Stanford Women Win NCAA Regional by 30 Shots

Rachel Heck and Angelina Ye of Stanford finished 1-2 in the individual standings and led the Cardinal to a whopping 30-stroke victory over Wake Forest in the NCAA Women’s West Regional Championship at Stanford Golf Course in Palo Alto.

Stanford, coached by Anne Walker, posted a school-record score of 272-271-281—824, 28-under-par, while Wake Forest was second at 286-280-288—854, followed by Oklahoma State at 287-282-286—855, Virginia Tech at 282-283-291—856, Arizona at 289-289-279—857 and USC at 288-283-289—860.

“So proud of this team! Regional champs. Record Breakers. On to Nationals!” read a post on the Stanford Women’s Golf page on  Facebook. “Congrats to our Regional Champ, Rachel Heck, on her fifth win of the season!”

The top six teams advanced to NCAA Championships at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., from May 21-26.

Florida was seventh at 290-287-284—861, followed by Pepperdine at 304-278-290—872 and San Jose State at 297-291-287—875, while Denver totaled 289-293-296—878 to tie for 10th with New Mexico State, which wound up at 292-294-292—878.

Sacramento State was 13th at 297-298-288—883, San Diego State tied for 15th at 291-294-308—893 and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo was 17th at 305-300-292—897.

Heck, a Stanford freshman from Memphis, Tenn., claimed her fifth individual title of the season at 68-67-67—202, 11-under, followed by Ye, a sophomore from China, at 69-66-68—203, Maja Stark of Oklahoma State at 67-69-70—206, YuSang Hou of Arizona at 70-71-66—207 and Kajsa Arwefjall of San Jose State at 72-71-67—210.

Brigitte Thibault of Fresno State carded a score of 70-73-68—211 to tie for sixth with Emilia Migliaccio of Wake Forest, who finished at 71-69-71—211, Anna Zanusso of Denver, who shot 70-70-71—211, and Emily Mahar of Virginia Tech, who wound up at 70-69-72—211.

Arwefjall, Thubalt and Zanusso advanced to the NCAA finals as individuals.

Brooke Seay of Stanford posted a score of 68-68-76—212 to tie for 10th with Becca DiNunzio of Virginia Tech, who came in at 76-67-69—212.

Amelia Garvey led USC in a tie for 12th at 70-70-73—213, Sara Kjellker of San Diego State tied for 18th at 69-72-74—215, while Caroline Hwang of Pepperdine shot 77-68-71—216 to finish in a tie for 24th that included Vanessa Wang of Cal Poly SLO, who wound up at 71-71-74—216.

Tess Blair of Sacramento State tied for 33rd at 72-74-71—217, Brittany Shin of Cal State Fullerton tied for 57th at 72-77-75—224, and Holland Shourds of Long Beach State tied for 73rd at 81-70-77—228.

Rounding out the scoring for team champion Stanford were Aline Krauter, who shot 71-73-70—214 to finish in a tie for 15th that included teammate Sadie Englemann, who finished at 67-70-77—214.

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