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!

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