NCAA women's golf: Stanford rallies to take national title in extra-hole playoff

Stanford

Welp, that was one for the books.

After a grueling, six-day tournament marred by incliment weather and near-impossible greens, fourth-seeded Stanford outlasted Baylor on Wednesday, needing 19 holes from Mariah Stackhouse to claim the first-ever women's national golf championship for the Cardinal.

Stackhouse, who finished sixth as an individual in the medal rounds, was two down to Hayley Davis with two to play, before birdies at 17 and 18 forced a playoff. When Davis' putt went wide right on the first playoff hole, Stanford rushed Stackhouse, and the celebration was on.

Casey Danielson (2 up), and Shannon Aubert (4 & 3) notched victories for the Cardinal as well.

The victory was made even sweeter by the fact that up until Tuesday, Stanford looked to be on the outside looking in at the top qualifying teams. But a low-round score of 287 on Monday catipulted them into the top-four, setting the stage for Stackhouse's heroics.

After the match, the junior was finally able to breath.

"I could not sleep at all, because I knew it was going to come down to this," Stackhouse told The Golf Channel afterwards.

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Count her head coach, Anne Walker, as someone who knew they were in good hands.

"If there's a player you want in that last spot, it's Mariah Stackhouse," Walker said. "Coach John Wooden of UCLA has a quote that goes something along the lines of, 'The greatest players bring their best when the best is required.' And that's why (Mariah Stackhouse) was there."

Stackhouse proved all of that and more on Wednesdsay. And, combined with her resiliant teammates, they can now call themselves champions.

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