Stanford Women's Golf Travels To Spartan Invitational

Feb. 28, 2001

This Week: The fourth-ranked Stanford Cardinal women's golf team travels to Salinas, Calif. for the Spartan Invitational, Monday, March 5 through, Wednesday, March 7 at the Corral de Tierra Country Club (par 72, 5,938 yards). The tournament consists of 16 teams from around the nation. The field is as follows: Arizona State, BYU, Colorado, CSU-Monterey Bay, Hawaii, New Mexico State, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, Penn State, Pepperdine, Rhodes College, San Jose State, Stanford, Tulsa, Washington and Washington State. Teams will play 18 holes each day with 8 a.m. tee times from the first and 10th tees. Last year Arizona State won the invitational with an 905 while Tulsa's Stacy Prammanasudh took individual honors with a two-over par 218.

Last Year: The Stanford women's golf team did not compete at the Spartan Invitational last year.

Keever Shoots A Career-Low 65 In Final Round At Arizona Invite: Senior Stephanie Keever (Las Vegas, Nev./Cimarron-Memorial) shot a career-low 65 in the final round of the Arizona Invitational to finish in a tie for third individually (76-74-65--215). Keever's previous low round was 68. Her three-day total of 215 is a season-low (just one stroke off her career best). Keever now has three top 10 finishes in five tournaments and leads the squad with a 73.8 stroke average.

Homeyer Records Fourth Top 20 Finish: Senior Hilary Homeyer (Edina, Minn./Edina) tied for 12th at the Arizona Invitational her last time out shooting rounds of 72-76-73--221. It marks her fourth top 20 finish this season in five outings for the Cardinal. Her 221 total is one stroke shy of her season-best total of 220 (GolfWorld/Palmetto Dunes Invite). Homeyer is third on the team with a 74.7 stroke average and has not finished out of the top 30 individuals all season.

Wallis Ties For 22nd In First Tourney Of The Year: Freshman Marcia Wallis (Los Gatos, Calif./Los Gatos), appearing in her first tournament as a Cardinal, got off to a solid start with a tie for 22nd at the Arizona Invite. Wallis shot rounds of 74-77-75--226 and sports a 75.3 stroke average. She also plays for the Stanford women's soccer team.

Rho Notches Another Top 20 Finish For The Cardinal: Freshman Anglea Rho (Fullerton, Calif./Sonoma) captured her fourth top 20 finish at the Arizona Invitational, shooting rounds of 76-77-71--224. Rho has been a model of consistency for the Cardinal with two top 10 finishes among her four top 20. She is second on the squad with a 74.5 stroke average and has shot five par or under par rounds this year.

Last Time Out: The fourth-ranked Stanford women's golf team shot a stellar four-under-par 284 on the final day of competition to vault into second place at the Arizona Invitational in Tucson, Arizona. Host Arizona took the team title with a three-day total of 875. The Cardinal finished eight strokes back at 883. Individually, senior Stephanie Keever shot a career-low seven-under-par 65 to catapult into a tie for third in the individual standings. Keever's 65 was only one stroke behind the collegiate course record for a single round (64). Fellow senior Hilary Homeyer tied for 12th, shooting rounds of 72-76-73--221. Freshman Angela Rho carded a one-under-par 71 on the afternoon and finished tied for 17th while frosh Marcia Wallis tied for 22nd with a 226. Kim Kouwabunpat turned in a three-day score of 235 to tie for 57th. Stanford's Jessica Belskis, competing as an individual, also tied for 57th with a 235 and sophomore Kim Rowton tied for 69th with a 241 for the invitational.

Did You Know: As a team, Stanford has finished in the top 10 in their last 27 tournaments ... they have finished in the top five in seven out of the last nine tourneys ... as a team, the Cardinal are averaging 297.8 strokes per event.

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.

In The Rankings: Stanford checks in ranked fifth in the MasterCard Collegiate Golf Poll and fourth in 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. Individually, Stephanie Keever checks in ranked 7th overall while Hilary Homeyer is 22nd.

Up Next: The Cardinal prepare for the PING/ASU Invitational, April 6-8 in Tempe, Arizona at the Karsten Golf Course.

Coach O'Conner: 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.

GolfWeek College Poll(February 26, 2001)

1. Duke2. Arizona3. Southern California4. STANFORD5. Auburn6. Tennessee7. Texas8. New Mexico State9. Tulsa10. Pepperdine11. Georgia12. LSU13. Ohio State14. Northwestern15. Texas Christian16. Arizona State17. Oklahoma State18. Purdue19. UCLA20. Vanderbilt21. Oklahoma22. New Mexico23. South Carolina24. Kent State25. Michigan State

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