Shannon Aubert and Albane Valenzuela lead a rather large contingent of Stanford golfers participating in the U.S. Women's Amateur at the San Diego Country Club this week.
Aubert put together a 3-under 69 in Monday's first round, two strokes off the lead, shared by Alabama's Kristen Gilliam and Arizona's Haley Moore.
Shannon Aubert/John Todd photo
"I was just trying to stay steady because it's a really tough course," Aubert told Vanessa Zink of the USGA. "You can get a lot of bogeys really quickly, so it's just about staying steady and sticking to the game plan. If before I played someone told me, 'you are going to shoot 3 under,' of course I'd take it any day. It's a little disappointing after being 5 under after eight holes to not stay at that, but if I would have known, I'd be stoked about it."
Aubert birdied five of her first eight holes but bogeyed two of her final four.
Valenzuela shot a 2-under 70 and sits in a four-way tie for sixth. Redwood Shores' Lucy Li is among a group of eight tied for 10th.
Valenzuela, ranked third in the world among amateurs, birdied the 18th hole to finish a round that included one bogey and two other birdies.
Stanford sophomore Andrea Lee, ranked sixth among amateurs, fired a 1-over 73 and is in a 27th-place tie.
High school junior Rachael Heck, who has verbally committed to Stanford, is in 45th place after a first-round 74.
Cardinal junior Sierra Kersten shot a 76 and incoming freshman Mika Liu fired a 78, both currently outside the top 64 but both within range.