Cameron Wilson used his Texas wedge from the fringe to eagle the 18th hole Friday at the Southern Highlands Golf Club to finish with a team-best even-par 72 and help the Stanford men's golf team open in fourth place, with a 9-over 297, while host UNLV leads the 15-team field with a 1-under through the first day of the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters.
Sitting only two shots behind co-leaders Wyndham Clark (Oklahoma State) and Carl Johnson (UNLV), Wilson is tied for sixth among individuals. Five of 80 players finished in the red as the wind altered many scores throughout the day.
Patrick Rodgers and Viraat Badhwar checked in at 2-over with David Boote logging a 5-over 77.
The three-day, 54-hole event continues Saturday morning.
"The course was firmer and faster today than in our practice round, and played tougher as winds were consistently around 20-25 miles per hour," Stanford coach Conrad Ray said. "Wilson hung in there and played great. There was a bobble in the middle of his round, but he kept hitting good shots and was rewarded at the end with his eagle on 18."
The front nine for Wilson featured a birdie on the par-5 third. The lefty started the back nine with double bogey on 10 and bogeys on each of the next two holes. Wilson collected himself with a birdie on 16 before shutting the door with an eagle.
Rodgers, the tournament's defending champion, started bogey-bogey-triple. The first three holes were not an indicator of the rest of his day, as he played the next 15 at 3-under.
Boote kept it cool with a 1-over on the front, but had five bogeys on the back nine before closing with a birdie on the final hole.
Badhwar played the front nine at 1-over and recorded a par on the first eight holes of the back half until a bogey on 18 left him at 74.
"This was Viraat's first taste of big-time tournament golf," Ray said. "You could tell he's experienced, as he held himself together really well."
Jim Liu was 9-over heading into the final hole and eagled the par-5, 603-yard 18th to finish with a 7-over 79.
Stanford's Mariah Stackhouse birdied the ninth and 18 holes and finished with a 1-under 71 Friday to put herself in a tie for fifth among individuals to open the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate at Long Cove Club.
Stanford (297) is 13 shots behind first-place Duke, which teamed to shoot an even-par 284. The Cardinal shares the sixth spot with Arkansas and LSU.
The three-day tournament resumes at the par-71 track Saturday morning.
"I am happy with where we ended up, but I think we had a better round in us," Stanford coach Anne Walker said. "The greens tripped a couple players early, and from there it was tough to fight back. The course is very challenging, but if we can shake out on the top six tomorrow we won't be complaining.
"Mariah's round was solid. She hit the ball extremely well and had many opportunities to convert."
Casey Danielson went without a birdie to finish 4-over at 75.
Lauren Kim neutralized a bogey and double bogey with three birdies on the front, but went 5-over on the back nine. Kim is tied for 45th at 5-over.
Marissa Mar played the back nine at 1-over on her way to a 76 to share the 45th spot with Kim.
Quirine Eijkenboom carded a 7-over 78, including a birdie on the par-4 11th.
Hannah Farr scored as time ran out in the first overtime half and No. 19 Stanford controlled the ball thereafter to beat No. 11 Towson, 8-7, in nonconference women's lacrosse Friday at Johnny Unitas Stadium.
Stanford (4-1) maintained possession throughout the entire six minutes of overtime and for all but 19 seconds of the game's final 9:03. In fact, Towson (2-3) was unable to even get off a shot for the game's final 17:08.
But it was Farr's goal combined with strong draws taken by specialist Emily Newstrom and controlled by teammates Megan Lerner and Rachel Kalick that enabled Stanford to maintain possession throughout overtime.
Lerner controlled the opening overtime draw and Stanford played for one good shot before Farr was fouled in the 8-meter arc with three seconds left in the three-minute half. With a free position from a poor angle on the right side of the arc, Farr took two quick steps and fired over the right shoulder of goalie Kelsea Donnelly to give Stanford the lead.
"After Megan won the draw, we were trying to read what defense Towson was playing," Stanford coach Amy Bokker said. "We ran an initial play, but didn't get a shot off and then we were scrambling a little before Hannah drew the eight-meter."
The first overtime must be played in its entirety, and the second three-minute half opened with Kalick's draw control her first of the season. With help from a two-minute penalty on Towson, the Cardinal was able to run out the clock, though not without difficulty. With about 30 seconds left, Adrienne Anderson had the ball checked away on a triple team, only for Meg Lentz to make the pickup and prevent the turnover. Alex Poplawski ran out the final seconds.
"We focused on defense," said Bokker, after Stanford allowed an average of 16 goals over its previous three games. "Lyndsey Munoz made some great saves early that kept us in it early and gave the defense some confidence."
