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Sports - May 31, 2013

Sports Shorts

OPEN QUALIFIER . . . Stanford freshman Mariah Stackhouse earned a spot in the U.S. Women's Open on Tuesday afternoon after shooting a 36-hole score of 5-under 139 to lead the qualifying tournament on the Eisenhower Course hosted by the Industry Hills Golf Club. Stackhouse was the low medalist in one of 20 qualifying tourneys conducted by the U.S. Golf Association. Those who qualify will compete at the U.S. Women's Open, to be played on the Sebonack Golf Course in Southampton, N.Y., on June 27-30.

Fresh off tying for 29th to lead the Cardinal at the NCAA Women's Golf Championships, Stackhouse had a weekend to rejuvenate. Stackhouse capped off her freshman season with eight top-10 finishes, including two collegiate titles, and a 72.0 stroke average in 32 rounds of competition. Earlier this spring she shot a 10-under 61 for a collegiate and course record at the Peg Barnard Invitational, where she won her first tournament and managed to shoot a 26 in the front nine. This marks Stackhouse's second Women's Open start. In 2011 at age 17, Stackhouse shot rounds of 75-71 for an overall 146, winning a two-woman playoff to earn one of three last available qualifying spots at the 66th U.S. Women's Open at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo.

BACK IN FIRST . . . Stanford has reclaimed the top spot in one of the closest Learfield Sports Directors' Cup races. The Cardinal finished first in women's tennis, second in women's water polo, ninth in women's lacrosse, 13th in women's golf and 33rd in men's tennis. The Cardinal has 1233.00 total points. Michigan fell to second in the standings and currently has 1003.25 total points. The Wolverines finished ninth in women's tennis and 33rd in men's tennis.

IN THE POOL . . . Gunn High grad Brandon Johnson was among the 15 players named to the men's U.S. Senior National Team in water polo for the FINA World League Super Final, which will be contested in Chelyabinsk, Russia beginning June 11. Johnson, head coach of the Palo Alto High boys' team, will be joined by Stanford grad Janson Wigo, Cardinal junior Alex Bowen and Stanford freshman Bret Bonnani. The U.S. took first place at the FINA World League Prelims, which concluded Monday in Los Alamitos. The U.S. Women's Senior National Team team opens FINA World League Super Finals on Saturday with a game against host China in Beijing. The Americans also meet Russia and Hungary in preliminary play. Sacred Heart Prep grad KK Clark, Stanford grad Lolo Silver, Stanford seniors Annika Dries and Melissa Seidemann, Cardinal sophomore Kiley Neushul and freshman teammate Maggie Steffens are all playing for the national team.


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