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Aline Krauter powers women’s golf to top-5 finish in Mexico

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Sophomore Aline Krauter led Stanford women’s golf to a fifth-place finish at the IJGA Collegiate Invitational in Guadalajara, Mexico earlier this week. Krauter jumped 40 spots over the last two rounds of the tournament to finish tied for eighth at the Guadalajara Country Club. 

“Aline played another fantastic event and notched another top-10 finish,” said head coach Anne Walker. “She has been quite impressive early this year, and I think there is more to come.”

Krauter, who struggled with putting in the opening round on Sunday, sat in 48th place after shooting 4-over 76 on the first round. Heading into the second round on Monday, Krauter said her goal was to get herself “back to par” — and that’s exactly what she did. The sophomore posted a team-best 4-under 68, including five birdies over the final 10 holes to move up to 13th place heading into the final round. 

“I think being in that 13th spot and having the momentum of shooting under par helped me the last round, and I was able to take that confidence and use it to my advantage,” said Krauter, who closed the tournament with a 3-under 69 on Tuesday morning to finish as Stanford’s top performer.

As a team, the Cardinal finished tied for fifth in the field of 14 teams, despite sitting one stroke behind the leader after the first round. Sophomore Calista Reyes’ career-best 3-under 69 on Sunday had Stanford in second through the first 18 holes, just one swing behind Baylor. After an on-par 288 showing in the second round, Stanford was within three strokes of the leaders with one round remaining. 

However, the Cardinal conceded a 9-over performance on the final round to finish tied for fifth with Florida State at 7-over 871. Virginia, led by four golfers in the top 15, claimed the tournament victory with an 8-under 856 team performance. 

“Through two rounds we had a chance to win this event, but unfortunately, we didn’t have our best stuff over the last 18 holes and came up short of what we would have liked,” Walker said. “Overall though, the general team culture, attitude and character have been beyond terrific. This group has great camaraderie, and we will see that fuel us as we move forward.”

Stanford women’s golf returns to competition with the ASU Invitational in Phoenix from March 27-29. The team will then head to Napa, California for the Silverado Showdown April 5-7 before hosting the Pac-12 Championships April 24-26.

Contact Alejandro Salinas at asalinas ‘at’ stanford.edu.

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Alejandro Salinas '21 is a Senior Staff Writer after serving as the Managing Editor of Sports for two volumes. Hailing from Pasadena, CA, he studies computer science and biology as a junior. In his free time he enjoys running, playing with dogs and watching sports. Contact him at asalinas 'at' stanford.edu.