Stanford Women's Golf Opens Their Season On Friday
Sept. 24, 2008
Stanford Opens in Tennessee
The No. 20 Stanford Cardinal will open their 2008-09 season by competing in the Mason Rudolph Women's Championship, hosted by Vanderbilt University. The highly competitive tournament includes 17 teams, 14 of which are ranked in the top-25 nationally. Defending National Champion and current No.1 USC highlights a field that also includes No.2 UCLA, No. 3 Duke, and No. 4 Arizona State. The tournament will take place on the South Course of the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin Tennessee.
Last Season at the Mason Rudolph
In 2007, Stanford finished 12th with a 30-over-par score of 894. The Cardinal were led by Mari Chun who finished tied for 20th with a 3-over-par score of 219. UCLA captured the team title with a tournament record 54-hole score of 13-under-par 851. Amanda Blumenherst of Duke captured the individual title with a 13-under-par score of 203, which was the second time she captured medalist honors at the Mason Rudolph.
Back From Scotland
The Cardinal have returned from their memorable preseason trip to Scotland where they played many of the world's top courses during their journey though the birthplace of golf. The Cardinal played seven renowned courses over the ten day trip, including the New Course at Saint Andrews, the Alisa Course at Turnberry, Prestwick, and Kingsbarns Golf Links.
Scouting the 2008-09 Cardinal
The Cardinal return five members of last season's team and have added two freshman.
Senior, Mari Chun returns as a NGCA All-America honorable mention who led the Cardinal in 2007-08 with a 74.1 scoring average and four top-10's. Also returning is junior Angela King who was the lone Stanford qualifier for the 2008 NCAA Championships. King placed tied for 11th at the West Regional Championships to qualify as an individual for the NCAA Championships, where she placed tied for 75th. The final returning upper-classman is senior Ki-Shui Liao who competed in eight tournaments for Stanford last season and posted a 79.1 scoring average.
The Cardinal have a pair of sophomores who return to The Farm after making an immediate impact during their freshman year. Rebecca Durham was third on the team last season with a 76.6 scoring average and joins Chun and King as the only returners with a top-10 finish last season. Piper Miller also returns after representing Stanford at the Pac-10 Championships and the NCAA West Regional as a freshman.
The Cardinal welcome of pair of highly touted freshman to The Farm. Lila Barton comes to Stanford from Dallas, TX where she was a high school state champion and has international experience as a member of the 2005 Junior Solheim Cup team for the United States. Also joining Stanford for her freshman season is Sydney Burlison of Salinas, CA. Barton is the 2008 CCS individual medalist and has a wealth of international experience for the United States in the Junior Solheim Cup and Canon Cup.
Head Coach Caroline O'Connor
Stanford head coach Caroline O'Connor returns for her 14th season as the head coach of the women's golf team. She has led the Cardinal to a Pac-10 Championship in 1999, a share of a Regional Title in 2007, and six top-10 national finishes.