No. 1-Ranked Stanford Claims a Fourth Straight Victory Without Its Top Stars

Top-ranked Stanford showed its depth in claiming its fourth consecutive victory, the Nanea  Pac-12 Preview by four strokes over USC at Nanea Golf Club in Kailua Kona, Hawaii.

The Cardinal were playing without world No. 1 amateur Rose Zhang (United States), reigning NCAA individual champion Rachel Heck (U.S.), Rebecca Becht (Belgium) and Caroline Sturdza (Switzerland), who are playing for their countries this week in the Spirit International at Whispering Pines Golf Club in Trinity, Texas.

Stanford, coached by Anne Walker, earlier won the Molly Collegiate, the Windy City Collegiate Classic and the Stanford Intercollegiate, with Zhang claiming the individual title each time.

This time, the Cardinal posted a score of 288-291-296—875, 1-under-par,  while USC was second at 290-292-297—879, followed by Arizona 297-288-295—880, Oregon at 292-302-289—883 and UCLA at 301-293-296—890.

Washington was sixth at 291-304-296—891, followed by Oregon State at 293-299-304—896, Colorado at 293-308-307—908, Arizona State at 300-314-295—909, and Washington State at 305-302-303—910.

California was 11th 306-317-294—917, followed by Hawaii at 306-322-309—937.

Katherine Muzi of USC, a senior from Newport Beach who also won the 2021 SCGA Women’s Match Play Championship, made a birdie on the last hole to claim her first college victory with a score of 68-71-71—210, 9-under, while Emma Spitz of UCLA was second at 72-70-69—211, while Brooke Seay of Stanford shot 71-70-73—214 to tie for third with Tze-Han Lin of Oregon, who finished at 72-75-67—214.

“We are all so proud of the way Katherine performed this week and closed out this tournament,” USC Coach Justin Silverstein said. “In the history of the program, few, if any, players have made the progress that Katherine has in her four years here. By working very hard and very smart she has turned herself into one of the finer players in the country.”

Danique Stokmans of Oregon State was fifth at 69-72-74—215, while Katherine Zhu of Cal totaled 76-73-68—217 to tie for sixth with Sadie Englemann of Stanford, who finished at 74-72-71—217, and Aline Krauter of Stanford, who finished at 70-73-74—217.

Gile Bite Starkute of Arizona was ninth at 71-72-75–, while Cindy Kou of USC shot 70-78-72—220 to tie for 10th with YuSang Hou of Arizona, who finished at 73-75-72—220, and Jamie Hsieh of Washington, who came in at 73-75-72—220.

Rounding out the scoring for team champion Stanford were Angelina Ye in a tie for 28th at 73-77-78—228, and Calista Reyes in solo 48th at 78-76-81—235.

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