TULSA, Okla. – Sophomore Lauren Kim shelved bookend scores of 67 at the NCAA Women’s Golf Championships, the latter of which came Friday at Tulsa Country Club to put the final touches on the season for the Stanford women’s golf team.
Kim (67-71-72-67) goes 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.
Kim used seven birdies - and four straight midway through her round - to help give the Cardinal (300-286-294-289) a tie for 18th with Florida at 49-over on the par-70 course.
Stanford may need to add an ornithology major for @laurenkim54. Four straight birdies has her at 6-under heading into the 13th.— Stanford W Golf (@StanfordWGolf) May 23, 2014
“That was really exciting for me,” Kim said of her birdie streak. “I was dropping putts and giving myself good opportunities and good looks at birdie. I was just in the zone and in my rhythm. Everything was working really well, so it was a good stretch of holes and got me going for the rest of the round.”
It was the second straight top-20 finish for the Cardinal, which penned the closing pages of a season that featured the program’s first Pac-12 Conference title since 1999. The Cardinal also had 12 top-10 finishes in 13 events this season.
The NCAA trip was the 22nd consecutive postseason appearance for the Cardinal, a streak that began in 1993.
After seeing a number of potential birdie putts slip by the hole in her previous two rounds, Kim drained three birdies on the first six holes of her final round. She later birdied nine, 10, 11 and 12 to go to 6-under. A bogey on 14 and double-bogey on the par-5 16th put her at 3-under for the day and the tournament.
Hitting the middle of the fairway has never been much of a problem until now. pic.twitter.com/isQORORhlf— Stanford W Golf (@StanfordWGolf) May 23, 2014
“Overall, I was really calm out there,” Kim said. “I do not feel like I was being too emotional and I stayed even keel.”
With Stanford teeing off in the morning wave of teams, Kim and the Cardinal had to wait until the afternoon groupings wrapped up their round to see what the final standings would reflect. In the end, Duke (+10) won the team title by two strokes over USC. The Trojans were 10-under in their final round.
USC’s Doris Chen and her 6-under caught the medalist honor. Celine Boutier’s 4-under gave Duke a second-place individual finish.
Mariah Stackhouse (75-69-74-71) was up and down with four birdies but one more bogey. At 9-over, the sophomore placed in a tie for 33rd.
Marissa Mar ended her Stanford career with a 76 and was 2-over on the back nine with a birdie on 16. Casey Danielson also had a 76 in her NCAA Championships debut, with Mariko Tumangan coming in at one stroke better for a 75.
Danielson (+21) finished in a tie for 94th, Tumangan (+27) tied for 116th and Mar (+29) shared 118th.
|Finish||Team • Player||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Round 4||Total|
|3||Lauren Kim (2)||67||71||72||67||277|
|T33||Mariah Stackhouse (1)||75||69||74||71||289|
|T94||Casey Danielson (3)||79||72||74||76||301|
|T116||Mariko Tumangan (5)||79||74||79||75||307|
|T118||Marissa Mar (4)||82||77||74||76||309|