Lilia Vu of UCLA made a birdie on the final hole to tie for her third consecutive individual title and third-ranked Stanford claimed the team championship for the second straight year in the Silverado Showdown at Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa.
Vu, a sophomore from Fountain Valley, carded a score of 74-63-71–208, 8-under-par, to share the top spot with Hannah Kim of Northwestern, who finished at 71-66-71–208.
“I’m proud of how I did this week,” said Vu, who also captured the Bruin Wave Invitational and the Anuenue Spring Break Classic in recent weeks. “It was difficult out here. I like this golf course. It’s really challenging.
“In order to have a good chance at birdie, you have to place yourself in the right area on the fairway. The ball kind of sits down in the rough. It’s tough getting out of there and having it roll once it lands.”
Vu equaled the UCLA record of three straight victories set by Charlotte Mayorkas in 2003-04.
Andrea Lee of Stanford was third at 68-68-73–209, while Casey Danielson of Stanford shot 69-69-73–211 to tie for fourth with Brittany Fan of Colorado, who totaled 71-72-68–211, Cathleen Santoso of Oregon, who finished at 75-70-66–211, and Kirsty Hodgkins of Colorado, who wound up at 72-69-70–211
Chayanit Wangmahaporn of Iowa State was eighth at 72-71-69–212, while Lucia Gutierrez of California recorded a score of 69-72-72–213 to tie for ninth with Bianca Pagdanganan of Gonzaga, who came in at 67-74-72–213.
Samantha Gong led San Francisco in a tie for 13th at 75-67-74–216, Momoka Kobori of Pepperdine also tied for 13th at 75-70-71–216, and My Leander of San Jose State tied for 19th at 73-72-72–217.
Rounding out the scoring for team champion Stanford were Sierra Kersten, who posted a score of 71-70-75–216 to finish in a tie for 13th that also included teammate Shannon Aubert at 75-71-70–216, while Madeline Chou tied for 21st at 76-69-73–218, and Jisoo Keel Stanford tied for 41st at 74-74-74–222.
Stanford claimed its fourth victory in five tournaments this spring, equaling a school record set in 2013-14, by posting a score of 283-276-289–848, 16-under, while fifth-ranked UCLA was second at 284-280-293–857, followed by Colorado at 290-287-283–860.
“It feels great,” Coach Anne Walker of Stanford said. “This is our eighth different lineup, so that speaks volumes about the strength of our roster and the quality of players we have from top to bottom. The top end is good because the bottom end is pushing.
“They played very nicely, just very steady, not getting too up and not getting too down. We didn’t really have a specific game plan necessarily for this golf course. We’ve been really focusing on things that will have us prepared for the postseason.
California totaled 292-291-286–869 to tie for fourth with Northwestern, which finished at 291-290-288–869, while Oregon was sixth at 290-299-284–873, followed by Iowa State at 292-291-294–877 and USF at 301-287-290–878.
San Jose State posted a score of 302-287-290–879 to tie for ninth with Pepperdine, which came in at 301-287-291–879, while UC Davis was 16th at 304-302-303–909 and Long Beach State finished 17th at 308-310-301–919.