Top Teams on Display at Stanford Intercollegiate This Weekend
Oct. 15, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford's women's golf team will be tested by some of the top team's in the nation this weekend as the Cardinal host the Stanford Intercollegiate Championships Friday through Sunday at Stanford Golf Course.
Teams will begin teeing off at 8:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, while Sunday's final round will commence at 7:30 a.m.
Admission is free.
Four of top 10 teams in the nation will be in the field, including top-ranked USC, No. 2 UCLA, No. 3 Arizona State and No. 7 California. In addition, No. 12 Oklahoma State, No. 18 Denver and No. 25 Vanderbilt will join 15th-ranked Stanford in one of the strongest fields on the fall calendar.
In addition, four of the top six individual players in the nation will also be represented. USC's Jennifer Song, winner of last year's U.S.Women's Amateur and Public Links titles, is ranked as the top individual player by Golfweek Magazine. UCLA's Sydnee Michaels, who finished fourth in last year's event, is currently ranked second nationally by Golfweek while Caroline Hedwell of Oklahoma State and Marina Alex of Vanderbilt are ranked fifth and sixth, respectively, by Golfweek.
Stanford, coming off a second place finish at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational at the Sahalee Country Club in Redmond, Wash., is expected to start a young lineup that features freshmen Sally Watson and Kristina Wong, sophomores Sydney Burlison and Lila Barton and senior Angela King.
Watson and Wong, two of the top freshman in the country, as coming off top-10 finishes at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational last week, finishing fifth and 10th, respectively, in their second collegiate events. Watson is currently ranked 47th in the latest Golfweek poll.
Stanford head coach Caroline O'Connor is eager to see how her young team measures against some of the top teams in the nation.
'It's still early in the season, obviously, but this tournament will be a good barometer of where we stand nationwide.'
O'Connor says added depth in her lineup will be an asset this weekend and be the key to a strong finish in the spring.
'We definitely have more depth from top to bottom this year,' said O'Connor. 'The depth on this year's team has also made us more competitive. Everybody is pushing each other.'
Stanford finished third in last year's event, 13 strokes behind first place UCLA.