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!
Anne Walker

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Stanford Intercollegiate - This Weekend!

Hello Stanford Golf Fans!

It is 'Big Game' week for both the football team AND the women's golf team!  We are hosting the 49th Annual Stanford Intercollegiate this weekend, October 19th - 21st.  We have 17 teams competing from all over the country including six teams ranked Top-10 nationally.

- #1 Univ. of Washington
- #2 Univ. of Arizona
- #3 Univ. of Southern California
- #6 Univ. of Texas
- #7 UC Davis
- #8 Arizona State Univ.

The total field will include 11 teams ranked Top-26 in the country, including our very own #26 Stanford Cardinal.

We will tee-off the #1 tee on Friday in Big Game tradition, with a Stanford - Cal pairing at 10:00am. We would love to have a strong following of Stanford fans and welcome all of you to come out and support.  Thank you to those of you who are volunteering throughout the weekend; we rely on each of you to make the tournament a success.

We are off to a good start this fall with a recent third place finish in Washington.  On the final day of the event, we posted the lowest 18-hole score of the day beating out #1 Washington and #7 UC Davis! Senior Sally Watson finished in 2nd with rounds of 72 - 74 - 71 and Freshman Mariah Stackhouse finished 8th with rounds of 73 - 78 - 72.

Hopefully our great play will continue this weekend and we can have a good finish in this strong field.  Hope to see you out there!


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Thank You and More....

Hello Stanford Golf Fans!

This is my first attempt at "blogging", so I hope you will bear with me and give me some time to get into it!

Let me start by saying how welcoming everyone has been since I arrived on campus, thank you.  In only a short period of time, I have come to know some of you quite well already and for those of you that I have yet to meet, I look forward to it.

Kathryn and I have been preparing for the team returning to campus on September 10th.  We have eight players this year including two incoming freshman.  Mariah Stackhouse will be joining us all the way from Athens, Georgia and on the opposite end of the spectrum, Lauren Kim will be coming from San Jose, CA!  We will kick off the season with six rounds of competitive qualifying before hosting the Todd Coaching Company for two days of team building.  At the conclusion of our qualifying week, the top five finishers will qualify for the first event of the season at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee. Unfortunately, our senior Sally Watson will be unable to compete but fortunately, it is for a very good reason!  Sally has been selected to represent Scotland at the 2012 World Amateur Team Championships in Turkey, September 27th - 30th.  This is her second nod for the national team and a great accomplishment.

In Tennessee we will face 12 teams ranked pre-season top-30 in the nation!  It is a fantastic way to start the season and it will also give us a quick opportunity to measure ourselves against our competition.  Upon returning to campus, we will begin classes and take a couple of weeks to regroup before heading back on the road to Seattle and the University of Washington's home event at Sahalee Country Club.  This is a very special event because Sahalee C.C. is recognized as one of the best championship courses in the country.  The club hosted the 1998 PGA Championship, 2002 World Golf Championship and the 2010 US Senior Open. Once again, this will give our team a chance to test themselves, this time against a true championship course.

Finally, we will end the season with the 2012 Stanford Intercollegiate.  As some of you may know, our home event is recognized nationally as one of the best tournaments in women's golf.  Teams LOVE to travel to Stanford, CA!  They love the golf course, the weather, the practice facilities and of course, all the volunteers who help to give the tournament a professional feel.  Our tournament is one of the oldest in the country and for years has given many, including me, former student-athletes some of the best college golf memories.  Kathryn and I look forward to upholding the tradition and hosting a first-class event.  Thank you in advance to all of you who volunteer during the event, we couldn't possibly do it without your support.

Well, I think this is more than enough for my first blog!  If you are still reading, wow, I am impressed....you must be a true fan!! I hope my next blog will be updating you on our team's accomplishments and success.

Again, thanks for the hearty welcome, I can't thank you enough.
Go Cardinal!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

New Blog for the women's golf team

This new blog will  provide current news about the Stanford women's golf team.  This link will introduce you to Stanford's new golf coach, Anne Walker.

Anne comes to Stanford from UC Davis where she was the head golf coach for four years. She led the Aggies from their transition from NCAA Division II to being competitive at the national level in NCAA Division I. UC Davis won two Big West Conference titles under her guidance and advanced to a pair of NCAA Tournaments, including one NCAA finals. Walker also led the Aggies to its first-ever top-20 national ranking.

During her time at UC Davis, Walker was a three-time Big West Coach of the Year and in 2009 had two of her players qualify for the U.S. Women's Open. She coached three Big West Players of the Year and two Big West Freshmen of the Year.