June 11, 2013
STANFORD, Calif. - The Margot and Mitch Milias Director of Women’s Golf, Anne Walker honored four separate members of the 2012-2013 squad with year-end awards, voted on by the team and coaching staff.
Freshman standout Mariah Stackhouse received Most Valuable Player and Best Newcomer for a rookie season where she led the Cardinal with a 72.0 stroke average in 32 rounds of competition. She had eight top-10 finishes, including two individual titles at the Peg Barnard and the Juli Inkster Spartan Invitational. Stackhouse was the low player in seven of 11 season events.
“Mariah is a deserving MVP award recipient,” Walker said. “She is only the eighth All-American in our program and the first to receive the honor in her freshman year since Mhairi McKay in 1997. She is setting the bar high for Stanford Women’s Golf, and as she matures we will see her also develop into a team leader both on and off the course.”
Stackhouse, a first team WGCA All-American and a first team All-Pac-12, fired a 61 (-10) at the Peg Barnard for a collegiate record and course record in her best round of the season. That 61 and a five-under-par 67 at the Pac-12 Championships ranked first and second in the individual season best rounds to par. She had 13 under-par rounds and five under-par tournaments, holding the four lowest individual season best tournaments to par.
Fellow rookie Lauren Kim earned the “Stanford Scrambler Award” for highest short game percentage in competition. She ranked fourth in the nation in short game, finishing 65 percent on the season.
“Lauren is an accurate ball striker and misses greens in the right place,” Walker continued. “This skill allows her to have a good chance for up and down on every hole. As Lauren continues to develop her game and hopefully adds a few yards off the tee, I think we will see her great short game translate into an even lower scoring average.”
The All-Pac-12 second team selection, Kim recorded the second lowest stroke average at 74.2 (32 rounds) and had two top-10 finishes including a tie for fifth-place showing at the Peg Barnard.
“Marissa works hard in any area she can,” said Walker. “This year was frustrating for her as she dealt with her injury that kept her away from golf. However, she didn’t let that hold her back in the weight room where she could still contribute 110 percent.”
Mar, who competed in four events in the fall, returned spring with a second-place finish at the Sonoma State Invitational where she competed as an individual alongside Watson who won the tournament.
Watson, the program’s first Pac-12 Women’s Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year, also won the Clever Cardinal Award for excellence in the classroom and on the course. She finished with a 74.5 stroke average and a 3.75 cumulative GPA.
“This award says everything about Sally,” Walker added. “She is a true winner on and off the course. She is determined, hardworking and has consistently contributed to the program over the past four years. She will be missed but she leaves a great legacy of hard work and passion.”
The Earlsferry, Scotland native, Watson became the third Cardinal golfer to be recognized as a three-team All-Academic first team.
Both Watson and Stackhouse won their sectional qualifiers to earn a spot in the 2013 U.S. Women’s Open, to be competed June 25-27 at the Sebonack Golf Course in Southampton, N.Y.
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