Women's Golf Heads To NCAA Championships

May 21, 2001

This Week: The fifth-ranked Stanford Cardinal women's golf team heads to Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida, for the NCAA 2001 Women's Golf Championships at the Mission Inn Golf and Tennis Resort, Tuesday, May 22 through Friday, May 25. Twenty-four teams will participate in the event, including seven Pac-10 teams. The field is as follows: Arizona, Arizona State, Auburn, California, Duke, Georgia, Kent State, Louisiana State, Michigan State, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Pepperdine, Purdue, San Jose State, South Carolina, South Florida, Southern California, Stanford, Texas, Tulsa, UCLA and Washington.

The Format: The teams will play a total of 54 holes, 18 each day. All three rounds begin at 7:30 a.m. ET from the first and tenth tees.

The Course: The NCAA Championships will be played on the Campeon course at the Mission Inn Golf and Tennis Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Flordia. It is a par 72 course (6,106 yards).

Last Year At NCAAs: The Cardinal posted their best finish in school history, taking second at the 2000 NCAA Women's Golf Championships. Stanford edged Texas by two strokes to finish as the runner up with a four-day total of 1196. Stephanie Keever tied for fifth individually (295) to lead the Cardinal while two other Stanford golfers posted top 20 finihes as well. Hilary Homeyer tied for 13th (298) and Kim Rowton tied for 18th (299). Arizona won the championship shooting a 1175 for the tourney while Wildcat Jenna Daniels was crowned NCAA Individual Champion with a 287.

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.

NCAA Notes: Stanford's highest finish NCAAs was a second place finish last year ... The Cardinal are making their 13th consecutive appearance at the NCAAs ... Stanford's highest individual finisher at NCAAs was Audrey Wooding who finished third in 1992 ... Stanford's lowest four-round score for NCAAs was an 1187 in 1992 and it's lowest round for a NCAA Championship is 292 (last time in 1999).

Did You Know: As a team, Stanford has finished in the top 10 in their last 32 tournaments ... they have finished in the top five in 12 out of the last 14 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 10 at the NCAA Championships the last seven years.

Last Time Out: The fifth-ranked Stanford women's golf team shot a final round of 294 to finish second at the NCAA West Regional at the Trysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis, Oregon. The Cardinal carded a 594 for the event. Two Stanford golfers placed in the top 10 a sophomore Kim Rowton tied for sixth (214) while senior Stephanie Keever tied for ninth (221). Senior Hilary Homeyer tied for 16 (224) and freshman Angela Rho came in tied for 25th (229). Kim Kouwabunpat tied for 33rd (231). Four Cardinals finished in the top 25.

Results: Results from each round will be available at ncaachampionships.com and www.golfstat.com

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 third in the GolfWeek/Sagarin College Poll. Individually, Stephanie Keever is ranked ninth overall, Hilary Homeyer is 22nd, Angela Rho is 28th, Kim Kouwabunpat is 65th and Kim Rowton is 55th (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.

Stanford Golf Course: Stanford Golf Course hosts 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 and hosted the NCAA Women's Golf Championships in 1989 and 1982.

Musani To Redshirt: Senior Salimah Mussani (Burlington, Ont., Canada) who joined the team midseason aftertransferring from Texas last year, will redshirt the 2000-2001 season and rejoin the squad next season.

MasterCard Collegiate Golf Poll(May 16, 2001)

1. Duke2. Arizona3. Auburn4. Southern California5. STANFORD6. Georgia7. Texas8. New Mexico State9. Tennessee10. Oklahoma State11. Tulsa12. Pepperdine13. Ohio State14. LSU15. Wake Forest16. Michigan State17. Northwestern18. Oklahoma19. Texas Christian20. Arizona State21. Purdue22. Vanderbilt23. Kent State24. South Florida25. UCLA

GolfWeek College Poll(May 14, 2001)

1. Duke2. Arizona3. STANFORD4. Auburn5. Southern California6. Georgia7. Texas8. New Mexico State9. Tulsa10. Tennessee11. Pepperdine12. LSU13. Arizona State14. Oklahoma State15. Purdue16. Texas Christian17. Ohio State18. Wake Forest19. UCLA20. Michigan State21. Northwestern22. Vanderbilt23. Washington24. Oklahoma25. New Mexico

MasterCard Collegiate Golf Rankings- Individual - (May 16, 2001)

1. Lorena Ochoa, Arizona2. Candy Hanneman, Duke3. Candie Kung, USC4. Natalie Gulbis, Arizona5. Stacy Prammanasudh, Tulsa6. Virada Nirapathpongporn, Duke7. Celeste Troche, Auburn8. Young-A Yang, Tennessee9. Stephanie Keever, STANFORD10. Lindsey Wright, Pepperdine11. Katy Harris, LSU12. Kristy McPherson, South Carolina13. Katherine Hull, Pepperdine14. Kari Damron, Purdue15. Meredith Duncan, LSU16. Summer Sirmons, Georgia17. Sasha Medina, New Mexico State18. Marta Prieto, Wake Forest19. Reilley Rankin, Georgia20. Mollie Fankhauser, Ohio State

Hilary Homeyer * Sr.Major: Psychology/EconomicsEdina, Minn.High School: Edina H.S.

2000-01: First team All-Pac-10 selection ... Has played in all 11 events (30 rounds) this season with nine 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 ... Tied for 16th at NCAA West Regional ... Currently ranked 22nd nationally (MasterCard Collegiate Poll).

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

Stephanie Keever * Sr.Major: SociologyLas Vegas, Nev.High School: Cimarron-Memorial H.S.

2000-01: First team All-Pac-10 selection ... Has played in all 11 events (30 rounds) this season with seven top 10 finishes ... Leads the squad with a 73.4 stroke average ... Has recorded four 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 four of her last five tournaments ... Tied for ninth at the NCAA West Regional ... Currently ranked ninth nationally (MasterCard Collegiate Poll).

Season Lows: Rd. (65), Tournament (215)Career Lows: Rd. (65), Tournament (214)
Kim Rowton * So.Major: JournalismSan Antonio, Tx.High School: Churchill H.S.

2000-01: Has competed in 10 events (27 rounds) this season with one top 10 and four top 25 finishes ... Sports a 76.6 stroke average ... Has recorded three par and two under par round this year ... Garnered her top finish of the season with a fifth place showing at the NCAA West Regional ... 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 55th nationally (MasterCard Collegiate Poll) ... Recorded a season-low 216 at the NCAA West Regional ... Tied her season-low with a 70 in the second round at regionals.

Season Lows: Rd. (70), Tournament (216)Career Lows: Rd. (68), Tournament (212)

Angela Rho * Fr.Major: International RelationsFullerton, Calif.High School: Sonora H.S.

2000-01: Second team All-Pac-10 selection ... Has competed in all 11 events (30 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 28th nationally (MasterCard Collegiate Rankings) ... Has eight top 25 finishes this season ... Tied for 25th at the NCAA West Regional.

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

Kim Kouwabunpat * Fr.Major: UndecidedUpland, Calif.High School: Upland H.S.

2000-01: Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 selection ... Has played in nine events (24 rounds) this season with three top 25 finishes ... Has a 75.8 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 65th nationally (MasterCard Collegiate Rankings) ... Tied for 33rd at NCAA West Regional.

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

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