Women's Golf Heads To Alabama For NCAA Championships

May 13, 2004

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Stanford Prepare For NCAA Championships: The Stanford women's golf team heads to Opelika, Alabama, May 18-21, for the 2004 NCAA Women's Golf Division I Championships, held at the Lake Course at Grand National. The course will play par 72 (6,215 yards).

The Cardinal are making their 21st overall appearance at the championships and 16th consecutive trip.

About The Course: The championship Lake Course was named by Golf Digest as the fourth best new public course in America when it opened in 1993. With 12 holes hugging the shore, the Lake Course is one of the most attractive public courses in the country. The quartet of par threes are as good as any in the nation. The signature 15th hole, a 180-yard island green, is the prettiest hole on the Trail.

Tournament Field: Twenty-four teams and six individuals advanced from three regional competitions to comprise the championship field: Duke,UNLV, North Carolina, Florida State, Wake Forest, Furman, Tennessee, Oklahoma State, Vanderbilt, Arizona, Michigan State, Southern California, Baylor, Purdue, New Mexico, Texas A&M, UCLA, California, Stanford, Washington, Georgia, Ohio State, Arizona State and Texas. The individuals are Elizabeth Allen, Cal State Northridge; Ashley Gomes, San Jose State; Laura Cross, Southern Methodist; Samantha Richdale, Illinois State; Adrienne Gautreaux, South Carolina and Adrienne Millican, East Carolina.

Schedule: The teams will play 18 holes each day over the four-day event for a total of 72 holes. Teams will tee off from the first and 10th tees each day. In the team competition, the low four scores for each team will count in each day's total score. Two practice rounds will be held May 16 and 17 before competition begins.

Tee Times: The Stanford golf team will be paired with North Carolina and Michigan State for the first two rounds. On Tuesday, May 18, the three teams will begin teeing off at 12:30 p.m. from the 10th tee. On Wednesday, May 19, they will begin on the first tee at 8 a.m.

Ticket Information: Tickets for the 2004 NCAA Div. I Women's Golf Championship that is being hosted by Auburn University May 18-21 at Grand National Lakes Course are currently on sale. Six different packages are available. Single-day youth/AU student tickets are $4 while a single-day adult ticket is $8. An adult all-session pass is $25 while a family package, which includes two all-session adult tickets and two all-session children tickets, is $65. Tickets may be purchased at the Auburn Athletic Department Ticket Office (1-800-AUB-1957).

Results: Live scoring will be available for the championship at www.golfstat.com. Results, quotes, etc. will be available on the University of Auburn Athletic website at www.auburntigers.com.

Competing For The Cardinal: Five golfers will be competing for Stanford at the championship. They are Stephanie Lue, Jennifer Tangtiphaiboontana, Lauren Todd, Kim Kouwabunpat and Angela Rho.

Last Year At NCAAs: Stanford finished 16th overall, carding a four-day total of 1,245 (316-321-307-301). USC won the national title, shooting a 1,197, followed by Pepperdine (1,212). Individually, Trojan Mikaela Parmlid shot a 297 to win the individual title. The Cardinal's top finisher was Kim Rowton who tied for 28th (305). Angela Rho tied for 66th (312) while Kim Kouwabunpat tied for 73rd (314). Kelly Husted tied for 88th (321) and teammate Wendra Liang tied for 102nd (324).

Last Time Out: The Stanford women's golf team finished third at the NCAA West Regional in Stanford, California, with a season-best three-round score of 883 (293-297-293) to qualify for the NCAA Championships. Sophomore Stephani Lue led the team with a 10th place finish (72-72-75--219). Freshman Jennifer Tangtiphaiboontana tied for 11th (74-75-71--220) while teammate Lauren Todd tied for 21st (72-77-74--223). Senior Kim Kouwabunpat tied for 25th (77-73-74--224) and senior Angela Rho tied for 38th (75-78-74--227).

Coach O'Conner: Head coach Caroline O'Connor begins her ninth 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 nine years and captured its first conference title in 1999. O'Connor is only the second coach in the 25 year history of the women's program. Last year, the Cardinal notched eight top 10 finishes in 11 tournaments they participated in and had four top 5 finishes. Stanford has now competed in the national championships in 21 of its 24 years and placed 11th in 2002.

Three Tabbed To All-Conference Teams: Senior Kim Kouwabunpat (Upland, CA) along with freshmen Jennifer Tangtiphaiboontana (Long Beach, CA) and Lauren Todd (Phoenix, AZ) were honorable mention All-Pac-10 selections when the league office announced the 2003-04 conference golf awards earlier this month.

NCAA Notes: Freshmen Jennifer Tangtiphaiboontana and Lauren Todd, along with sophomore Stephanie Lue will be competing in their first NCAA Championships for the Cardinal ... Stanford's best finish at an NCAA Women's Golf Championship was second in 2000 ... The Cardinal have finished in the top 10 at NCAAs in eight of the last 10 years.

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