STANFORD, Calif. – The Stanford registrar’s calendar declared that 12:01 a.m. (PT) of Jan. 6 marked the beginning of academic classes for the winter quarter.
The weather that day was mostly sunny with temperatures reaching the mid-60s.
Not a bad way to welcome back Stanford women's golf to The Farm!
Margot and Mitch Milias Director of Women’s Golf Anne Walker recently announced that Josh Zander, one of the top instructors in the nation, has joined the Cardinal staff as a volunteer assistant coach.
Zander is a Class A PGA Teaching Professional at both Stanford Golf Course and Presidio Golf Course. He is a member of the Golf Digest Magazine Pro Panel and contributes articles on a regular basis.
In 2007, Zander was voted one of the top 20 teachers under the age of 40 in America, voted one of the best teachers in California, and top ranked instructor in the San Francisco Bay Area by Golf Digest. Zander is currently a Titleist Leadership Advisory Staff Member.
Every year since 2002, Golf Digest has recognized Zander as one of the top instructors in California.
Before graduating from Stanford in 1990, Zander played golf for the Cardinal and was an Academic All-American.
Before turning his attention to teaching in 1994, Zander was a touring professional on the Asian, South American and Golden State Tours. In 1992, Zander qualified and played in the United States Open Championship at Pebble Beach.
Stanford ranked 10th in the final Golf World/WGCA top 25 poll (Dec. 4) to conclude the fall season. The Cardinal was 11th in the Sept. 9 preseason poll. Stanford posted one win and three top-five showings during the fall slate.
Stanford’s spring season begins at home with the Peg Barnard Invitational (Feb. 15-16) at the Stanford Golf Course.
The International Team Selection Committee of the USGA invited 14 players to participate in a practice session for the 2014 Curtis Cup Match, including Stanford’s Mariah Stackhouse. The session for prospective players will be conducted Jan. 31-Feb. 2 at Champions Golf Club in Houston. The 2014 Curtis Cup Match will be held June 6-8 at St. Louis Country Club.
“We are very happy to bring together a field of immensely talented players for this first pre-selection Curtis Cup practice session,” said Dan Burton, vice president of the USGA and chairman of the International Team Selection Committee. “With such a depth of talent in the United States, we feel that learning more about these players, both on and off the course, is a critical part of selecting the eight women who will have the honor of representing their country at St. Louis in June.”
All 14 invitees are in the top 100 of the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking as of Dec. 16. Stackhouse is currently 13th in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, which ranks the top female amateur golfers in the world on the basis of their average performance in counting events over a rolling cycle of the previous 52 weeks.
The list of invitees includes four USGA champions and four USGA runners-up.
Stackhouse was a member of the Georgia team that won the 2009 USGA Women’s State Team Championship.
Invitation to the Curtis Cup practice session does not guarantee selection to the USA Team that will compete in June. Players who are not invited may still be under consideration for the team.
The Curtis Cup Match is contested by two teams of female amateur players, one from the United States of America and one from Great Britain and Ireland (England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales). The USGA’s International Team Selection Committee selects the USA Team, while the Ladies Golf Union selects the Great Britain and Ireland Team.
The United States has not lost on home soil since 1986, when it fell, 13-5, at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan. It has won five of six Matches since then, the only exception being 1994, when the teams tied 9-9 at The Honors Course in Chattanooga, Tenn. As the Great Britain and Ireland Team had won the previous Match, it retained custody of the Curtis Cup.
Stanford signee Shannon Aubert captured the Dixie Amateur Women’s Golf Championship in dramatic fashion this past December, beating Simin Feng on the first playoff hole at Heron Bay Golf Club in Coral Springs, Fla.
In the deciding playoff hole, Aubert’s sand shot rolled nine feet past the pin, but she drained the ensuing pump to claim the title at 8-under with four rounds in the red.
Stackhouse tied for fourth with a 4-under 284 with rounds of 69-72-72-71 and the ever-impressive ace.
Last October, former Stanford standout Michelle Wie was named an official ambassador of the 2014 Youth Olympic Games for golf’s debut in Nanjing.
Wie graduated from Stanford in 2012 where she received a degree in communications. Soon after her graduation, she shared with Fox Sports an unforgettable nugget on her Stanford experience.
“What are you going to miss about Stanford?” Wie was asked. “Everything,” she responded.