Former Stanford Women's Golfer Hilary Lunke Wins U.S. Women's Open

July 7, 2003

North Plains, Ore. - Former Stanford women's golfer Hilary Lunke (Homeyer) shot a one-under-par 70 to win a three-way playoff and become the first qualifier to ever win a U.S. Women's Open title on Monday at the Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club (Witch Hollow Course). Lunke, who played at Stanford from 1997-2001, is also the first intercollegiate golfer from Stanford to win the U.S. Women's Open. She sank a dramatic 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to edge second-place Angela Stanford, who had just sank a birdie putt on the 18th to tie for the lead. Kelly Robbins finished three strokes back of Lunke with a two-over-par 73.

Lunke also birdied the fourth and sixth holes on Monday, shooting 35 on both the front and back nine. Lunke, Stanford and Robbins had each finished 72 holes of regulation play after Sunday's fourth round action with identical one-under-par scores of 283.

Four-time U.S. Open winner Mickey Wright is a member of the Stanford Hall of Fame and graduated from the school in 1958, which was 21 years before the first intercollegiate women's golf team at Stanford in 1979.

Mhairi McKay, a member of the Stanford women's golf team from 1993-97, tied for sixth place at two-over-par. Stephanie Louden (1997-2001) was tied for 35th at 13-over-par.

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