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Angela Stanford, TCU Standout, LPGA winner

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Angela Stanford, TCU Standout, LPGA winner

It would be difficult to name a current LPGA star with more Texas cred than Angela Stanford. A Fort Worth native, Stanford took to digging her game out of the sun-baked soil at an early age and displayed a remarkable talent from the get-go. She won four consecutive Fort Worth Girls Championship titles (1993-96), the 1996 Texas State 4A High School Championship and the 1996 Texas State Junior Championship.
 
Stanford enrolled at Texas Christian University and became one of the school’s most decorated players. She won nine collegiate tournaments for the Horned Frogs, was a four-time All-American and a four-time All-Western Athletic Conference (WAC) selection. She was named WAC Freshman of the Year in 1997 and WAC Player of the Year in 1999 and won the 2000 WAC Championship. During her amateur career, Stanford was also a member of the 2000 U.S. Curtis Cup team and a semifinalist at the 2000 British Ladies Amateur.
 
Stanford turned professional following the 2000 U.S. Women’s Amateur and played on the Futures Tour, where she earned a victory in the last event of the season. She would go on to finish fourth in the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament that year to earn exempt status on the LPGA Tour for 2001.
 
Her first victory on the LPGA Tour came in her third season, at the 2003 ShopRite LPGA Classic. A week later Stanford was in a three player 18-hole playoff for the U.S. Women's Open; she lost to Hilary Lunke by one stroke. Her best finish on the LPGA money list was in 2008, at ninth place with over $1.1 million.
 
Stanford has a total of five LPGA titles and has been a member of six U.S. Solheim Cup teams. In the 2015 Solheim Cup, Stanford defeated Suzann Pettersen in the penultimate match to clear the way for Paula Creamer, who notched the winning point and gave the U.S. its first Solheim Cup victory since 2009.

Stanford is among a stellar group of Texans competing next week (April 28 - May 1) in the LPGA's Volunteers of America Texas Shootout.  Click here for information and tickets.
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