Women's Golf ties for 10th at Stanford Intercollegiate
Oct. 19, 2008
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- University of Texas junior Shannon Fish (72-71-73=216, +3) fired a final-round 2-over-par 73 in Sunday's final round of the Stanford Intercollegiate to finish the event tied for 21st with a 3-over 216. As a team, the Longhorns (295-288-292=875, +23) finished 10th on the leaderboard at 23-over 875.
After struggling through the same event in 2007, Fish found her rhythm early in the week by opening the event with a 1-over 72, and she followed that with an even-par round on day two. The Spring, Texas, native played steady golf throughout the day, carding three bogeys and a lone birdie to finish at 2-over. Last year, Fish's lowest round of the event was a 7-over 78, and she finished 88th in the field.
Freshman Nicole Vandermade (72-71-74=217, +4) finished one stroke behind Fish at 4-over 217 to tie for 24th place, marking her third top-25 finish in as many events. Senior Caney Hines (76-72-76=224, +11) carded a 5-over 76 in the final round to finish tied for 60th, while senior Kelley Louth (81-74-74=229, +16) finished tied for 72nd place with a final-round 3-over 74.
Entering Sunday's final round at 17-over, senior Kristin Walla (75-84-71=230, +17) shot an even-par 71 for the Longhorns' individual low-round of the day. Walla fought through an up-and-down day on the par-71, 6,092-yard Stanford Golf Course, as she had a pair of birdies and a pair of bogeys over her first nine holes to make the turn at even. After making her third bogey of the day on the fourth hole -- her 13th -- Walla found a final birdie opportunity on the eighth hole to save par for the round and to finish tied for 74th place.
UCLA (277-285-282=844, -8) finished atop the 16-team leaderboard at 8-under 844 for a three-stroke advantage over runner-up Southern California (279-286-282=847, -5). Host Stanford (279-292-286=857, +5) placed third at 5-over 857.
Southern California's Lizette Salas (66-72-68=206, -7) claimed medalist honors at 7-under 206, while Oklahoma State's Caroline Masson (65-70-73=208, -5) and Southern California's Belen Mozo (68-71-70=209, -4) finished second and third, respectively.
The Longhorns will remain idle this week before wrapping up fall competition in the UNLV Rebel Classic, a three-day, 54-hole event slated for Oct. 27-29.
Top 8 Individuals
On the play of junior Shannon Fish: Shannon played great all week. She struggled on this course last year, but to see her come back and lead us made me proud. Shannon's hard work is all coming together, and this was 54 holes where she saw it beginning to pay off.
On the play of senior Kristin Walla: Kristin's round today made a big difference for us today. This was an event where every shot count, and she came through for us on Friday and today.