Women's Golf Hosts Stanford/Pepsi Invitational This Weekend

Oct. 15, 2001

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Stanford Hosts 17-Team Field This Weekend: The Stanford women's golf team hosts the Stanford/Pepsi Inviational, October 19-21 at the Stanford Golf Course (par 72, 6,154 yards) in Stanford, Calif. Teams will play 18 holes each day Friday through Sunday. Tee times for the first two rounds will begin at 8:00 a.m. from the first and 10th tees. An 8:30 a.m. shotgun start will kick off the final 18 holes. Five players will compete, with the four low scores counting toward the team total.

The Field: A total of 17 teams will compete this weekend: Stanford, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, California, Oregon State, New Mexico, Arizona State, Washington, Oregon, New Mexico State, Washington State, UCLA, Pepperdine, San Jose State, Tulsa, USC and Vanderbilt. Thirteen of the 17 teams are ranked in the top 50 by GolfWeek.

First Round Pairings: Southern California, Texas Tech and Pepperdine will tee-off from the first tee, beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Friday ... Stanford, California and Washington's tee times begin at 9:15 a.m. from the first tee ... Vanderbilt, San Jose State and UCLA will tee-off at 10 a.m. from the first tee ... New Mexico State, Oregon and Washington State's tee times begin at 8:30 a.m. from the 10th tee ... Tulsa, Arizona State and New Mexico tee-off from the 10th tee at 9:15 a.m. ... Oregon State, Texas A&M plus individuals will begin teeing off at 10:00 a.m. from the 10th tee.

Last Week At The OSU Shanico Invite: Stanford finished third, shooting a three-day total of 885 ... Sophomore Kim Kouwabunpat tied for second individually (67-72-76--215), setting a career-low round with a 67 in the first round ... Junior Kim Rowton placed fifth (74-74-68--216) while senior Salimah Mussani tied for 21st (79-73-75--227) ... Sophomore Angela Rho tied for 30th (78-77-75--230) while freshman Wendra Liang tied for 52nd (76-78-82--236) in her first collegiate tournament.

Last Year At the Stanford/Pepsi Invitational: Arizona won the tournament last year, shooting a nine-over par 873. The Cardinal finished third with an 886. Individually, Stacy Prammanasudh from Tulsa shot a six-under par 210 (72-68-70) to take top honors. Top finisher for the Cardinal was Hilary Homeyer who tied for ninth individually with a 221 followed by Angela Rho who carded a 222. Kim Rowton finished 14th with a 223. Stanford's Jessica Belskis tied for 27th with a 228 while Stephanie Keever tied for 32nd with a 229. Competing as an individual, Kim Kouwabunpat also carded a 229 to tie for 32nd.

Coach O'Conner: Head coach Caroline O'Connor concluded her seventh season at the helm of the Stanford women's golf program after leading the Cardinal to its best ever finish at the NCAA Championships in 1999-00 (second place). Under O'Connor's tutelage, Stanford has finished in the top 10 nationally for the past seven years and captured its first conference title in 1999. O'Connor is only the second coach in the 23 year history of the women's program. Last year, the Cardinal notched top 10 finishes in all 11 tournaments they participated in and had nine top 5 finishes. Stanford has competed in the national championships in 19 of its 22 years.

GolfWeek Poll (10/14/01)

1. Ohio State2. Auburn3. Tulsa4. Duke5. Texas6. Vanderbilt7. New Mexico8. Oklahoma State9. Michigan10. Arizona State11. Tennessee12. Georgia13. Arizona14. Michigan State15. Pepperdine16. Northwestern17. Kent State18. New Mexico State19. Southern California20. Florida21. Purdue22. Oklahoma23. Louisiana State24. North Carolina25. TCU26. Washington27. Stanford28. Wake Forest29. UCLA30. Furman
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