No. 5 Women's Golf To Compete In PING/ASU Invitational

April 2, 2001

This Week: The fifth-ranked Stanford Cardinal women's golf team travels to Tempe, Arizona for the PING/ASU Invitational, Friday, April 6 through, Sunday, April 8 at the Karsten Golf Course (par 72, 5,938 yards). The tournament consists of 15 teams from around the nation, including five of the top 10 teams. The field is as follows: Arizona, USC, Stanford, New Mexico State, Tulsa, TCU, UCLA, Arizona State, New Mexico, Washington, California, San Jose State, Oregon, Oregon State and Washington State. Teams will play 18 holes each day with 8 a.m. tee times from the first and 10th tees on Friday and Saturday. Sunday's tee times will begin at 7:30 a.m. The PING/ASU Invitational has been held each year since 1965-66.

Last Year: Arizona caputured the team championship, while UA's Jenna Daniels took top individual medalist honors. Stanford finished sixth overall, carding a three-day total of 897. The top Cardinal finisher was Kim Rowton, who tied for eighth. Hilary Homeyer tied for 21st while Stephanie Keever tied for 50th.

Kouwabunpat Shoots A Collegiate Career-Low 68 In Final Round Of Spartan Invite: Freshman Kim Kouwabunpat (Upland, Calif./Upland) shot a collegiate career-low 68 in the final round of the Spartan Invitational and finished tied for 30th overall with a 228. Kouwabunpat has competed in four tourneys to date with a 76.0 stroke average. She has notched one top 10 finish this season - a tie for 6th at the TRW Regional Challenge (2/12-14).

Keever Ranked 13th Nationally In Latest Poll: Senior Stephanie Keever (Las Vegas, Nev./Cimarron-Memorial) checked in at No. 13 in the latest Mastercard/Collegiate Golf Individual rankings. Keever has participated in six events for the Cardinal this season, averaging a team-leading 73.8 stroke average. She has three top 10 finishes in six tournaments (four top 20 finishes) and recently tied for 14th at the Spartan Invitational, shooting a three-day total of 221.

Homeyer Ties For Eighth At Spartan Invitational: Senior Hilary Homeyer (Edina, Minn./Edina) tied for eighth at the Spartan Invitational her last time out shooting rounds of 72-74-71--221. It marks her fifth top 20 finish this season in six outings for the Cardinal. Her final round of 71 at the Spartan Invite tied her season low. Homeyer is tied for second on the team with a 74.3 stroke average and has not finished out of the top 30 individuals all season.

Rho Ranked 19th In Latest MasterCard Poll: Freshman Anglea Rho (Fullerton, Calif./Sonoma) tallied her fifth top 20 finish at the Spartan Invitational, shooting rounds of 76-73-72--221, tying for 14th with teammate Stephanie Keever. Rho has been a model of consistency for the Cardinal with two top 10 finishes among her five top 20. She is third on the squad with a 74.4 stroke average and has shot six par or under par rounds this year.

Last Time Out: The fifth-ranked Stanford women's golf team shot a stellar four-under-par 284 on the final day of competition to finish fourth at the Spartan Invitational last month. New Mexico State took the team title with a three-day total of 869 (five over par). The Cardinal finished eight strokes back at 877. Individually, senior Hilary Homeyer led the charge with a one-over par 217 to tie for eighth. Teammates Stephanie Keever and Angela Rho tied for 14th shooting a five-over par 221 for the tourney. Freshman Marcia Wallis tied for 21st with a 225 while Kim Kouwabunpat turned in a three-day score of 228 to tie for 30th. Stanford's Jessica Belskis, competing as an individual, tied for 66th with a 241 for the invitational.

Did You Know: As a team, Stanford has finished in the top 10 in their last 28 tournaments ... they have finished in the top five in eight out of the last 10 tourneys ... as a team, the Cardinal are averaging 296.8 strokes per event.

1999-2000 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 fifth in the GolfWeek/Sagarin College Poll. Individually, Stephanie Keever checks in ranked 13th overall, Angela Rho is 19th while Hilary Homeyer is 24th.

Up Next: The Cardinal prepare to host the Peg Barnard Collegiate, April 13-14 at the Stanford Golf Course (par 72, length 6,154). Eleven teams will compete in the collegiate held in Palo Alto, California.

Coach O'Conner: Head coach Caroline O'Connor is in 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.

MasterCard CollegiateGolf Poll(March 28, 2001)

1. Duke2. Arizona3. Auburn4. Southern California5. STANFORD6. Tennessee7. New Mexico State8. Texas9. Pepperdine10. Tulsa11. Georgia12. Oklahoma13. Ohio State14. Northwestern15. Oklahoma State16. LSU17. Michigan State18. Texas Christian19. Baylor20. Purdue21. UCLA22. Arizona State23. Michigan24. Vanderbilt25. Wake Forest

GolfWeek College Poll(March 24, 2001)

1. Duke2. Arizona3. Auburn4. Southern California5. STANFORD6. Tennessee7. New Mexico State8. Georgia9. Texas10. Pepperdine11. Tulsa12. LSU13. Arizona State14. Texas Christian15. Northwestern16. Oklahoma State17. Ohio State18. Oklahoma19. Vanderbilt20. UCLA21. Purdue22. Washington23. Wake Forest24. South Carolina25. Michigan State

MasterCard CollegiateGolf Rankings- Individual - (March 28, 2001)

1. Lorena Ochoa, Arizona2. Candie Kung, USC3. Young-A Yang, Tennessee4. Candy Hanneman, Duke5. Stacy Prammanasudh, Tulsa6. Katherine Hull, Pepperdine7. Lindsey Wright, Pepperdine8. Celeste Troche, Auburn9. Natalie Gulbis, Arizona10. Katy Harris, LSU11. Summer Sirmons, Georgia12. Virada Nirapathpongporn, Duke13. Stephanie Keever, STANFORD14. Alena Sharp, New Mexico State15. Meredith Duncan, LSU16. Leila Chartrand, USC17. Cristina Baena, Arizona18. Sasha Medina, New Mexico State19. Angela Rho, STANFORD20. Kari Damron, Purdue

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