Stanford Opens its Spring Schedule This Weekend Hosting the Peg Barnard Invitational

Feb. 10, 2010

STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford's women's golf team will open their spring schedule this weekend, hosting the Peg Barnard Invitational Saturday and Sunday at Stanford Golf Course.

The 36-hole, 11-team event will feature shotgun starts on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. and Sunday at 8:00 a.m. Admission is free.

The tournament is named after Peg Barnard, a tireless fundraiser for women's athletics at Stanford before the women's and men's programs merged in the late 1970's.

Joining host Stanford in this year's field are teams from California, Fresno State, Hawaii, Long Beach State, Oregon, San Jose State, Santa Clara Texas, UC Davis, Washington.

Cal is the highest ranked team in the tournament, checking in at No. 10 in the latest Golfweek Top-25 poll, while UC Davis and Stanford are ranked No. 22 and No. 25, respectively.

Kendra Little (No. 26) of Oregon and Pia Halberg (No. 28) of Cal are the highest ranked individuals expected to compete in the tournament.

Stanford has won the last two Peg Barnard Invitationals, claiming titles in 2007 and '08 and has won the event five times dating back to 1995.

Stanford head coach Caroline O'Connor hopes the Peg Barnard Invitational will serve as a catalyst for a strong spring showing, as the Cardinal look to return to the NCAA Championship field after a two-year absence.

'We're all looking forward to playing our first event of the spring season at home,' said O'Connor. 'We typically play well on this golf course so I believe that a good event at home will be the catalyst for a strong spring.'

Despite the recent heavy rains in the Bay Area, the Cardinal has been able to maintain a consistent practice schedule in preparation for its first tournament of the spring.

'We've been playing and practicing in very challenging conditions over the past month which really has us prepared mentally and physically for the Peg,' said O'Connor. 'One of the exciting things for us is, considering the very soggy, boggy conditions of most golf courses on the west coast, we've only missed one day of practice due to the weather.

'The Siebel Training Complex has truly 'weathered the storm' - it drains so well that we were able to practice every day during a period when other teams had nowhere to practice. We're extremely fortunate to have such an outstanding facility.'

Stanford will finalize its lineup for the event following the last day of team qualifying on Thursday. In three fall events, Stanford's top five players were separated by less than 1.1 strokes, with senior Angela King posting the best stroke average during the fall at 74.2. King was followed closely by freshman Sally Watson (74.5), senior Rebecca Durham (74.5), freshman Kristina Wong (74.7) and sophomore Sydney Burlison (75.3).

Junior Piper Miller and sophomore Lila Barton will also be looking to crack the lineup for this weekend's event.

Peg Barnard Invitational History

Team Winner and Medalist

Stanford (591)Karrin Dickinson, Washington (142)

Stanford (572)Kay Hoey, Long Beach State (134; tournament record)

USC (588)Irene Cho, USC (137)

Washington (587)Kim Welch, Washington State (140)

Stanford (590)Kim Welch, Washington State (142)

Denver (621)Wendra Liang, Stanford (148)

Washington (593)Mikaela Parmlid, USC (143)

Stanford (595)Jerilyn White, Oregon (144)

Washington and USC (602)Amanda Moltke-Leth, UCLA (144)

USC (599)Stephanie Keever, Stanford (144)

USC (601)Anika Heuser, Oregon (147)

San Jose State (581)Janice Moody, San Jose State (136)

San Jose State (590)Vibeke Stensrud, San Jose State (138)

Stanford and San Jose State (594)Mhairi McKay, Stanford (142)

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