Thursday, May 14, 2015

Off to the National Championship!

We are thrilled to have qualified for our sixth straight NCAA Championship Finals! Finishing second in the St. George, UT region solidified our spot in the field. We had a great team contribution from top to bottom. Freshman Shannon Aubert played outstanding the first two rounds, posting the low round on the second day and setting the tempo for our team. Sophomores Danielson and Eijkenboom both contributed three rounds a piece that counted towards our team total. Junior Lauren Kim was solid as ever, finishing 7th in the event and first on our team. Mariah Stackhouse stayed steady and birdied her final hole of the event to post a key, 73 for the team that secured our second place finish. To have all five players compete well and work hard was the key to our finish.

We leave next Wednesday for the finals in Bradenton, FL. The tournament will be contested at Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, FL. It will be a historic event with a new format and Golf Channel live coverage. Twenty four teams will compete over 54 holes of strokeplay and then a cut will be made to 15 teams who will play another 18 holes. The low eight, aggregate team scores from the 72 holes of strokeplay will continue on to matchplay. At that point, it will be win or go home!! The final round of strokeplay and all of the match play will be aired live on Golf Channel! Hopefully we will be there and you can tune in to root for the Cardinal!

We are ranked #13 in the season heading to the finals. Junior Lauren Kim is our number one player, ranked #16 in the country and preparing to represent the United States at the World University Games this summer in Korea!

Thank you for all the great support we have been receiving. We appreciate the well wishes and the players love having such a strong fan base on campus.

Best,
Coach Anne and the Women's Golf Team


Monday, January 5, 2015

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year Cardinal Fans! We hope everyone had a relaxing and fun filled holiday season. It was a busy off season for Coach Anne Walker and her husband Chris as they welcomed their first baby in the Stanford family! Emma Margaret Gundling was born on December 11, 2014 weighing 8lbs 2oz; both mom and baby are doing well! 

This fall, the team finished top 4 in all four events but the highlight was a share of the Stanford Intercollegiate title! The last time we managed this feat was in the fall of 1999. The final day was a dramatic showdown with USC and UCLA. A 64 from freshman Shannon Aubert and a 35 foot winning putt by Mariah Stackhouse on the 18th green clinched the title!

We wrapped the fall season at the PAC-12 Preview where we were again able to visit the beautiful Nanea Golf Club in Kona, Hawaii. We took 3rd place as a team and both Lauren Kim and Mariah Stackhouse finished in the top 10 individually. 

We finished the fall season ranked #5 on Golfweek and we are the only team in the country with four players ranked in the top 50 nationally and in the world!

National Collegiate Rankings: Lauren Kim #18, Mariah Stackhouse #20, Shannon Aubert #36, and Casey Danielson #44 (Golfweek, Jan 2015).

World Golf Rankings: Lauren Kim #25, Casey Danielson #32, Shannon Aubert #45, and Mariah Stackhouse #50 (WAGR, Jan 2015).

Most recently, our juniors were both honored nationally- Lauren Kim was selected to represent the United States at the World University Games hosted by South Korea this summer and Mariah Stackhouse was announce Global Golf Post's Female Amateur of the Year!

As we head into the spring season we have 5 tournaments on the schedule. We will open play with our home event, the Peg Barnard on February 14th and 15th. After the Peg, we continue on to the UC Irvine's Invitational presented by Kia where the individual winner will have the opportunity to play in the 2015 Kia Classic. Next up will be the Bruin Wave Classic and the Liz Murphy Invitational in Georgia where we will get some great match play practice against the top programs in the nation. We finish at ASU's Ping Invitational before we head to Colorado to defend our PAC-12 Conference Championship!

Hopefully the weather will cooperate this spring with rain on our off days and sunshine on our practice days!! Thanks for you continued support, we hope to see you out on the links!

Go Card!
Stanford Women's Golf

Monday, September 8, 2014

Introducing the 2014-15 Team and Schedule

Hello Stanford Golf Fans,

Another great year of Stanford Golf is just around the corner for the women's golf team. After a record breaking year in 2013-14, we can't wait to get started and see what this years team has in store for us.

Let me introduce you to our two incoming freshman:

Shannon Aubert was born in Annecy, France but has resided in Florida for the past 8 years. She has significant international playing experience as well being a three time Rolex All-American. She has qualified and competed in the US Open twice as a junior and currently ranks #25 in the world.

