STANFORD, Calif. – No. 19 Stanford claimed the Peg Barnard Invitational title after carding a final round four-under-par 280 on Sunday at Stanford Golf Course.
Freshman Mariah Stackhouse recorded a nine-under during the front nine for a course-record 26 and finished the round with a 10-under-par 61 to establish a course record and capture the Peg Barnard title.
“Our energy was really good early on,” said Stanford’s Margot and Mitch Milias Director of Women’s Golf Anne Walker. “Lauren [Kim] started birdie-birdie and Mariah started eagle-birdie. So, it felt like something special was going on through those first few holes. It was a buzz. Through six holes, Mariah was five under and word started spreading. All of a sudden, everyone just started showing up.”
Stackhouse got two eagles and five birdies on the front nine, only paring the third and sixth holes.
“It’s actually ironic, because the front nine is my least favorite nine,” said Stackhouse, who made eagles on the first and seventh holes. “My goal on this golf course is always to get through hole 10, try to be at one or two under, and then really try to have a good round the rest of the way. [Sunday I was] nine under after nine, and thinking that it’s not even the side of the course that I like. I can’t describe it. I didn’t do anything differently. I just allowed myself to play golf and it all worked out.”
Heading into the back nine, Stackhouse made an early birdie on the 12th hole but two consecutive bogeys followed. That did not stop her from finishing a solid performance, making two consecutive birdies on the 16th and 17th holes.
Sophomore Mariko Tumangan previously held the course record at 63.
Stackhouse totaled eight birdies and two eagles to finish 10 strokes ahead of San Jose State’s Regina DeGuzman and UC Davis’ Demi Runas, who tied for second at 140.
“The one thing that really separates Mariah, at least right now, is her demeanor,” Walker said. “She is really able to focus on whatever shot she is hitting at that moment. When you shoot 10 under, which few people ever have, you really have to be able to stay in the present. For her to go bogey-bogey and then jump back with birdie-birdie tells me she was absolutely in the moment on every shot.”
“After I had the eagle on seven, I honestly felt like I was a spectator, and at that point I was just watching myself,” Stackhouse said. “I’ve always known that there was going to be one day where I would have an epic front nine, and I’ve always wondered if I would be nervous. But it was just so much fun. I was just having so much fun watching every putt.”
The Cardinal, the only team to shoot under par on Sunday, finished with a 569 (289-280), 14 strokes ahead of California at 583 (285-298). UC Davis came in third at 589 (296-293).
Kim finished tied for fifth at 142 (70-72). The freshman fashioned five birdies for one over par. She closed the tournament with a birdie on the 18th hole. Sophomore Mariko Tumangan placed 16th at 148 (75-73) while senior Sally Watson tied for 17th at 149 (75-74).
Danielle Frasier, a junior, came back four strokes in the final round to record a 152 (78-74).
Senior Kristina Wong, who played as an individual, tied for 54th at 159 (81-78).