Casey Danielson is one of three Stanford golfers among the top 20 individuals following the first day of competition at the NCAA St. George Regional on Thursday, and the Cardinal is in fifth place.
Danielson was 3-over par through the first two holes, but battled back with a 1-under on the back nine while shooting a 1-over 72 to pace the Stanford women's golf team.
Danielson, who is tied for fourth with a round that included three birdies, is one of three Cardinal performers in the top 20. Lauren Kim and Shannon Aubert each finished at 4-over to share 16th place.
Kim and Aubert took different paths for their scores. Kim was 1-under through 11 and bogeyed five of her final seven holes. Aubert was up and down with three birdies and seven bogeys throughout her opening round.
Stanford teamed to shoot a 20-over 304 on the par-71 layout of Entrada at Snow Canyon. That score left the Cardinal in fifth place among the 18-team field.
The top five teams will advance to the NCAA Championships, and two rounds are left to be contested in the event.
USC is in first place after the first round and five strokes ahead of second-place California (+9).
Throughout the first round, Cal, Arkansas and UNLV battled for second place, with the three teams tying at one point.
At the end of the round, UNLV is in third (+17) and Wisconsin is in fourth (+19), while Arkansas dropped to seventh (+22).
Pauline Loulier from Cal is first among individuals. She shot 3-under 68.
Mariah Stackhouse went without a birdie during her round of 83. Quirine Eijkenboom knocked in a pair of birdies while posting an 82.
Kaylie Sorenson pitched out of a jam in the fifth inning but Erin Ashby could not do the same in the seventh and Stanford suffered a heart-breaking, 4-1, loss to host California in a Pac-12 contest Thursday.
Kobie Pettis hit a grand slam with two outs in the seventh to ruin what might have been Stanford's finest conference game.
Kayla Bonstrom, who had two hits, hit a home run, her 12th of the season, to lead off the sixth and give the Cardinal a 1-0 lead. Bonstrom has 24 for her career and also delivered her 150th career RBI.
The 19th-ranked Bears put the first two runners on in the fifth via an error and walk. An infield groundout moved both runners up and Sorenson, normally a shortstop, threw a runner out at the plate on the next play. Catcher Jessica Plaza, who doubled in the game, applied the tag.
California also left two runners in scoring position in the sixth before delivering in the final inning.
Sorenson allowed three hits in her five shutout innings. She walked two and struck out two.
Cal and Stanford play again Friday at 4 p.m. in Berkeley.