Behind medalist Lion Higo, Pepperdine ties Stanford at Silicon Valley Showcase
11 Apr 2023
by Jim Young of

see also: View results for Silicon Valley Showcase, Green Hills Country Club, Lion Higo Rankings

Lion Higo (Pepperdine Athletics photo)
Lion Higo (Pepperdine Athletics photo)

Taking a page right out of the first chapter of the Silicon Valley playbook entitled "Where Anything is Possible," the Pepperdine Waves earned a share of the team title of the inaugural Silicon Valley Showcase with No. 2 Stanford Tuesday at Green Hills Country Club in San Mateo, Calif.

Stanford and the No. 25 Waves were the only two ranked teams in the nine-team field and as expected, the tournament was a two-horse race.

After the field played 36-holes on Monday, Stanford held just a one-shot lead over the Waves heading into the final round. Pepperdine dogged the Cardinal all afternoon and made up the shot it needed to earn a share of the team title at 17-over 869.

It marks the Waves' fourth win of the season and second this spring following their victory at the Anuenue Spring Break Classic in Maui.

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the Silicon Valley Showcase was Stanford's Rose Zhang didn't win it.

In her first tournament appearance since winning the Augusta National Women's Amateur two weeks ago, the world's top women's amateur finished fifth at 4-over par 217 following rounds of 70-74-73 in windy conditions.

Pepperdine's Lion Higo, a junior from Gold Coast Australia, shot a final round 73 to overtake 36-hole leader Sadie Englemann of Stanford to claim the individual title at 1-over 214. It's Higo's second win of the season following her maiden victory at the Golfweek Red Sky Classic in September.

Englemann tied for second with teammate Kelly Xu, whose title hopes were dashed by a double bogey on the final hole.

Stanford and Pepperdine will now turn their attention to their conference championships, which get underway next week.

Results: Silicon Valley Showcase
1AustraliaLion HigoAustralia40068-73-73=214
T2CAKelly XuClaremont, CA30068-72-75=215
T2TXSadie EnglemannAustin, TX30069-70-76=215
4CAKaleiya RomeroSan Jose, CA20068-71-77=216
5CARose ZhangIrvine, CA20070-74-73=217

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54-hole women's college tournament hosted by Santa Clara University. Team (best four scores out of five players each round) and individual competitions.

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