No. 6 Cardinal Hosts Stanford Intercollegiate
Oct. 18, 2006
COMING UP: The sixth-ranked Cardinal hosts the Stanford Intercollegiate this Friday, October 20 through Sunday, October 22 on the Stanford Golf Course. The Intercollegiate boasts an impressive field of eight top-25 teams, including top-ranked Georgia, #2 Duke, #3 UCLA, #9 Vanderbilt, #12 Arizona, #15 New Mexico and #21 Arkansas. Stanford also welcomes Oregon, Oregon State, San Jose State, Tulsa, Washington and Washington State to the 14-team field. After an outstanding start to the 2006-07 season that includes a runner-up finish at the Topy Cup in September and top honors at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational last week, the Cardinal looks to improve upon last year's ninth-place finish at the Stanford Intercollegiate.
CARDINAL CAPTURES EDEAN IHLANFELDT: The No. 6 Cardinal enters the Stanford Intercollegiate after capturing the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational on October 9-11, Stanford's first win of the season and its first since 2004. The Cardinal took over the lead in the second round, concluding the tournament with a score of 896 to runner-up New Mexico's 902. Arizona State finished third with 904, while Pepperdine was fourth with 912. Sophomore Mari Chun captured her first individual win of the season, taking the lead after the first round with a career-best 4-under 68. Chun finished the tournament with a three-round score of 215 (68-72-75), two shots in front of New Mexico runner-up Jodi Ewart (71-75-71--217). Seniors Jennifer Tangtiphaiboontana and Lauren Todd also logged top-15 performances to help the Cardinal cinch the team win. Tangtiphaiboontana finished sixth (76-72-73--221), while Todd was 12th (78-76-72-226).
STANFORD EARNS TEAM OF THE WEEK, PLAYER OF THE WEEK: The Stanford Women's Golf Team was named Golfweek's Team of the Week on October 16 after capturing the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational. Stanford posted a three-round score of 896 (303-297-296--896) at the tournament to top runner-up New Mexico (301-300-301--902). The win was Stanford's first of the season and its first since 2004. Sophomore Mari Chun was named Golfweek's Player of the Week after capturing the individual title. Chun led from the first round after firing a career-best 4-under 68, totaling 215 through three rounds (68-72-75).
UP NEXT: This weekend's Stanford Intercollegiate marks the Cardinal's final tournament of the 2006 fall season. Stanford will return to action on February 12-14 at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge in Palos Verdes Estates, CA.
2005-06 SEASON REVIEW: The Cardinal made an NCAA record-setting 18th consecutive appearance at the NCAA Championships last season, tying for 13th place. As a junior, Jennifer Tangtiphaiboontana posted Stanford's best finish in 16th. Just days earlier, the Cardinal rallied for a fourth-place finish at the NCAA West Regional, Stanford's best regional finish since 2001. The team collected two other top-three performances in 2005-06, finishing second at the Kent Youel Invitational and third at the Peg Barnard California Collegiate. Tangtiphaiboontana and senior Kelly Husted garnered Pac-10 All-Conference honors, while Tangtiphaiboontana, Husted and senior Stephanie Lue were named to the Pac-10 All-Academic Team.
HEAD COACH Caroline O'Connor: Head coach Caroline O'Connor begins her 12th season on The Farm, guiding a program that has become a perennial postseason presence under her tenure. O'Connor has guided her teams to nine tournament victories, including the 1999 Pac-10 Championship. Her teams have finished in the top three at 41 events, including a second-place finish at the 2000 NCAA Championships in the Cardinal's best finish in school history.
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