Stanford Set To Compete in the NCAA Central Regional

May 5, 2009

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    Stanford To Compete at NCAA Central Regional
    Stanford will travel east to Columbus, Ohio to compete in the NCAA Central Regional at the Scarlet Golf Course. The Cardinal enter the tournament as the ninth seed out of 21 teams. UCLA is the top seed, while several other top teams will compete for the eight spots at the NCAA Championships. The Cardinal will be looking to return to the NCAA's after missing the field last year for the first time in 20 years. The Stanford Women's golf program enters their post-season ranked 25th in the nation by the Golfweek/Sagarin index and 22nd by the NGCA Division I Coaches Poll. Senior Mari Chun is ranked 64th in the nation, while sophomore Rebecca Durham is 91st and freshman Sydney Burlison is 97th.

    Teams:
    1. UCLA
    2. Oklahoma State (Big 12 Conference)
    3. Purdue (Big Ten Conference)
    4. Wake Forest (Atlantic Coast Conference)
    5. Louisville (Big East Conference)
    6. Kent State (Mid-American Conference)
    7. Michigan State
    8. Ohio State
    9. Stanford
    10. New Mexico (Mountain West Conference)
    11. Georgia State (Colonial Athletic Association)
    12. Notre Dame
    13. North Carolina State
    14. Washington
    15. Kentucky
    16. Chattanooga
    17. Michigan
    18. Harvard (Ivy Group)
    19. Illinois State (Missouri Valley Conference)
    20. Murray State (Ohio Valley Conference)
    21. Fairleigh Dickinson (Northeast Conference)

    Last Season at Regionals
    Last season the Cardinal competed in the NCAA West Regional in Lincoln, Calif. Stanford finished the tournament tied for eighth. The Cardinal were then forced to a playoff with Ohio State and UC Davis for the eighth and final qualifying spot to the NCAA Championships. In the playoff the Cardinal finished 1-over-par, while UC Davis finished 1-under and clinched eighth place and a trip to the NCAA Championships. It was the first time since 1988 that the Cardinal failed to advance to the NCAA's. Individually, Angela King did qualify for the NCAA's after finishing the tournament at 1-over-par 217 to place 11th.

    Stanford Finishes Sixth at the Pac-10 Championships
    Stanford finished sixth at the Pac-10 Championships, played at home on the Stanford Golf Course. The Cardinal finished with a score of 38-over-par 890, while Arizona captured the conference title with a score of even-par 852. Rebecca Durham led Stanford with steady play throughout the tournament. Durham carded an even-par 71 on Sunday to finish at 7-over-par 220. She finished with a tied for 16th-place finish. Also with a top-20 finish for Stanford was Lila Barton who tied for 20th. The Stanford freshman shot at 10-over-par 223 for the weekend.

    The PING/ASU Invitational
    The Cardinal finished in a tie for 10th place at the PING/ASU Invitational from the Karesten ASU Golf Course. Stanford completed a final round of 19-over-par 307 for a three-day total of 53-over-par 917. Stanford was led by freshman Sydney Burlison who tied for 11th place at 7-over-par 223. Burlison fired a round of 73 on Sunday to just miss climbing into the top-10 by one stroke. It would have been the first top-10 of the season for Burlison. Oklahoma State went on to win the tournament with a score of 17-over-par 881.

    The Kent Youel Invitational
    Stanford women's golf completed the Kent Youel Invitational in sixth place. The Cardinal shot a three-round total of 22-over-par 886 to finish 19 strokes behind San Francisco who won the tournament with a score of 3-over-par 867. The Cardinal were led by Mari Chun who overcame a tough first round to shoot an even-par 216. Playing in her home state of Hawai'i, Chun finished with a 2-under-par round of 70 to climb into a tie for fifth place.

    The Stanford Intercollegiate
    Stanford finished third at the Stanford Intercollegiate in a field that included five top-10 teams. Playing at home at the Stanford Golf Course the Cardinal defeated three top-10 teams to raise their national ranking from No. 19 to No. 14. The Cardinal finished with a score of 5-over-par 857. They were led by Rebecca Durham who finished ninth with score of 1-under-par 212.

    Stanford Wins the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational
    The Cardinal got their first tournament win of the season when they captured the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational from the Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Wash on Oct. 6-8. Stanford shot a combined score of 41-over-par 905 to best second-place Oregon by 16 strokes. In all, Stanford took down five Pac-10 schools in the 13 team field. The Cardinal got great play from senior Mari Chun, who took the individual medalist honors. Her score of 2-over-par 218 was good for a four stroke margain of victory.

    The Mason Rudolph Women's Invitational
    On Sept. 26-28, the Cardinal competed against a loaded field, finishing 15th with a three-round total of 43-over-par 907. Sydney Burlison led the way for Stanford with a three-day total of 5-over-par 221, which tied her for 21st place overall. Fellow freshman, Lila Barton also played well, shooting a three-day total of 8-over-par 224 to tie for 39th.

    Back From Scotland
    The Cardinal have returned from their memorable preseason trip to Scotland where they played many of the world's top courses during their journey though the birthplace of golf. The Cardinal played seven renowned courses over the ten day trip, including the New Course at Saint Andrews, the Alisa Course at Turnberry, Prestwick, and Kingsbarns Golf Links.

    Scouting the 2008-09 Cardinal
    Upper Classman
    Senior, Mari Chun returns as a NGCA All-America honorable mention who led the Cardinal in 2007-08 with a 74.1 scoring average and four top-10's. Also returning is junior Angela King who was the lone Stanford qualifier for the 2008 NCAA Championships. King placed tied for 11th at the West Regional Championships to qualify as an individual for the NCAA Championships, where she placed tied for 75th. The final returning upper-classman is senior Ki-Shui Liao who competed in eight tournaments for Stanford last season and posted a 79.1 scoring average.

    Super Sophomores
    The Cardinal have a pair of sophomores who return to The Farm after making an immediate impact during their freshman year. Rebecca Durham was third on the team last season with a 76.6 scoring average and joins Chun and King as the only returners with a top-10 finish last season. Piper Miller also returns after representing Stanford at the Pac-10 Championships and the NCAA West Regional as a freshman.

    Fab Freshmen
    The Cardinal welcome of pair of highly touted freshmen to The Farm. Lila Barton comes to Stanford from Dallas, TX where she was a high school state champion and has international experience as a member of the 2005 Junior Solheim Cup team for the United States. Also joining Stanford for her freshman season is Sydney Burlison of Salinas, CA. Barton is the 2008 CCS individual medalist and has a wealth of international experience for the United States in the Junior Solheim Cup and Canon Cup.

    Head Coach Caroline O'Connor
    Stanford head coach Caroline O'Connor returns for her 14th season as the head coach of the women's golf team. She has led the Cardinal to a Pac-10 Championship in 1999, a share of a Regional Title in 2007, and six top-10 national finishes.

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