finished the season ranked 12th nationally while Hilary Homeyer checked in at 25th. Both Keever and Homeyer were All-Pac-10 second team selections as well as All-America honorees.

LEADING THE CARDINAL: Leading Stanford this year will be seniors Stephanie Keever and Hilary Homeyer. The returning All-Americans had a busy summer competing in both the Curtis Cup and the World Amatuer Championships for the United States. Keever enters this week ranked eighth individually in the MasterCard Collegiate Golf Rankings while teammate Homeyer checks in at No. 14. Last year, Keever posted five top 10 finishes and nine top 25. She notched a 74.0 stroke average in 11 events. Her top finish was a third place showing at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational. Homeyer also tallied five top 10 finishes and had 10 top 25 finishes in 1999-2000. Her top finish was a tie for sixth at the Golf World/Palmetto Dunes Invitational.

IN THE RANKINGS: Stanford checks in ranked fifth in both the MasterCard Collegiate Golf Poll and the GolfWeek/Sagarin College Poll. Six Pac-10 teams were ranked in the top 25 by MasterCard and GolfWorld in the preseason poll. Three teams (Arizona, Stanford and USC) were listed in the top 5.

UP NEXT: The Cardinal head to Hilton Head, South Carolina for the GolfWorld Invitational, November 3-5 in continued action.

COACH O'CONNOR: Head coach Caroline O'Connor begins her sixth season at the helm of the Stanford women's golf program after leading the Cardinal to its best ever finish at the NCAA Championships last season (second place). Under O'Connor's tutelage, Stanford has finished in the top 10 nationally for the past six years and captured its first conference title in 1999. O'Connor is only the second coach in the 21 year history of the women's program. Last year, the Cardinal notched top 10 finishes in all 12 tournaments they participated in and had seven top 5 finishes. Stanford has competed in the national championships in 18 of its 21 years.

STANFORD GOLF COURSE: Stanford Golf Course will host two collegiate women's tournaments during the 2000-2001 season: the Stanford/Pepsi Intercollegiate on October 20-22 and the Peg Barnard California Collegiate on April 13-14. The 18-hole course is a par 72 (6,1 yards) and hosted the NCAA Women's Golf Championships in 1989 and 1982.

MasterCard CollegiateGolf Poll(October 4, 2000)

1. Arizona2. Duke3. Southern California4. Tennessee5. STANFORD6. Wake Forest7. Auburn8. Texas9. Louisiana State10. Pepperdine11. Tulsa12. New Mexico State13. Georgia14. Purdue15. Arizona State16. UCLA17. San Jose State18. Nebraska19. TCU20. Northwestern21. Oklahoma State22. Michigan State23. Ohio State Oklahoma25. New Mexico

GolfWeek College Poll(October 15, 2000)

1. Duke2. Arizona3. Southern California4. Tennessee5. STANFORD6. Auburn7. Pepperdine8. Northwestern9. Texas10. Purdue11. Tulsa12. Ohio State13. Michigan State14. LSU15. Minnesota16. Oklahoma17. UCLA18. Kent StateSan Jose State19. Arizona State20. Oklahoma StateNebraska21. New Mexico State22. Mississippi State23. Georgia24. Texas Christian25. Wake Forest

2000-2001 Golf Schedule/Results

Oct. 9-11 Edean Ihlanfeldt Invit. 2nd, 908Oct. 20-22 Stanford/Pepsi Inter. All DayNov. 3-5 GolfWorld Invitational All DayFeb. 12-14 TRW Regional Challenge All DayFeb. 19-21 Ariz. Wildcat Invitational All DayMarch 5-7 Spartan Invitational All DayApril 6-8 PING/ASU Invitational All DayApril 13-14 Peg Barnard Collegiate All DayApril 23-25 Pac-10 Championships All DayMay 10-12 NCAA Regionals All DayMay 23-26 NCAA Championships All Day

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