The Stanford men's golf team was ranked as high as ninth last season, opened the fall season ranked 14th and was unranked heading into the Nike Golf Collegiate Invitational held at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, which came to a close Tuesday with the Cardinal finishing second to defending national champion Oklahoma.
The Cardinal, which shot a collective 3-under 281 on Tuesday, finished three strokes behind the Sooners, who shot a combined 5-under 276 on the day to overtake Stanford for the title.
Sacred Heart Prep grad Bradley Knox finished with Stanford's best round of the day, a 3-under 68 that matched his career best round with the Cardinal.
Knox finished the three-day tournament in 27th with an overall 1-under 212, his second best effort as a Cardinal to his fifth-place finish (2-over 211) at last year's Western Intercollegiate.
Knox was part of a consistent effort from Stanford. All five golfers recorded at least one round of 2-under or better over the three days.
Brandon Wu led the way with a three day total of 201 (65-66-70) while Isaiah Salinda followed at 205 (66-69-70).
Jeffrey Swegle finished at 1-over 214 (70-69-75) and Ashwin Arasu fired a 215 (73-69-73).
No. 7 Oklahoma (-27) won the three-day, 54-hole tournament at the par-71, 7,017-yard track, as the defending national champions traded leads with Stanford throughout the final round. Stanford (-24) was six strokes clear of third-place No. 12 Vanderbilt.
Among the 15-team field, Stanford, which led after two rounds, also outplayed the likes of No. 3 Wake Forest, No. 5 Florida, No. 17 Duke, No. 20 Texas and No. 23 USC.
Sparked by the play of sophomore Andrea Lee, Stanford placed third Tuesday in the ANNIKA Intercollegiate at Olympic Hills Golf Club.
Lee carded a bogey-free 3-under 69 and tied for third in the 12-team event hosted by LPGA great, Annika Sorenstam. It was Lee's 11th top 10 showing in 13 career starts for the Cardinal.
Stanford closed with an 8-over par score of 296 to conclude the 54-hole tournament at 6-over 870. Top-ranked Arkansas combined for a 10-under 278 to win at 16-under 848, while UCLA took second at 860.
Three other Cardinal participants wound up in the top 30.
Freshman Mika Liu shared 11th in her second collegiate start at 1-under 215 (69-72-75) after tying for 20th in her program debut at the Dick McGuire/Branch Law Invitational.
Sophomore Albane Valenzuela tied for 24th at 5-over 221 (77-72-74) in her first start of the season, while senior Shannon Aubert tied for 26th at 6-over 222 (75-69-77).
Senior Calli Ringsby tied for 55th at 23-over 239 (81-76-82).
Stanford returns to competition October 16-18 when it hosts the Stanford Intercollegiate at Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach.
Emily Arbuthnott and Caroline Lampl advanced to the second round of the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships on Tuesday afternoon.
Arbuthnott and Lampl split their two matches in the qualifying draw, with both players defeating higher-ranked opponents in the opening round.
Emma Higuchi dropped her first round match before rebounding for a straight-set victory in the consolation draw.