The Stanford women's golf team held on to its third-place standing with a round of 3-over-par 291 on Sunday, the final day of the PING/ASU Invitational at the Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz.
The Cardinal, which shot a 2-under-par 862 for the three-day event, remained in contention of the title throughout the tournament, closing the gap with Duke, the second-round leader, by eight strokes.
Alabama, which sat in second heading into the final round after a pair of 284s, shot an 11-under-par 277 for the title. Duke (280-283-291) came in second at 854, while Stanford shared the third spot with Arizona (288-284-290).
Stanford freshman Mariah Stackhouse (70-68-73) tied for fifth with a 5-under-par 211. She recorded her seventh top-10 finish, of the eight events she has competed in during this season.
"My goal at each tournament is to finish in the top 10," Stackhouse said. "With the strength of this field and the number of top players in it, I am very pleased with my performance this week. It definitely proves that my game is right there."
Stanford's Sally Watson, fresh from her Sonoma State Spring Invitational victory, finished in 16th. The senior opened with a 72 and followed with a pair of 71s for a 214.
After starting off with a 72, Stanford's Lauren Kim managed to go two strokes better for a 70 in the second round. The freshman carded a 75 on Sunday to finish in 26th at 217.
Rounding out the Stanford lineup were junior Danielle Frasier (75-75-76) and sophomore Mariko Tumangan (81-73-72) who tied for 58th with a 226.
"Preparing for Pac-12s, I'm going to keep working hard with our coaches in practice and maintain the confidence I've built over these past few months," Stackhouse said. "I'll pay a little more attention to tee shots and approach shots this upcoming week to eliminate some of the wayward shots I saw from myself this week. I've been consistent, so I won't change anything."
Stanford competes next in the Pac-12 Championships, which takes place April 22-24 in Valencia. The Cardinal has won three tournament titles and recorded seven top-6 finishes.
"We are ready for Pac-12s," Cardinal coach Anne Walker said. "We will just spend this week sharpening our tools. We are peaking at the right time and have five players that could go low at any time."
Stanford finished third, with a 31-over-par 1,081, in the 67th Western Intercollegiate at Pasatiempo Golf Club in Santa Cruz.
The Cardinal (351-366-364), which was in third heading into the final round, was only 15 strokes back from UCLA and six strokes behind California.
California (350-361-340), however, managed to shoot a 10-under-par 340 for a final 1051 and the victory. The top-ranked (Golfweek) Golden Bears edged No. 5 UCLA by 13 strokes. The Bruins (341-361-362) came in second at 1064.
"We were hoping to move up on the leaderboard, but the guys played well and the teams ahead of us were all highly ranked," Stanford coach Conrad Ray said. "I felt like we had a chance today. We didn't play our best golf but we had some nice individual finishes with Patrick Rodgers coming back with a 67."
Rodgers (70-74-67), who was tied for 23rd heading into the final round, fired five birdies and went 3-under on the round for a 1-over-par 211, tying for ninth.
"I struck the ball really well today," said Rodgers, a sophomore. "After yesterday I knew my game was good and I just had to put a round together. I struck it great, gave myself a lot of opportunities and shot a good number."
"My ball-striking has continued to improve and I am making steps in my short game. If I can continue this trend, it will be a great postseason."
Stanford's Cameron Wilson went up three spots in the leaderboard from a 17th-place tie after the second round to a 14th-place finish. The junior opened with a 69 and followed that with a 74. Wilson shot a 70 on his final round for a 213 overall.
Senior Andrew Yun (69-71-76), who led the Cardinal heading into the final round, tied for 19th at 216.
Sophomore Patrick Grimes (70-74-77) from Menlo School finished at 221 to tie for 37th, while Cardinal freshman David Boote (74-73-75) was one stroke back at 222 and tied for 40th.
Rounding out the Stanford lineup was Steve Kearney (73-80-76), who tied for 68th at 229.