For Danielson, one close call at Girls' Jr. was enough

Casey Danielson won the final five holes of her first-round match to advance to the Round of 32 at the U.S. Girls' Junior.

Casey Danielson won the final five holes of her first-round match to advance to the Round of 32 at the U.S. Girls' Junior.

DALY CITY, Calif. – Casey Danielson has yet to see the Golden Gate Bridge this week. There will be time for that later – a lot of time.

Danielson, the three-time Wisconsin state high school champion who continually attracts an army of college coaches when she plays, soon will be a California resident. Now that she has her sights set on attending Stanford, Danielson, in the class of 2013, is off the market.

“I finally made my decision and I felt good about it,” she said. “The practice facility out there is amazing.”

Danielson owns arguably the best comeback of the week at Lake Merced Golf Club, delivered in Wednesday’s opening round of match play. Four down to Stephanie Lau at No. 13, Danielson won the next five holes. She birdied three of them (Nos. 14, 17 and 18).

“I didn’t let myself give up or get down,” she said. “I wasn’t ready to go home.”

By Thursday morning, Danielson’s ballstriking was back to normal, and she cruised through her second-round match against Megan Khang to advance, 3 and 2. Danielson got a big boost from two tap-in birdies and a tap-in eagle. The latter she made at No. 9, after hitting 3-wood to 3 feet.

The close call wasn’t so much of a scared-straight experience as a confidence boost. Teetering on the edge of a loss doesn’t mean it's time to give up hope.

“You can still win,” she said.

As for the college commitment, that decision took awhile, but Danielson’s gut tells her it was the right one. Stanford remains without a coach after Caroline O’Connor’s resignation, but Danielson is waiting patiently to give her verbal commitment. Hers will come behind one from Jisoo Keel, a member of the Canadian National team also in the field at Lake Merced. Mariah Stackhouse, Golfweek’s No. 16-ranked junior, arrives on campus this fall.

“After I decided, there’s no changing my mind,” Danielson said of Stanford.

That’s determination – something Danielson takes seriously.

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