Cardinal Women Head To Indiana For 2003 NCAA Championships

May 16, 2003

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Stanford Making 20th Appearance At NCAA Championships: The Stanford women's golf team heads to West Lafayette, Indiana, for the 2003 NCAA Championships, hosted by Purdue University, Tuesday through Friday, May 20-23 at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex (Kampen Course - 6,225 yards, par 72).

The Cardinal are making their 20th overall appearance at the championships and 15th consecutive trip.

Three regional competitions were held May 8-10. Of the 324 regional participants, 126 advanced to the finals. Eight teams and two individuals, not on a selected team, advanced from each regional. All participantswill compete throughout the entire 72 holes of competition. In the team competition, the low four socres for each team will count in each day's total score. Duke University claimed last year's championship title.

Seven Pac-10 teams advanced to the NCAA Championships including Arizona, Arizona State, California, Stanford, UCLA, USC and Washington State.

Tournament Field: Twenty-four teams and six individuals will compete in West Lafayette at the championships: Auburn, Arizona, Arizona State, California, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Kent State, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Pepperdine, Purdue, South Carolina, Stanford, Texas, Tulsa, UCLA, Southern California, Vanderbilt, Washington State, Wisconsin. The six individuals advancing are Brandi Jackson (Furman), Katie Futcher (Penn State), Chrine Boucher (Kansas State), Nicole Melton (Texas A&M), Sunny Oh (UNLV) and Lindsay Morgan (Washington).

Schedule: The teams will play 18 holes each day, Wednesday through Friday, beginning at 8:00 a.m. Teams will tee off from the first and 10th tees each day. Stanford, along with Tulsa and Florida State, will begin teeing off at 9 a.m. from the 10th tee on Tuesday and 1 p.m. from the first tee on Wednesday. Third and fourth-round pairings will be by position according to score.

Results: Live scoring will be available for the championship at www.golfstat.com Results, quotes, etc. will be available on the Purdue University Athletic website at www.purduesports.ocsn.com

Competing For The Cardinal: Five golfers will be competing for Stanford at the tournament. They are Kim Rowton, Angela Rho, Wendra Liang, Kelly Husted and Kim Kouwabunpat.

Last Year At NCAAs: Stanford finished 11th in 2002, shooting a four-round score of 1187 (299-295-295-298). Duke won the team title (1164) by six strokes over Arizona and Auburn. Individually for the Cardinal, Kim Rowton tied for 41st with a 297 (76-70-77-74) while teammate Angela Rho tied for 50th carding a 299 (75-72-73-79). Kim Kouwabunpat tied for 99th (78-80-74-77--309) and Wendra Liang tied for 109th (80-82-75-76--313).

Last Time Out: The Stanford women's golf team finished eighth at the NCAA West Regional in Tempe, Arizona, with a three-round score of 905 (301-307-297) to qualify for the NCAA Championships. Senior Kim Rowton led the team, tying for 20th individually with a 223 (76-75-72). Freshman Kelly Husted tied for 25th with a 226 (72-77-77) while teammate Kim Kouwabunpat tied for 34th (76-79-73--228). Junior Angela Rho tied for 43rd (79-76-75--230) and sophomore Wendra Liang tied for 79th (77-81-81--239).

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.

Rowton Tabbed To All-Conference Team: Senior Kim Rowton (San Antonio, TX) was a second-team All-Pac-10 selection when the league office announced the 2002-03 conference golf awards earlier this month.

NCAA Notes: Freshman Kelly Husted will be competing in her first NCAA Championships for the Cardinal ... Junior Kim Rowton is ranked 52nd nationally in the individual rankings ... Stanford's best finish at an NCAA Women's Golf Championship was second in 2000 ... The Cardinal has finished in the top 10 at NCAAs in eight of the last nine years.

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 now competed in the national championships in 20 of its 23 years.

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