Women's Golf Set For Historic Trip To Scotland

Sept. 5, 2008

Stanford, Calif.- At Stanford, education and athletics go hand in hand, and nowhere is that more evident than on the Stanford women's golf team's 10-day trip to Scotland, where the Cardinal will play on some of the world's most historic courses. The Stanford women's golf team will depart on Sunday, Sept. 7 for their once-in-a lifetime journey through Scotland. The group will get to study first hand the birthplace of golf and the links style courses that Scotland is famous for.

'We are planning this excursion to Scotland as a golfer's dream as well as an educational and historical journey through the game of golf,' said head coach Caroline O'Connor. 'We are very fortunate to have a wonderful relationship with some folks at the University of St Andrews, as well as the USGA and R&A, who have helped make this opportunity possible.'

The opportunity for the Cardinal golfers is in line with the educational purpose of Stanford University as well as taking their golf to the highest level.

The Cardinal will play seven world-class courses in during their 10-day trip. Included in the trip are the Alisa Course and Turnberry, which was ranked as the No. 19 golf course in the world by Golf Magazine and Kingsbarns Golf Links, which was ranked as the No. 61 course in the world by the same publication.

The Cardinal will begin their trip at St. Andrews, considered the birthplace of golf, where they will play the New Course. In addition to the golf, St. Andrews is sure to provide a historical overview of the sport.

The Cardinal women will have one competition during their trip, a match with the University of St. Andrews at the Elie Golf Club. The match will take place on Sept. 13 and will provide the Cardinal women a chance to compete and interact with their counterparts from an ocean away.

The other courses Stanford will enjoy include Prestwick Golf Club, The Castle Course at Saint Andrews and Gulane #1. Each will provide a different look at links golf from a location where golf is part of the culture of the town.

O'Connor is ecstatic to be able to take her team on this trip abroad, which the NCAA allows once every four years, and is also thankful for those that helped make it possible.

'This tour would not be possible if not for the generous gift made by the late William Power, who was a wonderful friend to Stanford Golf,' said O'Connor. 'His vision for golf at Stanford went beyond just our success on the course. He believed in providing learning opportunities for students beyond just those lessons on the golf course.'

Stay tuned to gostanford.com for blogs and photos from O'Connor and her players from Sept. 7-16 during their golfing adventure.

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