Stanford Edges Cal to Calim Peg Barnard Invitational

Feb. 14, 2010

STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford shot a final round 292 to edge California by one stroke to claim the Peg Barnard Invitational championship today at Stanford Golf Course.

After shooting an opening round 304 yesterday, the Cardinal improved by 12 strokes today to erase an eight shot deficit to claim its first team title of the season. Stanford finished at 596 for the 36-hole event, followed by Cal (597), Oregon (607) and Washington (609).

It marks Stanford's third straight Peg Barnard title after claiming championships in 2007 and '08 (there was no tournament last season).

After the players teed off at 8:00 a.m., play was suspended for two hours at 9:00 a.m. due to heavy fog.

Stanford freshman Sally Watson shot a 36-hole total of 144 on rounds of 73 and 71 to earn a share of the individual title along with Cal's Joanne Lee (74-70-144).

After shooting a two over 37 on the front due to a double bogey on No. 6, Watson carded a 34 on the backside, registering back-to-back birdies on the 473-yard par 5 12th hole and on the 386-yard, par 4 13th hole.

Junior Rebecca Durham shot a final round 70 after an opening round 77 and finished in third place, three strokes behind Watson and Lee. After an even par 35 on the front side, Durham birdied holes 15 and 17 to finish one under on the back.

Stanford freshman Kristina Wong finished at 152 (78-74) to tie for 10th. Sophomore Lila Barton, playing as an individual, carded a final round 71 after yesterday's 81 to tie for 10th with Wong.

Angela King tied for 15th with a 153 (76-77) while sophomore Sydney Burlison tied for 32nd after shooting rounds of 78-80 (158).

Junior Piper Miller, playing as an individual, tied for 47th at 165 (80-85).

'I'm really proud of the way our team finished today,' said Stanford head coach Caroline O'Connor. 'We got out of the blocks a little slowly but we waited patiently for our chances and made the most of our opportunities.

'We didn't feel an eight stroke deficit was impossible to overcome at all,' she said. 'Basically, it comes down to two strokes per play and we were good for it today. It's a great start to the spring.'

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