Stanford's women's golf team closed out the Stanford Intercollegiate much like it started, receiving solid contributions up and down the lineup, as the Cardinal took third in its first home event of the year.
Stanford fired rounds of 289-290-289 (868, +16) to finish 11 strokes behind first-place USC. The Cardinal played consistent golf all weekend, with 14 of 15 rounds scoring between 70 and 74.
"I feel great about third," said Stanford first-year coach Anne Walker. "Coming into the week, we thought finishing in the top-10 would be good and top-six would be great, so for us this is fantastic. We were really consistent, and our team energy and chemistry showed through this weekend. The players want to play well for the team and Stanford, and that's a big part of our success."
Mariah Stackhouse led the Cardinal, tying for ninth place and giving Stanford a much-needed stroke on the 18th hole to move the team into third, one stroke ahead of Arizona.
Stackhouse carded rounds of 70-74-71 (215, +2) on the way to her second top-10 finish of the season.
"I had some trouble on the front nine, turning in three-over, but was able to pull it together on the back nine and get into a new mentality to end up at even par," said Stackhouse. "It's great to have two top-10 finishes in a row, and coming into college that was something I was focused on. Looking at the players who make All-American, they're consistently in the top-10 and that's my goal in every tournament."
Cardinal freshman Lauren Kim tied for 19th after rounds of 72-72-73 (217, +4). Teammate Marissa Mar fired rounds of 74-73-71 (218, +5), good for a share of 21st.
Sally Watson, the nation's No. 1 player heading into the tournament, tied for 32nd. The Stanford senior carded rounds of 74-73-74 (221, +8) coming off a tie for second at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational.
Mariko Tumangan tied for 36th. The San Jose native shot 73-72-77 (222) on the weekend.
The Cardinal has a lengthy break before resuming its season in February at the Peg Barnard Invitational at Stanford Golf Course.
After opening the U.S. Collegiate with its worst round of the season, Stanford pulled together and enjoyed the weekend -- moving from dead last into fifth place among a competitive, 15-team field.
Playing on The Golf Course of Georgia's Lakeside Course in Alpharetta, the Cardinal followed its opening-round 306 with rounds of 289-286 (881, +17) to finish seven strokes behind Georgia Tech, whose Ollie Schniederjans eagled the final hole to lift the Yellow Jackets to a one-stroke team win.
"We were happy with the last couple days, but we dug ourselves a big hole on the first day," said Stanford coach Conrad Ray. "Our play Friday was lackluster, and we need to be better than that. I'm proud that the guys hung tough and posted two good scores. Today, our goal of the day was to be the low team of the day, and we accomplished that."
Patrick Rodgers continued his elite' level of play as a Cardinal golfer, taking the individual title for the fourth time in 15 collegiate events in a run of 12 top-10 finishes in just over a year. Starting the day in fourth place after rounds of 70-72, Rodgers fired a tournament-best, final-round 67 (209, -7) to win the event going away. Oklahoma State's Talor Gooch and Auburn's Michael Johnson tied for second, four shots behind Rodgers. who made six birdies on Sunday and 15 on the weekend.
"Patrick really impressed me today picking up his second win," said Ray. "He played great this week and stayed patient and hit a lot of quality shots under pressure today, which was impressive. He just continues to get better."
Stanford's David Boote continued a strong freshman year, finishing tied for 13th. Boote followed an opening round 75 with back-to-back rounds of 72 (219, +3).
Cardinal teammate Cameron Wilson made his season debut, and after a first-day 79 settled down to card rounds of 69-75 (223, +7).
Dominick Francks played better each day, firing rounds of 82-76-72 (230, +14) and tying for 62nd.
"Today we saw a great showing by Dom Francks, shooting an even-par round after a couple higher rounds earlier," said Ray. "He got better each day, which is a sign of a guy trying hard and he's doing all the right things."
Steve Kearney tied placed 77th. The Stanford senior shot 83-80-77 (240, +24).
The Cardinal has a quick turnaround before one of the most anticipated events in the history of the program tees off next Monday when the team hosts the Stanford Classic at Cypress Point in Pebble Beach.