Washington Huskies beat Stanford to win first NCAA golf title

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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Washington freshman Julianne Alvarez atoned for a three-putt bogey on the 18th hole with two tough par saves to win the decisive match in 20 holes Wednesday and deliver the Huskies their first NCAA golf title.

Washington won 3-2, with the final two matches decided in extra holes.

Lauren Kim nearly gave Stanford a shot at back-to-back titles when she won the last three holes to force extra holes with Alvarez. But the Washington freshman got up-and-down from about 50 yards short of the green on the first extra hole. Her pitch from short of the 18th green stopped inches away. Kim missed a 12-foot putt that would have extended the match.

In the other overtime match, Mariah Stackhouse of Stanford finally outlasted Sarah Rhee in 20 holes.

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