Women's Golf Prepares For PING/ASU Invitational
April 1, 2002
Stanford Travels To PING/ASU Invitational: The Stanford women's golf team travels to Tempe, Arizona for the PING/ASU Invitational, April 5-7 at the par 72 (6,122 yards) Karsten Golf Course on the campus of Arizona State University. Teams will play 18 holes each day with tee times beginning at 8 a.m on Friday and Saturday from the first and 10th tees. Sunday's final round will begin at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start.
The Field: This year's PING/ASU Invitational will feature 15 teams, 13 ranked in the top 50 in the March 27 GolfWeek/Sagarin Rankings. Ten of the top 25 teams will be in attendance. The field is as follows: No. 3 Tulsa, No. 4 Texas, No. 8 Arizona, No. 11 Arizona State, No. 14 USC, No. 16 Washington, No. 18 UCLA, No. 20 California, No. 22 New Mexico State, No. 23 New Mexico, No. 27 TCU, No. 31 Stanford, No. 39 San Jose State, Oregon and Oregon State.
Last Year at the PING/ASU Invitational: Last year, USC captured the PING/ASU Invitational championship with a three-day total of 25-over par 889, while Cardinal Stephanie Keever won individual medalist honors with a even-par 216. Kim Rowton tied for 15th (79-74-70--223) while Angela Rho finished tied for 38th last year (80-76-72--228). Kim Kouwabunpat tied for 49th (77-78-77--232) and Marcia Wallis finished 71st (80-83-79--242).
Stanford won the PING/ASU Invite in 1998, while five individuals have won individual medalist honors: Keever (2001), Hilary Homeyer (1998), Mhairi McKay (1996), Marha Richards (1993) and Pat Cornett (1975).
Last Time Out: Stanford finished ninth at the Wildcat Invitational in Tucson, Arizona, shooting a three-day total of 907. It marked the third top 10 finish for the Cardinal this season. Kim Rowton led Stanford, finishing tied for 25th (74-78-73--225) while Kim Kouwabunpat tied for 42nd (76-81-73--230). Teammate Marcia Wallis tied for 45th (76-76-79--231) along with Wendra Liang (82-74-75--231). Angela Rho finished tied for 48th (79-75-78--232).
Up Next: The Cardinal host the Peg Barnard Collegiate, April 13-14 at the Stanford Golf Course.
Coach O'Conner: Head coach Caroline O'Connor begins 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.