Calli Ringsby comes to Stanford from Cherry Creek, CO. She has won almost every Colorado junior tournament and high school event on the calendar, including: CO Junior Strokeplay Championship, CO Junior Matchplay Championship, CO High School State Champion and CO Player of the Year. Nationally she finished top-20 at the Canadian Amateur, qualified for six-straight Junior World Championships and finished 5th at the Junior Americas Cup. She is a multi-sport athlete who also played goalie on boys ice-hockey team.


We begin our fall with a trip to the Annika Invitational in Florida. The top-12 teams in the country have been invited to participate in what many believe will be the toughest field of the year. The traveling team will be decided after a qualifying tournament of five competitive rounds beginning this Thursday at Cordevalle, followed by rounds at Stanford G.C., Sharon Heights C.C. and Pasatiempo G.C. These courses will undoubtedly challenge the players on every shot!

The rest of our schedule can be found at: http://www.gostanford.com/SportSelect.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=30600&SPID=127010&SPSID=789714&DB_OEM_ID=30600

Our fall event will be October 17th - 19th, with tee-times beginning at 8:30am. As always, we rely on volunteers to have a successful event. Hopefully some of you reading this will sign-up to volunteer for scoring, shuttle driving or ball-spotting.

Thank you again for the terrific support. Winning the Pac-12 Championship in 2013-14 will be very difficult to top this year but we certainly plan to give it a go!! Follow our season at www.gostanford.com

Go Card!
Coach Anne Walker

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Post-Season Begins

The spring season always flies by in the sport of golf. We play five events in the space of seven weeks and before we know it, it is POST-SEASON! We had a strong spring campaign with two team victories and one individual victory. Freshman Casey Danielson and sophomore Lauren Kim have blossomed into two of the nations finest players and both have narrowly missed out on individual tournament titles.

During the regular season, we have traveled as far east as Hilton Head, S.C. and as far west as Kona, HI! We have played in 35 degree temperatures (Hilton Head, S.C.) and 80 degree temperatures (Tempe, AZ). We have won three tournaments by as many as 21 shots over ranked teams and at the same time, we have taken some tough losses that have given us much to work on. It has been an another successful regular season that leaves us ranked #4 nationally by Golfweek and #10 by Golfstat (April 17, 2014).

We have three underclassman ranked inside the top-40 in the country - Mariah Stackhouse #9, Lauren Kim #18 and Casey Danielson #36. They are all candidates for the 2013-14 WGCA All-American team and with strong finishes in the upcoming weeks, hopefully that will become a reality.

Mariah Stackhouse has continued to lead our team this year not only through her great play in college but also at the national level. She was recently named to the 2014 U.S. Curtis Cup team. The event will be played at St. Louis C.C. on June 6 - 8, 2014. More information can be found here:  http://www.2014curtiscup.com/

The Pac-12 Championship is up next for the women's golf team. We will compete at Trysting Tree G.C. in Corvallis, OR on April 25 - 27. Immediately following the tournament, the NCAA Selection Committee will decide and announce the Regional Selections and we will begin preparation for the NCAA Regional Championship course.

It is a busy time of year for our players and coaches. We will travel five of the next six weekends and the players will work extra hard to maintain their good grades and academic commitments. You can follow our progress at http://www.gostanford.com/SportSelect.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=30600&SPID=127010&SPSID=749912&DB_OEM_ID=30600

Thank you for the continued support and GO CARD!
Coach Anne

Friday, November 29, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! The Stanford Women's Golf team has much to be thankful for this day. We just completed a terrific fall schedule that included five events in five different states - Oklahoma, Illinois, Washington, California and Hawaii!

The highlight of the fall season was our 27 shot victory over #3 ranked Univ. of Washington at the prestigious Sahalee Country Club in October. We finished the team event under par and we had two individuals compete for the individual title. Mariah Stackhouse finally took home the trophy with a three day total of (-7) but junior Mariko Tumangan was right on her heels after posting a second round 66!!



We are currently ranked #5 (Golfweek/Sagarin) in the country and we have three individuals ranked in the top 50 - Mariah Stackhouse #5, Mariko Tumangan #35 and Lauren Kim #44.

Our next team practice will be in mid-January. Until then, the team is home celebrating the holidays, preparing for finals and taking some time to rest before our spring campaign begins at home with the Peg Barnard in February.

Thank you for your continued support,
GO CARD!!
Anne, Lauren and the Stanford Women's Golf Team

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Summer Update

Hello Stanford Golf Fans:

Has it really been four months since I last updated everyone on the women's team? I think that says it all - we have been BUSY!

