April 9, 2003
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On Tap: The Stanford women's golf team will host the 2003 Peg Barnard Collegiate this weekend, April 12-13, at the Stanford Golf Course (6,168, par 72) in Stanford, Calif. The two-day tournament will feature 14 teams including some of the nation's best. Admission to the event is free to the public.
Format: The teams will play 18 holes each day with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. on Saturday and 8:30 a.m. on Sunday.
Participating Teams: Hawaii, Nevada, UC Irvine, Long Beach State, Montana State, San Francisco, Oregon State, San Jose State, Washington, Washington State, Scottish Institute, Portland State, Denver and host-Stanford.
Last Year: Washington won the 2002 Peg Barnard Collegiate with a two-round total of one-under par 593, followed by California (599). As a team, the Cardinal placed fourth (607). Individually, USC's Mikaela Parmlid took top honors, firing a one-under par 143 for the tournament. Stanford's Kim Rowton took second (145), two strokes back. Kim Kouwabunpat tied for 21st (150) while teammate Wendra Liang tied for 26th (153). Angela Rho tied for 49th (159).
Last Time Out: The Stanford women's golf team tied for ninth at the ASU/PING Invitational last weekend, shooting a three-round score of 911. Kim Kouwabunpat turned in her best performance this season, tying for ninth individually with a season-low 220. Kouwabunpat shot a 71 in the first round of the tournament to tie her season-low as well. Senior Kim Rowton tied for 44th (229) while teammates Kelly Husted and Angela Rho tied for 53rd (231). Freshman Stephanie Lue, competing as an individual, tied for 71st (237) while sophomore Wendra Liang tied for 77th (240).
Head Coach Caroline O'Connor: 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.
Up Next: The Cardinal head to Corvallis, Oregon for the 2003 Pac-10 Women's Golf Championships held April 24-26 and hosted by Oregon State University.