Women's Golf Prepares For 2001 NCAA Fall Preview

Sept. 19, 2001

Stanford Travels To Washington For Fall Preview: The Stanford women's golf team opens the fall season at the 2001 NCAA Fall Preview, held at the Washington National Golf Course, in Auburn, Wash., from September 24 through September 26. It is a par 72 course (6,250 yards). The field includes: Arizona, Arizona State, Auburn, California, Duke, Georgia, LSU, Michigan State, New Mexico State, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Oregon State, Pepperdine, Purdue, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas, Texas Christian, Tulsa, UCLA, USC, Washington and Washington State. Tee times begin at 8:30 PT each day on the first and 10th tees.

Youth Anchors 2001 Squad: Three of five starters return from last year's squad and will anchor the 2001 edition. Junior Kim Rowton, who finished 25th at NCAA's last season and ranked 51st nationally, will be joined by the sophomore tandem of Angela Rho (second-team All-Pac-10 selection) and Kim Kouwabunpat (honorable mention All-Pac-10 pick). Rho is listed among GolfWorld's 50 College Players to Watch this season.

Cardinal Ranked Eighth In GolfWorld Coaches Poll: As the fall season gets underway, Duke University earned the No. 1 spot for the women's preseason poll, according to Golf World's College Golf Coaches' Poll. The Blue Devils also have four of their five starters returning, including NCAA individual champion Candy Hannemann.Defending NCAA women's champion Georgia ranked tied for fifth. Completing the top-10 women's teams are: Auburn, Texas, Arizona, Tulsa, Southern California, Stanford, Oklahoma State and New Mexico State. Six Pac-10 teams are ranked in the top 25 including Arizona, USC, Stanford, UCLA, Arizona State and California.

Did You Know: As a team, Stanford has finished in the top 10 in their last 33 tournaments ... they have finished in the top five in 12 out of the last 15 tourneys ... as a team, the Cardinal averaged 296.9 strokes per round in 2000-01 ... Stanford had five golfers ranked in the top 70 nationally in the final 2000-01 MasterCard Collegiate Golf Rankings ... Stanford has finished in the top 10 at the NCAA Championships the last eight years.

2001 NCAA Recap: The Stanford women's golf team finished ninth at the NCAA Championships carding scores of 298-303-300-300--1201 over the four day tournament. Georgia won the title with an 1176 (+24). Individually, Kim Rowton led the Cardinal with a tie for 25th (73-74-74-77--298) while Hilary Homeyer and Angela Rho tied for 38th with a 302. Stephanie Keever tied for 60th (75-79-75-77--306) and Kim Kouwabunpat tied for 68th (77-84-74-74--309).

Last Year In The Rankings: Stanford finish the season ranked third in the GolfWeek/Sagarin Poll and sixth in the MasterCard Collegiate Golf Poll. Individually, Stephanie Keever checked in at No. 11 while Hilary Homeyer finished at No. 27. Angela Rho, in her first collegiate campaign, finished 31st and Kim Rowton finished 51st. Kim Kouwabunpat checked in at No. 69. In all, five Stanford golfers were ranked in the top 75 individuals nationally.

Coach O'Conner: Head coach Caroline O'Connor concluded her seventh season at the helm of the Stanford women's golf program after leading the Cardinal to its best ever finish at the NCAA Championships in 1999-00 (second place). Under O'Connor's tutelage, Stanford has finished in the top 10 nationally for the past seven years and captured its first conference title in 1999. O'Connor is only the second coach in the 23 year history of the women's program. Last year, the Cardinal notched top 10 finishes in all 11 tournaments they participated in and had nine top 5 finishes. Stanford has competed in the national championships in 19 of its 22 years.

GolfWorld College PollPreseason (Sept. 13, 2001)

1. Duke2. Auburn3. Texas4. Arizona5. Georgia Tulsa7. Southern California8. STANFORD9. Oklahoma State10. New Mexico State11. Louisiana State12. UCLA13. Tennessee14. Pepperdine15. Northwestern16. Kent State Michigan State18. Ohio State19. Arizona State20. Purdue21. Vanderbilt22. Wake Forest23. San Jose State24. California25. Florida

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