Stanford-For the second consecutive day, a Spartan women's golfer shot their best round of their collegiate career. Sunday, Regan De Guzman shot a 68 to finish at 140 and tie for second at the Peg Barnard Invitational played on the par-71 Stanford Golf Course. San Jose State finished fifth at 591.
After starting the day with a double bogey on her first hole (#6), De Guzman spent the next 17 holes making pars and birdies. She made eight consecutive pars over her first nine holes before making five birdies over her last nine holes. Her first birdie came on the 15th green.
"My longest putt was on #15 which was my first birdie," said De Guzman. "It was an uphill putt that I hit strong. The ball hit the cup, bounced and went inside. It was sort of lucky."
After a par on the 16th, De Guzman then made birdies on holes #17, #18, #1 and #3 to finish with a three-under 68, her first collegiate score in the 60s.
"My putting and my short game did everything because I was inconsistent with my second shots and my drives," said De Guzman. "I was really frustrated but remembered what Coach tells me, 'Keep it simple. You only hit fancy shots when you need to.' I stuck to that thought and I said, 'I can do this.' My putting really made my score better."
"Regan played really well," said Spartan head coach John Dormann. "She is playing the way she is capable and the way I envisioned for her. She started off a little shaky, but, like the good players do, she put a string of pars together. One birdie falls and the next thing you know there is another and another."
The Spartans finished the tournament fifth in the team standings after shooting a 296 in the final round. Megan Olsand had her third top-20 finish of the season as she ended in 12th at 147 after shooting a 79.
Jennifer Brumbaugh, Cha Cha Willhoite and Rachelle Reali tied for 42nd at 155. Brumbaugh shot a 74 in the final round, Reali a 75 and Willhoite and 80. Playing as individuals, Ann Sabater finished 65th at 165, while Jody Ho was 68th at 171.
"We played really good for 15 holes," said Dormann. "I was really happy seeing the way we were playing. But, golf has a way of making you stop looking ahead and stay in the moment. We still have to work on finishing rounds."
San Jose State next plays at the Cal Classic on February 25 and 26.
Peg Barnard Invitational
Stanford Golf Course
Par 71, 6,084 yards
Final Team Standings
1. Stanford 569
2. California 583
3. UC Davis 589
4. Washington 590
5. San Jose State 591
6. Oregon State 599
7. Boston College 604
8. Nevada 606
9. Fresno State 612
10. Rollins 614
11. New Mexico 615
12. Santa Clara 622
13. San Francisco 639
Final Individual Standings
1. Mariah Stackhouse, Stanford 69-61-130
2. Regan De Guzman, San Jose State 72-68-140
2. Demi Runas, UC Davis 69-71-140
4. Morgan Thompson, California 69-72-141
5. Caryn Khoo, Nevada 73-69-142
5. Lauren Kim, Stanford 70-72-142
San Jose State Results
12. Megan Osland 68-79-147
42. Jennifer Brumbaugh 81-74-155
42. Cha Cha Willhoite 75-80-155
42. Rachelle Reali 80-75-155
65. Ann Sabater 81-84-165
68. Jody Ho 82-89-171
*playing as individual
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