Stanford sophomore Lauren Kim defeated San Jose State's Tiffany Lim in 37 holes to win the California Women's Amateur Championship golf title on Friday at the par-71 Quail Lodge Golf Club in Carmel.
Kim was also the low scorer after the first two rounds with a 4-over 146. Lim was second, one stroke behind.
Stanford senior Marissa Mar finished tied for 16th with a two-day score of 159 to advance to stroke play.
Mar lost in the first round of the match play, in 22 holes, to Pleasant Hill's Yealimi Noh.
Kim downed Noh in the second round, 5 and 4. Kim also beat Sadie Strain by the same score in the quarterfinal and edged Renata Young in 21 holes to advance to the final.
During her freshman year at Stanford, Kim had an up-and-down rate of 65 percent, fourth best in the nation. Her team appropriately bestowed her with the Scrambler Award.
Lim, a Harvard junior, had Kim scrambling in the 36-hole finale as Kim was 4-down with just six holes remaining.
But a relentless Kim never gave in, winning four of the next five holes to even the match. Kim then appropriately clinched the CWAC title with an up-and-down on the 37th hole.
"The way Tiffany was playing, I felt like I was running out of holes," said Kim, who is from Los Altos. "I kept my head in it, and tried to focus and hit good shots."
Kim cozied up a delicate pitch shot to five feet on the par-5 first hole at Quail Lodge, and then buried the par putt to complete the stunning comeback. Kim played her final 10 holes in 2-under.
"I was just trying to commit to my line and commit to my shot," Kim said.
It all started on the 31st hole, the par-4 13th. Trailing 4-down, Kim won No. 13 with a par, and then birdied Nos. 14 and 15 to climb to within 1-down. After the long par-4 16th was halved with pars, Kim drained a 20-foot birdie putt to make the match all square heading into the 36th hole.
San Jose's Lim pushed her drive just a foot inside the hazard line along the right edge of the fairway of the par 4, but showed why she was the Ivy League Rookie of the Year by punching an impressive recovery shot to the front of the green. Lim had a 7-foot slider to win the match outright with a par, but it missed.
That opened the door for Kim to win on the first extra hole.
Kim has now won the CWAC Junior Girls (in 2009) and this tournament, as well as the 2012 NCGA Junior Championship at Spyglass.
"This win is up there," Kim said. "This is a good win, and a long, long week. It just feels good to be done, and to feel like all my effort is going in the right direction."
Haley Rosen scored during a scramble in front of the net in the 67th minute to rally the No. 2 Stanford women's soccer team to a 1-1 home-opening draw against No. 16 Portland before 1,813 at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium on Saturday night.
Stanford (2-0-1) extended its home unbeaten streak to 68, the third-longest in NCAA Division I women's soccer history, despite falling behind the Pilots (2-0-1) early in the match.
Portland opened the scoring in the 11th minute. The Cardinal used senior Emily Oliver and freshman Jane Campbell in the net. They combined to make five saves.
Stanford, held to four shots in the first half, erupted for 16 in the second with Rosen scoring on a sequence set up by Courtney Verloo's corner kick. It was Rosen's first goal of the season.
Stanford continues nonconference play with home matches on Friday at 6 p.m. against Loyola Marymount and Sunday, Sept. 8 at noon, against Maryland.
Stanford swept the men's and women's team titles at the season-opening USF Invitational cross-country meet Saturday at foggy Golden Gate Park.
The Cardinal men won for the third consecutive season, edging California 30-35 over the 8-kilometer course that began and ended at Speedway Meadow. Jim Rosa (25:20.2), defending champion Tyler Stutzman (25:20.3), and Erik Olson (25:20.3) led the Cardinal by finishing third through fifth.
Stanford's women beat runner-up Cal, 20-54, for its first victory in the meet since 2005. Stanford placed five among the top six, led by runner-up Jessica Tonn (17:44.9) and third-place Aisling Cuffe (17:44.9), who ran side by side on the 5-kilometer course and completed the race with wide smiles.
"The team has been on campus for less than 48 hours," Stanford coach Chris Miltenberg said. "This is the first thing I've really seen anyone do this year."
USF's Eric Causey won the men's race with late kick in 25:11.5, and Cal's Kelsey Santisteban won the women's race in 17:26.1, pulling away from defending champion Cuffe and Tonn just past the one-mile mark.
"We had to keep in mind the context of the situation," said Cuffe, a 2012 cross-country All-America. "It was important to stay off of the burners in this meet. The focus is always November, at the NCAA Championships."
Stanford aimed to run as a pack in both races. The top eight Stanford women finished within 25 seconds of each other all within the top 11. The Stanford men placed five among the top 10, all within 20 seconds of each other.
"It's all about working together," Tonn said. "This is fun, and we're happy to be back."
Stanford was cautious with those who have experienced injuries, illnesses, and had long track seasons. Because of that, the Cardinal did not field many who could project to be in its postseason top sevens, both among its men's and women's teams. The Cardinal women are ranked No. 8 and the men No. 16.
Cardinal runners who made their collegiate debuts were redshirt freshmen Garrett Sweatt (eighth, 25:36.5) and Kevin Bishop (10th, 25:39.7). Miltenberg held out all his true freshmen and will make decisions on redshirting the men after the Stanford Invitational on Sept. 28, in which they will run unattached.
Before the meet, Stanford runners who did not compete did a hard fartlek workout. Afterward, Cardinal runners who did compete, added to their workload with some additional intensity running.
"Everything has a purpose, and in this meet we focused on running together" Miltenberg said. "We got a good sense of where everyone is right now and treated this as an opportunity to get a great anerobic threshold workout."
Sophie Bowden's unassisted goal in double overtime lifted No. 4 Connecticut to a 2-1 victory over No. 12 Stanford on Saturday in the season opener for both teams at the Varsity Turf.
Seeking its first victory over a top-5 opponent since a 2-1 upset of No. 3 Michigan State exactly 12 years ago, Stanford was on the defensive early. Anne Jeute scored on Connecticut's first shot attempt of the game, tipping in a rebound from Roisin Upton following a penalty corner for a 1-0 lead.
The Huskies followed with three more attempts before Fran Tew registered Stanford's first shot of the game in the 24th minute.
Stanford came alive after halftime, outscoring Connecticut 9-2 during the second half and 15-7 overall. Gaining momentum offensively, the Cardinal was able to work its way back into the game via the penalty corner, producing four over the next 35 minutes while the Huskies were held without an attempt.
The aggressive play finally paid off in the 67th minute, when Jessica Chisholm gathered a quick cross from Kelsey Harbin and fired a rocket past into the Connecticut cage. Just like that, a 1-1 game offered Stanford new life and a chance to cash in on its much-improved play.
Stanford continued to press in the first overtime, with Alex McCawley and Hope Burke accounting for the only two shots of the period. Both players had very good chances to break the tie, but Connecticut keeper Sarah Mansfield responded with two of her seven saves.
Bowden tacked home the deciding goal at the 89:43 mark, with Connecticut holding an advantage after three Stanford players were issued cards during a stretch at the beginning of the period.
Burke led the Cardinal with three shots while Chisholm added two. The Cardinal held a 5-2 edge in penalty corners.
Stanford host Michigan State on Monday at 3 p.m. in game televised live on Pac-12 Network.