Stanford freshman takes third in her collegiate golf debut


For Shannon Aubert, it must have felt a little like home. The Stanford freshman finished the Annika Intercollegiate at Reunion's Watson Course in Kissimmee, FL with the best round of the day, shooting a 5-under 67 to move up eight spots and finish third in the individual tournament.

Aubert, who attended high school two hours away from the par-72 course, helped Stanford finish fourth, at even par, as a team.

She spent most of her teenage years playing and practicing at Reunion with many of Annika Sorenstam's coaches.

"Shannon was terrific this week," Stanford coach Anne Walker said. "It was her home course, and that really showed in her putting. She was confident with her reads and made a lot of birdie putts."

Aubert plays comfortably on golf courses around the world, an advantage of being born in France and living in seven other countries, including Switzerland. She's been a member of the French national team since 2009.

Recording a birdie on five of her first 10 holes Tuesday, Aubert improved six strokes from Monday. She finished with a 6-under 210, three strokes behind the medalist.

Mariah Stackhouse also recorded a top-10 finish, shooting rounds of 70, 72 and 72 for a 2-under 214, good for ninth.

The Cardinal shot the third-best score (285) on the final day of the tournament to move up a notch with its three-day total of 864. South Carolina won the title with a 10-under 854. Arizona followed at 861.

"I was pretty pleased with our overall performance and very encouraged by what I saw this week," Walker said. "At the same time, I was excited because I feel confident we have some areas that could use significant attention over the coming weeks. With efficient and focused practice, I think we will be right where we want to be when it matters."

Casey Danielson shot even par to move into a tie for 29th place with teammate Lauren Kim, among others. Danielson and Kim each finished with a 4-over 220.

Freshman Calli Ringsby, also making her collegiate debut, finished at 228.

Aubert brought some impressive credentials with her to Stanford and did not disappoint in Florida. She's a two-time Florida state champion, and a three-time All-American.

Stanford hits the road again next week for the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational, which begins next Tuesday and is hosted by Washington.

— Stanford Athletics

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