Anne Walker was handed the reins to the Cardinal program in 2012, with the 2015-16 campaign marking her fourth season as Stanford’s Margot and Mitch Milias Director of Women's Golf.
Walker made history in 2015 by guiding the program to its first NCAA Championship. Appearing for the 30th time, the Cardinal beat Baylor in the first-ever match play finish for women's golf. Walker beame only the fifth coach to capture an NCAA title at Stanford in three or fewer years.
It marked ony the ninth time in NCAA history that a men's and women's program from the same school have won national titles in the same sport.
Walker was named the WGCA National Coach of the Year, as the Cardinal beat top-seeded USC and Pac-12 Conference rival Arizona to reach the NCAA final. She was also picked as the Pac-12 Coach of the Year.
Walker helped Lauren Kim earn first team All-American honors for the second straight season, while Mariah Stackhouse received honorable mention. Both players were All-Pac-12 first team selections.
The Cardial battled through injuries to record four top-10-finished during the season, highlighted by a tie for first in the Stanford Intercollegiate. Casey Danielson, Quirine Eijkenboom, Kim, Stackhouse and Mariko Tumangan were named to the Pac-12 All-Academic Team.
In 2014, Walker led Stanford to the Pac-12 Conference title, the second in program history and first since 1999. The feat came against a premier field which made the Pac-12 Championships one of the best showcases of collegiate golf this season. Six Pac-12 teams were ranked among the top-11 in the nation heading into the tournament, including defending NCAA champion and top-ranked USC.
The top billing at the league tournament was one of 12 top-10 finish on the season for Stanford, which would go on to finish t-18th at the NCAA Championships.
Kim shelved bookend scores of 67 to take bronze at the 2014 NCAA Championships to go down as the first Stanford player to finish in the top 10 since Sally Watson tied for ninth in 2007. Her finish is the highest since Audrey Wooding took third in 1992.
Even more following the 2013-14 season, Stackhouse and Kim were named to the Women’s Golf Coaches Association All-America first team. Kim had seven top-10 finishes in 13 events on the season, and Stackhouse punched in a pair of wins during the regular season and was 33rd at the national finale.
Stackhouse also took medalist honors at the UC Irvine Invitational, earning an exemption into the LPGA’s Kia Classic in the process. She would also go on to lead the United States to victory during the 2014 Curtis Cup contested in St. Lous.
During Walker’s inaugural season on The Farm, Stanford recorded its best finish since 2007 at the NCAA Championships by tying for 13th. The Cardinal won three tournaments - the Peg Barnard Invitational, Cal Classic and Julie Inkster Spartan Invitational - for the program’s highest win total since the 1980s.
Walker’s team also recorded its best Pac-12 campaign since 2001 with a fourth-place finish. Six players notched at least one top-10 finish during the regular season, with Mariah Stackhouse accomplishing the feat on eight occasions.
Stackhouse became Stanford’s first freshman to earn All-America honors since 1994. Also a first team all-Pac-12 honoree, Stackhouse burst onto the scene when she fired a course and NCAA women’s record 61 (10-under) while capturing her first career tournament title and leading the Cardinal to a team victory in the Peg Barnard Invitational held on the Stanford Golf Course.
Even more impressive, Stackhouse produced two eagles on the front nine, one-putted every green and shot an incredible 9-under 26 heading into the turn. Of the four collegiate players who previously carded an overall round of 9-under, none produced a lower nine-hole score than Stackhouse. Stackhouse totaled eight birdies and two eagles to finish 10 strokes ahead of the next closest competitors at the event.
Walker’s first season was highlighted by another program-first when Sally Watson became Stanford’s first Pac-12 Women’s Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Walker came to Stanford from UC Davis after serving as its head women’s golf coach for four years. She led the Aggies during their transition from Division II to being competitive at the national level as an NCAA Division I program.
UC Davis won three Big West Conference titles under her guidance and advanced to a pair of NCAA Championships, including one trip to the NCAA finals. Walker also led the Aggies to their first-ever top-20 national ranking.
During her stint at UC Davis, Walker was a three-time Big West Coach of the Year and in 2009 had two players qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open. Walker coached three Big West Players of the Year and two Big West Freshmen of the Year.
The Aggies won five tournaments and reached a national ranking of No. 14 during the 2011-12 season.
Walker began her coaching career at her alma mater, California, while immediately stepping into the role of assistant coach after graduating in 2002. Walker was named associate head coach at Cal in 2007 before taking the UC Davis head job in 2008.
As a student-athlete at Cal, Walker was a three-time captain for the Golden Bears and twice won individual medalist honors. She was the 2002 Pac-10 medal winner and was three times an all-Pac-10 selection. Walker and also received NGCA All-America scholar honors three times.
Walker was inducted into the California Athletics Hall of Fame in 2013.