Dramatic finish means a home golf title for Stanford


Mariah Stackhouse calmly sank a 33-foot birdie putt on the final hole of the Stanford Intercollegiate to secure a share of the team title for the Stanford women's golf team Sunday.

Stackhouse's putt completed her even-par 71 round and helped the Cardinal rebound to tie with USC for top honors among the 17-team field.

It was Stanford's second win at the event since its inception in 1995, and first since 1997. USC won the event outright in 2012 and 2013, giving the Trojans at least a share of the title or better for three straight seasons.

While the heroics of veteran Stackhouse secured the win for Stanford, it was the outstanding final round of freshman Shannon Aubert that kept the Cardinal in contention.

In her home debut, Aubert contributed a bogey-free 64, the best round by any player throughout the tournament, which tied her for a team-best seventh overall at 4-under.

Only a few shots separated No. 4 Stanford, No. 6 USC and No. 10 UCLA throughout the duration of the back nine on the final stretch of the three-day, 54-hole tournament hosted by Dr. Condoleezza Rice. The event featured five of the nation's top-10 programs.

The Cardinal (282-280-275) and USC (284-279-274) both finished 15-under at the par-71 layout. UCLA was 14-under and fourth-place Washington was 1-under.

UCLA's Bronte Law took medalist honors with an 8-under performance, two strokes clear of runner-ups Doris Chen (USC) and Louise Ridderstrom (UCLA).

"I couldn't be more pleased with our team effort this week," Cardinal coach Anne Walker said. "We saw strong, under-par contributions from every player. Our goal this week was to have a chance to win on the back nine, knowing we were within striking distance. Shannon's 64 today was particularly impressive, and top to bottom, we were solid."

Aubert birdied her opening hole and was 3-under at the turn. She added back-to-back birdies on 11 and 12, then again on 16 and 17.

Lauren Kim tied for ninth at 3-under after consecutive rounds of 68 to close her final 36 holes.

Stackhouse (67-74-71) tied for 16th at 1-under. Casey Danielson followed her opening-round 69 with rounds of 72-72, tying for 21st at even-par.

Quirine Eijkenboom (72-69-78) tied for 47th at 6-over, giving Stanford five players in the top 50.

With its lone home tournament in the books, Stanford packs its bags for the Pac-12 Preview (Nov. 3-4) in Kailua Kona, Hawaii.

Women's volleyball

Senior opposite Morgan Boukather had a career-best 18 kills and top-ranked Stanford defeated Utah, 25-20, 25-21, 23-25, 25-19, Sunday, at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Utah in a Pac-12 match.

Stanford (18-0, 8-0 Pac-12) returns to The Farm this weekend, hosting No. 19 UCLA on Friday and No. 18 USC on Sunday. Both matches will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks. The Cardinal is off to its best start since winning its first 20 in 1994.

Boukather recorded a .467 hitting percentage to go with 11 digs and four blocks. Junior outside hitter Jordan Burgess registered her team-best 10th double-double of the season with 12 kills and 15 digs. She also tied her season high with three blocks.

Junior setter Madi Bugg controlled the offense with 52 assists and 15 digs for her seventh double-double of the year. Redshirt freshman Merete Lutz finished with 12 kills on a .417 hitting percentage and tied her career high with six blocks.

Junior middle blocker Inky Ajanaku added 10 kills and six blocks, while junior Brittany Howard finished with eight kills, 13 digs and five blocks.

The Cardinal, which hit .308, held the Utes to a .178 attack percentage thanks to 15 team blocks, which ties its season high. Stanford has outhit its opponents in 17 of its 18 matches this season.

Men's water polo

Bret Bonanni scored four times and Jackson Kimbell, Nick Hoversten, Alex Bowen and Reid Chase all contributed multi-goal efforts as No. 3 Stanford earned a 13-6 road victory at No. 8 UC Santa Barbara on Sunday afternoon in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation action.

The victory capped another perfect weekend for the Cardinal and came on the heels of its 11-10 win over No. 1 USC on Saturday. Stanford is now 17-2 overall, a perfect 3-0 in conference play and continued its best start since winning 19 of its first 20 games in 2009.

Bonanni (7:19), Hoversten (6:43) and Bowen (6:02) staked Stanford to a 3-0 lead at the game's outset. UCSB (9-8, 0-3) responded with a pair of its own, before Bowen closed the period with a man-up score with 0:11 until the buzzer.

As in the first, Bonanni started the Cardinal off on the right foot in the second quarter, scoring at 7:32 and 6:25 to grow his team's lead to 6-2.

Men's golf

Maverick McNealy was 1-over in his final round of the United States Collegiate Championship on Sunday, pacing Stanford to a 13th-place finish.

Stanford (283-293-300) was 12-over as a team overall after entering Sunday's round at even-par. The men's golf team looks for a little R & R (regroup and rebound) at the Gifford Collegiate (Nov. 3-4) held at CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin.

Texas (-21) outlasted Virginia (-20) for the team title on The Golf Club of Georgia's par-72 layout.

"We struggled all the way around today after a slow start on the first few holes," Stanford coach Conrad Ray said. "We have a young team this season, and with that typically comes more ups and downs. It was a great learning experience the last few days for us, and we will be a better team when we tee it up at CordeValle."

McNealy (66-74-73) was the team's highest individual finisher, tying for 13th at 3-under. McNealy was joined in the top-25 by Viraat Badhwar (73-70-74), who was 25th at 1-over.

Franklin Huang (73-74-75) tied for 54th, David Boote (71-75-80) tied for 65th and Jim Liu (79-77-78) tied for 76th.

Men's crew

Stanford men's rowing kicked off its fall season at the 50th Head of the Charles on Sunday in Cambridge, Mass.

The Cardinal continued its tradition of racing a coxed four at the annual regatta. Entering the race, Stanford was the two-time defending collegiate champion in the race. The Cardinal won it in 2012 and took third last year, coming in first among college crews both years.

Strong headwinds slowed times considerably on Sunday. Stanford sat in seventh place with its time at the Riverside Boat Club mark. The Cardinal four slipped to eighth by the Weld Exhibition and then to ninth at the Cambridge Boat Club.

Ninth is where they would finish as they recorded a time of 16:58.58. Stanford was sixth among collegiate teams in the race. Camp Randall won the race for the second straight year.

It was the third straight year at the Head of the Charles for coxswain Nathalie Weiss and seniors Scott Roycroft and Kaess Smit. It was the first trip with Stanford for sophomore Charlie Walker and freshman Allen Reitz, who made his collegiate debut on Sunday.

Three former Stanford rowers were in the USRowing men's eight at Head of the Charles. David Banks, assistant coach Jake Cornelius and Austin Hack made up 33 percent of the national team members.

The group had recently began training again after taking time off following the World Championships in August. The U.S. boat finished 11th overall with a time of 14:46.39.

Stanford will wrap up its fall competition schedule next weekend at the Head of the American in Gold River,


Stanford finished fifth at the Yale Interconference Regatta, fifth at the Navy Fall Interconference Regatta and third at the Stoney Burke Intersectional on the San Francisco Bay on Sunday.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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