Women's Golf Heads For NCAA West Regional

May 7, 2001

This Week: The fifth-ranked Stanford Cardinal women's golf team prepares for the NCAA West Regional, Thursday, May 10 through Saturday, May 12 in Corvallis, Oregon at the Trysting Tree Golf Club (Oregon State University, host). Twenty-one teams will compete in the regional, including eight top 25 teams (according to the MasterCard Collegiate Golf Poll). The field is as follows: Arizona, USC, Stanford, Tennessee, Ohio State, Arizona State, UCLA, Michigan State, Washington, Furman, Indiana, Oregon, Memphis, Missouri, Colorado State, Nevada, Oregon State, BYU, Central Connecticut State, SW Missouri State and Weber State.

The Format: The teams will play a total of 54 holes, 18 each day. All three rounds begin at 7:30 a.m. PDT from the first and tenth tees. The final groups will begin play at 1:20 p.m. PDT each round.

The Course: Trysting Tree Golf Club has been a part of the Corvallis community since 1988. The course will play to 6,089 yards for this tournament, and carry a par of 72. Golfweek Magazine rated the course the third best collegiate facility on the West Coast in 1998. The NCAA Women's West Regional will be the first NCAA Championship event atthe course. Trysting Tree will also host the NCAA Men's West Regional, May 17-19.

Last Year At West Regionals: The Cardinal finished sixth at the 2000 West Regional in Tempe, Ariz., carding scores of 297-297-299-893. Stephanie Keever tied for 21st individually to lead Stanford. Hilary Homeyer tied for 27th with Kim Rowton tied for 34th. Arizona State's Miriam Nagl took top honors individually while Arizona took home the team title.

Four Cardinal Golfers Garner All-Conference Honors: Seniors Hilary Homeyer and Stephanie Keever were named first-team All-Pac-10 selections while freshman Angela Rho took second team honors. Fellow frosh Kim Kouwabunpat was an honorable mention pick after tying for fifth at the conference championships.

Regional Notes: Stanford's highest finish in the West Regional was a second place showing in 1994 ... Their lowest finish was in 1996 when they finished seventh ... The Cardinal are making their ninth consecutive appearance at the West Regional ... Stanford's highest individual finisher at regionals is Andrea Baxter who finished second in 1995 and '97 ... Stanford's lowest three-round score for regionals is an 883 (1995) and it's lowest round for a regional is 285 (1997).

Did You Know: As a team, Stanford has finished in the top 10 in their last 31 tournaments ... they have finished in the top five in 11 out of the last 13 tourneys ... as a team, the Cardinal are averaging 296.5 strokes per round ... Stanford has five golfers ranked in the top 100 nationally ... Stanford has finished in the top 3 at the Pac-10 Championships seven of the last 11 years and has finished out of the top five only once during that same time.

Last Time Out: The fifth-ranked Stanford women's golf team shot a one-under par 287 on the final day of competition at the 2001 Pac-10 Championships to finish second. For the tourney, the Cardinal shot a season-low 876. Individually, senior Stephanie Keever and freshman Kim Kouwabunpat tied for fifth to lead Stanford. Angela Rho tied for 15th while Hilary Homeyer checked in tied for 25th. Sophomore Kim Rowton tied for 29th. Stanford has now finished in the top five in its last six tournaments.

Results: Results from each round will be available at www.osubeavers.com, and ncaachampionships.com. Results will not be posted before 8:00 p.m. PDT.

Up Next: The top eight teams from each of the three Regionals, plus an additional two individuals will advance to the NCAA Championships. The Championships are scheduled for May 22-25 at the Mission Inn Golf and Tennis Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida.

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 fourth in the GolfWeek/Sagarin College Poll. Individually, Stephanie Keever is ranked seventh overall, Hilary Homeyer is 17th, Angela Rho is 22nd, Kim Kouwabunpat is 52nd and Kim Rowton is 89th (according to the MasterCard individual rankings).

