Women's Golf Heads East For GolfWorld/Palmetto Dunes Invitational

Oct. 30, 2000

THIS WEEK: The Stanford Cardinal women's golf team travels to Hilton Head, S.C. for the GolfWorld/Palmetto Dunes Collegiate Invitational, November 3-5. No. 1-ranked Duke will be gunning for the tournament's defending champions and the 2000 NCAA champions, Arizona, after finishing second to the Wildcats last year. The top-11 teams on the women's Golf World College Coaches' Poll will be represented among the 12-team field, including: USC (3), Tennessee (4), Stanford (5), Auburn (6), Pepperdine (7), Texas (8), Louisiana State (9), Purdue (10) and Georgia (11). Rounding out the division is 15th-ranked Arizona State. The Arthur Hills Course at Palmetto Hall is a par 72 and will measure 6,257 yards for the women's competition.

LAST WEEK: The Stanford women's golf team finished third at the Stanford/Pepsi Intercollegiate (296-290-297--886). Arizona won the tourney while USC finished second. Individually for the Cardinal, Hilary Homeyer finished tied for ninth while freshman Anglea Rho checked in tied for 12th. Sophomore Kim Rowton placed 14th and teammate Jessica Belskis tied for 27th. Senior Stephanie Keever tied for 32nd.

HOMEYER POSTS SECOND TOP 20 FINISH OF SEASON: Senior Hilary Homeyer (Edina, Minn./Edina) was Stanford's top finisher at the Stanford/Pepsi Intercollegiate, tying for ninth individually (73-72-76--221). It is Homeyer's third consecutive top 20 finish, dating back to last year's NCAA Championships, where she tied for 13th. Homeyer currently has a 75.2 stroke average and is looking to post her first sub-par round this weekend.

RHO NOTCHES ANOTHER TOP 15 FINISH: Freshman Anglea Rho (Fullerton, Calif./Sonoma) posted her second straight top 15 finish when she tied for 12th individually at the Stanford/Pepsi Intercollegiate. Rho tied for sixth in her first collegiate tournament (Edean Ehlanfeldt Invit.). She has a 74.3 stroke averaage heading into this weekend's event which is the second lowest on the squad behind senior Stephanie Keever.

DID YOU KNOW: As a team, Stanford has finished in the top 10 in their last 24 tournaments ... they have finished in the top five in five out of the last six tourneys ... last year, the Cardinal finished 7th at the GolfWorld/Palmetto Dunes Invitational last year, carding a 900 for the three-day tournament ... individually, Stanford's top finishers were Hilary Homeyer who tied for sixth (219) and Stephanie Keever who tied for 16th (225).

ROWTON FINISHES 14TH AT PEPSI INTERCOLLEGIATE: Sophomore Kim Rowton (San Antonio, Tex./Churchill) posted her top finish of the young season with a 14th place showing at the Stanford/Pepsi Intercollegiate. Rowton shot rounds of 72-73-78 for the tourney. She takes a 77.3 stroke average into this weekend's competition.

SEASON IN REVIEW: The Cardinal placed second at the 2000 NCAA Championships held in Sunriver, Oregon to post their best finish in school history. Stanford shot a four-round total of 1,196, trailing national champion Arizona by 24 strokes. Stephanie Keever tied for fifth individually carding a 295 for the tournament. Hilary Homeyer tallied a 298 for 13th place and Kim Rowton placed 18th with a 299. Stanford competed in 12 events in 1999-2000, recording seven top 5 finishes and 12 top 10 finishes. Individually, Stephanie Keever finished the season ranked 12th nationally while Hilary Homeyer checked in at 25th. Both Keever and Homeyer were All-Pac-10 second team selections as well as All-America honorees.

LEADING THE CARDINAL: Leading Stanford this year will be seniors Stephanie Keever and Hilary Homeyer. The returning All-Americans had a busy summer competing in both the Curtis Cup and the World Amatuer Championships for the United States. Keever enters this week ranked eighth individually in the MasterCard Collegiate Golf Rankings while teammate Homeyer checks in at No. 14. Last year, Keever posted five top 10 finishes and nine top 25. She notched a 74.0 stroke average in 11 events. Her top finish was a third place showing at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational. Homeyer also tallied five top 10 finishes and had 10 top 25 finishes in 1999-2000. Her top finish was a tie for sixth at the Golf World/Palmetto Dunes Invitational.

IN THE RANKINGS: Stanford checks in ranked fifth in both the MasterCard Collegiate Golf Poll and the GolfWeek/Sagarin College Poll. Six Pac-10 teams were ranked in the top 25 by MasterCard and GolfWorld in the preseason poll. Three teams (Arizona, Stanford and USC) were listed in the top 5.

UP NEXT: The Cardinal head to Palos Verdes, Calif. for the TRW Challenge, February 12-14, in continued action.

COACH O'CONNOR: Head coach Caroline O'Connor begins her sixth season at the helm of the Stanford women's golf program after leading the Cardinal to its best ever finish at the NCAA Championships last season (second place). Under O'Connor's tutelage, Stanford has finished in the top 10 nationally for the past six years and captured its first conference title in 1999. O'Connor is only the second coach in the 21 year history of the women's program. Last year, the Cardinal notched top 10 finishes in all 12 tournaments they participated in and had seven top 5 finishes. Stanford has competed in the national championships in 18 of its 21 years.

THIS WEEKEND'S LINEUP: Stephanie Keever, Hilary Homeyer, Angela Rho, Kim Rowton and Jessica Belskis will travel and compete for the Cardinal in this weekend's GolfWorld/Palmetto Dunes Invitational.

MasterCard Collegiate Golf Poll(October 4, 2000)

1. Arizona 2. Duke 3. Southern California 4. Tennessee 5. STANFORD 6. Wake Forest 7. Auburn 8. Texas 9. Louisiana State 10. Pepperdine 11. Tulsa 12. New Mexico State 13. Georgia 14. Purdue 15. Arizona State 16. UCLA 17. San Jose State 18. Nebraska 19. TCU 20. Northwestern 21. Oklahoma State 22. Michigan State 23. Ohio State Oklahoma 25. New Mexico

GolfWeek College Poll(October 28, 2000)

1. Duke2. Arizona3. Southern California4. Tennessee5. STANFORD6. Auburn7. Northwestern8. Pepperdine9. Texas10. Tulsa11. Purdue12. New Mexico State13. LSU14. Ohio State15. Kent State16. UCLA17. Georgia18. Arizona State19. Wake Forest20. South Carolina21. Vanderbilt22. Michigan State23. Mississippi State24. Texas Christian25. Oklahoma

MasterCard Collegiate Golf Rankings- Individual - (October 4, 2000)

1. Cristina Baena, Arizona2. Candie Kung, USC3. Lorena Ochoa, Arizona4. Marta Prieto, Wake Forest5. Stacy Prammanasudh, Tulsa6. Young-A Yang, Tennessee7. Maria Boden, Oklahoma St.8. Stephanie Keever, STANFORD9. Virada Nirapathpongporn, Duke10. Celeste Troche, Auburn11. Maria Beautell, Wake Forest12. Danielle Downey, Auburn Angie Yoon, Nevada14. Hilary Homeyer, STANFORD15. Leigh Anne Hardin, Duke16. Meredith Duncan, LSU17. Kristina Engstrom, Duke18. Julia Kraschinski, Arizona19. Lindsey Wright, Pepperdine20. Lina Thoren, Mississippi State

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