Stanford men tied for golf lead, but Cardinal women fall to Duke


The Stanford men's golf team was tied for first with Washington following the opening day of the Gifford Collegiate on Monday at La Costa Country Club in Carlsbad.

The nationally No. 5-ranked Cardinal and unranked Huskies were at 1-over 285, followed by No. 28 UCLA and No. 29 Oregon at 287.

Jeffrey Swegle led the Cardinal with a 1-under 70 and was tied for seventh. David Boote was tied for 10th after an even-par 71 and Maverick McNealy and Brandon Wu were among a group tied for 17th with 1-over 72s. Rounding out the Cardinal was Isaiah Salinda, who shot 73.

Helping UCLA earn a tie for third was senior Jonathan Garrick of Atherton. He shot an even-par 71.

Also on Monday, McNealy was named the Pac-12 Men's Golfer of the Month for October, the Pac-12 announced Monday.

McNealy, a junior from Portola Valley, won his eighth collegiate tournament with a victory at the United States Collegiate Championship (The Golf Club of Georgia in Alpharetta, Ga.) where he fired a 6-under 210 (69-74-66). He is now third in program history to reach the eight-win mark, trailing only Patrick Rodgers and Tiger Woods who each had 11 wins during their Stanford careers.

Earlier in the month, he tied for fifth at the Nike Collegiate Golf Invitational (Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in Portland, Ore.) with a 9-under 206 (66-72-68) to help lead the Cardinal to a tie for fourth in the team race.

Also nominated for golfer of the month honors was Garrick.

Women's golf

The defending national champion Stanford women's golf team dropped a 4-1 decision to top-ranked Duke in the semifinals of the inaugural East Lake Cup at rainy East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Ga.

Duke will face USC for the title on Tuesday while Stanford takes on Baylor in the consolation finals.

Stanford fell behind early in the elite four-team event featuring men's and women's semifinalists from the 2015 NCAA Championship. The start of play was delayed due to heavy overnight rain, but it didn't bother the Blue Devils, who jumped out to early leads in all but one match.

Stanford sophomore Shannon Aubert hung tough early against Gurbani Singh of Duke, but lost the sixth, seventh and eighth holes and fell, 3 and 2. Senior All-American Lauren Kim dropped a 2 and 1 match to sophomore Leona Maguire, the No. 1-ranked player in the nation and the 2014-15 National Player of the Year.

Stanford senior All-American Mariah Stackhouse, who grew up in Riverdale, Ga. and was cheered on by family and friends, produced a 2 and 1 triumph over highly touted freshman Virginia Elena Carter.

In the fourth match, Stanford junior Casey Danielson fell to Celine Boutier, the 2013-14 National Player of the Year, 4 and 3.

In the final match, Cardinal junior Quirine Eijkenboom lost a 4 and 3 match to Sandy Choi. Eijkenboom started slowly, losing the first two holes and was 4-down after seven.

The final and consolation matches will be carried live Tuesday on the Golf Channel starting at 11 a.m. PT.

— Stanford Athletics

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