Stanford opened with a 10-over-par 298 for fifth place in the first round of the women's golf Pac-12 Championships at the Valencia Country Club.
After going 3-over through the front nine, senior Sally Watson fired a birdie on the 13th hole and an eagle on the 15th to lead the Cardinal with an even-par 72, tying for fifth place.
"The eagle on 15 obviously really helped the scorecard," Watson said. "I eagled that hole in the practice round so I had a good feeling about it. Then I hit a great chip from just off of the green and luckily it had enough pace to drop."
No. 1 (Golfweek) USC, the only team to shoot under par, leads the tournament at 280. No. 8 UCLA trails by 10 strokes at 290, followed by No. 14 Washington in third place with 293. Rounding in the top five are No. 13 Arizona State with 295 and No. 11 Stanford.
"We play in an extremely tough league and I'm pleased to be right in the thick of the field," said Stanford head coach Anne Walker. "Tomorrow we will have the same game plan, but with the extra course knowledge I think we will drop a few more putts."
Mariah Stackhouse, one stroke behind Watson, also opened with a top-10 performance. The freshman had a strong front nine, making birdies on the first and ninth to go one under. But two late bogeys pushed her back two strokes for a 73 to tie for 10th.
Tying for 30th was Cardinal sophomore Mariko Tumangan with a 76. Close behind were freshman Lauren Kim and junior Danielle Frasier, both of whom carded a 77 to tie for 38th.
"It's hard to know what it is going to take to move up the leaderboard," Walker said. "This is a tricky course with very undulating greens. Scores can change quickly. If we play steady again tomorrow, I am confident that we will be in a good spot."
The second round begins Tuesday morning.
"It is always great to help out the team in any way I can but it is not so much about being the best on the team as it is about doing my best," Watson said. "That is my only real measure of success for each day. I am just going to focus on swinging freely the first few holes and getting into my rhythm a little quicker."
Junior first baseman Brian Ragira has been named Pac-12 Conference Player of the Week, as announced Monday by the conference.
Ragira batted .444 (8-for-18) with four extra-base hits - including a pair of home runs - eight RBI and six runs scored as the Cardinal went 3-1 on the week and notched its fourth straight series victory. The Arlington, Texas, native hit safely and registered at least one RBI in all four Cardinal games last week.
The preseason All-American opened the week with a two-run homer in the first inning of a 9-2 win over Pacific on Tuesday.
In Friday's 4-3 win over Arizona, Ragira went 1-for-3 with an RBI and reached base after being hit by a pitch in the fifth inning. Ragira followed that with a 4-for-5 performance on Saturday, during which he nearly hit for the cycle. He doubled, tripled and collected a pair of singles while driving in a pair of runs and scoring three more.
During the series-clinching win for Stanford on Sunday, Ragira went 2-for-5 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored.
Ragira leads the Cardinal with six home runs and has homered five times in his last nine games.
Ragira also copped the Pac-12 weekly honor last season and is Stanford's 69th all-time selection.
Stanford's Rachel Ozer and Lucy Dikeou earned Mountain Pacific Sports Federation weekly honors, as announced by the conference Monday.
Ozer received her second MPSF Offensive Player of the Week award, while Dikeou picked up her first MPSF Rookie of the Week honor on the season.
Ozer tallied eight goals and distributed three assists to finish the week with 11 points, as she helped lead Stanford to conference victories over Oregon and San Diego State. Ozer scored four goals in each game and has found the back of the net in 13 of 14 games this season.
Ozer leads Stanford in goals (39), assists (18) and points (57).
Dikeou had a strong week across the board, averaging 2.0 goals per game, picking up seven ground balls, causing four turnovers and claiming two draw controls.
Dikeou was efficient with three goals on four shots against San Diego State and one goal on two shots against Oregon.
Along with being an offensive threat, Dikeou continues to cause issues for teams through the midfield. She has caused 18 turnovers, picked up 24 ground balls and 20 draw controls on the season.
Ozer and Dikeou's conference honors are Stanford's fifth and sixth on the year.
The Cardinal complete its conference schedule this week with two road games, as it heads to UC Davis on Thursday at 7 p.m., and California on Saturday at 1 p.m.