The Stanford Women’s golf team won its first national title on Wednesday, defeating Baylor, 3-2, in a thriller that went to extra holes. Junior Mariah Stackhouse came from three down in the crucial last match, and won with a par on the 19th hole to give the Cardinal the victory.
After nearly 20 years, Stevinson Ranch Golf Course will close on July 18, 2015. The closure reflects a number of current realities in the golf market as well as the severity of California’s extended drought.
A new, wider 17th green at Pebble Beach Golf Links is slated to be unveiled on July 24. During the 2010 U.S. Open Championship, the 17th green gave players fits. In the final round, only seven of 83 players found the green.
This year’s U.S. Senior Open will mark the first USGA championship at Del Paso CC since the 1982 U.S. Women’s Open. It’s possible that the new Del Paso CC, which was re-designed by Kyle Phillips, could again become a regular stop on the USGA calendar. The new course is long, but can also play from a number of different lengths, adding to strategy.
A day after signing for a 71, Stanford sophomore Viraat Badhwar checked his scorecard online and found that he’d made a mistake. Instead of a bogey 4, he actually had a triple-bogey 6 on a par-3 hole. In an honorable move, Badhwar alerted officials about the error.
Former Junior Tour of Northern California member Hannah O’Sullivan, who became the youngest winner on the Symetra Tour this season, is in the field. So too are Lucy Li and Kathleen Scavo, who will be playing together. Both Li and Scavo played in last year’s U.S. Women’s Open.
The WGC Cadillac Match Play brought out the best in a world class field at TPC Harding Park, in a way that stroke play can’t.
Ahmed and Hussain Ali of Palo Alto were a bit nervous competing at the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball, but for good reason. Ahmed was the youngest player in the field. Both were making their USGA debuts.
A regular on the NCGA Senior Amateur Tour, Jim Williams is playing in the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship with his son Scott. Williams was on the USGA Executive Committee when the event was proposed.
The setup is similar to the 2012 U.S. Open, except for a twist on the closing hole, which can now play as short as 275 yards.