Stanford Looks to Continue Hot Play at the Bruin Wave Invitational

Feb. 27, 2010

STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford will join a strong field the will feature five of the top-10 teams in the nation at the Bruin-Wave Invitational which gets underway on Monday at the Robinson Ranch Golf Club in Santa Clarita, Calif.

The Cardinal, ranked 13th in the latest GolfStat rankings after strong showings at the Peg Barnard Invitational and the Wildcat Invitational to start the spring schedule, will be challenged by top-ranked UCLA, second-ranked Arizona State, sixth-ranked USC, eighth-ranked Arizona and ninth-ranked Pepperdine.

'Our philosophy going into next week's event will be very similar to the Wildcat, in that we need to take care of our business on the golf course,' said head coach Caroline O'Connor. 'We haven't played Robinson Ranch in the past eight years, so learning the course - the practice round preparation - will be very important. It's a strong field but we believe that we can compete with the best in the country and that will take all five of our starters stepping up to the challenge.'

Stanford is coming off an impressive third place finish last week at the Wildcat Invitational in Tucson. Though the event was shortened to 36 holes, Stanford finished 10 strokes ahead of No. 2 Auburn and 23 strokes in front of No. 6 USC.

'We've gotten off to a good start to the spring season, but obviously we expect more from ourselves,' said O'Connor. 'We were just three shots off the pace set by top-ranked Arizona State on Tuesday and would have liked to have finished stronger. Our best is still in front of us.'

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