Stanford grinds out win at the Bruin Wave Invitational
Andrea Lee was clutch down the stretch for the Cardinal (Stanford photo)
Andrea Lee was clutch down the stretch for the Cardinal (Stanford photo)

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (February 26, 2019) – Andrea Lee shot a 3-under 33 on the back nine to thrust Stanford into a lead it would not relinquish in the final round of the Bruin Wave Invitational.

Stanford, ranked No. 5 by the WGCA, captured its second consecutive tournament title – following its Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge victory to open the spring – by shooting a combined 8-over 296 in the final round for a three-shot victory. Stanford was the only school to shoot better than 10-over as a team Tuesday.

Oregon held on for second at 34-over 898, followed by Arizona State and UCLA as the Pac-12 took the top four spots.

Arizona State's Olivia Mehaffey captured medalist honors with a 4-over 220 on on the very difficult San Luis Obispo Country Club.

Sophomore Mika Liu had her finest tournament as a collegian for Stanford, finishing tied for third with an 8-over 224. Her previous best stroke-play finish was fourth at the Stanford Intercollegiate as a freshman.

Ziyi Wang had the finest final two rounds of any Stanford player in the tournament, with a 3-over 147 for the final 36 holes. She finished tied for eighth at 9-over 225.

Lee countered her second-round 81 from Monday with a strong 71, which was tied for the second-best round by any player in the event. She finished tied for 12th at 10-over 226, having moved up 25 places in the third round alone.

Aline Krauter, Stanford's co-leader Monday with Liu, was next for Stanford in a tie for 15th at 11-over 227. Calista Reyes was Stanford's No. 5 with a 36th-place finish at 16-over 231, and Albane Valenzuela was next in 39th at 16-over 232.

Valenzuela gave Stanford a spark Tuesday with four birdies on her first 10 holes, helping the Cardinal to overcome a four-shot deficit to leader Oregon after Monday's first two rounds.

After the Cardinal pulled even after the first five holes of the third round, Lee went on a tear. She birdied three consecutive holes after making the turn, including a pair of par-5's. Stanford continued to pull away, building a five-stroke lead and punctuated the victory with birdies on No. 15 by Reyes, No. 16 by Lee, and No. 18 by Wang.

Results: Bruin Wave Women's Invitational
1IrelandOlivia MehaffeyIreland70076-71-73=220
2FinlandPetra SalkoFinland50073-73-75=221
T3ParaguayMaria Fernanda EscaurizaParaguay40071-77-76=224
T3SwitzerlandGioia CarpinelliSwitzerland40076-72-76=224
T3HIMariel GaldianoPearl City, HI40074-75-75=224

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ABOUT THE Bruin Wave Women's Invitational

54-hole women's collegiate event hosted by UCLA. Team (best four scores of five players each day) and individual competitions.

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