Cardinal men extend lead at NCAA regional golf tournament


The Stanford men's golf team saw its lead grow at the NCAA Tucson Regional Championships at The Gallery, as the Cardinal was one of only two teams to shoot under par Tuesday.

Stanford, 18-under through 36 holes, went 4-under to take a 15-shot advantage over second-place Oregon in the team race.

Maverick McNealy
Franklin Huang used five birdies to post a 3-under 69 and grab the lead in the medalist standings. Huang eyes his first collegiate win as the 54-hole tournament concludes Wednesday in Eugene, Ore.

The top five teams will advance to the NCAA Championships.

Huang was 2-under on the front and notched a pair of birdies on the back, bogeying the par-4 eighth and par-3 12th to move to 8-under overall. He moved up from second after his opening round and holds a one-stroke lead over Lee Hodges (UAB) and Thomas Lim (Oregon).

Maverick McNealy went 1-under and sits at 5-under overall, fourth among individuals. He was 2-over through seven before belting three birdies over the final 11 holes.

David Boote moved up to fifth with an even-par showing and Jeffrey Swegle (t-13th) contributed his second straight even-par round.

Brandon Wu was 3-over on the day and 17th overall.

Women's golf

Junior Casey Danielson and senior Mariah Stackhouse were selected to the Division I All-Region Team, it was announced Tuesday by the Women's Golf Coaches Association.

Both produced top 10 finishes at the recent NCAA Stanford Regional Championships at Stanford Golf Course and helped the Cardinal share first place with USC. Danielson placed fourth at 2-under 211 with rounds of 72-68-71. Stackhouse tied for sixth at 1-under 212 by shooting 69-70-73.

The duo helped Stanford advance to the NCAA Championships, Friday through Tuesday at Eugene Country Club in Oregon, where the team will defend its 2015 national title.

Women's crew

Stanford earned its eighth consecutive bid to the NCAA Division I championships when selections were announced Tuesday.

The championships take place at the Sacramento State Aquatics Center in Gold River, Friday through Sunday, May 27-29.

The Pac-12 Conference and Sacramento State Aquatics Center will serve as co-hosts for the national regatta. The event will begin with heat racing on Friday, followed by the semifinals on Saturday and the Grand Finals on Sunday.

The Cardinal, coming off a second-place team finish in the Pac-12 Championships this past weekend, is one of 22 teams overall and one of 11 at-large bids in the 2016 field. This will is the 11th all-time appearance and eighth straight year Stanford has earned a bid to the NCAA Championships.

After finishing second by the narrowest of margins to top-seeded California in the Pac-12 Championships this past Sunday, Stanford's varsity eight has earned the No. 2 seed in the event.

The second varsity eight, which finished third in the Pac-12 Championships, will be the No. 8 seed in the event at the NCAA Championships.

The varsity four, which also placed third in the Pac-12 Championships, will be the No. 9 seed in the event at the NCAA Championships.

Stanford, ranked sixth in the latest CRCA/USRowing Coaches Poll, is one of five Pac-12 teams in the 2016 field. The Cardinal is joined by fellow conference crews California, Washington, Washington State and USC.

The Cardinal placed sixth as a team in the 2015 NCAA Championships, which were also held at the Lake Natoma course. The varsity eight finished fifth, the second varsity eight placed seventh, and the varsity four finished ninth in each boat's respective Grand Final at last season's NCAA Championships.

— Stanford Athletics

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