We all have an unworn sweater hiding somewhere in the depths of our closet. For Anne Walker, one of those still-tagged, undisturbed sweaters tells the story of how she has emerged as arguably the top coach in college golf, building the Stanford women’s program into the ultimate powerhouse.
It goes back to the summer of 2012 when Walker had unofficially accepted the job in Palo Alto, California, taking a massive leap from coaching UC-Davis to the job she dreamed of one day having. Overcome with excitement, she drove down to the Stanford campus with her soon-to-be husband, Chris, on the kind of idyllic day that breathes life into the stunning Richardsonian Romanesque architecture found on what is affectionately called “The Farm.”
“I was overwhelmed and kind of nervous,” Walker remembers. “Like, ‘Oh God, what have I done?’”
So naturally Walker, a former Cal Golden Bear who is in that school’s athletics hall of fame, wanted to buy something Stanford related to set the tone for this next portion of her life. But when she headed to...
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