Fifth-ranked Women's Golf Heads To Tucson For Wildcat Invitational

Feb. 15, 2001

THIS WEEK: The fifth-ranked Stanford Cardinal women's golf team travels to Tucson, Arizona for the Wildcat Invitational, February 19-21 at The Raven at Sabino Springs. The tournament consists of 16 teams from around the nation, including seven of the top 10 teams in the rankings. The tournament features teams that have won the last 14 NCAA Championships. The field is as follows: Arizona, Arizona State, California, Duke, Nevada, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Oregon, Pepperdine, San Jose State, Southern California, Stanford, Texas, Tulsa, UCLA and Washington. The course is a par 71, 6,776 yards. Teams will play 18 holes each day with 8 a.m. shotgun starts. Last year Arizona won the invitational with an 857 while Duke's Beth Bauer took individual honors, shooting a five-under par 211.

LAST YEAR: The Stanford women's golf team finished third at the Arizona Invitational, shooting a three-day total of 895 for the tournament - one stroke behind the second place team, Arizona State. Kim Rowton was the Cardinal's top finisher tying for sixth with a 222. Stephanie Keever tied for 14th (226) while teammate Hilary Homeyer tied for 17th (227).

PAIR OF FRESHMEN LEAD STANFORD AT TRW REGIONAL CHALLENGE: Freshmen Kim Kouwabunpat (Upland, Calif./Upland) and Angela Rho (Fullerton, Calif./Sonora) tied for sixth individually to lead the Cardinal to a third place finish at the TRW Regional Challenge, earlier this week. The sixth place finish was the best collegiate showing for Kouwabunpat and tied Rho's best finish. The 222 three-day total tied Rho's career-low.

KEEVER LEADS TEAM IN STROKE AVERAGE: Senior Stephanie Keever (Las Vegas, Nev./Cimarron-Memorial) currently leads the team with a 74.3 stroke average through four tournaments this season. She tied for 33rd (76-81-73--230) earlier this week at the TRW Regional Challenge. Keever has two top 10 finish this season and six in the last two seasons. She has played in all four tournaments for the Cardinal this year.

HOMEYER TIES FOR 26TH AT REGIONAL CHALLENGE: Senior Hilary Homeyer (Edina, Minn./Edina) tied for 26th at the TRW Regional Challenge (77-77-75--229) under rainy conditions. It is the first time Homeyer has finished out of the top 25 individually in the last five tournaments, dating back to last year's NCAA Championships, where she tied for 13th. Homeyer currently has a 75.0 stroke average, third best on the team. She has posted three top 25 finished in four tournaments this season as well as one top 10 showing.

RHO CONTINUES SOLID PERFORMANCES ON THE LINKS: Freshman Angela Rho (Fullerton, Calif./Sonoma) has been very impressive in her initial campaign for the Cardinal this season. Rho has posted three top 15 finishes in four tournaments and is second on the squad with a 74.5 stroke average.

DID YOU KNOW: As a team, Stanford has finished in the top 10 in their last 26 tournaments ... they have finished in the top five in six out of the last eight tourneys ... as a team, the Cardinal are averaging 298.6 strokes per event.

ROWTON FINISHES 49TH AT TRW REGIONAL CHALLENGE: Sophomore Kim Rowton (San Antonio, Tex./Churchill) tied for 49th (77-78-79--234) at the TRW Regional Challenge her last time out as weather conditions hampered play on the links. Rowton brings a 77.1 stroke average to the table and has posted one top 20 finish this year.

1999-2000 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 prepare for the Spartan Invitational hosted by San Jose State, March 5-7, 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.

MasterCard Collegiate Golf Poll(December 6, 2001)

1. Duke2. Arizona Auburn4. Southern California5. STANFORD6. Tennessee7. Texas8. Tulsa9. Georgia10. Pepperdine11. Northwestern12. New Mexico State13. Louisiana State14. Purdue15. Wake Forest16. Ohio State17. UCLA18. Michigan State19. Arizona State20. Oklahoma State21. South Carolina22. Vanderbilt23. TCU24. Kent State25. Oklahoma

GolfWeek College Poll(February 9, 2001)

1. Duke2. Arizona3. Southern California4. Auburn5. Tennessee6. STANFORD7. Texas8. Pepperdine9. Northwestern10. Tulsa11. New Mexico State12. Georgia13. LSU14. Purdue15. Ohio State16. UCLA17. Arizona State18. Kent State19. Wake Forest20. South Carolina21. Texas Christian22. Vanderbilt23. Mississippi State24. Oklahoma State25. Michigan State

MasterCard Collegiate Golf 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

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