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



Thursday, February 7, 2013

Spring Season is Right Around the Corner!

Hello Stanford Golf Fans,

The past month of sunshine has been unusual to say the least.  The women's golf team has made the most of this rare January/February weather playing two or three times a week and practicing on the other days in preparation for the Peg Barnard, which is right around the corner.

We will have 12 teams here on campus for our season opener.  The #1 ranked team in the country, Univ. of Washington will be competing as well as they #8 ranked UC Davis Aggies.  There will be a 9am shot-gun start on Saturday, February 16 and a 8:30am shot-gun start on Sunday the 17th. We would love to see as many members and fans as possible out on the course!

We have been qualifying for the upcoming tournament and there have been a few highlight moments.  Sophomore Mariko Tumangan opened qualifying with a 7-under, 64!  That included birdies on 1, 4, 7, 8, 9, 12 and 15. She had three chances inside 10 feet on 16, 17 and 18!  As a coach, it was fun to watch and I couldn't have been more proud of Mariko. Freshman Mariah Stackhouse also gave us something to get excited about, she shot three straight round in the 60's - 69, 69, 67! Again, fun to watch.....I NEVER get tired of watching birdies!

The first part of our spring season will be contested in Northern California. After the Peg Barnard at Stanford, we will head over to the Cal Classic at Ruby Hill CC in Pleasanton and then onto the Juli Inkster Invitational at San Jose State. It is nice to be competing so close to home because the players miss very little school and in addition, they get to a chance to maintain their strength and conditioning schedule. Again, we welcome all of you to come out and watch us play at any of these events.

Peg Barnard @ Stanford G.C. - February 16 and 17
Cal Classic @ Ruby Hill C.C. - February 25 and 26
Juli Inkster @ Almaden C.C. - March 4 and 5

All tee-times and pairings can be found on www.golfstat.com at the time of the event.

We hope that you are all enjoying the good golf weather and hitting plenty of fairways and greens!
Go Card!!

Anne Walker

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Happy Holidays!!

Hello Stanford Golf Fans,

I can't believe it is the first week of December, how quickly time passes. It has been almost eight weeks since our home tournament, which coincidentally was our last competition of the fall season.  We have been following "off-season" rules since that time, limiting us to only two-hours of skill instruction per week with the players.  It has been a productive off-season thus far including an increased strength and conditioning program, as well as skill development clinics twice a week at the Siebel Varsity Training Complex.  To fill their free time, the team has been going to watch other Stanford teams compete and most recently cheered on the Stanford Football Game during the Pac-12 Championship Game!

In November, we signed three outstanding recruits for the Fall of 2013.

- Casey Danielson will be making her way to Stanford from Osceola, WI.  Casey comes from a family of golfers; her older sister is a senior on the Univ. of Wisconsin team and her older brother is a freshman at the Univ. of Illinois where he is currently ranked #76 in the country!
- Jisoo Keel lives in Coquitlam, British Columbia.  She competes on the Canadian National Team and is currently the #1 ranked junior player in Canada. She won a Canadian Women's Professional event in 2011 and competed in the 2012 US Women's Open and the 2012 Canadian Women's Open.
- Quirine Eijkenboom is a native of Munich, Germany.  She is the German Girls Champion and also a member of the German National Team.  To my knowledge, Quirine will be the first German national to compete for Stanford University women's golf! She is currently ranked #28 in the World Golf Rankings.

We couldn't be more pleased with our incoming class and look forward to welcoming them to campus. However, we have a lot of work to do before their arrival and for the time being our focus is on the current players and their game development.  The whole team will be heading home for the holidays, for some much needed rest and practice, before the spring season. We will be back and hit the ground running in early January.

I just want to take this opportunity to THANK all of you here at the golf course for being so friendly and supportive of the ladies on the team.  There is a true sense of Cardinal Pride and we cherish the opportunity to be a part of it; you inspire us to be great. Thank you.

Happy Holidays to you and your family!
GO CARD!
Anne Walker