Three proved to be a charm for the Stanford women's golf team, which won its third straight title this spring by capturing the Juli Inkster Spartan Invitational on Tuesday at the Almaden Golf and Country Club in San Jose.
The Cardinal finished with a 12-over-par 878 to win team honors while freshman Mariah Stackhouse shot a 4-under-par 212 (70-71-71) to win the individual title. She led the tournament from Day 1 and was the only player to shoot under par in the final round.
"I hit my approach shots very well," said Stackhouse, who collected her second collegiate title. "I wasn't able to convert as many birdie opportunities as I would have liked, but I made enough to make up for the few bogeys I had. I stayed very patient this entire round. Even when I was in a difficult position, I thought about the fact that conditions were tough and that I wanted to be there for my team."
The Cardinal (287-291-300) won the 54-hole event by 11 strokes as second-place Washington shot 889.
"This was our first win being out in front," said Stanford head coach Anne Walker. "There were tough (wind) conditions today and the mood was different because we already had the lead. It was a great learning day and we are a better team for it.
"It's hard to win two in a row and to win three is truly special. We are on track as a program and I like our progress."
Stanford's Danielle Frasier (73-71-78) had a career-best finish tying for ninth at 222. Last week the junior matched her career-best finish after tying for 14th at 149 during the 36-hole Cal Classic Invitational.
Cardinal freshman Lauren Kim (72-79-75) and senior Sally Watson (72-78-76) tied for 16th at 226.
Rounding out the field was sophomore Mariko Tumangan (74-71-84), who tied for 27th at 229. Senior Kristina Wong (79-79-89), who played as an individual, carded a 247 to tie for 69th.
The Cardinal returns to competition for the Anuenue Spring Break Classic at Maui, Hawaii, on March 25-27.
"Our goal was to win one of our first three events and we ended up with a NorCal sweep," said Stackhouse. "The fact that I was able to catch my first two individual titles in the midst of it all is just icing on the cake."