No. 5 Women's Golf Travels To TRW Regional Challenge

Feb. 8, 2001

THIS WEEK: The fifth-ranked Stanford Cardinal women's golf team travels to Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. for the 2001 TRW Regional Challenge, February 12-14 at the Palos Verdes Golf Club. The tournament consists of 18 temas from around the nation - six from each of the regions represented (Far West, West and East). This year, 14 of the top 20 teams from last year's NCAA Tournament highlight the field. They include: Arizona, Arizona State, Florida, Michigan State, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Pepperdine, Purdue, San Jose State, Southern California, South Carolina, Stanford, Texas, Texas Christian, Tulsa and UCLA. Tee times will begin at 9 a.m. on Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday's final round will begin with a shotgun start at 8 a.m.

LAST YEAR: The Stanford women's golf team finished third at the Regional Challenge, shooting a three-day total of 894 for the tournament. Stephanie Keever tied for fourth (215) individually followed by Hilary Homeyer's tie for 10th (221). Arizona won the event, posting an 857 while USC placed second with an 864. Individually, Georgia's Shauna Estes took top honors (212).

KEEVER NOTCHES SECOND TOP 10 FINISH AT GOLFWORLD INVIT: Senior Stephanie Keever (Las Vegas, Nev./Cimarron-Memorial) shot rounds of 73-73-71 (217) to tie for ninth at the GolfWorld/Palmetto Dunes Invitational her last time out. It is the second top 10 finish this season for Keever and sixth in the last two seasons. She currently leads the team with a 73.5 stroke average.

HOMEYER POSTS THIRD TOP 20 FINISH OF SEASON: Senior Hilary Homeyer (Edina, Minn./Edina) tied for 16th last time out at the GolfWorld/Palmetto Dunes Invitational (71-73-76--220). It is Homeyer's fourth consecutive top 20 finish, dating back to last year's NCAA Championships, where she tied for 13th. Homeyer currently has a 74.5 stroke average and is looking for another solid outing at the Regional Challenge.

RHO CONTINUES SOLID PERFORMANCES ON THE LINKS: Freshman Anglea Rho (Fullerton, Calif./Sonoma) has been very impressive in her initial campaign for the Cardinal this season. Rho has posted two top 15 finishes in three tournaments and is third on the squad with a 74.6 stroke average. Last time out, she tied for 33rd (76-76-74--226) at the GolfWorld/Palmetto Dunes Invitational.

DID YOU KNOW: As a team, Stanford has finished in the top 10 in their last 25 tournaments ... they have finished in the top five in five out of the last seven tourneys ... as a team, the Cardinal are averaging 298.2 strokes per event.

ROWTON FINISHES 36TH AT GOLFWORLD INVIT: Sophomore Kim Rowton (San Antonio, Tex./Churchill) tied for 36th (78-75-75--228) at the GolfWorld/Palmetto Dunes Invit. her last time out. Rowton brings a 76.8 stroke average to the table and has posted one top 20 finish this year.

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.

IN THE RANKINGS: Stanford checks in ranked fifth in the MasterCard Collegiate Golf Poll and sixth in 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. Individually, Stephanie Keever checks in ranked 7th overall while Hilary Homeyer is 22nd.

UP NEXT: The Cardinal head to Tucson, Arizona for the Arizona Wildcat Invitational, February 19-21, in continued action on the links.

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 Rankings- Individual - (December 6, 2001)

1. Lorena Ochoa, Arizona2. Celeste Troche, Auburn3. Candie Kung, USC4. Stacy Prammanasudh, Tulsa5. Young-A Yang, Tennessee6. Candy Hanneman, Duke7. Stephanie Keever, STANFORD8. Virada Nirapathpongporn, Duke9. Katherine Hull, Pepperdine10. Leila Chartrand, USC11. Leigh Anne Hardin, Duke12. Maria Boden, Oklahoma St13. Cristina Baena, Arizona14. Meredith Duncan, LSU15. Natalie Gulbis, Arizona16. Lindsey Wright, Pepperdine17. Angie Yoon, Nevada18. Kari Damron, Purdue19. Jennifer Perri, Furman20. Marta Prieto, Wake Forest

MasterCard CollegiateGolf Poll(December 6, 2001)

1. Duke 2. Arizona Auburn 4. Southern California 5. STANFORD 6. Tennessee 7. Texas 8. Tulsa 9. Georgia 10. Pepperdine 11. Northwestern 12. New Mexico State 13. Louisiana State 14. Purdue 15. Wake Forest 16. Ohio State 17. UCLA 18. Michigan State 19. Arizona State 20. Oklahoma State 21. South Carolina 22. Vanderbilt 23. TCU 24. Kent State 25. Oklahoma

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