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Washington Huskies

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.

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On Monday, Golf Channel hosted a media day previewing next month’s NCAA Golf Championships at Eugene Country Club, which included a teleconference with Stanford alums and members of the 1994 NCAA national championship team Notah Begay, Conrad Ray and Casey Martin.

One of the main topics discussed was the stresses and pressure of competing in the NCAA Regional Championships (and I can tell you from my personal experiences, it really was the worst, especially since it always coincided with finals for us). Martin recalled an insightful anecdote from the 1995 Regionals, when he and fellow Stanford teammate Tiger Woods both got food poisoning. It’s a great story and just another example of what a fierce competitor Woods was.

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