Stanford Prepares For 2002 NCAA West Regional
May 6, 2002
Stanford Prepares For NCAA Postseason: The Stanford women's golf team will compete in the NCAA West Regional, May 9-11, at the Stanford Golf Course in Stanford, Calif. The Cardinal, who are seeded eighth, will host 21 teams and three individuals for the three-day tournament. Eight teams and two individuals will advance to the NCAA Championships in Auburn, Wash. at the end of the month.
The Field: The 21 teams and three individuals are as follows: Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA, California, Washington, Southern California, Pepperdine, Stanford, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Idaho, San Francisco, San Jose State, UC Irvine, Denver, Brigham Young, Colorado State, Washington State, Campbell, Oral Roberts, Northern Arizona, Erin Kerr (Colorado), Sarah Walter (Portland) and Kathy Cho (Oregon).
Format: Eighteen holes will be played Thursday, Friday and Saturday with a fixed start beginning at 7:30 a.m. each day from the first and 10th tees. The top four scores from each five-person team will count towards the team score. Pairings and tee times will be assigned for the first two rounds based on seeding. The third round pairings and tee times will be determined by score after round two.
Last Year at NCAA Regionals: Last year, the Cardinal finished second at the 2001 NCAA West Regional, shooting an 888 for the tourney. Kim Rowton led Stanford with a fifth place finish overall. Angela Rho tied for 25th (229) and Kim Kouwabunpat tied for 33rd.
Last Time Out: Stanford finished seventh at the Pac-10 Championships, shooting a three-day total of 913. Freshman Wendra Liang notched her first top-10 finish, tying for 9th individually (226). Junior Kim Rowton finished 16th (229) while teammates Angela Rho (231) and Kim Kouwabunpat (234) tied for 19th and 26th respectively. Senior Jessica Belskis tied for 34th (236).
Rowton and Liang Tabbed To All-Conference Teams: Junior Kim Rowton was a second-team All-Pac-10 selection while freshman Wendra Liang was an honorable mention pick when the league office announced the 2001-02 conference golf awards.
Regional Notes: Stanford is making their 10th consecutive appearance in a regional in 2002 since the inaugural regional in '93 ... The Cardinal will tee off beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday from the first tee. On Friday, they will tee off from the 10th tee at 12:40 p.m. ... Nine teams competing in the NCAA West Regional this weekend are currently ranked in the top 25 by the GolfWeek/Sagarin rankings (No. 8 Arizona, No. 10 Arizona State, No. 14 USC, No. 15 Pepperdine, No. 16 Washington, No. 17 California, No. 19 UCLA, No. 24 New Mexico and No. 25 Stanford) ... A total of 324 participants have been selected for regional competition in three regions (West, Central, East) ... Of these players, 126 will advance to the championships finals.
Coach O'Conner: Head coach Caroline O?Connor is in 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.
2002 NCAA Championships: The 2002 NCAA Women's Golf Division I Championships will be held at the Washington National Golf Club in Auburn, Washington, hosted by the University of Washington, May 21-24.
GolfWeek/SagarinWomen's College Rankings(April 28, 2002)
1. Auburn2. Duke3. Tulsa4. Ohio State5. Texas6. Oklahoma State7. Tennessee8. Arizona9. Georgia10. Arizona State11. Vanderbilt12. Florida13. Michigan14. Southern California15. Pepperdine16. Washington17. California18. Oklahoma19. UCLA20. Wake Forest21. South Carolina22. Purdue23. Michigan24. New Mexico25. Stanford