If you missed Golf Channel’s excellent coverage of the NCAA Women’s Championship finals, then hopefully you can catch the replay, but that still won’t be the same, especially since you’ll know the outcome. So, let me rephrase. If you didn’t watch the Washington Huskies duel the Stanford Cardinals on Wednesday evening at Eugene Country Club, then you should be ashamed of yourself as a golf fan.
The action was as thrilling as it gets, with the girls hitting clutch, pressure-packed shots down the stretch. Two matches went into overtime, with Washington needing to win one of them for the title and Stanford needing to claim victory in both to successfully defend. Stanford’s Mariah Stackhouse defeated Washington’s hero in the semifinals Sarah Rhee, a freshman from Seattle, in 20 holes. Then Julianne Alvarez, a freshman from New Zealand, won on the second extra hole to clinch the deciding point in a 3-2 victory over Stanford for Washington’s first national championship.