Stanford Women Win First National Golf Title
May 27, 2015
Stanford has its first women’s golf national title.
In a thriller, the Cardinal came back to defeat Baylor in the finals of the NCAA Championship on Wednesday at The Concession Golf Club in Florida, winning 3-2.
The key match was Cardinal junior and 2014 Curtis Cup team member Mariah Stackhouse taking on Baylor’s Hayley Davis. Trailing by three holes through the 8th, Stackhouse made a valiant comeback, eventually cutting the deficit to one with a par on the 15th.
Moments later on the ensuing 16th, however, Davis made birdie to re-gain a 2-up lead. But again Stackhouse responded, carding birdie on the 17th and draining a clutch birdie putt on the 18th to bring the match back to all-square.
On the first hole of the sudden-death playoff (par-4 10th), Stackhouse hit the green in regulation while Davis was just off. Davis hit a nice pitch shot up to the flagstick, but missed her 3-footer for par. Davis had earlier conceded Stackhouse’s putt for par.
“Hayley played great today, so I know she was super bummed to have missed that putt and not been able to continue,” Stackhouse said. “But just happy that I was there down the stretch.”
Stanford got the first points on the board when freshman Shannon Aubert beat Lauren Whyte, 4 and 3. Aubert went 3-0 in the championship.
Following Whyte’s win, the Cardinal upped its lead when sophomore Casey Danielson knocked off Laura Lonardi, 2-up, after carding back-to-back birdies on the 17th and 18th holes.
Baylor came back with two wins of its own when both Cardinal junior Lauren Kim and sophomore Quirine Eijkenboom lost their matches, 3 and 1 and 4 and 3, respectively. Originally from Los Altos, Kim won the 2012 NCGA Girls’ Junior Championship.
Stanford advanced to the finals after upsetting No.1 seed USC on Tuesday.