Cardinal Kick Off Spring Season At Northrup Grumman Regional Challenge

Feb. 5, 2003

Stanford Gears Up For Regional Challenge: The Stanford women's golf team will take part in the 2003 Northrup Grumman Regional Challenge, February 10-12 at the Palos Verdes Golf Club (par 71, yardage 5,912) in Palo Verdes Estates, Calif.

Tournament Field: Fourteen teams in the field are ranked in the latest Golfweek Top 25 poll. Arizona, Arizona State, California, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Pepperdine, Purdue, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas, Tulsa, UCLA, USC.

Format: The teams will play 18 holes each day for a total of 54 holes. The first two rounds will begin at 8 a.m. while the final round tee times will begin at 8:30 a.m.

Results: Results and live scoring will be available online at www.golfstat.com. Results and a release will also be available at Ohio State's website, www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com

Competing For The Cardinal: Five golfers will be competing for Stanford at the tournament. They are Kim Rowton, Angela Rho, Wendra Liang, Stephanie Lue and Marcia Wallis.

Last Year: Last year Tulsa won the event with a score of 870 (283-292-295) while Arizona's Lorena Ochoa took top individual honors (206). The Cardinal finished tied for 13th (927). Angela Rho was the squad's top individual finisher, as she tied for 13th overall. Stanford won the event in 1997.

Up Next: The Cardinal will travel to Tucson, Arizona for the Wildcat Invitational, hosted by the University of Arizona, February 24-26.

Last Time Out: The Cardinal posted their best finish of the season as they took third at the Rainbow Invitational, shooting a three-round total of 893 (a season-best). Senior Kim Rowton took top individual medalist honors, firing a 215 for the tournament. Freshman Kelly Husted tied for 11th with a 222 while teammate Angela Rho tied for 34th (229). Junior Kim Kouwabunpat tied for 40th (232) and sophomore Wendra Liang tied for 58th (237) overall.

Did You Know? Kim Rowton has posted three consecutive top 15 finishes ... Rowton's 70 in the final round of the Stanford Pepsi Intercollegiate is the lowest single round by a Cardinal this season ... The Cardinal has finished in the top 10 at NCAAs for the past eight years.

Coach O'Conner: Head coach Caroline O'Connor begins her eighth 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 seven of the last eight years and captured its first conference title in 1999. O'Connor is only the second coach in the 24 year history of the women's program.

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