NCAA Hunt for Blessings: Northrop Grumman puts new name on top

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NCAA. Andrea Lee of the Stanford Cardinal. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

NCAA golfers have kicked of their spring season and new faces have reached the top! Who has the best chance of a win at Blessings in 2019?

The NCAA women’s teams are finally back on the golf course! Their winter break came to an end this week at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge.

After that blizzard of speculation surrounding the LPGA’s Q-Series, which took some of the NCAA’s best, we’re left speculating about who will land on top at the end of the season?

Will the top teams fall after losing their best? Will an underdog surprise everyone by winning a NCAA National Championship? We’re here to follow along all season until May!

No. 4 Stanford Cardinal

Stanford got an early start at Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge landing in 2nd place after shooting a 295 on day one. Soggy conditions kept play difficult but Stanford’s Andrea Lee signed for a 1-under 70 to carry Stanford into the top five.

Sitting four strokes behind UCLA, Stanford went into day two at Palos Verdes Golf Club knowing they’d have to make up ground and strive forward to claim first. Soggy conditions prevailed but these NCAA girls know what it’s like to play in the rain!

Stanford didn’t let a little inclement weather slow them down. The Cardinal sailed past the competition and put up the best scoring round of the day! Shooting a 5-under 279, the Cardinal improved by 16 strokes and was eating their NCAA competition by 10!

The Cardinal landed in first going into the third round on Tuesday! Lee, Valenzuela, and Liu sat within the top-6 for individuals with Lee at 140 and Valenzuela and Liu tied at 144.

Stanford completed their third day by bringing home a NCAA win at Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge concluding their first win for the 2019 NCAA season just down the road from Andrea Lee’s hometown! Lee had the most pressure at Palos Verdes Golf Club with family surrounding her and the dread of only claiming third again. Even with continuing wet conditions, Stanford and Lee, pulled out a win on day three.

“It feels incredible to get the team and individual win,” Lee said. “I’m so proud of all of us for grinding out there and staying patient. I really had to hang in there today and I’m glad I was able to pull it off.”

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