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Allen Krauter Puppy Promise.

In fact, the “promise” is a bit strong. There was some mystery. And there’s the question of logistics, how about having a Stanford Krauter, halfway around the world away from the virtual pup.

But the way Krauter understands it, there’s a dog on the way.

“Sometimes my parents make funny bets with me…If you do this, it will happen,” said Krauter, chief international relations officer and cardinal golfer. “Like, if I’m in the top 50 in the world, we’ll get a dog.”

It’s been nearly two years since Aline topped the top 50 amateur rankings in the world – she’s already reached number 24 – and she still has no puppy. The clock is ticking, Mr. and Mrs. Krauter.

As cute as a pup may be, the biggest point is Krauter’s appearance. Krauter, a German national, arrived as a recruit on the road. But not only has she been a fixture in the squad since her first tournament, she has become indispensable to her performance and leadership. The Cardinals, the highest-ranked team in the country, might not be in a position to compete for the NCAA Championship without her. And that’s no exaggeration in her role in keeping the ship on course as it prepares for the Nationals in Scottsdale, Arizona, starting Friday.

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student Rose Chang A sophomore student Rachel Heck It ranks first and third in the world, respectively, but it is no exaggeration to say that it is the Krauter who maintains the performance of the Cardinal golf machine.

“As a coach, I relied on Allen,” he said. Ann WalkerMargot and Mitch Milias, director of the Stanford Ladies Golf Club. “If I turned to Allen and said, Would you be able to talk about this?” She is always ready to share her thoughts for the benefit of the whole group. Clear, concise, and always on point. ”

During the NCAA Regionals last week, Walker tapped Krauter time and time again.

“Part of the reason is that it hits me so fast is that we are going to lose this wealth of knowledge and this rock in our program,” Walker said. “I want to use it as best we can go down the stretch.”

In the team rally before the first round, Krauter felt the pressure of expectations to advance to the Nationals, especially at Stanford Golf Course.

“No matter what happens out there, enjoy your time and enjoy every second of our tremendous support system at Stanford,” Krauter told her teammates. “There are only so many times we play at home in front of a crowd. We cherish it, because it goes faster than you want it to.”

In all honesty.

krauter and Calista Reyes They are the only adults on a very talented team, but they are also very young. Teammates call Allen, “Grandma.”

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Allen Krauter

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‘Grandma’ has grown up in Esslingen, a town in southwestern Germany with roots dating back more than 3,000 years.

Allen and his older brother Tim attended Stuttgart International School, an English language immersion school with a multicultural environment. She speaks English without leaving a trace of the accent.

“I like to tell people that I’ve lost my accent at the border,” she said. “But I didn’t really have one, so…”

Allen played golf for the first time at the age of six. In fact, this is not entirely true. I worked on wheels and played soccer – almost anything other than golf – when I accompanied Tim to the driving range.

“I just didn’t have the patience for that, to be honest,” Allen said.

Slowly, that is starting to change.

“She saw how passionate I was about golf and started playing more by herself,” Tim wrote in an email. “The key is that she wasn’t taking golf too seriously and was focused on having fun.”

Without Tim, Allen might never have found the sport. She describes him as her mentor in the game, and the two remain good friends.

“To this day, he’s still the one who creates that impulse inside me,” she said.

Tim, who attended Cal Berkeley, lives in London now, but thinks nothing of flying across the Atlantic to carry Allen’s bag in the amateur and pro tournaments.

At the age of twelve, Krauter played in her first major district tournament. By the age of fifteen, she was ready to devote herself to the game, and moved to Florida to attend Saddlebroke Preparatory School in Florida for golf and tennis.

Tim wrote: “The decision was entirely Allen, and my parents didn’t try to push my sister one way or the other.” “Moving to Florida at the age of 15 comes with a lot of challenges and sacrifices. But pushing through that helped her mature and grow as a person and helped her develop her game. That is why she ended up at Stanford University and was able to thrive.”

Whether through the national, regional or German youth teams, Krauter has gained experience in the type of golf right for Stanford – representing a team to a somewhat individualist side, and becoming aware of the mental challenges of game play, the format used in the final rounds of the game. NCAA Championships.

At Krauter’s request, the Saddlebrook coach reached out to Walker, who had seen Allen play at the 2017 British Ladies’ Amateur. The biggest impression Krauter made wasn’t her performance (she hasn’t advanced past the last 64), but her maturity.

“I remember the first hole I saw of her, it was her behavior that shocked me,” Walker said. Her chin was high. She walked to the next tee. There was no drama, there was no shaking.

“Usually, what we see in junior golf, especially when the coach is watching, they are going to provoke their over-emotional response whatever the outcome, because they think, I think, that makes the coach want them more. Allen didn’t do that, that’s what really caught my attention, She responded with incredible poise.

