The No. 3-ranked Stanford women's golf team concluded the fall season on a strong note Tuesday by beating Baylor, 4-0-1 in the consolation finals of the inaugural East Lake Cup at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Ga.
There wasn't as much drama in a rematch of last season's NCAA Championship title match, as the Cardinal won four of five matches and halved the other.
Prior to facing Baylor, the team completed Monday's rain-delayed semifinal match against No. 2 Duke, losing 4-1. The lone winner for Stanford was senior Mariah Stackhouse, who beat Virginia Elena Carter, 2 and 1.
In other matches, Gabriel Singh of Duke defeated sophomore Shannon Aubert, 3 and 2; Leona Maguire of Duke defeated senior Lauren Kim, 2 and 1; Celine Boutier of Duke defeated junior Casey Danielson, 4 and 3; and Sandy Choi of Duke defeated junior Quirine Eijkenboom, 4 and 3.
Stanford quickly regrouped against Baylor. Starting first off the 10th tee, Stackhouse secured a hard-fought halve against Laura Lonardi of Baylor. Stackhouse, who grew up in Riverdale, Georgia and drew support from family and friends, was 1-down after 12 holes, won the 13th hole and halved the last five.
Kim came out strong by winning the first three holes against Lauren Whyte and cruised to a 6 and 5 victory. She was 5-up at the turn and never looked back.
Eijkenboom also staged a fast start by winning the first two holes against Louise Gateau-Chovelon, emerging with a 5 and 3 triumph. She was 3-up after nine holes, then increased her lead to 4-up by winning the 12th hole.
Danielson pulled away from Giovana Maymon by claiming the 10th, 11th and 12th holes in a 3 and 2 win. She clinched the match by winning the 16th hole.
Aubert had a seesaw battle with Maggie Beth Byers that saw the duo tie only three holes on the front nine. Aubert finished strong by winning the 14th and 15th holes to post a 1-up victory.
Top-ranked USC beat Duke, 4-1-0 to win the championship, which featured 2015 men's and women's semifinalists. Illinois defeated Georgia, 3-1-1 to take the men's title.
Stanford won two of four tournaments in the fall, prevailing in the season-opening Branch Law Firm Invitational and Stanford Intercollegiate. In the latter, the Cardinal beat second-place USC by seven shots.
Stanford returns to competition on February 13-14, 2016, when it hosts the Peg Barnard Invitational.
The Stanford men's team, meanwhile, was in second place following the second round of the Gifford Collegiate at La Costa Country Club in Carlsbad.
The No. 5-ranked Cardinal (285-277) trailed first-place Washington (285-275) by just two strokes while holding a 10-stroke lead over third-place San Diego State in the 15-team field.
Stanford's Jeffrey Swegle was alone in second place after rounds of 70 and 68 for a 4-under total. He trailed individual leader Corey Pereira of Washington by just one stroke.
Stanford's David Boote (71-68) was third for third, Maverick McNealy (72-70) was 11th, Brandon Wu (72-71) was tied for 12th and Isaiah Salinda (73-75) was tied for 40th.
UCLA's Jonathan Garrick of Atherton shot 71-70 and was tied for ninth while the Bruins were alone in fourth.