Stanford forced 15 turnovers, including one that Meredith Kalinowski picked up with 3:03 left in the second half that helped the Cardinal begin to control play down the stretch. Farr's six ground balls and Lerner's five were important to Stanford's possession game, as were Lerner's three draw controls.
This was the first game against a ranked opponent for Stanford and the second overtime contest. Stanford ended its season-opening three-game homestand with a 16-15 overtime loss to Vanderbilt when the Cardinal had the OT lead, but allowed two goals in the final 34 seconds.
This time, it was Stanford who rallied. In tight game that neither team led by more than two goals, the Cardinal tied the game at 7-7 on a free-position shot by Poplawski with 3:51 left in the second half. Stanford had led 5-3 before Towson (2-3) scored three consecutive goals to take a 6-5 second-half lead.
Only 3:25 into the second half, after Towson tied it, 5-5, Bokker called a timeout and made some adjustments that paid off the rest of the way. Stanford held the Tigers to only one goal over the final 23 minutes.
Farr and Lentz led Stanford with two goals apiece. Anna Kim, Lucy Dikeou, Julia Burns, and Poplawski also scored for the Cardinal.
The game was the third on the road in a five-day span. Stanford next plays at No. 14 Georgetown on Sunday.
No. 22 Stanford split a pair of games Friday on the second day of the Louisville Slugger Classic, defeating Portland State and falling to North Dakota State.
The Cardinal (19-6) opened the day with a convincing 10-0 victory over Portland State (3-11) before dropping a 4-0 decision to North Dakota State (12-6). Stanford moved to 4-5 in the second game of back-to-backs this season.
Kylie Sorenson (1-0) got the start in the circle against Portland State and picked up the first victory of her collegiate career. She did not allow any runs and gave up two hits and one walk while striking out two in 4.0 innings of work.
Tylyn Wells made her collegiate debut in the circle, tossing a scoreless fifth inning to close the game.
No. 10 Stanford topped No. 4 Pepperdine, 25-21, 15-25, 28-26, 25-21, Friday at the Firestone Fieldhouse in Malibu.
The Cardinal moves to 11-7 overall and 8-7 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, while the Waves fall to 9-5 overall and in the conference.
"We attacked well tonight," Cardinal coach John Kosty said. "That was two solid teams battling it out on the court. We made some nice plays in clutch situations to get the win."
Stanford was able to notch the win on the road by hitting .377 as a team and posting a sideout percentage of 75 for the match. Pepperdine also hit well offensively (.374) and edged the Cardinal in the block column (9.0 to 8.5).
Senior outside hitter Steven Irvin paced the team with 17 kills on a .483 attack percentage, while also tallying five digs and three blocks. Senior Brian Cook added 16 kills and eight digs. Senior opposite Eric Mochalski also registered double-digit kills, finishing with 13.
Sophomore setter James Shaw guided the offense, posting 56 assists to go with five kills and five digs. Stanford middles Denny Falls and Conrad Kaminski chipped in with seven and six kills, respectively. Redshirt junior libero Grant Delgado collected a team-best 10 digs.
Brant Whiting singled home the tying run in the bottom of the ninth but Stanford never could get the go-ahead run, dropping a 4-2 decision, in 13 innings, to visiting Kansas on Friday night.
The Cardinal (5-8) and Jayhawks (12-1) go at it again Saturday at 2 p.m.
Kansas scored twice in the top of the eighth, ending a scoreless pitching duel.
Austin Slater drove in a run in the bottom of the inning to set up Whiting's late-inning heroics.
Menlo School grad Danny Diekroeger had two hits, including a double, and Drew Jackson added a pair of singles.
Freshman starter Brett Hanewich threw 5 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing three hits and walking one. He struck out four.
Logan James, who allowed a run on one hit in 3 1/3 innings took the loss.
Nicolette McNair recorded three top-four finishes Friday to highlight No. 10 Stanford's night at No. 4 Alabama.
The Cardinal (13-3, 5-2 Pac-12) posted a 196.300 but fell to the Crimson Tide (9-3, 6-1 SEC) which recorded a season-best team score of 198.250. Alabama's score is the highest of any team in the country this season.
McNair competed in the all-around for the third time in her collegiate career and delivered strong performances on bars, vault and beam to place in the top four in each event. She began the meet by tying her collegiate best on bars with a 9.875 to finish fourth and followed that performance by tying her collegiate high on vault with a 9.925 to place third.
McNair closed the meet with a third-place finish on beam, earning a 9.875. She has hit 15 of 16 routines over the past five meets.
The Cardinal had a strong showing in Alabama but ran into a Crimson Tide team that is on a roll. The current Southeastern Conference leader was coming off a victory against previously undefeated No. 2 Florida last week and was able to carry its momentum into the competition against the Cardinal.