“She picked her golf ball out of the hole. She walked to get her bag. She walked to the next tee and kept going as if it had never happened.”

At Stanford, Krauter was determined not to be allowed to put her on the “walk”. She made her way into the squad at season opener Annika Intercollegiate and finished as player No. 3. She has been in the squad ever since.

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krauter is The team’s metronome, which ranks high on the leaderboard every time while exceptional teammates over the years like Andrea Lee, Albany Valenzuela, Zhang or Heck, grab the headlines with higher finishes.

The Krauter’s strength lies in its consistency from tee to green, averaging 16 greens per round. Sometimes, she’ll hit all 18. And she’s almost always halfway, and she puts herself in a good position.

The average scoring for the Crauter season is 72.07. Her career average is 72.58. In 27 rounds this season, Krauter has never shot more than 77.

“She showed up wanting to make the most of her time here with a very clear goal, which is to be the best she can be over the course of four years,” Walker said. “She just put her head down and really focused on every single day.”

Such was the case in its biggest victory, the 2020 Women’s Amateur Championship, the tournament that, along with American Women’s Amateur, is the highest honor in women’s amateur golf.

In the final bout at West Lancashire Golf Club in Liverpool against Annabelle Fuller, an Englishwoman now at the University of Florida, Krauter was three times behind after the first four holes.

“My opponent thought she was already with me,” said Krauter. “But I will never give up.”

In fact, Krauter won six of the next eight holes, only to have Fuller make a comeback on her own as the title reached the end.

On 17 par-3, Krauter fired in a vault. She remembered that her ball was further from the hole than Fuller and Krauter should have taken the next shot. But Crotter said but Fuller, who didn’t realize the ball’s distances, shot outside the turn.

“I was definitely the farthest,” Krauter said. “There was a bases official next to me and I said, I think she’s about to get hit, but it’s not her turn.” And you hit her very close.”

Krauter could have asked the official to invalidate Fuller’s shot, but he did not, because he felt the tournament should be won on merit rather than technical reasons. Fuller won the pit.

“I could have lost because of that, because I didn’t call her about it,” Krauter said. “Looking back, if I had lost, I probably would have regretted it. But that’s not really who I am. It doesn’t represent me at all.”

Instead, Krotter kept his cool and finished 18th for a dramatic win. As a bonus, she earned waivers in all LPGA majors for the following year, as well as the Augusta Women’s National Amateur Championships.

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Allen believes the major tournaments have changed her life, because her dealings with the world’s best players – including Germany’s Caroline Mason, who provided encouragement, advice and practicing round companionship – have confirmed Krauter’s desire for a professional career.

At each stop, Tim would accompany Allen, carrying her bag and asking for his advice from the cans of the best LPGA players.

Allen passed the Augusta National Women’s Amateur to play in the ANA Inspiration, her first professional tournament (as an amateur), hoping to receive an invitation to the Augusta National the following year and be rewarded for her patience.

Krauter didn’t play well in the top nine, making up for the course’s difficulties. But Krauter mustered (pattern?) and birdie the last three holes.

When it was over, Tim and Allen embraced. Tim said he was proud of her. They started crying.

“Lots of feelings,” she said. “My heart was pounding out of my chest. There were so many people watching on day 18. They were clapping for my plane and I couldn’t handle it. I was laughing and crying. I didn’t know what was going on.”

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this season It was a rollercoaster for Stanford – with injuries and a heck of an absence for most of the spring for medical reasons. But the ups and downs didn’t significantly affect Stanford’s playing. The Cardinal, despite his young age, is still No. 1 and Krauter was vital in keeping the team in one piece.

“My personality sort of allows it,” Krauter said. “If there’s a group, I try to keep it cohesive. I feel very conservative and I am very careful about what I say. I also never want to steal the spotlight from anyone.”

“I feel like I’ve flown completely under the radar. People may still not know me. But I’ve never wanted to necessarily highlight. I don’t really need to. I like to continue my work in silence. I like to work hard behind the scenes, and then go up and surprise people.”

Territorial turned out fine after all. Stanford fired 7-under and tied for second, advancing to the NCAA Championship for the 12th consecutive season. But the starring soundtrack was Krauter and her soothing words to her teammates, words that eased a bit of anxiety.

“I really tried to emphasize how well we did and how proud we were of each other for showing up when needed,” Krauter said. “I basically tried to show the girls a sense of comfort and security to make sure they weren’t putting too much pressure on themselves or worrying about external factors.”

Krauter’s main message: “Just have fun.”

And they’ll keep looking for fun while knocking a few heads at the same time. It’s no longer about wheels of motion, it’s about being cool when you can, and being good when you’re not. Yes, it’s about winning trophies, but it’s also about camaraderie and teamwork.

And of course a puppy.

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