Women's Golf Hosts Peg Barnard Collegiate This Weekend

April 9, 2001

This Week: The fifth-ranked Stanford Cardinal women's golf team hosts the Peg Barnard Collegiate, April 13-14, at the Stanford Golf Course (par 72, length 6,154). The 11 team field will feature three teams ranked in the top 50 nationally and is as follows: host-Stanford, California, CSU-Monterey Bay, Oregon, Long Beach State, San Diego State, Nevada, Northern Arizona, San Francisco, Washington and Washington State. Teams will play 18 holes each day with 9 a.m. shotgun starts from the first and 10th tees on Friday and Saturday.

Last Year At The Peg Barnard Collegiate: 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.

Keever Takes Top Honors At PING/ASU Invite: Senior Stephanie Keever (Las Vegas, Nev./Cimarron-Memorial) shot a three-under par 69 on the final day of the PING/ASU Invitational to win medalist honors with an even par 216 for thetourney. The win is Keever's second of the season (tied for first at Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational). She has participated in eight events for the Cardinal this season, averaging a team-leading 73.5 stroke average. She has four top 10 finishes in seven tournaments (five top 20 finishes) and is ranked 14th individually in the most recent MasterCard Collegiate Poll.

Homeyer Cards Fourth Top 10 Finish At PING/ASU Invite: Senior Hilary Homeyer (Edina, Minn./Edina) tied for seventh at the PING/ASU Invitational this week, shooting rounds of 74-73-71--220. It marks her sixth top 20 finish this season in seven outings for the Cardinal. Her final round of 71 in Tempe tied her season-low on the year. Homeyer's stroke average of 74.3 is the second lowest on the squad. A model of consistency for the Cardinal, she has finished in the top 30 individually in every tournament this season.

Rho Ranked 24th In Latest MasterCard Poll: Freshman Angela Rho (Fullerton, Calif./Sonoma) rebounded from a slow start at the PING/ASU Invite to card a par 72 on the final day to tie for 38th individually. Rho has five top 20 finishes in seven tournaments this season and has placed in the top 40 in every tourney this season. She is third on the squad with a 74.6 stroke average and has shot seven par or under par rounds this year.

Rowton Turns In Impressive Performance At PING/ASU Invitational: Sophomore Kim Rowton (San Antonio, Tx./Churhill) tallied her second highest finish on the season with a tie for 15th at the PING/ASU Invite over the weekend. Rowton, who was competiting as an individual, turned in rounds of 79-74-70--223. The two-under par 70 on the final day is a season-low while her three-day total of 223 ties her season-low. She has notched two top 20 finishes this year.

Last Time Out: The fifth-ranked Stanford women's golf team shot a one-over par 289 on the final day of competition to finish tied for fourth at the PING/ASU Invitational over the weekend. The Cardinal moved up four spots on Sunday to capture fourth. Southern California won the invite with an 889 (+25). The Cardinal finished just seven strokes back. Individually, senior Stephanie Keever took top honors beating a very competitive field with an even-par 216. Fellow senior Hilary Homeyer tied for seventh while freshman Angela Rho tied for 38th. Frosh Kim Kouwabunpat tied for 49th and Marcia Wallis checked in at 71st. Sophomore Kim Rowton, competing as an individual, had a very good tournament, tying for 15th.

Did You Know: As a team, Stanford has finished in the top 10 in their last 29 tournaments ... they have finished in the top five in nine out of the last 11 tourneys ... as a team, the Cardinal are averaging 297.1 strokes per event ... Stanford has four golfers ranked in the top 75 nationally.

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 fourth in the GolfWeek/Sagarin College Poll. Individually, Stephanie Keever checks in ranked 14th overall, Angela Rho is 24th, Hilary Homeyer is 28th and Kim Kouwabunpat is 68th.

Up Next: The Cardinal prepare for the 2001 Pac-10 Championships, Monday through Wednesday, April 23-25, at the Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Arizona. Arizona State is the host school.

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.

Musani To Redshirt: Senior Salimah Mussani (Burlington, Ont., Canada) who joined the team midseason aftertransferring from Texas last year, will redshirt the 2000-2001 season and rejoin the squad next season.

Stanford Golf Course: Stanford Golf Course will host two collegiate women's tournaments during the 2000-2001 season: the Stanford/Pepsi Intercollegiate on October 20-22 and the Peg Barnard California Collegiate on April 13-14. The 18-hole course is a par 72 and hosted the NCAA Women's Golf Championships in 1989 and 1982.

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