Coach O'Conner: Head coach Caroline O'Connor is in 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(May 1, 2001)

1. Duke2. Arizona3. Auburn4. Southern California5. STANFORD6. Georgia7. Tennessee8. New Mexico State9. Texas10. Oklahoma State11. Pepperdine12. Ohio State13. Tulsa14. LSU15. Oklahoma16. Wake Forest17. Michigan State18. Texas Christian19. Northwestern20. Arizona State21. Vanderbilt22. Kent State23. Purdue24. Baylor25. Michigan

GolfWeek College Poll(April 30, 2001)

1. Duke2. Arizona3. Southern California4. STANFORD5. Auburn6. Georgia7. Tennessee8. New Mexico State9. Texas10. Tulsa11. Pepperdine12. LSU13. Arizona State14. Oklahoma State15. Texas Christian16. Northwestern17. Ohio State18. Wake Forest19. Purdue20. Vanderbilt21. UCLA22. Oklahoma23. Michigan State24. Washington25. California

MasterCard CollegiateGolf Rankings- Individual - (May 1, 2001)

1. Lorena Ochoa, Arizona2. Candie Kung, USC3. Candy Hanneman, Duke4. Katy Harris, LSU5. Celeste Troche, Auburn6. Natalie Gulbis, Arizona7. Stephanie Keever, STANFORD8. Stacy Prammanasudh, Tulsa9. Young-A Yang, Tennessee10. Virada Nirapathpongporn, Duke11. Lindsey Wright, Pepperdine12. Katherine Hull, Pepperdine13. Kristy McPherson, South Carolina14. Summer Sirmons, Georgia15. Sasha Medina, New Mexico State16. Meredith Duncan, LSU17. Hilary Homeyer, STANFORD18. Alena Sharp, New Mexico State19. Reilley Rankin, Georgia20. Maria Boden, Oklahoma State

Postseason Bio Updates

Hilary Homeyer * Sr.Edina, Minn.

2000-01: First team All-Pac-10 selection ... Has played in all 10 events (27 rounds) this season with eight top 25 finishes ... Second on the team with a 74.4 stroke average ... Has recorded four par and three under par rounds during the season ... Highest finish this year is a tie for seventh (PING/ASU Invitational and Peg Barnard Collegiate) ... Has four top 10 finishes ... Has not finished out of the top 30 the entire year ... Tied for 25th at the Pac-10 Championships ... Currently ranked 17th nationally (MasterCard Collegiate Poll).

Season Lows: Rd. (71), Tournament (217)Career Lows: Rd. (67), Tournament (211)

Stephanie Keever * Sr.Las Vegas, Nev.

2000-01: First team All-Pac-10 selection ... Has played in all 10 events (27 rounds) this season with six top 10 finishes ... Leads the squad with a 73.4 stroke average ... Has recorded three par and five under par rounds this season ... Shot a career low 65 in the final round at the Arizona Invitational ... Has won two events this season (Edean Ehlanfeldt Invitational and PING/ASU Invitational) ... Finished tied for second at the Peg Barnard Collegiate ... Tied for fifth at the Pac-10 Championships ... Has finished in the top five in three of her last four tournaments ... Currently ranked seventh nationally (MasterCard Collegiate Poll).

Season Lows: Rd. (65), Tournament (215)Career Lows: Rd. (65), Tournament (214)

Kim Rowton * So.San Antonio, Tx.

2000-01: Has competed in nine events (24 rounds) this season with three top 25 finishes ... Sports a 77.2 stroke average ... Has recorded two par and one under par round this year ... Tied for 12th at the Peg Barnard Collegiate for her highest finish heading into regionals ... Shot a season low 70 in the final round at the PING/ASU Invitational ... Carded a season low 223 at the Stanford/Pepsi Intercolleagiate and PING/ASU Invite ... Finished tied for 29th at the Pac-10 Championships ... Currently ranked 89th nationally (MasterCard Collegiate Poll).

Season Lows: Rd. (70), Tournament (223)Career Lows: Rd. (68), Tournament (212)

Angela Rho * Fr.Fullerton, Calif.

2000-01: Second team All-Pac-10 selection ... Has competed in all 10 events (27 rounds) this season with seven top 25 finishes ... Third on the squad with a 74.6 stroke average ... Has recorded four par and five under par rounds in 2000-01 ... Has three top 10 finishes on the year ... Highest finish this season is a tie for fifth at the Peg Barnard Collegiate ... Tied for 15th at the Pac-10 Championships .... Currently ranked 22nd nationally (MasterCard Collegiate Rankings).

Season/Career Lows: Rd. (70), Tournament (221)

Kim Kouwabunpat * Fr.Upland, Calif.

2000-01: Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 selection ... Has played in eight events (21 rounds) this season with three top 25 finishes ... Has a 75.7 stroke average heading into regionals ... Has recorded one par and two under par rounds this year ... Shot a season/career low 68 in the final round at the Spartan Invitational ... Carded a season/career low 218 at the Pac-10 Championships ... Recorded her highest finish of the season at the Pac-10 Championships, finishing tied for fifth ... Currently ranked 52nd nationally (MasterCard Collegiate Rankings).

Season/Career Lows: Rd. (68), Tournament (218)

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