The season ended back in late May with a trip to Georgia for the NCAA Finals. After qualifying in fifth place at the NCAA Regionals, which were held right here at Stanford Golf Course, we made the trek back to Athens with 23 other teams from around the country. Univ. of Georgia hosted a wonderful Championship and the course proved to be tough for all the teams. We finished in 13th place, accomplishing our final goal for the season - a top-15 showing at NCAA's! We had a strong chance to finish top-10 but the final nine holes of competition, in tough conditions, proved to be too much for our young team this year and we let a few shots slip which ultimately moved us into 13th.

Overall, it was a terrific year and we are all excited to return next year. In summary, we had three team victories, two individual championships, an NCAA Scoring Record and Stanford Golf Course record, a 4th place finish at Pac-12's (best since 2001), three All-Conference Players and a First Team All-American. Mariah Stackhouse was the first freshman to be named to the All-American First Team since Mhairi McKay in 1994. It was an incredible year for Mariah Stackhouse; we are very proud of her accomplishments.

Sally Watson was named the Pac-12 Scholar Athlete in the sport of women's golf. This award is given to the graduating senior with the highest combined athletic and academic success in their given sport. It is a great honor and Sally is a very deserving recipient.

I recently returned from a quick trip to the US Women's Open in Sebonack, N.Y. Both Sally Watson and Mariah Stackhouse qualified to play in the nation's top professional event. Neither player made the cut but they handled themselves with a professionalism and grace that made me very proud. They sported their Stanford gear all week and even earned our program a shout-out on ESPN live coverage on Thursday!

The past month has been filled with Stanford Golf Camps. We have had a terrific amount of juniors come through our program this year. Many have never touched a club before and others are competing at the highest level in junior golf. It has been so fun sharing the game of golf with them and the same time, exposing them to Stanford University. Our staff includes other collegiate coaches and current college players, so the level of experience is high. We appreciate the opportunity to grow the game and share our enthusiasm.

The rest of the summer months will be spent recruiting and preparing for the teams return in September. No doubt, fall will come fast!

Thanks for what has been a terrific first year at Stanford. I look forward to what the future has in store. Have a great summer and Go Card!
Anne

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Back to Back Wins and a NCAA Record!

Hello Stanford Golf Fans,

It has been an exciting 10 days for the women's golf program and it all began with our home tournament last weekend. We opened the tournament with a five over par round and found ourselves four shots back of our long-time rival, The California Golden Bears! However, 24 hours later the Bears were a distant memory and my cell phone was ringing constantly as word of Mariah Stackhouse's NCAA record round of 61 travelled around the country.

I am sure most of you have seen Mariah's card on the Stanford Golf Course website, it is full of red circles and records her remarkable 26 on the front nine! She has received all sorts of publicity and support from both the Stanford community and the national golf community. We are grateful to everyone who has offered their congratulations and continued well wishes.

With the help of Mariah and a strong team effort, we were able to win the 2013 Peg Barnard by a margin of 14 shots over some very high ranked teams.  The confidence gained from this event was huge and propelled us into the Cal Classic which was hosted by Ruby Hill Golf Club in Pleasanton. After an unusually slow start (we were +9 through the first three holes of the event), we rallied back and finished the tournament with a +10 total and a six shot victory over Pac-12 rival, Arizona State University.

Although it seems like we won the Cal Classic by a healthy margin, it was a day that saw the lead change over five times!  It was nerve racking to say the least and I know there were a lot of folks watching Golfstat anxiously as we continued to move between first and second. Through 15 holes, we were four shots behind ASU and I felt like it would take a small miracle to pull off a victory. As it turned out, we logged four birdies in the final three holes and ASU logged four bogeys leading to a quick and decisive lead change in the final moments! Mariko Tumangan led our team on the final day with a four-under par 68 and her best career finish!

This weekend we compete in our last event of the Nor-Cal swing, as we are fondly calling it! We will tee-off on Monday at Almaden C.C. in San Jose for our first 36-18 hole event. It will be an 8:15am shot-gun both days and we would love to see you there!

We have been fortunate to have had many weeks of perfect golf weather.  The golf course is in SUPERB condition and we are extremely grateful to Ken and his staff for working hard to showcase the Stanford Golf Course for our home event. In addition, we had a tremendous showing of volunteer support.  As always, we value your time and commitment to the program.

All the Best and GO CARD!
Anne