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Stanford reaches match play at NCAA golf championships

 

All-American Mariah Stackhouse was sixth and fellow All-American Lauren Kim tied for seventh to lead Stanford in the final round of stroke play Monday at the NCAA Championships on the Concession Club golf course in Brandenton, Fla.

The women's golf team was fourth overall after a final-round of 1-under 287, the only under-par score by any team in the tournament.

Stanford advances to the match-play portion of the event, facing off against Pac-12 Conference foe Arizona on Tuesday.

Th Pac-12 is guaranteed one team in the championship final. No. 1 USC and No. 8 Washington also square off Tuesday.

It will be either the Trojans or Huskies against Stanford or the Wildcats in the semifinal round.

Stanford scored 1,199 over the four rounds, seven beyond leader USC. Defending champion Duke is second and Baylor is in third.

Tennessee and Texas Tech also advanced into match play.

The Cardinal was 2-under when play was delayed by lightning, a recurring theme throughout the tournament.

Stackhouse recorded three birdies over her first 12 holes, battling weather conditions to finish 2-under 70 on the day.

Kim was 4-under after 17 holes, finishing with her only bogey of the day on the last hole.

"Today was a huge boost for our team going into match play," Kim said. "Even when we were fatigued and exhausted, we still made good decisions to put us in the best spot to pull out good scores. We know where to hit the ball on these greens to get a chance at birdie, and that's what we did today. Our team is excited to go into match play with this momentum."

Shannon Aubert was even through the first nine holes before three bogeys left her with a 75. She finished in 34th place.

Casey Danielson completed a strong comeback over the final two rounds. She went into Sunday's third round at 24-over 168. She was 18 strokes better over her last two days.

Quirine Eijkenboom ended stroke play with her best round, a 1-over 73, marred only by a double bogey on hole No. 13.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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