Stackhouse sets NCAA scoring record with 61

Stanford freshman Mariah Stackhouse set a new NCAA women's scoring record with her 10-under 61.

Stanford freshman Mariah Stackhouse set a new NCAA women's scoring record with her 10-under 61.

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1Alison LeeUCLA  69.68 
2Annie ParkUSC  69.98 
3Gaby LopezArkansas  70.08 
4Yu LiuDuke  70.13 
5Stephanie MeadowAlabama  70.15 

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1Southern California 70.56  10 
2UCLA 70.68 
3Duke 70.79 
4Stanford 71.56  10 
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Mariah Stackhouse has difficulty finding the words to describe her final round at the Peg Barnard Invitational. Stackhouse found the zone on Sunday and shot a 10-under 61 at Stanford Golf Course that set an NCAA women’s scoring record.

The Stanford freshman has heard former LPGA star Annika Sorenstam talk about her round of 59 many times, and has heard Sorenstam describe feeling that day like she could do no wrong. It’s the idea Stackhouse had soon after her round began with an eagle.

Stackhouse made an 11-footer at the first hole, then went on to birdie Nos. 2, 4 and 5 before holing a 27-footer for another eagle, at No. 7. Two more birdies helped her make the turn at 9-under 26. She had only nine putts on that side, getting up and down on both of the greens she missed.

The next birdie came at No. 12, which put Stackhouse at 10 under entering No. 13. She calls Nos. 13 and 14 holes that “can either be really good, or they can trip me up a little bit.” Stackhouse bogeyed both of those holes, but birdied Nos. 16 and 17 to get back to 10 under. She said that was the first time she was nervous all day, after successfully overcoming those bogeys to salvage her round. Another par at No. 18 left Stackhouse with the 61, and her teammates in a frenzy.

“It wasn’t like my 61. We were all doing this together,” Stackhouse said. “I really like that aspect of college.”

Stackhouse’s round not only left her with medalist honors by 10 shots, but she was instrumental in the team’s victory. It was the first team title for Stanford this season, and also the Cardinal’s first spring start.

Stackhouse hadn’t played a tournament since October. While at home in Riverdale, Ga., for the holiday, she briefly thought about playing the Dixie Women’s Amateur in South Florida but didn’t think her game was ready. Since returning to Stanford for the spring, Stackhouse said she has been able to continue a consistent practice routine that comes along with college golf. It’s one of the things that Stackhouse says has helped her game the most.

“I’ve never been on this consistent a practice schedule,” she said.

Since Stackhouse shot the 61 at Stanford’s home course, she’ll have many opportunities to better it over the next 3 1/2 years. Her 61 included two bogeys, which raises this question: Is a 59 out there for Stackhouse?

“What today showed me was that it’s possible,” Stackhouse said after a pause. It’s not something she plans to spend much time thinking about. Her previous low score in competition was 7 under.

Stackhouse’s round of 10 under breaks the previous scoring record of 9 under. That club is a distinguished one, and includes current players Emily Tubert of Arkansas and Grace Na of Pepperdine. Both shot 63 at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown. Pepperdine alumna Katherine Hull shot 9-under 63 in March 2003 during the first round of the San Jose State Spartan Invite, then went on to win the tournament by eight shots. Duke alumna Liz Janangelo shot a final-round 9-under 62 at the Chrysler ACC/SEC Challenge in October 2004, but it wasn’t enough to win individual medalist honors.

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