Women's countdown: No. 6 Stanford
We are counting down the top 30 women's teams heading into the fall college season.
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2012-13 Golfweek rank: 11
Go-to girl: Mariah Stackhouse
Season outlook: The younger half of Stanford’s roster is stacked with talent, led by Mariah Stackhouse, who finished her freshman year at No. 4 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, Stackhouse famously shot 61 at Stanford’s home course last fall, but just as impressively, had two victories and eight top-10 finishes in her first college season. She’s a player who thrives in a team setting, and the more leadership the sophomore has, the better.
Fellow sophomore Lauren Kim was second on the team in scoring, with a stroke average of 74.2 in 11 events, including six top 20s.
Also keep an eye on freshmen Casey Danielson and Jisoo Keel. Danielson, No. 5 in Golfweek’s Junior Rankings, is a level-headed player who won four Wisconsin state high school championships. Keel has played on Canada’s national team for three years and was the Pacific Northwest Junior Girls Player of the Year in 2011 and ’12. They’re timely additions, since Stanford lost Sally Watson, a Scot who was a big part of the team the past four years.
Seniors Danielle Frasier and Marissa Mar and junior Mariko Tumangan also are important contributors for the Cardinal. Tumangan has the ability to score, leading the team with a top-10 finish at the NCAA West Regional.
Fresh faces made Stanford a team on the rise in women’s college golf last year, and a similar storyline should play out again this season in Palo Alto.