Women's Golf Set To Compete At Wildcat Invitational

Feb. 25, 2002

Cardinal Travel To Tucson: The Stanford women's golf team will compete in the Wildcat Invitational, Monday-Tuesday, February 25-26 at the The Raven at Sabino Springs in Tucson, Arizona. The teams will play 36 holes on Monday and 18 holes on Tuesday with a 7:30 a.m. shotgun start both days. The course is a par 72 (6,119 yards).

The Field: The top five teams and seven of the top-10 teams in the country, according to the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index, will compete in the Wildcate Invitational. The top 13 finishers in last year's Wildcat Invitational will return to Tucson for the event. Additionally, 10 of the top 11 teams from last year's NCAA Championships will participate. Teams scheduled to compete are host-Arizona, Arizona State, Auburn, Duke, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, Pepperdine, San Jose State, SMU, Southern California, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas, Tulsa, UCLA and Washington.

Last Year At The Wildcat Invitational: Last year, Arizona won the team event with an 875 while Wildcat Lorena Ochoa took top individual honors by shooting a three-under par 213 for the tourney. Stanford finished second with an 883. Angela Rho tied for 17th (224), Jessica Belskis and Kim Kouwabunpat tied for 57th (235) and Kim Rowton tied for 69th (241).

Up Next: Stanford will next be in action at the ASU/PING Invitational, held April 5-7 at the Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Arizona.

Last Time Out: Stanford finished tied for 13th at the TRW Regional Challenge (927) in Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. Angela Rho was the Cardinal's top finisher, tying for 13th (223). Kim Rowton tied for 50th with a 234 while teammate Marcia Wallis tied for 53rd with a 235. Senior Salimah Mussani tied for 61st (236) and sophomore Kim Kouwabunpat tied for 75th (242).

Coach O'Conner: Head coach Caroline O'Conner begins 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'Conner's tutelage, Stanford has finished in the top 10 nationally for the past seven years and captured its first conference title in 1999.

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