Higo Wins, Helps Pepperdine Tie Stanford for Silicon Valley Title

Lion Higo of Pepperdine claimed the individual title and led the No. 25 Waves to a tie with second-ranked Stanford for the team championship in the inaugural Silicon Valley Showcase at Green Hills Country Club in San Mateo.

Higo, a junior from Australia, claimed the second victory of her college career after also winning the Golfweek Red Sky Classic earlier this season, and this time she beat a field that included Rose Zhang of Stanford, the top-ranked women’s amateur in the world.

“It was an awesome win for Lion and she has had a fabulous season,” Pepperdine Coach Laurie Gibbs said. “Green Hills Country Club is a wonderful golf course and really challenged the players. The members, Krystal and Santa Clara hosted a first-class tournament.”

Higo, who recorded her fifth top-10 finish of the season, carded a score of 68-73-73—214, one-over par, while Kelly Xu of Stanford shot 68-72-75—215 to tie for second with Cardinal teammate Sadie Englemann, who totaled 69-70-76—215.

Kaleiya Romero of Pepperdine was fourth at 68-71-77—216, followed by Zhang, coming off her victory in the Augusta National Women’s Amateur, at 70-74-73—217, and Jeneath Wong of Pepperdine at 74-72-72—218.

Jamine Leovao of Long Beach State totaled 71-77-71—219 to tie for seventh with Victoria Gailey of Nevada, who finished at 71-73-75—219, while Reese Guzman of Pepperdine was ninth at 67-77-76—220, followed by Waves teammate Lauren Gomez, who came in at 72-74-76—222.

Rounding out the scoring for co-champion Stanford, which claimed a share of its fifth time of the season, were Angela Ye in solo 13 that 71-76-77—224, Caroline Sturdza in a tie for 18th at 75-78-76—229, Megha Ganne in a tie for 20th at 75-80-75—230, Rebecca Becht in a tie for 33rd at 76-79-81—236 and Yu Wen Lu in 52nd 80-86-87—253.

Stanford still is playing without injured stars Rachel Heck, the 2021 NCAA champion, and Brooke Seay.

For co-champion Pepperdine, Yingzhi Zhu tied for 27th at 73-81-80—234.

Borina Sutikto led Sana Clara in a tie for 11th at 74-75-74—233, Megan Yang of UC Irvine tied for 16th at 73-83-72—228, and Eva Pett of San Francisco tied for 29th at 73-83-72—228.

Pepperdine claimed a share of its fourth title of the season by finishing with a score of 281-290-298—869, 17-over-par, which Stanford equaled at 278-292-299—869.

“We are very proud of the team to win our fourth tournament of the regular season,” Pepperdine Coach Gibbs said. “Being co-champions with a great Stanford team is an incredible honor. We’re look forward to the WCC Championships next week.”

Santa Clara was third at 304-297-307—908, followed by Nevada at 301-302-306—909, Long Beach State at 302-307-301—910 and Gonzaga at 297-314-322—933.

UC Irvine was seventh at 303-321-310—934, followed by Seattle at 303-322-317—942 and Wyoming at 307-325-317—949.

For complete results, visit https://results.golfstat.com/public/leaderboards/gsnav.cfm?pg=teamPlayer&tid=27075

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