Cardinal Women Compete At NCAA West Regional

May 7, 2003

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Stanford Travels To NCAA West Regional: The Stanford women's golf team head to Tempe, Arizona, for the 2003 NCAA West Regional, May 8-10 at the par72, 6,256-yard Karsten Golf Course.

Admission to the NCAA West Regional is free. Live scoring will be available for each round at www.golfstatlive.com.

Tournament Field: Twenty-one teams and three individuals from across the country will participate: Pepperdine, USC, Oklahoma Sate, UCLA, Ohio State, Arizona State, Stanford, New Mexico State, Washington, UNLV, San Francisco, San Jose State, Oregon State, Denver, Nevada, Illinois, Washington State, Oral Roberts, Cal State Northridge, Portland State and Bradley. Individual qualifiers are Nicole Keller of Idaho, Stella Lee of UC Irvine and Erin Kerr of Colorado.

Fifteen of the 21 schools are ranked in the top 50 in the latest GolfWeek/Sagarin rankings.

Format: The teams will play 18 holes each day, Thursday through Saturday, beginning at 7:30 a.m. Pacific from tees No. 1 and No. 10. The final group tees off at 1:20 p.m. each day. First- and second-round pairings are predetermined based on seeding, while the final-round pairings will be based on team results after the first two rounds. The top four scores from each five-person team will count toward the team score each round.

Eight teams and two individuals will qualify for the NCAA Championships fromeach of the three regionals (West Regional host - Arizona State; East Regional host - Wake Forest; Central Regional host - Nebraska). Purdue University will play host to the 2003 NCAA Championships May 20-23 on the Kampen Course of the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex in West Lafayette, Ind.

Last Year: Last year at the 2002 NCAA West Regional, held in Stanford, Calif., the Cardinal finished fifth overall with a score of 901. UCLA and Pepperdine tied for first (883). Individually, Arizona's Lorena Ochoa took top honors (210). Stanford's Kim Rowton tied for 19th (225) while teammate Angela Rho tied for 25th (226). Wendra Liang turned in a 227 to tie for 29th and Kim Kouwabunpat tied for 55th (235).

Competing For The Cardinal: Stanford will take five golfers to the NCAA West Regionals: Kim Rowton, Angela Rho, Kim Kouwabunpat, Kelly Husted and Wendra Liang.

Stanford Tee Times: Cardinal golfers will begin teeing off from the 10th tee at 8:30 a.m.

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. Last year, the Cardinal notched top 10 finishes in seven tournaments they participated in and had three top 5 finishes. Stanford has now competed in the national championships in 21 of its 24 years and placed 11th in 2002.

Last Time Out: The Stanford women's golf team fired a 302 in the final round of the 2003 Pac-10 Championships in Corvallis, Oregon, to finish sixth overall with a three-day total of 920. Senior Kim Rowton finished seventh individually with a 222 (72-78-72). Junior Angela Rho tied for 19th after turning in a three round score of 230 (76-78-76) while teammate Kim Kouwabunpat tied for 30th with a 234 (81-77-76). Freshman Kelly Husted, competing in her first conference tourney, placed 39th with a 237 (78-78-81). Sophomore Wendra Liang placed 49th, carding a 242 (84-80-78). Freshman Stephanie Lue, competing as an individual, tied for 45th with a 241 (81-81-79).

All-Conference Honors Announced: Senior Stanford golfer Kim Rowton (San Antonio, TX) was tabbed to the Pac-10 All-Conference second team for the second consecutive season in 2003. Rowton has five top-10 finishes this year and leads the team in stroke average.

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