Gunn High grad Martin Trainer had to play seven extra holes on Sunday at the Pac-10 Championships at the Stanford Golf Course. The USC sophomore, however, didn't mind the extra work. The payoff was worth it.
The 25 holes on the final day of the conference tournament wound up giving Trainer the individual title after he parred the 18th hole for the seventh time while Alex Moore of Oregon State finished with a bogey.
"To tell you the truth, I was so zoned in on what I was doing and my coach kind of gave me the outlines of what it meant, but I didn't really know that it was for both the tie for the team and individual titles," Trainer said of making a par putt on the final hole of regulation to force the playoff.
Trainer shot an even-par 70 in regulation, which included a bogey six on the 16th hole. He came within 10 seconds of losing his ball before a spectator found it.
That hole wound up costing Trainer the outright individual title after 72 holes and dropped USC into a tie for the team lead with Oregon, which shot a blistering 5-under-par team score of 345 on the day to move into a tie with the Trojans.
Trainer and Moore would play the 18th hole six times with both getting a par 4 each time. On the seventh try, Moore pushed his tee shot right and behind a tree. He was forced to pitch back into the fairway, put his third shot on the green but just missed a 25-foot putt. Trainer, meanwhile, left himself a 40-footer for birdie and wound up making a two-footer for par to win the title.
Trainer's father, Paul, was on hand to congratulate his son while Trainer's high school coach, Chris Redfield, also was in attendance to celebrate the victory that took an extra hour and 45 minutes.
No sooner was that over that Trainer headed out with his teammates to decide the team title. USC won the six-player, one-hole playoff in convincing fashion over Oregon to earn the team title. Sacred Heart Prep grad Jack Paton shot 73 on his final round to help Oregon.
"It was an amazing week, the course was incredible and they did a great job with the tournament," Trainer said. "It was really awesome and I am glad I got to win both. That's pretty rare, so I am going to enjoy it."
Andrew Yun also shot a 70 on the final round to help Stanford finish fourth as a team.
Trainer was the Trojans' top golfer in the tournament after shooting rounds of 68, 68 and 69 leading into Sunday's performance. He had four birdies in his final round, but also suffered four bogeys.
Both Trainer and Yun have established themselves as among the nation's top collegiate golfers and will likely meet again at the NCAA championships. Both teams will be sent to regional play in two weeks.
Stanford senior Steve Ziegler shot a 5-over 75 and still managed to finish 11th on the leaderboard with a four-round total of 284.
Stanford's Graham Brockington concluded one of his best efforts with a 73 and finished 16th with his tournament score of 285.
David Chung was the Cardinal top golfer on the day, recording a 1-under 69, finishing with an overall score of 296.
Trainer won his first event of the season and recorded his third consecutive top-5 finish over the weekend. He's been among the top 10 in five of 10 tournaments.
Trainer has shot nine consecutive rounds of 71 or better.
Leslie Foard scored three goals and Karen Nesbitt, Jackie Candelaria and Sarah Flynn each added two as Stanford rallied from a seven-point deficit to beat Oregon, 12-10, in the championship match of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament on Sunday in Moraga.
The victory gives Stanford (13-5) the conference's automatic bid into the NCAA tournament.
Oregon scored the first seven goals of the contest before Emilie Boeri broke the streak with a score midway through the first half.
"I am really proud of our team's ability to fight and stay in the game," Stanford coach Amy Bokker said. "A game is 60 minutes and we never gave up. It's will and drive like that you need to win a championship."
Freshman Lyndsey Munoz, who recorded seven saves on the day, entered the game as goalkeeper for the Cardinal after the Ducks took their 7-0 advantage. She wound up being named the tournament MVP.
Stanford outshot Oregon, 20-11, in the first half.
Candelaria tied the score at 9-9 at the 17:16 mark of the second half but Oregon regained the lead six minutes later.
Foard, from a free position, tied it 38 seconds later and then scored the go-ahead goal, with an assist from Anna Kim, with 6:24 left to play. Flynn added an insurance goal a minute later.
Flynn, Foard, Paige Farmakis and Maggie Sachs were also named to the all-tournament team.
Flynn has scored 144 goals in her Stanford career, a school record.
Jenna Rich and Sarah Hassman each had two hits and drove in a run as Stanford beat visiting Washington, 3-1, in a Pac-10 Conference contest Sunday.
Ashley Hansen added a pir of hits for the Cardinal (8-7, 35-11), which took two of three from the Huskies. Michelle Prong also drove in a run.
Stanford hosts Santa Clara at 6 p.m. Tuesday night in a nonconference contest.
Teagan Gerhart (20-8) went the distance, allowing a run on four hits. She struck out eight and did not walk a batter.
Women's water polo
Sacred Heart Prep grad Pallavi Menon scored six goals to help top-ranked Stanford beat host San Jose State, 15-5, in the third place game of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament.
"I thought we created a lot of scoring opportunities early and that gave us good control," Stanford coach John Tanner said. "We got off to a nice lead. I don't think we finished very well. San Jose (goalkeepers) made some really great saves and field blocks."
Menon scored once in each of the first two periods as the Cardinal (25-1) took a 6-0 halftime advantage. She scored twice in each of the last two periods.
Annika Dries and Kaley Dodson each added two goals as Stanford awaits the NCAA tournament announcement.
"We did enough in the first half to get off to a comfortable lead," Tanner said. "I think San Jose was exhausted after two very emotional games where they played out of their minds."
Stanford freshman Kristie Ahn beat top-seeded Maria Sanchez of USC, 7-5, 6-1, Sunday to win the Pac-10 women's singles championships at the Ojai Valley Tennis Club.
Ahn needed three sets to defeat fellow freshman Nicole Gibbs in Saturday's semifinal round while Sanchez downed Stanford's Stacey Tan, 6-2, 6-1, in the other semifinal.
Cardinal No. 1 player Hilary Barte did not participate in the tournament. She's expected to play when Stanford opens the NCAA tournament next week.
Mallory Burdette, who usually plays doubles with Barte, partnered with Natalie Dillon to win the women's invitational doubles title.
The Stanford duo beat the second-seeded UCLA team, 8-6, in the finals a day after upsetting the top-seeded USC team by the same score.
On the men's side, junior Bradley Klahn fell to top-seeded Steve Johnson of USC, 7-6 (5), 6-3, in the championship finals.
Cardinal Walker Kehrer also lost in the championship finals of the invitational singles.
Tyler Gaffney tripled and doubled, Stephen Piscotty added two hits but Stanford dropped a 7-1 decision to host Arizona State in the Pac-10 series finale Sunday.
The Cardinal (6-9, 21-16) travels to San Jose State for a nonconference game at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.
Gaffney tripled and scored on a wild pitch for Stanford's only run. The Sun Devils scored twice in the bottom of the first and never looked back.
Stanford sends all three of its teams to the National Championships for the second straight year as the coed team joined the party with its fifth-place finish at the Eastern semifinals Sunday.
The Cardinal set sail for Hood River in Oregon for the May 23-29 competition.
Kevin Laube and Kelly Ortel skippered the B Division to 69 points, finishing in the top-eight in 10 of 12 races. Mateo Vargas and Rebecca King tallied 81 points in the A Division, finishing in the top half of the races in 11 of 12 races.
Laube and Ortel had started the day in second place in the B Division, but an 11th place finish to start day two, following six top-five finishes to start, knocked the duo down a couple of spots.