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Stanford women golfers ace the Silverado Showdown

 

The 11th-ranked Stanford women's golf team led from start to finish to capture its third victory of the season on Tuesday at the Silverado Showdown at Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa.

Four Cardinal golfers finished 14th or higher, as the squad combined for a 54-hole score of 1-over par 865 to beat defending champion Oregon by 13 strokes in the 18-team event.

"We got contributions from everyone," said Anne Walker, Stanford's Director of Women's Golf."

At the awards ceremony, Walker paid tribute to senior All-Americans Lauren Kim and Mariah Stackhouse, who played in their final regular-season tournament. They have sparked Stanford to 12 team victories during their time on The Farm.

"This is really a special moment for the women's program," Walker said. "It was a fitting end for them to be remembered that way."

Stackhouse has collected 27 top-10 finishes, while Kim has 21.

"Fantastic careers," said Walker. "And they're not done."

Kim paced the Cardinal at Silverado by placing second individually, her team-leading fifth top 10 of the season and 21st at Stanford. She posted rounds of 70-69-73 to conclude at 4-under 212, one stroke behind winner Cathleen Santoso of Oregon.

The Cardinal also received top-20 performances from junior Casey Danielson, Stackhouse and sophomore Shannon Aubert. Danielson shot 72-69-73 to secure fourth at 2-under 214, while Stackhouse (72-72-76) and Aubert (73-75-72) tied for 14th at 4-over 220.

It was the third top 10 of the season for Danielson, who like Stackhouse, made a final-round eagle. Stackhouse earned her fourth-straight top 16 showing and sixth top 20 of the season, and Aubert now has four top 20 finishes.

"I'm really pleased with Casey," Walker said. "She's worked very hard and had a chance to win at the end. She was huge for us."

Junior Quirine Eijkenboom (72-84-76) tied for 63rd at 16-over 232. Freshman Sierra Kersten (73-75-73), competing as an individual in only her second collegiate tournament, tied for 18th at 5-over 221.

Stanford produced four eagles at Silverado, with Aubert and Kersten joining in.

"Pretty cool," said Walker. "You don't see many."

Next up for Stanford are the Pac-12 Championships, April 18-20 at Ruby Hill Golf Club in Pleasanton.

— Stanford Athletics

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