Stanford Part of Strong Field at PING/ASU Invitational
April 8, 2010
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford's women's golf team will be tested by the top teams in the nation this weekend at the PING/ASU Invitational which gets underway on Friday at the Karsten Golf Course (par-72; 6,230 yards) in Tempe.
The 54-hole, 17 team event will be played over three days, with tee-off times set for 8:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and 7:30 a.m. on Sunday.
One of the nation's strongest fields will await the 13th-ranked Cardinal in Tempe, as seven of the nation's top-10 teams will be on display, including top-ranked UCLA, third-ranked Arizona State, fifth-ranked Alabama, sixth-ranked USC, seventh-ranked Arizona, eighth-ranked Purdue and ninth-ranked Pepperdine.
California, Denver, New Mexico, Oklahoma State, San Jose State, Texas, Tulsa, Washington and Washington State round out the field.
Oklahoma State captured last year's event with a 17-over score of 881 and Maria Hernandez of Purdue earned medalist honors with a three-under score of 211. The Cardinal finished tied for 10th with a team score of 917 (+53).Stanford last won the PING/ASU Invitational in 1998.
Former medalists of this event include major championship winners Anna Nordqvist (ASU), Lorena Ochoa (Arizona), Grace Park (ASU), Hilary (Homeyer) Lunke (Stanford) and Nancy Lopez (Tulsa).
The PING/ASU Invitational marks Stanford's last regular season event before the championship season, which gets underway with the Pac-10 Championships, Apr. 19-21 at the Eugene (Ore.) Country Club.
Stanford Golf Course will host the NCAA West Regional Championship, May 6-8 as teams vie for a spot in the NCAA Championships, set for May 18-20 at the Country Club of Landfall in Wilmington, NC.