Women's Golf Heads to Stanford/PEPSI Intercollegiate

Oct. 18, 2000

TEMPE, Ariz. - Following a third-place finish at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational in Redmond, Wash., the Arizona State women's golf team travels to Palo Alto, Calif., for the Stanford/PEPSI Intercollegiate, the Sun Devils' third fall tournament this season. The 54-hole, 18-team event is being held at the par 72, 6,154-yard Stanford Golf Course Friday-Sunday, Oct. 20-22. Play gets underway at 8 a.m. each day with tee times running from 8 a.m. to noon. Arizona State finished in third place at the Stanford Intercollegiate last season and last captured a title at that tournament in 1995. Heather Bowie was the last Sun Devil to earn medalist honors in Palo Alto, which she accomplished in 1995.

LINEUP: ASU's lineup will include senior Molly Cooper (Tumwater, Wash.), sophomore Blair O'Neal (Tempe, Arizona), freshman Jimin Kang (Edmonds, Wash.), junior Lisa Meredith (Reading, England) and senior Michaela Friberg (Rydeback, Sweden).

IN THE RANKINGS: Arizona State checked in at 15th in the Oct. 4 MasterCard Collegiate Golf Rankings after starting the season in 11th in the preseason poll. No Sun Devil is ranked individually, although freshman Jimin Kang was ranked 24th in the preseason rankings before she even played a hole of collegiate golf.

THE FIELD: The Stanford Intercollegiate field will feature nine teams ranked in the Oct. 4 MasterCard rankings including top-ranked Arizona, No. 3 USC, No. 10 Pepperdine, No. 11 Tulsa, No. 12 New Mexico State, No. 15 Arizona State, No. 16 UCLA, No. 17 San Jose State and No. 25 New Mexico. Rounding out the field are Cal, Indiana, Oregon, Oregon State, tournament host Stanford, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Washington and Washington State.

LAST TIME OUT: Arizona State shot a 18-over 306 Wednesday to finish third at the University of Washington's Edean Ihlanfeldt Golf Invitational held Oct. 9-11 at the Sahalee Country Club. ASU, ranked 15th in the latest national rankings, ended the first round in seventh place but carded the best second round with a 294 Tuesday before taking third in the final standings with a three-day total of 911.

No. 4 USC successfully defended its tournament title, winning the event with a three-day total of 896. Stanford shot a 299 in the final round to move into third place (908), followed by Arizona State (911), Pepperdine (913) and UCLA (914).

Individually, senior Molly Cooper and freshman Jimin Kang, both natives of the state of Washington, finished in a tie for eighth place with a three-day total of 225. Junior Lisa Meredith tied for 19th, sophomore Blair O'Neal finished in a tie for 32nd and senior Michaela Friberg tied for 79th. Stanford's Stephanie Keever and Tulsa's Stacy Prammanasudh tied for individual medalist honors with even-par 216s.

WHO'S BACK, WHO'S NEW: Arizona State returns four players from last year's squad, including three who played on the Sun Devils' NCAA Championships squad in senior Molly Cooper, junior Lisa Meredith and sophomore Blair O'Neal. Michaela Friberg also returns to the squad for her senior campaign. Freshman Jimin Kang joins the Sun Devil team from King's High School in Edmonds, Wash. The Washington state women's amateur champion, Kang was the runnerup at the 1999 U.S. Women's Amateur in Asheville, N.C., and earned an exemption to play in 1999 LPGA Safeco Classic in Seattle.

LAST YEAR: ASU concluded the 1999-2000 season ranked fourth in the final MasterCard Collegiate Rankings. The Sun Devils finished in a tie for 11th at the NCAA Championships in Sunriver, Ore., climbing 13 spots after a rough first round. Freshman Miriam Nagl earned first-team All-America and national Freshman-of-the-Year honors after winning the NCAA Fall Preview and the NCAA West Regional. As a team, the Sun Devils turned in top six finishes in 10 tournaments including a win at the San Jose State Spartan Invitational and runnerup showings at the Arizona Invitational and the PING/ASU Invitational. Four Sun Devils earned All-Pac-10 Conference honors, including Lisa Meredith and Blair O'Neal who were both named honorable-mention all-conference.

LINDA VOLLSTEDT: Linda Vollstedt, a 1969 graduate of ASU enters her 21st year as the head coach of the Arizona State women's golf team. One of Golf World's top 10 college golf coaches of the century and a finalist for induction into the International Women's Sports Hall of Fame, the five-time national coach of the year led ASU to six NCAA championships in the 1990s, twice as many as any other women's golf program in the nation. ASU has also captured Top 10 NCAA finishes in 10 of the last 13 years. Throughout her career, Vollstedt has coached 40 All-Americans and guided 15 players to the professional ranks.

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