Cardinal Women Travel To Tucson For Wildcat Invitational

Feb. 20, 2003

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Stanford Travels To Tucson For Wildcat Invite: The Stanford women's golf team will take part in the 2003 Wildcat Invitational at the Arizona National Golf Club at Sabino Springs (par 72, 6,134 yards) in Tucson, Arizona, February 24-26.

Tournament Field: Eight teams ranked in the latest edition of the NGCA Coaches' Poll will compete in this tournament. Six Pac-10 Conference squads will participate as well. The field is: Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Brigham Young, Colorado, Colorado State, New Mexico State, Northern Arizona, Pepperdine, San Jose State, SMU, Stanford, Tennessee, UCLA, UNLV, Southern California, Vanderbilt, Washington.

Format: The teams will play 18 holes each day for a total of 54 holes. All three rounds will begin with a 7:30 a.m. shotgun start.

Competing For The Cardinal: Six golfers will be competing for Stanford at the tournament. They are Kim Rowton, Angela Rho, Wendra Liang, Stephanie Lue, Kelly Husted and Kim Kouwabunpat.

Last Year: In 2002, Duke won the Wildcat Invitational shooting a 12-over par 876 for the tourney while Arizona's Lorena Ochoa took top individual honors, firing a nine-under par 207. The Cardinal finished ninth overall (907). Kim Rowton tied for 25th individually (225) while teammate Kim Kouwabunpat tied for 42nd (230). Wendra Liang tied for 45th (231) and Angela Rho tied for 48th (232).

Up Next: The Cardinal will take the month of March off and be back in action at the ASU/PING Invitational April 4-6 in Tempe, Arizona at the Karsten Golf Course (hosted by Arizona State).

Last Time Out: The Stanford women's golf team placed 14th in Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge, in Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., which was shortened to only two rounds because of inclement weather. The Cardinal posted a two-round score of 637. Senior Kim Rowton tied for 17th at 153, 11-over par. Junior Angela Rho tied for 35th at 157 and teammate Marcia Wallis tied for 62nd at 163. Freshman Stephanie Lue and sophomore Wendra Liang tied for 70th and 80th respectively.

Did You Know? Kim Rowton has posted three consecutive top 20 finishes ... Rowton's 70 in the final round of the Stanford Pepsi Intercollegiate is the lowest single round by a Cardinal this season ... The Cardinal has finished in the top 10 at NCAAs for the past eight years.

Coach O'Conner: Head coach Caroline O'Connor begins her eighth 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 seven of the last eight years and captured its first conference title in 1999. O'Connor is only the second coach in the 24 year history of the women's program. Last year, the Cardinal notched top 10 finishes in seven tournaments they participated in and had three top 5 finishes. Stanford has now competed in the national championships in 21 of its 24 years and placed 11th in 2002.

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